Imagine living on the sea, traveling from one continent to the other in luxury and style. It’s a dream many of us possess. But can it be attainable? Let’s find out.
My Home At Sea is the first cruise ship fleet that offers affordable cabins or condos to those who want to live on a cruise ship. The fleet is owned by Storylines cruise lines and is pre-selling its units starting at $155,000.
Storylines’ MV Narrative
In 2018, Storylines cruise ship company, the world’s first affordable ship company, announced that it would launch its fleet of cruise ships called My Home At Sea. The company’s goal was to provide long-term leases for those who want to experience living on the sea while still enjoying the cruise ship’s amenities. (Source: Cruise Fever)
The company set out to build the MV Narrative ship, its first residential community at sea. The ship is currently being built in Croatia, and Storylines is working on pre-selling its condos and cabins. In interviews, Alister Punton, founder and CEO of Storylines, mentions that several residences have already been sold. Punton expects all 547 cabins and condos to be sold out by the end of 2022.
The MV Narrative is scheduled to begin its 1,000-day maiden voyage in 2024 across six continents. It will be spending an average of three to five days in each port it will visit. The ship offers different kinds of residences. It is designed to have studio-type apartments, one to four-bedroom residences, and even two-story penthouses.
Prices start at $155,000 up to $8 million, and the residences are available for outright purchases, as well as long-term leases of 12 and 24 years. The ship is set to feature 20 dining concepts and bars, a microbrewery, three swimming pools, a 10,000 book library, a movie theater, a state-of-the-art wellness center, a bowling alley, and even a solar-powered hydroponic garden farm.
The ship will also offer a complete education program paired with many education spaces. There will also be a team of medical staff that includes doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists. The ship is also expected to have a pharmacy and a post office.
Depending on the unit purchased, residents will also be charged a monthly living fee, from $65,000 to $200,000 annually. The fee will cover food and maintenance services. However, interested parties will undergo screening to ensure they would be a good fit for the community. Future residents will also be allowed to rent out their properties if they are not using them. (Source: CNN)
Other Residential Ships
Besides Storylines’ MV Narrative cruise ship that will offer 547 residences, other cruise lines are set to offer similar amenities in the following years.
Operator Clydebuilt is currently building Dark Island in River Clyde in Scotland. It is scheduled to be fully operational by 2025. The ship offers 101 residential suites, with prices ranging from 8 million to 110 million pounds. The residences will have cooking facilities, but the ship will come with three restaurants. It will also have a spa, a salon, a hydrotherapy pool, and a fitness and wellbeing center.
Ocean Residences commenced its efforts to build Njord in 2021. It is also expected to be fully operational by 2025. The residential yacht will be offering 117 residences and is boasting its design to meet the strictest environmental regulations.
Blue World Voyages plans to build a hybrid ship concept called Blue World. It will be offering 40 private residences, targeting residents who enjoy the active lifestyle. It will be offering different activities like golf, snorkeling, and kayaking, to name a few.
(Source: Cruise Industry News)