If you love cruising and the idea of living out the rest of your days on a luxury megaship sounds like paradise, you should start saving for 2025.
That’s when Miami-based houseboat builder Storylines plans to launch its new $1.5 billion, 753-foot megaship filled with 547 private residences. Storylines refers to the cruise ship, called MV Narrative, as “the world’s first environmentally sustainable private residential ship.”[ads1];
The homes, which vary in size from 237 to 1,970 square meters, are on sale now – and they’re not cheap. Storylines says the homes cost between $1 million and $8 million, with ownership lasting for the “life of the vessel,” which the company estimates to be about 60 years.
For a shorter and cheaper purchase option, try landing one of the “limited number” homes with 24-year leases starting at $647,000 for the total duration of the lease.
It’s a lot more than you’d pay to go on a cruise vacation, but the ship’s attraction is that you’ll be able to “travel the world from home,” Storylines CEO Alister Punton said in a statement in August.
Storylines and Croatian shipyard Brodosplit are currently in the design and engineering phase to build the massive ship, which the companies say will be the first of its kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas. The method reduces carbon emissions by approx. 25% compared to traditional diesel power.
The homes range from one- to four-bedroom living spaces, and most of them have balconies with views of the surrounding seas and various harbours.
People living on the MV Narrative will get to circumnavigate the globe every three years. Sailing from the ship’s home port in Croatia, the ship will spend up to five days in major ports around the world. Sample itineraries on the Storylines website show stops from the Mediterranean to Australia and South America.
In addition to the private luxury residences, the ship will offer 20 different restaurants and bars, a post office, a school, library, a hospital, a bank, office space and several pools.
Also included: a bowling alley, a microbrewery, a movie theater, an outdoor fitness deck with “racquet sports, a yoga sundeck and running track” and a waterfront marina for watercraft such as jet skis and powerboats.
The ship also has “the largest wellness center at sea”, which includes a spa, gym and anti-aging clinic in a 10,000 square meter space.
In addition to the eco-conscious propulsion system, Storylines says the ship’s focus on sustainability will include systems to convert waste to energy, while a “zero-waste farmer’s market” will feature locally sourced produce, including produce grown in the solar-powered hydroponic garden. .
If the thought of a life at sea appeals to you – and you can afford it – you certainly won’t be alone. Several other homebuilders, such as The World and Clydebuilt’s Dark Island, also sell luxury suites aboard megaships for people who want to live, or even retire, at sea.
The other units aren’t cheaper: The World’s luxury suites range from $2 million to $15 million, and Clydebuilt’s Dark Island has suites starting at $10.7 million.
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