Want to Live on a Cruise Ship?

If and when your traveling days are over, you may want to put down roots in the ground somewhere. But what if your roots stayed on the surface and that surface were water? Yes, you could live on the water permanently. No more suitcases, no more packing and unpacking. But how?

Become a globetrotter and live on the sea on a cruise ship. You would never have to pack a suitcase again. Carry it once to your room and then store it in a closet. You might have the choice of cooking your own meals or having them available in a restaurant or even delivered to your room. Would you like some entertainment, a workout room, a book to read, or a doctor to visit? These would all be available to you.

See what one family chose to do.

Don’t forget: you’re not confined to the ship. The ship will make ports-of-call and you can get off to explore, shop, visit a new culture, or regain your land legs. You don’t have to go to any of the exotic places on your own; the world will come to you.

The MV Narrative

There are a number of permanent-living cruise ships sailing the world’s oceans with some less expensive than others. You can occasionally rent or sublease an apartment, though more likely you would need to purchase an apartment or condo. You may be able to rent out your unit when you choose to leave the ship for a period of time. With ownership, you can also leave your legacy to your family or others. Life in a ship’s condo is similar to life in a conventional condo.

The MV Narrative

One ship seems to be getting all the buzz of late. This is the MV Narrative being built in Croatia by the Storylines Company. The ship was expected to be sold out by the end of 2022, ready to set sail in 2024. You may not be too late to get on board, however. The MV Narrative includes 547 residences of varying sizes, 20 dining rooms and bars, a micro-brewery, 3 swimming pools, a bowling alley, a hydroponic garden farm, an open-air fitness center for racquet sports, a yoga studio, a track, and a 10,000 book library. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7KQseKI6Jw&t=33s

Your new home could contain one to four bedrooms, or you might choose a studio or a penthouse with prices ranging from $400,000 to $8 million. You may purchase a unit outright, although there are a limited number of 12- and 24-year leases available. Another option is to pay an all-inclusive annual living fee from $65,000 to $200,000 to cover all your needs, including food and any needed maintenance. On a monthly basis, your living fees start from just $2,152 or an average of $3000 a month. The Narrative prides itself knowing that other permanent-living cruise ships charge even more for similar accommodations.

Factors to Consider

Despite all the fun of living on a cruise ship, it is not for everyone. It is an expensive proposition and, if it is not affordable for you, you might think of taking it on as a goal. There are a number of factors you would need to consider.

  • It is costly, generally more costly than living on the land. Your expenses onboard will include your room(s), food, and activities both on the ship and your adventures on shore;
  • There may be a size limitation to  your accommodations. You may be sharing space with another person. Can you live in close proximity with even a spouse?
  • It may be difficult to find privacy if you are sharing your accommodations with another. Even the ship itself may be noisy and possibly crowded;
  • Transferring your accustomed life style to living onboard may prove difficult, as you may not find all the amenities that are common to your life. The stores may not have all you want, and the facilities may not include activity rooms that you are used to, such as a gym or other recreational opportunities;
  • If you believe that you might find some part-time work while cruising, you will probably be disappointed. Ships generally hire professionally trained individuals to service their passengers. If you did find some work, the hours would likely be long and arduous.
The MV Narrative

You must weigh your options carefully, know your capabilities and faults, how easily you adjust to new environments, and whether or not you can be away from family and friends.

When the ship sets sail on its first 1,000 day itinerary, you may expect to visit six continents and spend a month off the coast of Italy. The ship will generally spend 3 to 5 days in each port. There will also be a day or two each month when the residents will be able to choose the next port.

Do you want to dream or plan, or are you ready to set sail? If you pursue a marine life, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Fact: Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is twice the length of the Washington Monument
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Author: Warren R. Johnson

I am a US citizen travelling in Europe. I have retired from two long-lasting careers: an ordained minister with an exclusive ministry in sacred music (organist-choirmaster), and a book dealer (2 stores and Internet selling). Another shorter career was as a data manager in medical research. Today, I am pursuing a writing career.

9 thoughts on “Want to Live on a Cruise Ship?”

  1. Hello Warren, This is interesting but definitely not for me. Would you write about repositioning cruises, please. My husband and I are considering those. We’re wondering what time of the year they reposition as well as other details. Thanks, Haydee

  2. Loved this Warren. My mom and Dad talked about doing this. At $3000 a month it’s cheaper than a retirement home. Thanks for all the good info!

    1. Dawna – Nice to hear from you. I hope all is well with you both. I’d like to get back to Boquete for a visit, but I’m waiting for my Visa status here to complete. I’ve started another social group in Cuenca. Can’t seem to stay away from these.

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