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Residence clubs went aquatic in 2001 with ResidenSea's launch of The World. Now that ship has competition: three other über-luxurious floating condos are set to sail by the end of 2008. With global itineraries, unlimited days in your own cabin, and all the benefits of a five-star resort, a sailor's life will be a merry one, indeed.

  • Ship Name:Magellanwww.residentialcruiseline.com; 480/497-8833
  • Stateroom: Two-bedrooms from $1.8 million; monthly fees from $2,500
  • Amenities: Voyages that follow cultural events (think: Cannes); onboard hotel to offset costs
  • Special Features: All meals on the ship are included for residence owners
  • Ship Name:The Orphalesewww.theorphalese.com; 888/287-7447
  • Stateroom: One-bedrooms from $1.9 million; monthly fees from $8,000
  • Amenities: Marina stocked with boats and Jet-Skis; garage-like greenhouse
  • Special Features: Full-time astronomer gives lectures in the ship's observatory
  • Ship Name:The Four Seasonswww.oceanresidences.com; 305/438-7447
  • Stateroom: One-bedrooms from $2.5 million; monthly fees from $8,700
  • Amenities: Art gallery; travel coordinator; access to Four Seasons resorts
  • Special Features: Three design schemes and seven floor plans let you customize your floating lair