Inside the giant floating city that costs £8 billion and could carry 100,000 people

Gabriella Ferlita

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Inside the giant floating city that costs £8 billion and could carry 100,000 people

Featured Image Credit: Freedom Cruise Line International

For most travellers, a cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But what if going on a cruise was your whole life?

Well, for those on the Freedom Ship, that could be their reality.

Hailed as ‘a unique place to live, work, retire, vacation, or visit’ as opposed to a regular cruise ship, the vessel would sail the seas at five times the size of the biggest ships at over a mile long.

With the capacity to carry over 100,000 passengers, the enormous ship would provide those on board with a never-ending voyage across the globe through all seven seas.

For travellers, going on a cruise could be a life-long event. Credit: Freedom Cruise Line International
For travellers, going on a cruise could be a life-long event. Credit: Freedom Cruise Line International

Departing from the UK, the Freedom Ship would travel past France into the Mediterranean before exploring the continent of Africa and travelling into the Indian Ocean.

The transferable community would then head around Australia and towards China before going across the Pacific Ocean and towards the coast of the Americas.

The ship would not make a stop for any reason other than to collect supplies which could not be transported via the aircraft and runway on its top deck.

Tourists and the ship’s residents are able to freely come and go via the planes which can land on top of the ship, too, as well as the fleet of ferries which will travel to and from the ship to transport people back to land.

The vessel would be five times the size of the biggest ships at over a mile long. Credit: Freedom Cruise Line International
The vessel would be five times the size of the biggest ships at over a mile long. Credit: Freedom Cruise Line International

And because of the ship’s incredible size, passengers are able to travel across the mile-long vehicle using the onboard tram system.

Tourists and residents alike would be able to find everything they need to thrive on their potentially life-long trip, including schools, shops, gyms, hospitals and restaurants.

The ship's capacity would be made up of 40,000 full-time residents, 30,000 daily visitors, 10,000 hotel guests and 20,000-time crew.

For those wanting to have a taste of the full-time cruise life, a luxurious pad with a sea view could set travellers back £9 million, while more affordable options start at just £150,000.

The ship would only stop to collect supplies. Credit: Freedom Cruise Line International
The ship would only stop to collect supplies. Credit: Freedom Cruise Line International

Although on the surface, the Freedom Ship appears to cater to every traveller’s need - it has yet to have gotten off the ground.

The ship was originally proposed in the 1990s, and has seen many moves between different firms and investors between then and now.

The original design seems to be owned by Freedom Cruise Line International, whilst plans still appear to be up in the air as construction plans have not been set in stone.

Looks like we might have to wait a little longer to get that lifetime-worthy cruise we’re all dreaming of.

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Gabriella Ferlita
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