Would you like a real seachange in retirement living? I don’t mean living by the coast, I mean living on the water – in a ship. Retirees who live on cruise ships, would you have a seachange and retire on a cruise ship? What’s it like to retire on a ship?

People will soon be able to buy a ‘residence at sea’.

Soon To Be A Reality

According to David Punton, one of the founders of Storyline, it will soon be a reality. a background in real estate. Due for launch in 2023, the first voyage will circumnavigate the world for 3.5 years.

Is this the start of a new type of retirement living?

This type of living is said to be attractive to retirees: ‘I want to be asked where I am, not how I am’, one older lady told Punton.

deep blue sea at water's edge
Photo: Greg Becker

Other interested purchasers are people who work remotely and families who home school their children .

What’s The Aim Of Storylines?

The aim of Storylines is to build a community, among the 1,000 or so residents. With 627 fully furnished units, it is not aiming to be just a ‘cruising’ ship: ‘We don’t cruise, we discover’.

There’s an emphasis on being ‘green’, with ‘clean LNG fuel’ and on board power generation’. There’s a garden farm on board so residents can grow vegetables in ‘ship to plate’ experiences.

There’s a choice of 20 restaurants, however, residents can cook their own meals in the various kitchens on board.

It’s a BIG ship

The 55,000 ton, 741 foot, 17 deck ship will also have lounges, 3 pools, microbrewery, gym, spa and wellness centre, movie theatre, library and a marina. Residents will also have access to lectures onboard. And what of staffing levels? It’s planned there will be be over 450 staff to attend to resident’s needs.

small boats on aqua ocean
Photo: Jakob Owens

There’s encouraging news for pet owners. ‘Pets will be by approval’, says David.

Whilst there will be medical professionals and facilities onboard, it is not intended to be a place for people with long term, serious health conditions. Active people who want a lifestyle: ‘We aren’t a vacation, we are a lifestyle’.

Why is the company called Storylines?   ‘Everyone has a story’, says David.

For further details see: Storylines

Consult Your Professionals

As with any real estate transaction, it’s important to consult your professionals. Consider your insurances, legal and financial issues – to name a few items on the to do list.

Bon Voyage

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