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Man reveals the benefits of owning an apartment on cruise ship instead of living on land

It's the ultimate life hack.

  • This man bought an apartment on a cruise ship
  • Looking for adventure, he decided to take a unique approach
  • Here he takes us through the perks of living remotely

Published on Mar 14, 2024 at 3:28PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Mar 15, 2024 at 4:28PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain

If you’ve ever dreamt of seeing the world but are tethered to work and bricks and mortar, this man who bought an apartment on a cruise ship has the ultimate life hack.

Austin Wells was looking for adventure and decided to take a unique approach.

Instead of traveling sporadically around work and other commitments, he decided to take his entire life remote.

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How? Buying an apartment on board a cruise ship.

While you might associate luxury cruise ships with a champagne lifestyle, according to the 28 year old – this is far from the truth.

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Back to Wells and he claims that it’s actually cheaper than living in his home city of San Diego, California.

The average rental price in the city is around $2,500 per month.

Meanwhile, his onboard room is $2,000 per month.

To do the maths, that’s a saving of $500 on rent alone – aside from other perks.

His 237 square foot studio is pretty modest featuring a foldaway bed, pantry, desk and separate shower room.

This cost him $300,000 for a 12-year lease.

Residential luxury cruise, the MV Narrative built by Storylines, has a total of 500 private rooms and apartments.

Currently under construction, there will ne 20 dining and bar concepts, as well as a microbrewery, a 10,000-book library, movie theatre, three pools, laundry service, gym, an art studio, and onboard doctor.

It’s scheduled to set sail in 2025, visiting countries including Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

And working remotely for tech conglomerate, Meta, means his work location and lifestyle are flexible.

That meant “upending” his life was unnecessary, per CNBC.

Wells plans to sail across the world for three-and-a-half years.

“My working hours will be shifted towards evenings, nights and very early mornings,” he told the news outlet.

“But that does open up the ability for me to … maybe see a city midday to afternoon and then start my workday around 6pm or 7pm.

“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.”

And the good news is that if he does feel homesick, Wells can rent out his flat or invite friends or family aboard for around a month.

Similarly, this couple who sold everything to live on cruise ship reveal how their lives have changed.

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