New cruise ship community will live at sea – ‘magical’

Storylines At Sea showcases their Residential Ship Lounge

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Cruise ships offer tourists the chance to explore the world and enjoy a huge range of facilities onboard. A new ship from Storylines has created a new community that will have its primary residence at sea.

Storylines was designed to give people the chance to explore the world while maintaining their career and family life.

MV Narrative, the brand’s ship, has 547 residences onboard ranging from studios to four bedroom apartments. spoke to Alister Punton, CEO of Storylines, to find out what sort of person is attracted to life at sea.

He said: “Business owners, lawyers, you name it, anyone and everyone are coming onboard the ship.”

“All of it comes back to the community. We want to build a community of like-minded people who want to share experiences.

“Post-Covid, a lot more people are wanting to work from the ship and they see it as their primary residence.

“We have a resident who works as a doctor doing telemedicine and he will continue to do that from the ship.”

Some of the community’s members will be families and children will continue education through a ‘Worldschooling’ program which will include field trips.

Although joining the community doesn’t require a ‘formal interview’ the team are careful to create a like-minded group of people.

Alister said: “We did a group trip with some of our residents and it was either going to be a complete disaster or a magical experience.

“As it turned out, it was a completely magical experience. People from all over the world met each other and built their own community.

“It was like they were long lost primary school buddies. When you step onboard, the lifestyle starts there.”

Alister said that around 36 percent of the ship’s residents are looking to live at sea full time while the rest plan to spend around six to nine months at the residence.

When it comes to an itinerary, MV Narrative will be fairly flexible with one key goal in mind.

“We’ll be following the sun all year round. We want to make sure we have maybe 364 days of nice weather,” said Alister.

He added: “We’ll also have residents’ choice days where every few months they can choose where the ship will go.

“We’ll be spending around three to five days in each destination so you won’t get sea legs as a resident.

“Most of the time you’re either on land or near land. So if you wanted to you could actually spend more time on land.”

Residents will be free to come and go as they please and can fly to meet the ship at its next destination.

MV Narrative will have a 10,000 book library, a cinema, golf simulator, bowling alley and 20 bars and restaurants.

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