IN his continuing search for the weird and wondrous in this world, DAVID ELLIS says you’ll have no fear of getting seasick aboard the 30,000 tonne luxury ship Sun Cruise at Jeongdongjin in north-eastern South Korea – because it sits on a cliff-top 90 metres above the sea.
This bizarre land-based “cruise ship” has virtually everything you’ll find on a regular liner, except perhaps for water lapping around its “hull.” And to make up for that, the sound of waves against steel plays softly over loudspeakers throughout its public places, coupled with an occasional ship’s horn.
Guests can choose between half a dozen dining options from Korean and Western restaurants to a Sky Lounge, Bakery and Snack House, and take drinks in several venues that include a revolving bar on the top deck. The nightclub takes in what are said to be the best sunrises in South Korea.
There’s also an on-deck saltwater pool, a gymnasium, volleyball court, golf range, karaoke lounge... and a souvenir store and supermarket, several convention and meeting rooms, and a wedding hall. And Sun Cruise has its own private beach nearby with power and sail personal watercraft.
The Sun Cruise Resort is 165 metres long, and has 211 rooms and condominiums, the condos having their own kitchenettes. Room prices start from approximately $98, plus taxes.
Onboard meals are not included in the price.