Leisure World


Cruise line
New Century Tours (Small Cruise Lines)

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Leisure World Review and Specifications

Specifications of Leisure World

Year built 1969  /  Age : 49
Flag state Palau
Builder AG Weser Werk Seebeck (Bremerhaven, Germany)
Class casino cruise ship
Owner New Century Maritime
Operator New Century Tours Corporation
Speed 14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA) 161 m / 528 ft
Beam (width) 22 m / 72 ft
Gross Tonnage 15653 gt
Passengers 580 - 850
Crew 250
Decks 9
Cabins 179
Decks with cabins 9
Last Refurbishment 2013
Former names Skyward, Shangri-La World, Asean World, Fantasy World

Review of Leisure World

The cruise ship Leisure World entered service on December 10, 1969 as ms Skyward. Together with her sister ship, the Starward, both ships were purposely built for Norwegian Cruise Line.

History - construction & ownership

The 15,653-ton, 800-passenger cruise ship Skyward (Leisure World) was operated by her original owners until 1991 when she was sold to Johnson Sembawang Shipmanagement in Nassau and received the name Shangri-la World. The cruise ship was used mainly for voyages out of Singapore. Over the time, the vessel changed her name several times until she received the name Leisure World after a renovation in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 1995, the cruise ship was transferred to Queenstown Investments. Five years later, the vessel was sold to her current owner, New Century Cruise Line. 

  • In 1973, a lot of passengers became ill on board the ship due to infected water. A few years later, in 1979, because of a boiler room fire, the ship engines had to be shut down and the passengers were transferred to sister ship Starward.

Cruise itinerary program

Leisure World is currently used as a casino/entertainment ship with sailings out of Singapore

Leisure World


Leisure World's Atlantic Deck is devoted to standard inside and outside cabins for overnight passengers who can purchase a room for a nominal fee. 

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Leisure World’s Restaurant, which is an original Skyward venue, is located adjacent to ship's galley at the aft end of Rainbow Deck. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, Chinese buffets are available for a nominal charge with stations in the forward and center parts of the room. The simple but pleasant restaurant has picture windows on either side.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Leisure World has proven extremely popular among older Singaporeans, who pay only $23 on weekdays for a day trip including free buffet meals. Those under 55 years old have to pay $43. Another appeal is the low minimum bets at Lido’s 40 gaming tables, with bets which start at $2 rather than $25 minimums at Singapore’s resorts. Unlike its land-based competitors, the Lido does not require Singaporeans to pony up $100 to cross the threshold. The Lido Casino on Leisure World also offers 200 gaming machines, but they are less popular.

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