Leisure World Review and Specifications
Specifications of Leisure World
|Year built||1969 / Age : 50|
|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|
|Decks with cabins||9|
|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's Atlantic Deck is devoted to standard inside and outside cabins for overnight passengers who can purchase a room for a nominal fee.
Shipboard dining options - Food and 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.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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.