Cruise ship selling homes for owners to travel the world at sea

A residential cruise ship promises the experience of traveling the world from the comfort of your own luxury home on board – including an $8 million two-story penthouse.

Storylines said it was selling the new homes aboard its residential cruise ship – a 741-foot-long, 450-crew, 55,000-ton MV Narrative.

The ship will allow its owners on board to circumnavigate the globe every three and a half years, spending approximately three months in each geographic region and an average of three days in ports of call, according to Storylines Managing Director Alister. Point.

“Destinations are determined with input from our resident owners as part of their global lifestyle,” he told The Sacramento Bee in an email. “The concept is different from a vacation cruise ship around the world, which typically spends hours in each port with many days at sea to complete a circumnavigation of the globe in a few months. The narrative route will be announced closer to the navigation with a plan to “follow the sun”.

There are 547 residences on board ranging from 237 square feet to 1,970 square feet, Punton said. Homes range in price from around $300,000 for an interior studio to $8 million for a two-story penthouse, with a limited number of 12- and 24-year rental options available.

The residences are expected to sell out next year and the ship is expected to set sail in 2024, according to a Storylines representative. There is no home port for the vessel, which is currently under construction in Croatia and will depart from that country, the representative said.

Here is an excerpt from The Bee’s recent interview with Punton:

Q: Where did the residential ship concept come from? What motivates him? And are there other ships like the MV Narrative on the market or coming on the market?

PA: “Storylines realizes that many people have put their thirst for adventure on hold to build a career, care for children, or pursue other interests that temporarily interrupt the part of their life story whose they dream the most. The concept is for people to have unique, memorable and life-changing experiences while traveling the world from the comfort of their homes. The result is the creation of a vessel for residential living at sea which allows citizens of the world to live a healthy and active life of freedom and adventure while maintaining their professional and family lives.

“The concept was born with The World ResidenSea, which has been traveling the world for 20 years now. Other private residence yachts and vessels currently under construction include Njord and Somnio with another, Blue World Voyages, which is a hybrid ship with vacation cabins and private residences.

Q: What else can you share about the ship and its residences?

PA:They are designed in Europe by Tillberg Design of Sweden and most have balconies for cool sea breezes. They use flexible furniture, some of which have pull-out beds to make the most of the space for day and night use. They offer many thoughtful storage solutions.

“Storylines places a high priority on health and well-being, with one of the largest wellness centers at sea. It has all the usual fitness equipment, plus spa treatments, meditation, salt room, infrared saunas, whirlpool, steam room, wellness modules, on-demand streaming workouts and, of course, yoga classes, pilates, zumba and other live classes, most of which are available 24/7.

“Another priority is environmental sustainability. Storylines MV Narrative will be one of the greenest passenger ships at sea. As a residential ship, not a vacation ship, we can make different choices, and as a more nimble business, we can implement new technologies immediately. Everything on the ship is reusable or compostable, so you won’t find single-use items such as ketchup packets, individual yogurt containers or plastic water bottles. We have strict goals to produce very little waste, which is just one example in a long list of sustainability initiatives. Another uses liquid natural gas (LNG), the cleanest fuel available for ships today.

Q: What are the dining options on the ship? And do the residences also have kitchens?

PA: “There is a plethora of multicultural dining options ranging from Mediterranean cuisine to Japanese, vegetarian options, a steakhouse, a poolside grill and a fine dining restaurant for al fresco dining under the stars. Emphasis is placed on using fresh, local ingredients. We also have a fast food aisle for Asian dumplings and other street food. Small restaurants include an oyster bar, fresh juice bar, gelateria, chocolatier, cafe serving fair trade organic coffee and loose leaf tea. Of course, we have plenty of bars and lounges, including a wine cellar where residents curate the selection and fine wines are available on tap. We brew our own craft beers in the microbrewery and residents can treat themselves to the ambient cocktail bar near the theater. Our Champagne Bar and Whiskey Lounge offer 180 degree floor-to-ceiling views of the ever-changing landscape. There are poolside bars and cocktail bars on all the terraces to enjoy a refreshing drink while lounging and admiring the view. What you won’t find are buffets.

“Storylines residences have kitchenettes. MV Narrative’s smaller residences have a bar counter with a refrigerator, cabinets, coffee maker, and toaster. Larger residences also have a bar sink and additional appliance options including wine fridge, freezer, dishwasher, induction hob, etc. On one of the upper decks, there is an open “show kitchen” for cooking classes and guest chef demonstrations where residents can also cook while entertaining.

Q: Are the amenities of the MV Narrative the same as those of a regular cruise ship?

PA: “Scenarios” MV Narrative is specifically designed for residential living, not the high turnover of thousands of guests coming and going each week. There are similarities such as a spa, theater, dance floor and art studio, but we also have many amenities that cruise ships do not have such as a private marina, hydroponic garden, food markets, education programs for children and young people, a post office, library, bank and all that one may need for his daily life. We have lots of fun bonus amenities including pool tables, bowling alley and golf simulator with pro shop. We also have extensive commercial facilities including co-working spaces, private offices, recording studio, meeting rooms, event spaces and conference centers for our executives working onboard.

“Storylines encourages an active lifestyle. We offer a lap pool, pickleball court, golf simulators, bowling alley, bicycles, personal watercraft such as kayaks and paddle boards, and an outdoor running track. It’s right on the ship and there are many more opportunities for trekking, biking, rock climbing and adventure sports in stunning locations around the world.

Q: Is it like a timeshare? How? ‘Or’ What? Or how is it not?

PA: “No, Storylines does not offer timeshares. There are a limited number of rental options (over 12 or 24 years) but residences are primarily purchased for cash. There is no limit to the time a owner can occupy the unit. Unlike a timeshare, many of our owners plan to live in their home at sea 365 days a year. For our owners who do not plan to be on the ship full time, they can choose to lend their home to friends and family or rent it out through our Guest at Sea program.

Q: What do the buyers actually own when they buy the residence?

PA: “It is a lease agreement with occupancy rights for a fixed term up to the full life of the vessel. With an outright purchase, resident owners benefit from a perpetuity clause, meaning they can move to a new residence on a future ship without additional purchases, making them a long-term investment.Residences can be rented or sold, just like any other real estate investment, and are transferable assets as part of an estate.

Q: Are there medical/dental/visual resources on board?

PA: “Yes. With Storylines, you will lead a healthier, happier, and longer life. Storylines has a full medical team with proven skills in preventative care, general medicine, and emergency medicine. The team includes a general practitioner trained in emergencies, a doctor of preventive medicine, a pharmacist, a pathologist, a nutritionist, an acupuncturist, a beautician, a physiotherapist, a dental hygienist, nurses, assistants and technicians Other specialists are part of our community of residents and offer their services in addition to our full-time staff, a support staff of personal fitness trainers will also be available.

“There are health kiosks and gamification of physical activity monitoring in order to achieve our ambitious prevention goals and we have already started our wellness program by sharing our digital wellness content.”

The profile of a typical Storylines residence owner ranges from young families to early retirees, Punton said.

“Storylines has a lot of solo travelers and entrepreneurs who can work from anywhere in the world,” he added. “Our community of like-minded residents is well connected to our founding principles.”

He said those principals include:

  • “We are not sailing. We discover.”
  • “We are not on vacation. We are a way of life.
  • “We don’t have itineraries. We have experiences.
  • “We don’t observe. We participate.
  • “We are not a demographic group. We are a state of mind.

“Storylines Resident Owners are global citizens who call the world home,” Punton said.

This story was originally published December 11, 2021 4:00 a.m.

David Caraccio is a video producer for The Sacramento Bee who was born and raised in Sacramento. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and a lifelong journalist who has worked for newspapers as a reporter, editor, page designer, and digital content producer.

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