The World, Residences at Sea, Sails to Success
at 6th Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards

Top Port Agents and Travel Partners Honored

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - Florida's Intracoastal Waterway glistened against a magnificent sunset as guests of The World, Residences at Sea, boarded the M/V Midnight Sun for the company's 6th annual Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony to honor its top port agents and travel partners from across the globe. Dimitri & Stefanos Scourtellis accepted the Excellence in Service award on behalf of Navitrans Shipping Agencies Inc. at the exclusive reception held on Sunday, March 10th in Miami Beach. They were among only 10 companies worldwide honored for delivering superior, five-star service for the one-of-a-kind residential ship.

"We are extremely proud to have been invited to this special event and be amongst the top 10 agents worldwide. It has been an honor to represent Residences at Sea and The World throughout this year. We understand the needs of this residential ship and we are glad that we have met their expectations."

"We're a 24 by 7 company that requires 24 by 7 services from our vendors," said The World's President and CEO Tom McAlpin as he addressed guests. "Your impressive work ethic, positive attitudes and dedication to our business helps our team provide high quality unique experiences for Residents and guests that bring the destination alive. We appreciate your assistance which helps us deliver fascinating itineraries and destination experiences that perfectly capture the culture, history, habitat and traditions of each locale the ship visits all over the globe."

Senior Vice President, Operations Alain Gruber spoke about luxury aboard The World. "Luxury means different things to different people," he offered. "Luxury is having what you want when you want it without having to ask. For us, it's about knowing our Resident's personal preferences. It can be as simple as bringing them a hot cup of tea prepared exactly to their liking as they're relaxing with a good book or letting them know that one of their favorite lecturers is returning. We understand what pleases our Residents without them having to ask. That's the epitome of luxury."

Companies recognized at this year's Celebration of Excellence hailed from all corners of the world including French Polynesia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S.

About The World

Launched in 2002, The World® is the largest privately owned, residential yacht on earth with 165 luxury Residences. A diverse group of Residents from 19 countries own the homes onboard and share interests in world cultures, history and adventure, and exploring fascinating destinations. They circumnavigate the globe every two to three years following an extraordinary itinerary that they select. In-depth expeditions and one-of-a-kind experiences are complemented by world-class amenities and impeccable service. To learn more about this unique lifestyle call + 1-954-874 3399 or visit


  • "We could have been in a much worst position if we did not have your back up for sure."

    Mr. G. Giannopoulos, from Enterprises Shipping & trading -- Greece for M/V Elbe Max

  • "First of all, I want to express my appreciation for all the hard work that you and your teams have put into this. Thanks again for all the tremendous support as our top agent."

    Mr. John Schneider, from the World Residences at Sea of M/V The World

  • "Many thanks for all your hard work in getting us into Halifax last minute and excellent assitance."

    Ms. Sharon Hammonds, from the World Residences at Sea of M/V The World

  • "Thank you for all your help with our last minute call to Halifax. We knew we could count on you guys!!!"

    Ms. Natasha Salzedo, from the World Residences at Sea of M/V The World

  • "Thank you very mucgh for your prompt actions and you kind co-operation and assitance during the whole Vessel's duration in Canada. Wish to co-operate with your Company again, in our Vessels' next call in Canada."

    Mr. Nikolaos Anastasiou, from Alert Ship Management Ltd. for M/V Sea Resolute

  • "Thank you. Your professional efforts and assistance is highly appreciated."

    Mr. Lucas Chong, from Trust Maritime for M/V Vinashin Moonstone

  • "Thanks for you cooperation and assitance, looking forward to extend the same in near future."

    Bright Navigation Inc, for M/V Georgios S.

  • "Many thanks for kind and professional assistance."

    Capt. Lazar, from M/V Crown Princess

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    Capt. of M/V Lan May

  • "We wish to personally thank you for your excellent and prompt attendance of our vessel at Prince Rupert and at Vancouver as well as for your efficient (both in cost and time) approach to the various matters encountered. It was a pleasure doing business with you and look forward to work with you again in the future."

    Mr. Nicholas Z. Sitinas, from Sitinas Shipping Co. for M/V Nava Maria.

  • "We would like to thank your good selves for all efforts made and your kind assistance for successfully pass the cargo holds."

    Cap. T. Lekkas, from Cyprus maritime for M/V Panamax Power

  • "Thanks for you efficient handling during ship's stay in port of Pointe Noire"

    Neda Maritime

  • "Excellent service these guys are giving. Thanks for your fast and excellent attendance."

    Clipper Bulk Denmark

  • By this opportunity we would like to convey our sincere thanks and gratefulness for the perfect and first class service rendered to our vessel during her stay at Vancouver. It's such a good thing that our good lady was in the good hands of close friends. Many thanks.

    Kaptanoglu Shipping

  • "Thank you very much for your hard work and 'baby sitting' us! We appreciate your help and see you next year!"

    Captain of Cruise Vessel Clelia II

  • "Whenever we need an assistance in Canada, we feel the safety of your existence as we do now."

    Akmar Shipping and Trading Istanbul

  • Many thx for the good support and cooperation from your end. Looking forward to more business in near future.

    Eurasia Shipping and Mgmt PVT Limited