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What happens when Americans plunder America and leave it broken, destitute and seething mad? Where do these fabulously wealthy Americans go with their loot, if America isn’t a safe, secure, or even desirable place to spend their riches? What if they lose faith in their gated communities, because those plush gated communities are surrounded by millions of pissed-off Americans stripped of their entitlements, and who now want in?
We finally have the answer, and you’re not going to like it: a new fleet of castles that float in the oceans. The super-wealthy are already building their first floating castle, a billion-dollar-plus luxury liner that offers permanent multimillion-dollar housing with the best protection of all: moats made of oceans, keeping the land-based Americans they’ve plundered at a safe distance.
The first such floating castle has been christened the “Utopia“–the South Korean firm Samsung has been contracted to build the $1.1 billion ship, due to be launched in 2013. Already orders are coming in to buy one of the Utopia’s 200 or so mansions for sale--which range in price from about $4 million for the smallest condos to over $26 million for 6,600 square-foot “estates.” The largest mansion is a whopping 40,000 square feet, and sells for $160 million.
It’s the first of its kind to offer permanent housing units to buyers, and there’ll be plenty on board the Utopia for the global elite inhabitants to keep themselves entertained: an outdoor movie theater, casino, miniature golf course, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, and a water park for the elites’ heirs (featuring a “Lazy River,” rock-climbing wall and water slides). At nearly 1,000 feet, the Utopia is almost as long as a nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
The Utopia to sail seas in 2013, luxury suites available for sale
Samsung really got a sweet job when it landed the contract to build the Utopia, an exclusive luxury condo ocean-going liner.
Built at a cost of $1.1 billion, this ultra-sweet floating condo complex is not for those with failing stock options. The Utopia concept puts a whole new meaning to the idea of exploring the world from ones home. Those lucky enough to have at least $4 million to rub together can purchase one of the few suites available for purchase. The company pushes its for-sale suites saying
"With 190 residences available for purchase, ranging from the spacious two-bedroom Olympian Estates to the ultra-luxurious 6,500-square foot Utopian Estates, Utopia will bring the world to your doorstep as you journey from continent to continent aboard the most opulent residential ocean liner ever built."
The ship will also offer
"... spacious and luxurious hotel suites on board, the Utopian Hotel was designed to offer an incomparable luxury wherever Utopia travels."
With the boat scheduled to be finished in 2013, Just Luxe reports the ship will sail around the world following the established pattern of the wealthy, docking in France for Cannes and sailing for Rio for Carnival, among other destinations.
Offering movies and live performances of dance, music and drama, life aboard the Utopia is full of selected culture and art, with on-board private facilities only shared with other suite-owners who belong to "The Club." Children will be guided in activities and allowed to mingle with other children onshore. Utopia is considering providing educational facilities for the children of suite owners.
This isnt just any luxury sea-going condo complex. Utopia bills itself as a luxury ship with a conscience. Utopia Residences has a philanthropy program, the purpose of which is "... to make your life more meaningful through philanthropy."
"... At Utopia, we believe part of this involves preparing the next generation for a life of philanthropy. An orphanage just outside of Shanghai. A childrens hospital in Florence. Imagine journeying with your children or grandchildren to assist with specially-planned philanthropic projects or to contribute your time or talents to a local charity where you are visiting. With Utopias Philanthropy Concierge, families will be able to research, seek out and identify day trips to visit truly great charitable organizations in or near port cities visited by the ship. Your family can make a difference in the world."
According to the Utopia website, the company behind the ship has funded three causes to date: the Character Education Partnership, earthquake relief in China, and the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Originally posted by InvisibleObserver
I think the link you got that from is a slam site where they take actual news and add their own twist to it. I don't see anything about floating castles and concept plans from this article.
I think the Utopia is going to be the modern day Titanic.
Well, when the ship has condos like mansions it is more than just a ship. I have been in military and civilian ships, but I have never been in a ship that has mansion like condos, some of which cost from $4 million and up to $160 million for the largest mansion.
1 archaic : lechery, lust 2 : a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort : sumptuous environment 3 a : something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary
Originally posted by soficrow
VERY good find. S&F.
...I've heard of this before - and "island-like" ships.
Still, I suspect the boyz with real cash are planning to escape to space. At least til after the dust settles.
Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
reply to post by InvisibleObserver
It is not a normal ship. It is designed for rich people "with their families" to live in the ship, and yes it is supposed to sail around the world.
A ship with multimillion dollar condos/mansions is not a normal ship.
Originally posted by InvisibleObserver
I think that nut jobs website you got the story from is playing with your thinking. There is no sinister plan for this ship or the people who will be living, working and navigating it. People take long cruises on luxury cruise ships all the time from one part of the world to another. This one is no different, it is just greatly larger than most with extremely wealthy people on board.
You can read all about it on the official website and even see a picture of what it will look like here.