Storylines is building a luxurious residential cruise ship that will indefinitely travel worldwide starting from 2025.
However, a passenger must be prepared to trade their comfortable multi-room house for a tiny studio condominium where they will need to sleep on a Murphy bed.
The 18-deck MV Narrative, the start-up’s first luxury residential cruise vessel, that will travel all over the world indefinitely.
The ship and its 1,000 occupants will not begin such a unique lifelong journey until 2025, but the vessel’s 547 floating condominiums are capturing the wallets and, of course, the hearts of interested buyers.
In August, some floor plans are almost sold out, Katie Drew, Storylines’ VP of marketing, informed Insider.
The 741-foot cruise vessel is lined with 11-floor plans that are semi-customizable.
The price of the residences ranges from a $1 million 237-square-foot studio home that can be compared to NY apartments to a palatial four-bedroom, spanning almost 1,970-square-foot, a two-floor house that will run potential buyers about $8 million. The 237-square-foot home is not a conventional $1.1 million condo.
A guest will still have access to furniture such as storage units, a closet, and a TV, per the Storyline brochure.
Instead of a divider or bedroom that separates the living room from the former, the studio apartment has a queen-size Murphy bed. This means the bed can be easily stored in the wall when it is not used.
Remote employees depending on the Narrative’s WiFi, can either use the workspace of the vessel or lease the vessel’s private offices. But if they would instead work from home, they could use the two chairs and table across from the beds.
A small bar separates this public living space from the bathroom. While the bathrooms lack a bathtub, the neutral washroom has modern furnishings and a bright vanity that can easily rival a bathroom found in any multimillion-dollar condo.
And the studio home’s price does not include the “living fees” incurred monthly. The rate is approximately $2,600 per person in a dual-occupancy unit, per the firm’s brochure.
But in the Narrative, the monthly fees and sticker price does not include a home at sea.
As the Narrative happens to be “all-inclusive,” the cost will also cover the homeowners’ daily drinks and food at the 20 restaurants and bars the ship boasts.
Besides, guests will also have access to onboard medical staff, gorgeous pools, and a marina with water toys.
The ship also boasts a bowling alley and a 10,000-square-foot large wellness facility that Storylines says is the biggest of its kind at sea.
And throughout the vessel’s journey worldwide, residents will spend several days at lovely international destinations such as Istanbul, Kotor, and Palermo.
So, to some, paying almost $1 million for such a tiny home may seem unreasonable.
But for travellers who are never likely to get exhausted from exploring different countries, the ability to circumnavigate the planet every three and a half years while staying on a luxury cruise vessel is worth each penny.
References: Business Insider India, Yahoo News