A residential cruise ship that allows ordinary people to travel in luxury without leaving their homes is about to become a reality.
Storylines has confirmed an agreement with Brodosplit, Croatia’s largest shipyard, to build the 741-foot, 55,000 gross ton MV Narrative. The company says engineering has already begun and the first steel will be cut next year.
Founder and co-founder Alistair Panton describes the concept as a living ship for like-minded travellers to join the community and travel the world in luxury.
All-inclusive house by the sea
Storylines’ business model involves passengers paying upfront for a 12- to 60-year lease on the MV Narrative. There are 627 housing units for sale, and many are already on deposit, according to the company’s website.
The fully furnished apartments range in size from 237 to 2,411 square feet, and prices start at $300,000 to more than $8 million for a high-end two-story penthouse. The apartments of the lodge can be resold or rented out during the rental period at the tenant’s discretion to generate income to offset expenses during the stay.
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There is also a monthly fee that covers the cost of the ship’s maintenance, amenities and services, and provides guests with almost everything included.
Starting at $2,365 per person per month, all meals served in more than 20 unique restaurants or delivered to your cabin, wine, beer and certain spirits, gratuities, high-speed Wi-Fi, laundry service, onboard activities and entertainment, onboard doctor’s visits, yoga and fitness classes and full use of the fitness room are included.
Leisure travel in the world
The MV Narrative will sail the world’s seas with a crew of 450 at a leisurely pace, sailing around the globe in about 3.5 years. The ship will spend three to five days in the main ports, leaving plenty of time for research. Even in small ports, most stops include an overnight stay.
The original plan for Storylines in 2016 was to convert the old ship into a residential model, but after looking at various scenarios, it was concluded that a new building would be more appropriate. Another company’s recent attempt to convert an old ship into a cruise ship ended with the ship – the former Pacific Dawn – being sold for scrap.
This new beginning offers naval architects and designers the opportunity to bring to life the vision of the founding fathers of the community at sea and to harness the important technological advances that make today’s ships more efficient and sustainable.
Finding a suitable shipyard to build the MV Narrative was a challenge. Brodosplit answered the call thanks in part to a number of skills. The construction of the expedition ship Hondius, the first polar class 6 ship in history, was recently completed. He also built the Golden Horizon, the largest square-rigged ship in the world.
Shannon Lee, founder and co-CEO of Storylines, said: The cooperation with Brodosplit helps us to achieve our basic principles and sustainability goals, as their activities include the production of engines powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Marina, microbrewery and hydroponic gardens
MV Narrative is not only powered by LNG – the cleanest fossil fuel – but also uses energy reuse technologies and energy storage and recovery systems. The ship will also have facilities such as a marina, a microbrewery, an art studio, hydroponic gardens, etc.
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Punton says the global health crisis delayed Storyline’s plans, but it turned out to be a blessing.
The shipbuilding industry was hit particularly hard by the Covid 19 pandemic, and industry-wide delays and cancellations were inevitable. One positive, however, is that we have had a few extra months to adjust to the changing rules related to COVID and to accommodate some of the additional amenities requested by our residents, such as additional workstations.
From active pensioner to pensioner
Punton also notes that the pandemic has increased interest in the concept of residential cruisers because it shows that working remotely is feasible and gives more people the freedom to reinvent the way they work and live.
Storylines seeks a diverse mix of travelers, adventurers, active retirees and professionals who work in remote areas, and even families who homeschool their children.
Although the 237-square-foot entry cabins may seem small in terms of living space, Punton says the flexible design and innovative storage areas make them extremely efficient.
Cabins have flexible furnishings, including queen-size beds with closets that fold down to make room for a desk or dining table. Buyers can consult with Storylines’ design consultants, based in the new Miami office, to customize their space.
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