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Out: Freedom Ship; In: Utopia January 26, 2010

Posted by geoff in News.

Back in the late 90’s, libertarians salivated over the Freedom Ship – a sort of floating Hong Kong that would travel the seas with a minimum of personal and business restrictions. The ship was huge, 4X longer than the Queen Mary, and would carry up to 40,000 residents.

Alas, the Freedom Ship project was run by people who were in way over their heads (engineers who didn’t understand large project financing or management), and so it faded away a few years ago. But don’t dismay!! There’s a new opportunity to live on a ship and travel the world, albeit far less ambitious (a little shorter than the Queen Mary) and far more expensive:

A Beverly Hills company has announced plans to launch a $1.1 billion ocean liner, called the Utopia, in 2013, featuring private luxury residences for people who want to cruise the seas year-round.

I did mention “expensive,” right?

But the glitzy lifestyle comes with a glitzy price tag. There are 200 residences up for sale, starting at $3.9 million for 1,400 square feet of space. The most luxurious residence offered is a 40,000-square-foot cabin ordered by a European family for more than $160 million, the company says.

I’d say that these people have a much more realistic business plan than did the Freedom Ship team – cater to the rich rather than the libertarians. And here’s a look at your new ride:

So all we need to do is to pool our money, and maybe steal the remaining $3.899 million, and then we can just pile into our new home with our sleeping bags and 12-packs of brewskis. Conservative hillbillies at sea!!


1. Michael - January 26, 2010

Geezer, it’s time to get our tee shirt business going.

2. wiserbud - January 26, 2010

Who has $160mil AND the ability to spend their whole year cruising the oceans?

3. Dave in Texas - January 26, 2010

I don’t want to be that close to so many people.

Even rich people.

4. Rich People - January 26, 2010

If I may be so bold, we are not all that intrigued by the idea of being forced to be in such close proximity to one such as Mr. in Texas ourselves.


Of course, from what we have heard of Mr. in Texas’s tendency to fall into large bodies of water quite easily, we are not all that concerned that he shall be with us for very long.

5. kevlarchick - January 26, 2010

Dave you could be a Purser, like Gopher.

Or like Isaac the bartender.

6. Enas Yorl - January 26, 2010

Yeahhh, Dave’s not cool enough to be Isaac. He’s definitely Gopher material.

7. Dave in Texas - January 26, 2010

Fuck that purser shit.

Where the band?

8. Michael - January 26, 2010

The band is actually looking for a bass player, I hear.

The last one got fired for annoying spastic leg movements.

9. Dave in Texas - January 26, 2010

It’s not annoying if you’re a committed artist.

10. Lipstick - January 26, 2010

If the food is included, the price for the 1,400 square foot place is a good deal.

I know a guy and his wife who have spent $3 million already on luxury cruises.

As for me, as much as I love cruising, after 2 weeks I’m usually ready to go home. The ship and the routine are getting old at that point.

11. skinbad - January 27, 2010

There’s the elderly lady that lives on one because it’s a better value than a retirement home.

12. Lipstick - January 27, 2010

Skinbad, last I heard, Mrs. Miller was going to relocate to another ship, but I haven’t heard which one she went to.

Good for her — she has people to cook, clean, play cards with and an ever changing group of people to chat with.

13. Lipstick - January 27, 2010

She only relocated because QE2 was getting out of the cruise business and permanently berthing in Dubai.

A few days ago I read that because of Dubai’s money troubles they are not going through with the deal to have the ship there.

Back in the ’80s there was a great travel promotion: book a one-way transatlantic cruise on QE2 and get free economy class British Air flight the other way. OR, for the price of BA Economy class fare you can go on the Concorde!

We did it and it was amazing. I really can’t believe how lucky I’ve been.

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