Live Aboard A Luxury Ship At Sea With Storylines

Do you ever dream of living aboard a luxury ship and traveling the world? What if there was a way to do that year round? Believe it or not, there is! You can live aboard a luxury ship and travel to different destinations all over the globe. Imagine waking up each morning in a new place, surrounded by beautiful scenery and interesting cultures. If you’re interested in learning more about this unique opportunity, keep reading.

How This Started?

Storylines founders Shannon Lee and Alister Punton started with a vision to give global travelers the ability to live out their passion for exploration while still maintaining work, family and home life. The result was in creating a residential ship that enables global citizens to live a healthy and active life of freedom; enjoying immersive life-changing experiences while traveling the world from the comfort of their home at sea.

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Aft Marina Lounge rendering

Storylines’ MV Narrative ship is 741 feet long and 98 feet wide with 547 fully furnished residences ranging in size from 237 to 1,970 square feet. The prices of the residences on the ship range from $1-$8M for the lifetime of the vessel with a limited number of 24-year leases available starting at $647k. Owners will enjoy a complete all-inclusive experience with world-class dining, cultural enrichment programming, and state-of-the-art wellness and fitness facilities available 24-hours a day.

MV Narrative Marina
The MV Narrative features a large outdoor marina.

Standout Amenities

The ship boasts 20 dining and bar venues, a microbrewery, marina landing with personal watercraft, three pools with sundecks, pet exercise area, business center and a beauty salon. Guests will always have plenty to do thanks to an extensive array of entertainment options including a 10,000-book library, movie theater, art studio and bowling alley. Active and adventurous travelers will enjoy an outdoor running track, full gym with state-of-the-art equipment, yoga studio, golf simulators, dance floor and more. The ship also features a youth education program, the first of its kind, world traveling school.

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A rendering of a large RU4 residence onboard MV Narrative

Residences & Design

A range of one-to-four-bedroom residences are available outfitted from the world’s leading maritime design teams. Owners may choose from coastal or contemporary interior design styles to outfit their residences, all designed with comfort, privacy and socializing in mind. Most have balconies for taking in the ever-changing views and fresh sea breezes. Families and owners’ guests are welcome aboard and owners have the option to rent out their residences when not in use.

Large resident lounge library
The large resident lounge and library aboard MV Narrative


Journey across six continents and circumnavigate the globe every three years. With several days in most ports, the residents onboard get ample time to explore—and have the ability to weigh in on the ship’s itinerary by voting to stay longer in certain destinations. Ongoing education and enrichment is provided and philanthropy is encouraged.

RU4 residence at sea virtual walk-through


Storylines places a high priority on wellness, nutrition, fitness programs and functional medicine. A medical clinic onboard includes a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, nutritionist and physiotherapist. A 10,000 square-foot health and wellness center will offer a range of medical services include wellness visits, weight loss, anti-aging, immune therapies, detox treatments, dietary planning, meditation room, relaxation pods and more. The company has partnered with Wellness Solutions for the innovative space on its maiden ship MV Narrative. Wellness Solutions founder and CEO Tony de Leede has been named Storylines’ wellness consultant. The facilities also include a hospital for emergency medicine and a helicopter landing pad for medical evacuations

MV Narrative luxury lifestyle ship flyover

Green Initiatives

Storylines’ innovative green technologies will ensure MV Narrative is one of the greenest passenger vessels in operation. The ship has been sustainably designed with liquid natural gas propulsion – (LNG), the most environmentally friendly option currently available for powering ships. Other initiatives include converting waste into energy and growing produce onboard at the solar powered hydroponic garden. A first-of-its kind zero waste farmer’s market will also be available with locally sourced products where everything is compostable or recyclable.

Luxury Residential Living At Sea

Living aboard a luxury ship may not be for everyone, but this may be an option for those who are looking to explore the world each day. Residential ships are not new, but they are still a rare offering that should be considered carefully, as the initial cost and yearly fees are more than your average landside condo association.

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John Shallo
John Shallo
John Shallo is the founder and editor of Cruise Addicts. Since 1999 it has been a leading destination for cruise travelers and self professed Cruise Addicts looking for the latest news, ship reviews and travel tips.

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