Over the previous few years, a number of new cruise strains have popped up promoting cabins that you could dwell in as you sail world wide. So far, none of those cruise strains have but to sail a cruise or also have a ship of their possession.
This morning, a press launch went out a couple of new cruise line that’s promoting cabins that you could dwell in beginning beneath $100,000. Villa Vie Residences is promising to be a disruptive drive within the cruise business and has set a date to start crusing in Could 2024. Their first cruise shall be 1,301 days lengthy.
Their first ship, Villa Vie, will reportedly circumnavigate the world each three and a half years visiting greater than 420 ports in 147 nations. You possibly can sail on their ship considered one of two methods. You should buy a cabin beginning at beneath $100,000 or cruise on a section that can vary from 35-120 days from $89/day per individual.
Costs to purchase a cabin are listed on their web site as follows:
- Inside Villa (160-180 sq. ft.) – $99,999 plus month-to-month charges of $3,499 for 2 or $2,499 for one
- Oceanview Villa (160-180 sq. ft.) – $149,999 plus month-to-month charges of $4,999 for 2 or $3,999 for one
- Balcony Villa (200 sq. ft.) – $249,999 plus month-to-month charges of $7,999 for 2 or $9,999 for one
The cruise line additionally says that it is possible for you to to lease out your cabin whenever you aren’t onboard and family and friends can go to you for free of charge, they only must pay $33 in every day port and gratuities.
For the reason that largest a part of beginning a brand new cruise line is having a ship, I visited Villa Vie Residences’ web site to view their ship. On the house web page, a video auto-plays that exhibits an MSC cruise ship (Musica class) with the brand blurred out. On one other web page, a special MSC ship (Fantasia class) is proven with the title photoshopped out.
Issues received much more fascinating after I clicked on the cruise line’s brochure. On web page two of their brochure, a Princess Cruises’ Grand class ship is proven. Scroll all the way down to web page 16 and there’s a photograph of the promenade on a Carnival Cruise Line vessel.
Once I visited the cruise line’s social media pages, much more crimson flags stood out. On X (previously often called Twitter), they posted a photograph of Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas visiting CocoCay when the island was beneath building because the pier was accomplished. You possibly can see the tweet here.
In addition they posted it on Fb.
Nevertheless, this wasn’t the one ship they’ve posted from different cruise strains.
On August 31, 2023, they posted a photograph of considered one of Oceania’s Regatta class cruise ships with their emblem photoshopped on it.
4 day in the past, they posted a photograph of what seems to be Holland America Line’s Volendam with their emblem photoshopped on it.
I reached out to the cruise line and requested them which ship they are going to be utilizing for his or her cruises since they’re utilizing not less than six different cruise strains’ ships of their advertising. In spite of everything, you’d by no means see any cruise line utilizing a competitor’s ships of their advertising.
They rapidly responded with, “Particulars on the ship are forthcoming. Keep tuned!”
The cruise line did present one picture with the press launch that you could see beneath.
Mikael Petterson, the corporate’s chief govt officer and a seasoned cruise business govt, gave the next assertion about this new cruise line, “Villa Vie Residences is not only a cruise; it’s a life-style reimagined. With the launch of our new model, we’re empowering vacationers to make the world their house, all whereas having fun with unmatched luxurious and suppleness.”
Villa Vie Residences isn’t the primary cruise line to supply low costs for cabins on cruise ships that you could dwell in. In early 2018, Storylines started promoting cabins for as little as $155,000 (plus annual charges). 5 and a half years later, the cruise line has but to sail one cruise and they’re nonetheless promoting cabins on their web site with the beginning value at present at $625,000.
Blue World Voyages additionally introduced plans in 2017/18 to promote cabins you may dwell in on their ship. They’ve additionally but to buy a ship and sail one cruise.
If you wish to buy a cabin on Villa Vie, you would possibly need to wait till they really have a cruise ship of their possession earlier than giving them any cash.