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17 minutes ago, twodaywonder said:

No address, no ship. Will not reply with an answer via email to me. Just want me to call them. Total secrecy. WHY?

On the phone you can tell me anything. I want it in writing which they will NOT do.

 

The behavior strongly suggests that Storyline is a scam. 

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3 minutes ago, broberts said:

 

The behavior strongly suggests that Storyline is a scam. 

That is my thought. They are recruiting anyone that wants to sell condos on the ship. They started in New York but I have no idea where they are located. Those that already gave them money say they checked them out thoroughly. How? I cannot find anything about them other than there own propaganda. I honestly hope they are not a scam for those that handed over they money. Many years ago I got scammed and thought I had all the information I needed. WRONG! This is the only reason I am looking into this. We are not talking bout a few hindered dollars as was my case. We are talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

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13 hours ago, NewLifestyle said:

RE: STORYLINES, MV NARRATIVE

One of the Storylines residents, Christy from Australia, was interviewed online a week or two ago. The link to that interview, along with a video she made is below. At the end of her video she answers FAQ's, which are informative and interesting. This may answer some of your questions.

Here is the interview: 
 
 
And here is the video she created: 
 

Again hear say. Anyone can tell you anything. 

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13 hours ago, NewLifestyle said:

RE: STORYLINES, MV NARRATIVE

One of the Storylines residents, Christy from Australia, was interviewed online a week or two ago. The link to that interview, along with a video she made is below. At the end of her video she answers FAQ's, which are informative and interesting. This may answer some of your questions.

Here is the interview: 
 
 
And here is the video she created: 
 

Again hear say. Anyone can tell you anything. 

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Quite the conversation I started, oh wow! At any rate, the truth will in fact come in some months. I remain skeptical of this, but hey, I'd love to be proven wrong.

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On 6/29/2019 at 12:26 AM, NewLifestyle said:

RE: STORYLINES, MV NARRATIVE

One of the Storylines residents, Christy from Australia, was interviewed online a week or two ago. The link to that interview, along with a video she made is below. At the end of her video she answers FAQ's, which are informative and interesting. This may answer some of your questions.

Here is the interview: 
 
 
And here is the video she created: 
 

No clue who the guy on the first one is, but the fact that "Christy" an Aussie bought after chatting up "two Australian guys" just made me laugh out loud.

 

Then, the second one was clearly nothing more than a glossy promotional piece, no blogger would have put that together. Especially when Christy, is apparently a "personal trainer" if you google the name, and she presently nothing to indicate her extensive cruise experience, either on her web presence or in images.

 

Who are all these people that have already purchased, so many apparently, that the "early purchaser" allotment is sold out. You'd think this would have been in the news!

 

The price is cheap, but it looks like you're getting pretty much a cruise ship cabin? Who would actually want to live in a cruise ship cabin for the rest of their lives. And the marketing is all over the place, some mention of a range of ages, but it's then presented as a "senior residence." Which is it?

 

I'm calling total scam.

 

To the earlier proof that the name was on the bow - you do realize that was photo shopped, right?

And, the added decks make the thing look like a whale.

And, six months to do all that work, especially when they're still "looking for a ship year in Europe". another big no.

 

Oh "newlifestyle" has exactly 8 postings to date - all on this thread.

 

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Edited by milepig

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I had a thought...can one of our Hosts (I know @Host Jazzbeau is in here) look into whether they have authorization to use the Cruise Critic logo on their website? I know a large number of Cease & Desist letters were sent to an organization attempting to run a straight pride parade. The companies whose logos were used on their site had not given permission for the use. Storylines is claiming Cruise Critic among their "as seen on" websites...are they talking about this thread?!

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I just noticed that when you dig deeply enough into their webpages you'll find that the lowest priced cabins (now $300K) are INSIDE.  You're going to spend 21 years in an inside cabin? I do love the irony that all the levels are named after "fictional houses." The assessments run from $70 to $285 pp per day.

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This is probably as close as you're going to come to a business plan:

 

 

Note the use of terms like "distressed and retired vessels". The first couple are described as "proof of concept"

 

I love this page, that does have more detail, and promised everything include on onboard brewery:

 

https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/19555-storylines-start-up-cruise-program-moves-forward.html

 

I'm changing my reveiw of "total scam" to "unrealistic expectations leading to promising everything" when you're buying into a ship that has been declared "retired."

 

Finally, this page contains bio information an the two lead people. Neither lists a scrap of experience in the cruise industry:

 

https://cruise-bruise.com/blog/2018/03/16/storylines-senior-cruise-ship-condos-coming-2020/

 

Really finally - I just also noticed that 20yearcruiser - the poster who claims to have made their deposit and done the 2 day sail (on a ship that doesn't exist) has 5 postings, all on this thread.

 

Edited by milepig

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3 hours ago, etoile said:

I had a thought...can one of our Hosts (I know @Host Jazzbeau is in here) look into whether they have authorization to use the Cruise Critic logo on their website? I know a large number of Cease & Desist letters were sent to an organization attempting to run a straight pride parade. The companies whose logos were used on their site had not given permission for the use. Storylines is claiming Cruise Critic among their "as seen on" websites...are they talking about this thread?!

 

Everything points to Storyline being a scam.

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10 hours ago, etoile said:

I had a thought...can one of our Hosts (I know @Host Jazzbeau is in here) look into whether they have authorization to use the Cruise Critic logo on their website? I know a large number of Cease & Desist letters were sent to an organization attempting to run a straight pride parade. The companies whose logos were used on their site had not given permission for the use. Storylines is claiming Cruise Critic among their "as seen on" websites...are they talking about this thread?!

 

I flagged your post to the Admins so they can check this out.  Doing anything more is 'beyond my purview.'

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Ever find and address for them? NO! Storylines keep changing there price and story.

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20 hours ago, twodaywonder said:

Ever find and address for them? NO! Storylines keep changing there price and story.

 

Yep. No two sites have the same prices or amenities or pretty much anything that’s the same. 

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1 hour ago, milepig said:

By coincidence this article featuring the Grand Classica popped up in the Times this morning. It shows what cruise lines do to squeeze a bit more money out of their ships before they retire them. I don’t think this link is paywalled. 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/travel/bahamas-budget-cruise.html?searchResultPosition=2

Did you just make up the "squeeze a bit more money out of them before they retire them" You do realize they were purchased not long ago and both had a lot of time in the yards. The Grand Classica was refurbished by Costa when Bahamas Grand celebration line purchased it. The ships are both in great shape and look excellent. I do not see anything about your remark. It was an article of her taking a cruise on the ship and nothing more. The article was nothing more than a review of the cruise and the ship. Which was an excellent review. I just returned from a quick get away on the Grand Celebration which we enjoyed and the ship is in excellent shape. Both looking very good and running good. 

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22 hours ago, twodaywonder said:

Did you just make up the "squeeze a bit more money out of them before they retire them" You do realize they were purchased not long ago and both had a lot of time in the yards. The Grand Classica was refurbished by Costa when Bahamas Grand celebration line purchased it. The ships are both in great shape and look excellent. I do not see anything about your remark. It was an article of her taking a cruise on the ship and nothing more. The article was nothing more than a review of the cruise and the ship. Which was an excellent review. I just returned from a quick get away on the Grand Celebration which we enjoyed and the ship is in excellent shape. Both looking very good and running good. 

 

Really sorry to have touched a nerve.

 

I posted it mainly since the Grand Classica was listed in this thread as a possible ship for this company (if there even is a company), and then it popped up in the Times. The line you object to was a throwaway and I apologize.

 

I still think it does illustrate the issues in the industry, that new ships are coming online right and left, and that there's a surplus of ships that aren't the latest and greatest and that have a limited life-span remaining. In this case they found a home for the ship by doing 2-3 day itins out of Palm Beach and, according to the reviewer, are seemingly making their money on booze. Good for them! 

 

In the case of the NARRATIVE, where they're talking about a 21 year maximum lifespan of the purchase, if it's all real a couple investors think they're found a way to keep another afloat for a couple decades.

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4 minutes ago, milepig said:

 

Really sorry to have touched a nerve.

 

I posted it mainly since the Grand Classica was listed in this thread as a possible ship for this company (if there even is a company), and then it popped up in the Times. The line you object to was a throwaway and I apologize.

 

I still think it does illustrate the issues in the industry, that new ships are coming online right and left, and that there's a surplus of ships that aren't the latest and greatest and that have a limited life-span remaining. In this case they found a home for the ship by doing 2-3 day itins out of Palm Beach and, according to the reviewer, are seemingly making their money on booze. Good for them! 

 

In the case of the NARRATIVE, where they're talking about a 21 year maximum lifespan of the purchase, if it's all real a couple investors think they're found a way to keep another afloat for a couple decades.

All cruise lines make ther money from the bars and the casino. Disney just the super expensive cruise cost and the bars. As for the Palm Beach cruise line. They purchased the Grand Celebration from the previous company doing these 2 daters out of Palm Beach. The original one was terrible.

Prior to that they had a gambling ship for one day out and back. That was nice but the ship died and they got rid of it. Then Started the two dayer with the same Carnival ship. The crew was terrible and not nice at all. They were all local people. Now the crew is from all over as they are on large cruise lines. Most are from other cruise lines. A better deal for them and they are treated a lot better. Talk to any of them and they will tell you this is the best cruise line they ever worked for. It shows. All are smiling and enjoying the work and one another. I took these two pictures off of a shirt I had from the ship before PBCL purchased it and renamed it Grand Celebration. Casino was called Whynmore and now Par-A- Dice Casino. There are things they have changed and I do not like what they did. It is still a nice inexpensive two day get away.

Casino old name.JPG

Bahamas Celebration origional name.JPG

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2 minutes ago, Essiesmom said:

Oh dear - so much for the 2020 launch, wasn't it supposed to be then? Suddenly it has absolutely no delivery date, and they're saying it's for "environmental reasons" ...certainly not the whole "oops we didn't get to buy the ship we wanted" reason.

Well, if they're going with newbuild, at least they will hopefully build cabins that are actually designed for residential life. I couldn't imagine actually living in a standard cabin, even refurbished it's going to be missing a lot of "homey" things. If they're smart, they won't do insides at all this time, or at least they'll do an interior plaza so the "insides" get some sort of natural light sometimes.

 

This news could indicate a really smart move for them, but I fear it's just an indicator that they don't know what they're doing.

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The website has had a facelift, but I'm still not buying it. Going with a bespoke ship simply gives them the opportunity to spin things out for a few more years. 

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Oh hey, they did update the website! And gee, now there's a microbrewery on board? I'd be surprised if that's something their buyers actually want...but I don't think they did market research, so it hardly matters.

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19 hours ago, Fla Mike said:

You can read my response here in the BPCL section:

 

 

More BULL! Try and find there business address and business license information. . It does not exist.

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1 hour ago, twodaywonder said:

More BULL! Try and find there business address and business license information. . It does not exist.

 

Did you actually read what I said?

If you did you would see that I actually agree with you now!

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