Remember when rock climbing walls were the next big thing? With Royal Caribbean‘s reveal of Quantum of the Seas highlights — such as skydiving, a floating pod and virtual balconies — it’s safe to say this trend of one-upsmanship could eventually lead to something even bigger (onboard white-water rafting, anyone?)
So what does “bigger” actually mean? You’ve probably daydreamt at some point, “If I had the money, I’d live on a cruise ship full-time.” Don’t dismiss the idea so fast. A Silicon Valley start-up says it is planning to make it happen next summer, although it’s not the year-round vacation you might have in mind.
Twelve miles off the coast of San Francisco, Blueseed will serve as the first “cruise ship city,” a co-living and co-working sea community with all the bells and whistles of mainland living.
Blueseed Chief Technology Officer Dan Dascalescu recently told Cruise Critic a deal is in progress to charter and retrofit Thomson Cruises’ Island Escape, which still lists itineraries through fall 2014, according to the company website. A spokesperson for Thomson Cruises said the company won’t comment on rumors.
Casino areas will be converted into working spaces and some cabins into offices. In addition to standard cruise ship amenities (a variety of bars and eateries, a pool, gym and spa), Blueseed will offer daily ferry service, a hospital, helipad and, of course, high-speed Internet.
The company encourages anyone — regardless of U.S. citizenship — to live onboard Blueseed, as long as they can “contribute positively to the environment.” With a number of new high-paying jobs to be created, Dascalescu tells us, “The goal is to create an environment that makes the entrepreneurs feel at home. The U.S. currently has no visa for budding start-up entrepreneurs, despite the fact that they create companies as large as Google and Yahoo.” (Google and Yahoo were co-founded by immigrants and employ nearly 68,000 people combined.)
Residents can bunk up in shared cabins for at least $1,200 per month or splurge on a private single cabin for $3,000 per month. And that cost could end up being a deal. Most of the start-up companies onboard will incorporate in Delaware, leaving residents responsible for the U.S. corporate tax and any others, such as those that comply with Blueseed’s registry in The Bahamas.
Backed by PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel, known for his strong libertarian views, Blueseed has adopted the moniker “Googleplex of the Sea.”
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