Peering over the horizon from the sea, you see a huge figure – and the closer it gets, the bigger and bigger and bigger it gets.
It’s the Freedom Ship – five times larger than the world’s largest ships, more than a mile long and carrying 100,000 passengers.
This ship, intended to be much more than a cruise ship, is a gigantic floating city where people live and work.
The huge ship would be on an endless voyage around the world, crossing all seven seas.
From Britain it would sail past France into the Mediterranean, circle Africa and empty into the Indian Ocean.
It would then circumnavigate Australia, up towards China, before then descending across the Pacific and the coast of America.
Freedom Ship would only stop to pick up supplies that could not be dropped off by planes.
The entire upper deck of the ship is a giant flat runway for airplanes to accommodate tourists and permanent residents coming and going.
Passengers rode up and down on a tram system aboard the incredible, mile-long ship.
And there would be a fleet of ferries cruising back and forth from the ship to bring people back to shore.
On board there would be schools, shops, hospitals, gyms, restaurants – everything you would expect from a typical land-based city.
The developers hope the ship will have 40,000 full-time residents, 30,000 daily visitors, 10,000 hotel guests and 20,000 temporary crew.
Should we want to live on the ship – luxury water view apartments could cost you up to £9million.
But more modest units start at just £150,000.
The ship’s decks are covered in glass and open-air boardwalks that offer incredible views over the ocean.
The Freedom Ship would be one of the largest man-made structures ever built, dwarfing all other ships at sea.
The Wonder of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world – and five times smaller than the Freedom Ship.
She is also five times larger than the world’s largest warship, USS Gerald R. Ford, and six times larger than the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth.
And she is almost seven times bigger than the infamous ocean liner Titanic.
But while many of these incredible concepts are often just a few stops from the drawing board, there have been multiple attempts to build the Freedom Ship.
It was first proposed in the 1990s – and has since been moved back and forth between different firms and investors.
The original design appears to be in the hands of America’s Freedom Cruise Line International.
Planning appears to be still ongoing – but no construction has been finalized and it’s unclear where the funding would come from.
It was originally conceived by Florida engineer Norman Nixon, who died in 2012.
Freedom Cruise Line International CEO-Director Roger Gooch said in 2020 that they hope to start construction in Indonesia and Singapore.
But he also appealed to investors to come forward to finance the construction.
Another company, Indian company Kanethara Marine, also appears to be claiming ownership of the design, alternately naming it “Freedom Ship” and “Floating City”.
Vigil Kanethara, CEO of Floating City Limited, appears to be based between Mumbai and London – and his company is listed on Companies House.
It’s unclear how the two different companies are related – but Mr Kanethara left a LinkedIn message for Mr Gooch, saying he was “proud to be a part of [such a] remarkable historical project”.
And in a 2019 interview with Movies of the bright sun on YouTube, Mr. Gooch was optimistic and predicted significant investments would be made by 2020.
“82 percent chance that this will work,” said the businessman.
“If the demand wasn’t there I would probably abandon the project – I just hope it gets done in my lifetime.”
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9874569/inside-floating-city-freedom-ship/ Inside a massive £8bn 1 mile Freedom Ship floating city that could carry 100,000 people on an endless cruise