Orphalese Global Strategies Inc.

October 12, 2005 08:59 ET

The Orphalese, World's Largest Ocean-Based Residence, to Offer the Ultimate in Luxury Living, Cultural Experiences and Adventure Travel

LOS ANGELES--(CCNMatthews - Oct 12, 2005) -

Orphalese Global Strategies Inc. has announced the plans of its parent company to build The Orphalese, the world's largest ultra-luxe residential ocean liner. The first vessel of her type and twice the size of any other ship in her class, The Orphalese is the first cruise ship designed with 200 private permanent residences, as well as 265 suites for cruise passengers. The ship has been designed by Aker Finnyards, one of the world's leading designers and builders of cruise vessels, based in Helsinki, Finland. The Orphalese will be completed in 2008.

Orphalese Global Strategies Chairman Donald V. Allen began his quest, born from a personal dream, to create an ocean-based lifestyle for the affluent market with an itinerary inspired by events, not destinations, thereby offering unique experiences to those travelers seeking something much more out of the ordinary.

Allen sharpened his vision to further shape the idea of an event-driven cruise line with permanent residences. It's the promise of an endless journey for owners and guests and one that will be tailored to meet the needs of affluent travelers looking for variety, service and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Allen said, "It was our vision to create a unique lifestyle for our residents. We believe an event-driven vacation is the height of adventure. The Orphalese team is making a promise to our residents that they will be exclusive to this type of lifestyle and a journey that is one that has no endings, only beginnings. The Orphalese team offers a wealth of talent and genius to bring to reality a vision that started from a dream, now fueled by imagination."

The Orphalese will take passengers to the most high-profile events in the world, such as the Cannes Film Festival, Olympics, Chinese New Year in Shanghai and the Running of the Bulls, and will ensure that each passenger will be extended the best service on and off the ship. Each itinerary will be carefully selected and planned in order to bring residents and guests to the best events in the world.

Working with the world's top interior designers to create 200 stunning two- to four-bedroom residences, The Orphalese will feature fully equipped and furnished residences ranging from $1.8 million to $10 million, with a small monthly assessment that gives owners access to all tourist cruise facilities, including food, all utilities and urgent medical care. In addition, 265 guest suites will accommodate those who do not own a permanent residence. Residents and guests also will be able to enjoy an 80,000-square-foot mall deck, spa, casino and other amenities.

The Orphalese was named after the mythical city in Kahlil Gibran's masterpiece "The Prophet," where the seer delivered his philosophy and message of love to the citizens of Orphalese with a singing heart after he spent 12 years awaiting the arrival of his ship to return him to his home.

About The Orphalese

Capturing the imagination of the public as a unique ocean-based lifestyle experience, The Orphalese will be the most exciting place to be. The Orphalese is the first cruise ship to offer 200 permanent residences, ranging in size from 1,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet, as well as 265 suites for cruise passengers. Leveraging the combined resources of the world's best business, real estate and design talent, The Orphalese will be equipped with the finest amenities available anywhere in the world. Spending an average of 200 days in various ports around the world, the new ship will give owners and guests the opportunity to visit the globe's most exclusive events and explore the cultural and historic offerings of each country. A sales office managed by Avalar of The Seas will debut in Las Vegas in December 2005; reservations and sales will commence in October 2005. Slated to debut in the fall of 2008, The Orphalese is managed by Orphalese Global Strategies. For more details, log onto www.theorphalese.com or call 800.455.4328 for sales.

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