Blue World Voyages, a new wellness- and fitness-focused luxury cruise line that’s set to debut in 2021, just released renderings of its floating seawater lap pool – the first of its kind on a cruise ship. And you’re getting the first look.
The 75-foot-long, five-foot-deep “pool” will be lowered directly into the ocean so guests can swim in the sea alongside the ship. The bottom of the pool is formed by netting, which the cruise line describes as shark deterrent.
Here’s how it works: The ship will need to be anchored before the pool can be opened, and it will be deployed on the leeward (down wind) side of the ship. Its use will be subject to sea conditions. Once okayed, the “rigid inflatable” pool is entered via the pool deck via a gangway from the ship’s lower decks.
Additionally, the area will serve as launch base for various water sports and activities (think kayaking, aqua-bikes, paddleboards, rowing sculls, and snorkeling). These watersports – and all equipment – will be free of charge for all passengers.
The pool will be a hot spot on the yet-to-be-named, 525-passenger ship launching in the spring of 2021. And while we don’t know the name, we do know the ship will visit Spain, Portugal, Corsica, Greece, and Italy, as well as Scotland, Ireland, the Baltics, Wales, and England. The plan is to spend one month in each destination. And, since the ship is so small, there is an opportunity to visit off-the-beaten path destinations (think a small fishing village in Corsica, or a quaint seaside town in Greece).
Other onboard amenities include an entire deck dedicated to spa and wellness, where guests can take advantage of the ocean view solarium and therapy pool, meditate in the meditation room, or even take a mud bath. Fitness enthusiasts will appreciate the sports deck, which features a bike fitting station, a medical wellness clinic, sports simulators, batting cages, a strength conditioning facility, and a Hank Haney golf school complete with putting greens. There will also be three on-site restaurants, along with a juice bar and wine lounge.
Additionally, the luxury cruise line has 40 owners residences available for purchase (priced from $2,350,000). However, if you’re not up for purchasing your own cabin, don’t fret: you can still sail with the company and stay in one of the 225 passenger suites. Blue World Voyages will offer itineraries as short as six nights.