You might have imagined yourself touring the world on a large luxury cruise ship, but we’ll bet any money you wouldn’t have pictured yourself atop something as magnificent as the Earth 300! One look at this bold and mean design will give you super sci-fi feels. Planned to comprise 22 ultra-modern laboratories and a 13-story “science sphere,” the Earth 300 will be the boss of all cruise ships.
Though it’s construction hasn’t kicked off yet, the Earth 300 has already gained a nod from the who’s who across industries. And why wouldn’t it? Designed by Iddes Yachts founder, Iván Salas Jefferson, this ship is supposed to be 300 meters long and incorporate all kinds of technologies from robotics to quantum computing to AI.
Proposed to be a treat and testament to the scientists and bright minds across the globe, the primary goal behind building it is taking a huge step towards a greener and better future. Needless to say, inventing something of this magnitude doesn’t come cheap. And quite apt to that assumption, Polish naval architecture firm NED has estimated the cost of building Earth 300 at around $500 to $700 million (anyone else getting a brain freeze?).
A peek inside Earth 300
At 150 ft. wide, the Earth 300 will almost be as expansive in dimensions as a football field. Its bow will feature an observation deck along with a helipad on the foredeck. The most striking element of the super-yacht though will be its in-house deep-sea exploration vehicle collection.
After its launch in 2025, Earth 300 will be able to accommodate 160 scientists and 165 crew members. It will also have around a dozen experts and student researchers on board (hopefuls raise your hands!). Plus, there will be space for around 40 VIP guests who’ll need to pay nearly $3 million each for their ticket on the extravagant ship.
A few words from the makers
When asked about the design, the man behind the concept, Jefferson, said he wanted to create something inspirational. He said he wanted people to feel protective about the planet by looking at the orb-like structure on the top. Further, he wished visitors would experience motivation to do something about the betterment of the Earth as they stepped inside.
Chief executive Aaron Olivera said the ship would resemble a cruise, a luxury yacht, as well as a research center, but it will actually be nothing like any of them. When asked about what motivated the team to create this design, he said they wanted to construct an Olympic torch of global science. The team wished to unravel the mysteries of the universe, including what’s above and below the ocean’s surface.
Further when speaking about the deteriorating condition of the oceans, Jefferson made a dig at several space companies by saying that space might be the future of humans, but the Earth is our only home. We’ll raise our glass to that!