For many cruise enthusiasts, living on a ship full-time is a long-held, albeit impossible, fantasy.
Extended world cruises have been increasingly popular in recent years, with new excursions being announced despite the pandemic’s effects, and numerous luxury apartments at sea have hit the market.
However, such experiences tend to come at an astronomically expensive cost, which means that many devoted cruise enthusiasts simply cannot afford to join. However, Storylines, a new “residential community at sea,” hopes to change that by making it “more affordable” to live on a cruise ship for a lengthy period of time, or perhaps permanently.
On board its future ship, Storylines is selling completely furnished one- to four-bedroom suites, as well as studios and two-story penthouses, with prices ranging from $400,000 to $8 million.The homes are available as outright purchases, although a limited number of 12 and 24-year leases are also offered.
An undetermined number of the 547 units have already been sold, according to founder and CEO Alister Punton, and the houses are on schedule to sell out by the end of 2022. Those who purchase a cabin onboard Storylines’ future MV Narrative ship, which is now under construction in Croatia, can enjoy an all-inclusive sea life with a slew of remarkable facilities.
The ship will include a 10,000-book library, a movie theater, a state-of-the-art wellness center, a bowling alley, and a solar-powered hydroponic garden farm, as well as a 10,000-book library, a movie theater, a state-of-the-art wellness center, a bowling alley, and a solar-powered hydroponic garden farm.
In late 2024, The Narrative will embark on a 1,000-day inaugural trip across six continents, stopping in each port for three to five days on average.”We’ll take three to four months to do what a conventional cruise company might do in one month or three weeks,” Punton tells CNN Travel. “So that’s how far we’re going to take the experience.” They [residents] also have the opportunity to influence where the ship goes next.”
In addition to the scheduled stops, there will be a number of “residents choice” days throughout the month, during which people on board will have the opportunity to choose the port of call. Those who have a leasehold agreement have the right to occupy the property for a set period of time up to the end of the term.