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Love Boat: Floating ‘party’ hotel to launch in the Med


A Liverpool property developer and hotelier has bought a £3.3 million ship which it plans to launch as an “Ibiza-style” floating hotel.

The ship, which will make its maiden voyage this August, will drop anchor in the Mediterranean clubbing capitals of Marbella, Ibiza and Majorca for week-long residencies.

Designed to carry 632 passengers, the idea is that the boat will host DJs such as David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Alesso, Sebastian Ingrosso, Swedish House Mafia, Danny Rampling and Pete Tong. They are expected to perform alongside dance acts and live PAs from artists such as Clean Bandit, Disclosure, Shift K3Y and MNEK, according to a press release issued by the owners Signature Living.

Further details and the initial line-ups will be announced in the coming months, said Signature Living, but they haven’t made it clear whether any of the acts listed above have actually been booked or even pencilled in at this stage.

Additional entertainment will also come in the form of percussionists, theatrical performers and Alma De Cuba’a dancers known for their Rio carnival style dance routines stunning costumes and petal drop spectaculars, it said.

Bookings for what Signature Living has named ‘The Love Boat’ will open shortly.  Prices are expected to start at £70 per person per night, it said.

Privately-owned Signature Living was set up 10 years ago when co-founders Lawrence and Katie Kenwright bought an apartment in Liverpool to offer accommodation for hen and stag parties in the northern city. The company now has five hotels in Liverpool including the Shankly, Signature Living, Arthouse and 30 James Street, and the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff.

It also has 9 further hotels currently in the pipeline, including Loyolla Hall in St Helens, the football-themed Dixie Dean in Liverpool, the second Shankly Hotel in Preston and the soon-to-be-opened George Best hotel in Belfast.

Signature Living is now one of the biggest hospitality employers and providers in the city of Liverpool with over 870 staff in the city and with plans to expand to 3000 staff over the next 18 months.

Linsey McNeill

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. Previously Editor of, bylines also include The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, the London Evening Standard, Which? and The South China Morning Post.

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