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Rendering of Storylines MV Narrative cruise ship
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You Can Now Buy or Rent an Apartment Aboard a Cruise Ship

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Tired of paying the rent on a boring house that doesn’t go anywhere? Now you can buy or rent an apartment aboard a cruise ship and see the world without ever leaving your home.

Storylines, a new luxury cruise line, is launching the MV Narrative, a residential cruise ship in 2024. Unlike a regular cruise ship, where you rent a cabin for a designated length of time on a specified itinerary, cruisers on the MV Narrative permanently purchase their rooms on a trip around-the-world.

Rendering of the MV Narrative, Storylines' upcoming residential cruise ship
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Fully furnished one-to-four bedroom residences are for sale starting at $1 million, and a limited number are also available to lease for 12 or 24 years, starting at $400,000. 

However, there are also mandatory all-inclusive living fees (which cover food, beverage, and amenities on the ship) that range from $65,000 to $200,000 per unit per year (based on double occupancy). 

The MV Narrative is 741 feet long, and will have 547 cabins that range in size from 237 to 1,970 square feet. 

Renderings of the potential layout of an apartment onboard Storylines' MV Narrative.
Renderings of the apartment layouts onboard Storylines’ MV Narrative.

The ship will be on a constant round-the-world tour, circumnavigating the globe every three years. The cruise will stop in ports for around 1-5 days at a time, so homeowners will have plenty of time to explore each destination. The itinerary will change every three years, and residents will be able to vote on ports of call. 

Onboard, the luxury cruise ship will have all the amenities residents could need, including a hospital, microbrewery, pet exercise area, 10,000 book library, movie theater, bowling alley, outdoor running track, golf simulators, and more. 

A spokesperson for Storylines did not disclose how many residences have already been purchased, but said “the company has seen strong sales due to more people having the freedom to work and study remotely.”

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