Being on the water can create many memorable experiences—watching pelicans dive-bomb for their dinner and dolphins playing among the waves, seeing the flash of a blue marlin jumping out of the water. See maximum-color sunrises and sunsets, followed by star shows like no other. There's an old adage: You can't buy happiness, but you can buy a boat.


Well-heeled seafarers who want the intimacy and benefits of yacht ownership (without the headaches) paired with luxurious condo living are lining up for a by-invitation spot on the first-in-the-world "Yacht Liner," a 728-foot, six-deck superyacht. Residences from 1,600 to 6,400 square feet (with the services and amenities of a five-star hotel, including a 10,000-bottle wine cellar) are customizable to each owner's requirements. Each apartment can be outfitted with multiple cabins, plus a well-appointed kitchen, gym, library, and walk-in closets. They will also offer indoor/outdoor dining spaces for entertaining. Focusing on slow-paced travel, Somnio (from the Latin for "to dream") will explore the globe—from ports in the Mediterranean and islands in the South Pacific to expeditions in Antarctica. Concierge service for both on-ship and land-based needs. Scheduled completion in mid-2024 and developers have launched sales for apartments offering a select 39 luxury condos. From $20.9 million;

Northrop & Johnson

According to Northrop & Johnson's chief commercial officer, Crom Littlejohn, the past 36 months have been some of the company's most exciting. While COVID-19 has brought challenges, many (including many first-time boaters) found boating the perfect way to isolate themselves while offering the ideal alternative to the typical family vacation, allowing families and friends a combination of relaxation and togetherness. From generational to first-time owners, old to young, yachting has become a safe getaway. "We've had lifelong boaters who had stepped away from boating due to age jump back in as they wanted to provide their families with the comfort, safety, and convenience yachting offers," Littlejohn says. "A significant number of sales each month now come from transactions on vessels that never hit the market," he adds. "The many new boaters that have entered the market in the past three years suggest that the industry will remain strong and competitive for years to come." From $1.1 million to $300 million;

MV Narrative by Storylines

The ship is different from a vacation cruise liner because it is purposely built for residential life at sea. It is intended to be a floating community that includes a post office, school, library, hospital, bank, pools, office spaces, and 20 dining and bar venues. A 10,000-square-foot health and wellness center offers a range of medical services, including wellness visits, weight loss programs, anti­aging and detox treatments, immune therapies, dietary planning, meditation rooms, and relaxation pods. Storylines will offer an onboard medical clinic with a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, nutritionist, and physiotherapist. The ship's amenities also include a waterfront marina with personal watercraft, a bowling alley, a hydroponic garden farm, and an open-air fitness deck with a court for racket sports, a yoga sundeck, and a running track. Owners will enjoy a complete, all-inclusive experience with world-class dining and cultural enrichment programming. The ship also features a youth education program that is the first of its kind. Set to launch in 2024/2025. The fully furnished 547 one- to four-bedroom residences are priced from $1 million to $8 million;