Notwithstanding a number of attempts to emulate “The World” by other operators, any past thoughts of competing with the only floating ‘condominiums at sea’ operation that I am aware of, have come to nought.
However, the ‘world loves a trier’ as the expression goes .... and why not?
The newest proposal that has been advanced has produced speculation that the veteran cruise ship Marco Polo is to be sold to become luxury floating apartments.
Storyline have indicated they have identified a vessel that will be a ‘residential community’ sailing from August 2019 after a $40million refit. A second ship is due to enter service shortly afterwards they have stated.
Instead of operating as a normal cruise ship, passengers will pay up to $1,400,000 to buy cabins and live permanently on board, sailing to ports around the world. The ship will be totally redesigned with a microbrewery among its new features. Monthly service fees for the five tiers of accommodation will be up to $9,500 a person.
The Storylines website says the project is ‘definitely not a timeshare’, though owners will be able to let friends or family use their ‘cabin-condos’ when they are not on board.
The company says: ‘Due to contractual conditions, we are not able to release the name of the vessels at this point. Ship names will be released in early 2018.’
It adds that: ‘Our ships are currently cruising around the world. Soon they will be released for a full refit prior to entering service with Storylines.’
As indicated at the start of this item specifications revealed by Storyline on their website identifying their proposed first vessel are very similar to those of the Marco Polo.