Dry Dock

How often will the ship go into dry dock and how long is that estimated to be?

Passenger ships are under heavy regime of international safety regulations. They have to be inspected under water annually but only two of those inspections have to be carried out in the dry dock within a five year period. The normal period of a dry dock for a newer ship is about 10 days, but it depends on how much work needs to be carried out. If there is refurbishment work that people want or engineering work that needs to be done, then it can be longer. As the ship gets older, the periods will increase. We believe The World goes in to dry dock about every three years for about 35 days but keep in mind that’s an older ship so it goes in for a longer period of time.

Can I stay on the ship while it’s dry-docked?

Unlikely. There will be long periods without electricity which means no air conditioning nor elevators. The water supply may also be cut off and there will be noise, dust, etc. You should make other travel arrangements or find alternate accommodations during those times. This would be a good time to visit friends or relations ‘back home’. It would also be a good opportunity to live like a local and have an extended stay in the region. Or an opportune time to take advantage of any ‘keys’ you have earned from your complimentary ThirdHome membership to stay in another member’s vacation home.

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