After a few days of living life on the high (sea) aboard a luxury cruise ship, spending time exploring exciting port cities and sampling the all-inclusive onboard restaurants and amenities, you may be wondering what it would be like for to stay on the ship at all times.
Sure you could book a room on a sail around the worldbut even then you are not Yes, really live on a cruise ship.
However, a local cruise line is working to make permanent living at sea a viable option. The Croatia-based cruise company started at the end of 2024 storylines is to launch a new barge called MV narrativewhere people can buy an apartment on board and sail indefinitely.
The floating community will feature 547 residences, including fully furnished Murphy bed studios (at 237 square feet), one- to four-bedroom apartments and two-story penthouses (ranging from 1,378 to 1,970 square feet each). The total purchase price for one of the homes starts at just under $1 million and will go up to $8 million. Like any other house, the residences can be rented or sold at the discretion of the owner. A few select apartments are also listed for 24-year leases (starting at $600,000, or about $25,000 per year). After the initial purchase or rental price, each unit has an annual fee ranging from $65,000 to $200,000 for meals, amenities, and maintenance. But once on board, residents only need to open their wallets for food, experiences and trinkets during their time ashore – almost everything on board is covered by the fees (excluding items such as premium alcohol, certain medical and veterinary services, child care and on-board shop items).
Even if it’s not an entirely new idea—The world Residences at sea has been sailing since 2002 and somnio, a residential yacht, is due to set sail in spring 2024 – it is currently the most affordable option for those looking to live at sea. (The world and somnioThe smallest accommodations from have an estimated starting price of 3 million dollars and 11 million dollarsrespectively.)
Founded in 2016, Storylines is led by Alister Punton and Shannon Lee, two men who previously worked in land-based real estate and construction projects. According to the website, MV narrative should be more of a lifestyle choice and less of an extended vacation. Storylines therefore notes that prospective residents are interviewed to determine if they are a good fit for the community.
The plans for the MV narrative These include 20 restaurants on 18 decks, a 10,000-book library, three pools, a garden, a bowling alley, a gym with a running track, and a microbrewery. The ship will also house some services not common on other cruise lines due to the nature of its offering, such as a post office, hospital, school (for grades up to 12), bank and office space to make it feel more like a real one city by the sea. There will also be outdoor pet exercise areas should residents wish to take their four-legged friends on the ride.
The ship is scheduled to begin its 1,000-night maiden voyage in late 2024. During this first almost three-year voyage, the ship will visit six continents, stopping in different ports for one to five days each.
one Sample 88 day itinerary shows the cruise slowly moving around most of the Italian coast over the course of a month, including three days in Rome, four days in Palermo (Sicily’s capital) and individual days in San Leone, Sciacca and Marsala, among others. From there the ship would spend a few days each in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania before diving deep into Greece for 24 days and then heading to Turkey. There would be “Residents Choice” days along the way, when those on board could use a special phone app for residents to vote for where they want to go.
The low-speed travel schedule, the company says on its website, is part of its sustainable travel initiative, as longer layovers in port and shorter distances between stops use less fossil fuels. Other elements include waste-to-energy technology, growing vegetables in the hydroponic garden, and a commitment to only using biodegradable or reusable items instead of single-use plastics.