New residential cruise ship one step nearer to actuality

A residential cruise ship that promises to give “The opportunity for everyday people to travel the world in luxury without having to leave their home” is one step closer to reality.

Storylines has confirmed an agreement with Brodosplit, the largest shipyard in Croatia, to build the 551 gross tonne, 741 foot long ton MV narration. The company says engineering has already started and the first steel will be cut in the next year.

MV Narrative (courtesy of Storylines Inc.)

The founder and co-CEO Alister Punton describes the concept as “a residential ship for like-minded travelers who join a community and travel the world in luxury”.

An all inclusive home at sea

According to Storylines’ business model, passenger owners pay in advance to rent accommodation on board the MV narration for 12-60 years. There are 627 units for sale, and many are already on file, according to the company’s website.

Fully furnished residences range from 237 square feet to 2,411 square feet, while prices start at $ 300,000 and rise to over $ 8 million for a premium two-level penthouse suite. The “condominium cabins” can be resold during the rental period if the resident so wishes, or they can be rented out to generate income to offset their costs while on board.

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There are also monthly fees that cover the maintenance of the ship, its facilities and amenities, giving guests a nearly all-inclusive experience.

Starting at $ 2,365 per person per month, fees cover all meals served or stateroom delivered in over 20 unique restaurants. Wine, beer and selected spirits; Tips; High-speed WiFi; Laundry service; Onboard activities and entertainment; Visits to an on-board doctor; Yoga and fitness classes; and full use of the fitness facilities.

MV narrative spa rendering

The spa (courtesy rendering of Storylines Inc.)

Leisurely circumnavigation of the globe

The MV narrationWith a crew of 450 men, he will travel leisurely through the oceans and circle the globe over a period of about 3.5 years. The ship will spend three to five days in large ports, allowing plenty of time to explore. Even in smaller ports, most stops include an overnight stay.

Original plans when Storylines was created in 2016 were to convert an older ship to its residential model. After examining several scenarios, however, a new building was deemed more appropriate. A recent attempt by another company to turn an older ship in an anchored liveaboard cruise ship ended with the ship – the former Pacific Dawn – be sold for scrap.

A clean slate gives naval architects and designers the freedom to pursue the founders’ vision of a community at sea and capitalize on the major technological advances that make today’s ships more efficient and sustainable.

Finding the right shipyard for building the MV narration was a challenge. Brodosplit met the bill thanks in part to its diverse capabilities. The construction of the expedition ship was recently completed Hondius – the first Polar Class 6 ship ever. It also built that Golden horizon, the largest square sailing ship in the world.

Shannon Lee, Founder and Co-CEO of Storylines, said, “Working with Brodosplit will help us achieve our founding principles and sustainability goals as their specialty is the manufacture of liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines.”

A waterfront harbor, microbrewery and hydroponic gardens

In addition to LNG – the cleanest fossil fuel – MV narration will include reusable energy technologies and energy storage and recovery systems. The ship will also feature amenities such as a waterfront marina, microbrewery, art studio, hydroponic gardens, and more.

Aft marina lounge

Aft Marina Lounge (Courtesy of Storylines Inc.)

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According to Punton, the global health crisis has slowed storylines’ plans, but it has turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

“The shipbuilding industry has been particularly hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, and industry-wide delays and cancellations have been inevitable. There was a silver lining, however, as we had a few extra months to adapt to changing COVID-related regulations and include some additional features our residents had requested such as: B. additional work areas. “

From active retirees to remote working professionals

According to Punton, the pandemic has broadened interest in the concept of cruise lines in residential areas by demonstrating that remote working is profitable and giving more people the flexibility to reinvent the way they work and live.

Storylines aims to attract a diverse mix of travel-loving, adventurous cruisers. from active retirees to remote workers to families who homeschool their children.

While the entry-level cabins may seem small for a living space at 237 square feet, they make them extremely efficient thanks to their flexible design and innovative storage space, according to Punton.

The staterooms will feature flexible furniture, including queen-size Murphy beds that can be folded up to make room for a desk or dining table. Buyers can consult with Storylines design consultants in a new Miami office to customize their space.

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