Wouldn’t it be really bizarre if someone took a cruise ship and stuck it on land? “Yes,” I hear you cry, “why on earth would someone even consider putting a cruise ship on land?”
I have absolutely no idea, which is why it’s a good thing no one has…oh.
That’s right. At South Korea’s Sun Cruise Resort, situated in Jeongdongjin, you are able to experience a holiday in ‘cruise conditions’ without ever setting sail, in a cruise ship that overlooks the sea.
What are these cruise conditions? How about the authentic sounds of crashing waves and seagulls being piped into the hotel via loudspeaker?
The 165-metre long cruise ship actually sits in a small lagoon/lake on the top of a cliff, and is packed with great features including 211 nautical-themed bedrooms, various restaurants, a gym, a swimming pool (sea water, of course) and a golf range. And at night you can relax in the revolving sky lounge, exercise those vocal chords with some karaoke or dance the hours away in the nightclub.
Rooms start at around £55 per night during the week for a standard room, but there are plenty of options available including family rooms, luxury rooms and junior suites.
The ship is available for special events as well, if you fancy something truly spectacular. There are various meeting rooms (just imagine being told you’re being sent on a conference to a cruise ship in South Korea atop a cliff…) along with the necessary facilities to host a wedding.
The hotel has been open since 2002 and over the past 11 years has continued to grow in popularity. It even has its own dedicated souvenir ship, packed with plenty of trinkets and interesting items to help remember this unique holiday experience.
So there you have it – such a thing as a cruise ship really does exist on land.
By Ian Lewis