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  • Cruise ship for full-time living readying for launch
  • Alister Punton’s ‘Narrative’ will sell cabins from 2021
  • Travel advisors can sell three-month excursions on the vessel

The dream of owning a cabin in a cruise ship for residential living and see the world might be the dream. That is becoming a reality under the initiative of Alister Punton, co-founder of Storylines, a cruise company.

Punton’s dream cruise ship being built in China aims full-time living in its 17 decks with a length of 741 feet.

To be launched in 2023, the vessel named “Narrative” will sell cabins like apartments reportedly at $350, 000 starting 2021. 

Although cabins can be owned, travel advisors can also monetize it by selling commissionable excursions for three months on the vessel.

A similar concept was promoted by World 20 years ago but Punton is making it more innovative using his background in real estate for a different lifestyle.

Not a typical cruise ship

Punton asserts: “This is not a typical cruise ship.” 

There is a focus on mixing leisure, community building, adventure, and entertainment. The cruise ship will have 45 have resident lounges for fulsome relaxation and shared activities. The furnishings and design are from Europe. 

The vessel has a maximum capacity to carry 1000 travelers “who can do anything they do on land, be it cooking, garden, work out or whatever,” Punton told Travelpulse. 

Right now Punton is marketing the unique cruise ship to clients in the U.S. Australia, the United Kingdom, and Europe. 

In the sample itinerary already announced the ship will sail from Rome to Istanbul with stops in Malta and Italy.  The ship will circle the world every three-and-a-half years with extended port stays.

Punton explains Narrative will be like a super-yacht sailing to off-the-beaten-path places. 

The report highlights many attractions that will excite people for luxurious yet enlightened living such as on-board entertainment of movie theatres, microbreweries and big libraries and lectures by local experts. 

At the food front, there will be 20 small restaurants, each with a different theme. Hiking, biking, kayaking and will form the adventure part. There is a casino as well as the icing of highlights.

Cruise residences in the Mediterranean

Meanwhile, CNBC reported a similar cruise deal by Blue World Voyages offering to sell 40 residences starting at $2.4 million to $3.4 million on its inaugural ship that will sail in April 2021 in the Mediterranean.  GettyImages-Cruise Ship in Miami Residents of the city wave as they watch the world's largest luxury liner, the Freedom of the Seas, docks at the port of Miami 25 May 2006. Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

It is billed as the “world’s first sports, and wellness-focused cruise line.” 

The purchase of cabins will enable owners to cruise as often as they like for 25 years. They can also rent out apartments to manage the monthly maintenance fees according to luxury brokerage Compass Florida.

Meanwhile, the Yangtze River in China, the world's third-longest river will be serviced by the world's biggest river cruise ship Victoria Sabrina from 2020. The cruise liner will take guests through many provinces and offer also views of the Three Gorges Dam.

According to US-based Victoria Cruises, Sabrina ship will have a mix of Western and Chinese design, reported CNN.