If you've ever imagined living on a luxury cruise ship, you might already know how expensive it is. But now a "residential community at sea" is testing the waters
with a deal that's at least a little more reasonable than usual.
Storylines' upcoming MV Narrative is offering fully furnished, one- to four-bedroom residences, along with studios and two-story penthouses. It sets sail in 2024.
While prices go up to $8 million — ouch — they start at a surprisingly reasonable $400,000, while similar residential ships and yachts start in the millions. A limited number of long-term leases will also be available. Residents will be charged an annual fee ranging from $65,000 to $200,000 per unit that covers food and maintenance.
The MV Narrative will still have the usual slate of cruise amenities. Bells and whistles include 20 dining concepts and bars, a microbrewery, three swimming pools, a 10,000-book library, a movie theater, a wellness center, a bowling alley, and a hydroponic garden farm.
The ship isn't just for retirees, either. Storylines offers a full education program so families can cruise with kids. There will also be medical staff, including doctors and nurses, plus a pharmacy and a post office.
When the MV Narrative sets sail in 2024, its maiden voyage will span 1,000 days and six continents. The ship will stay an average of three to five days in each port, so sightseeing can be a more leisurely affair than it is on a typical cruise ship.
Interested? Act fast: A number of the ship's 547 units have already been sold, with the cruise residences on track to sell out by the end of the year.
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