Can you live on a cruise ship? Yes, and here’s how much it costs

Austin Wells loves to travel the world.

But he doesn’t like long flights, jet lag or an unsettled routine.

And that’s why, Wells, who is 28 and lives in San Diego, leased a residence on board a luxury boat that he will move into — and work remotely from — for at least three years as it sails around the world. It comes complete with medical services, a farmer’s market, private kitchens and an exercise center, along with 24-hour room service, a co-working space and spa.

His room is on a mega cruise ship named the MV Narrative, made up of more than 500 private rooms and apartments, which will be home to around 1,000 residents who will live on board more or less permanently.

“The thing that most excites me is I don’t have to upend my daily routine, in order to go see the world,” Wells told CNBC by video call.

“I’m going from this model where you want to go somewhere, you pack a bag, you get on a flight, you rent a room, to now my condo, my gym, my doctors and dentists, all of my grocery stores travel the world with me,” he added.

'It's just like owning a condo' said Austin Wells on cruise ship living

Wells — whose job at Meta‘s augmented and virtual reality division, Reality Labs, is fully remote — plans to continue to work U.S. West Coast hours as the ship visits European cities.

“My working hours will be shifted towards evenings, nights and very early mornings. But that does open up the ability for me to … maybe see a city midday to afternoon and then start my workday around six or 7 p.m.,” he said.

“This is probably the first time ever that there is even the ability to have a standard job and even consider working and living from a floating apartment complex,” Wells added.

What is the MV Narrative?

There will be 11 types of residence on board, with the largest — “Global” at 1,970 square feet — on two levels, with up to four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large balcony, a dining room that seats six and a walk-in closet.

Some apartments are located on a deck with a Champagne and whisky bar, cigar lounge and small pool at one end, while others have observation lounges and event spaces.

Other facilities, spread across 18 decks, will include 20 restaurants and bars, a 10,000-square-foot gym and spa open 24 hours a day, three swimming pools, a school, library, bank and office spaces. The ship will also have a theater for performances and movies, though unlike traditional cruise ships, extravagant entertainment won’t be much of a focus, Punton told CNBC.

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