Want to live at sea? This residential ship offers full-time cruising

MV Narrative's library will be stocked with 10,000 books.
MV Narrative's library will be stocked with 10,000 books.

Even the most adventurous travelers may long to sleep in their own bed after a while. But Alister Punton, co-founder and CEO of Storylines, which will launch its first residential cruise ship in 2024 departing from Croatia, has a fix for that.

“Well, you take your home with you,” Punton told USA TODAY, who started the company with CSO Shannon Lee.

The vessel, MV Narrative, will feature 547 residences and a range of amenities. The ship will sail to six continents, and residents can treat the units as floating pieds-a-terre or year-round homes, so their travels never have to end. Here is what travelers can expect.

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What can travelers expect from MV Narrative?

In the vein of other residential ships like The World, a privately owned residential yacht, MV Narrative will travel the globe. While itineraries are not yet finalized, destinations will likely include Rome and Naples in Italy, the Greek island of Santorini, and Split, Croatia among others.

MV Narrative will spend three-to-five days in most ports, Punton said, giving those on board time to experience more than they might on a typical cruise. They can also weigh in on the itineraries.

The vessel has 547 residences on board.

Units range from one to four bedrooms, the majority of which have balconies, and residents can pick from “coastal or contemporary interior design styles,” according to a press release. There are 20 restaurants and bars on board, along with a microbrewery, three pools, a bowling alley, fitness and medical facilities, and other amenities.

The ship will also offer a youth education program that can serve as a school for children on board.

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