cruise ships offer tourists the chance to explore the world and enjoy a huge range of onboard facilities. A new ship from Storylines has created a new community that will have its primary residence at sea.
Storylines is designed to give people the opportunity to explore the world while preserving their career and family life.
MV Narrative, the brand’s ship, has 547 homes on board, ranging from studios to four-bedroom apartments.
express.co.uk spoke with Storylines CEO Alister Punton to find out what kinds of people are attracted to life at sea.
He said, “Business owners, lawyers, you name it, everybody comes aboard the ship.”
“Everything comes back to the community. We want to build a community of like-minded people who want to share experiences.
“Post-Covid many more people want to work from the ship and they see it as their primary residence.
“We have a resident who does telemedicine as a doctor and he will continue to do so from the ship.”
Some members of the community will be families and children will be educated through a ‘Worldschooling’ program, which will include field trips.
While joining the community doesn’t require a ‘formal interview’, the team creates a like-minded group of people.
Alister said: “We did a group tour with some of our residents and it was going to be a complete disaster or a magical experience.
“It turned out to be a completely magical experience. People from all over the world met and built their own communities.
“It was like they were long-lost elementary school friends. When you get on board, that’s where the lifestyle starts.”
Alister said about 36 percent of the ship’s residents want to live at sea full-time, with the rest planning to spend about six to nine months in the residence.
When it comes to an itinerary, MV Narrative will be fairly flexible with one main goal in mind.
“We follow the sun all year round. We want to make sure we have maybe 364 days of good weather,” said Alister.
He added: “We will also have choice days for residents where they can choose where the ship goes every few months.
“We’ll spend about three to five days in each destination so you don’t get sea legs as a resident.
‘Usually you are on the land or near the land. So if you wanted to, you could actually spend more time on land.”
Residents are free to come and go as they please and fly to meet the ship at its next destination.
MV Narrative will have a library of 10,000 books, a cinema, a golf simulator, a bowling alley and 20 bars and restaurants.