- A company wants to transform a cruise ship into a floating office “Crypto Cruise Ship” for now remote technicians, “digital nomads”, YouTube influencers, startups, etc.
- Ocean Builders is in the final stages of securing a Carnival Cruises ship that would eventually house more than 2,000 people in its 777 cabins, priced between $ 25,000 and $ 50,000, according to a report from The Telegraph.
- Guests would have access to fitness classes, a swimming pool and a 5,000 square foot theater. The moves could start as early as January 2021.
- The unconventional office setup represents a booming industry dedicated to remote working, as people are free to live wherever they want while offices remain closed.
- According to the company’s website, the ship will use “the latest cruise industry health and safety standards” such as onboard testing and “preventative doses of hydroxychloroquine,” the anti-malaria drug studies have found. found to be ineffective against treating coronavirus.
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A company wants to take a Carnival cruise ship, rendered useless by the COVID-19 pandemic, and turn it into a floating office for tech workers as the industry shifts to remote working.
The project, first reported by The Telegraph’s Margi Murphy, is dubbed ‘The Crypto Cruise Ship’ and is designed as an entrepreneurial incubator for crypto enthusiasts, digital nomads, YouTube influencers, startups and others. sharing the same ideas. Guests will have access to yoga and fitness classes, meditation services, a swimming pool, a running track and more. There is also a 5,000 square foot theater for workshops, conventions, movies, and performances.
“Just like the man-made island of Venice, Italy has become an important center of commerce in the old world, we believe this could be the start of a modern floating Venice of the Americas and an important center of innovation in the world, ”the website reads.
Ocean Builders founder Chad Elwartowski told The Telegraph he is set to secure a ship from Carnival Cruises for an undisclosed sum that will accommodate more than 2,000 people in its 777 cabins. If the acquisition goes through, the company will begin auctioning off the first 100-room lot in November. 5, priced between $ 25,000 and $ 50,000. It’s unclear what these rates cover and how long guests would rent the rooms.
Ocean Builders did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
The auction for the rooms will end on November 28, and guests can move in from January when the ship, MS Satoshi, is anchored off the coast of Panama.
According to the website, all businesses on board will accept payments in the form of bitcoin and USD, as well as other forms of payment.
Cruise ships have been in the headlines since the start of the pandemic, as they turned out to be petri dishes for the spread of coronavirus disease, with ships like the Diamond Princess ending up with hundreds of cases. The pandemic has hit the cruise industry, prompting many companies – including the largest, Carnival Corp. – to resort to redundancies and to unload their fleets of ships.
Ocean Builders said on its website that it believes a “properly managed cruise ship can be the healthiest and safest place in the world to live” and intends to use the “latest standards. Health and Safety Industry ‘to create a safe environment on board. This will include onboard health tests, medical facilities, a pharmacy, and doses of hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug that has been wrongly touted by President Trump as a cure for coronavirus disease. Medical experts have advised against its use, and studies from the FDA have shown that it has no effect on improving symptoms or a person’s chances of survival after being infected with the disease.
“If you’re concerned about the flu, you have the option of wearing a mask, social distancing, or taking preventative doses of hydroxychloroquine,” the cruise’s website says, apparently referring to the coronavirus disease. like “the flu”.
The company’s efforts to create an unconventional work setup represent a growing industry bracing for a massive shift to remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many were released from the obligation to live near now-closed company offices and were subsequently deprived of the usual perks of working in the area, such as free snacks and on-site massages.
Google announced that employees will work remotely until the summer of 2021, and some companies like Dropbox, Twitter, and Slack have told employees they can work remotely all the time if they choose. Facebook said those who want to move from the expensive San Francisco Bay Area to more affordable places will likely have to take a pay cut.
As for turning to floating housing for living and working purposes, this is not the first time that Silicon Valley has entertained such a notion. Ex-googler Patri Friedman, founder of the nonprofit think tank Seasteading Institute, told the Telegraph in an interview in June that he saw an increase in interest in seasteads, or floating cities that operate independently. existing governments.
Friedman also once drew up plans for a potential floating settlement in the Bay Area that would be “Burning Man meets Silicon Valley meets Water.” The idea inspired BlueSeed, a startup that decided to launch a so-called ‘Googleplex of the seas’ in 2013, as Business Insider reported in 2011.
The company sought to circumvent US regulations by building ships in international waters near the Bay Area that would serve as incubators for tech workers who couldn’t get US work visas. It was backed by billionaire investor Peter Thiel but never came to fruition.