Storylines, the pioneering residential community at sea, recently hosted an exclusive Curated Experience Trip to Belize. This innovative initiative allowed future residents to explore the world, foster community bonds, and engage in philanthropic activities, all in line with Storylines’ sustainable and impactful ethos. These trips provide a glimpse into the unique lifestyle residents will enjoy full-time once the MV Narrative ship sets sail in 2027.

Exploring the Toledo region’s rainforest

The trip to Belize began with an exploration of the Toledo region’s rainforest. The group stayed at the luxurious Copal Tree Lodge, nestled within a 16,000-acre rainforest preserve in the Maya Mountains. During their stay, they were immersed in the region’s wildlife, cultural history, and sustainability practices. They enjoyed sightings of howler monkeys, toucans, and other native species while learning about the local ecosystem.

Copal Tree Lodge

One of the highlights was a visit to a traditional organic cacao farm run by Eladio Pop, a Mayan man dedicated to preserving ancestral agricultural methods. The group participated in making chocolate from scratch, learning the intricacies of cacao processing and enjoying a traditional Belizean meal. This hands-on experience provided deep insights into the cultural heritage and sustainable farming practices of the region.

Philanthropy in action at Santa Cruz Village School

Another significant experience was the group’s visit to the Santa Cruz Village School, a primary school in a rural village without electricity or running water. Embracing Storylines’ core values of philanthropy and sustainability, the future residents donated a large water tank and supplies to rebuild the school’s greenhouses, enabling students to learn about sustainable agriculture. This contribution left a lasting impact on both the visitors and the local community. Engaging with the students and teachers, the group gained a profound appreciation for the local way of life and the importance of supporting education in underprivileged areas.

Christopher Damon, a Storylines’ resident who attended the trip, comments, “It was a magical experience. Our journey into the heart of Belize let us truly connect with its roots. What touched me most was the time spent with the people of this jewel of a country.” 

Adventure and culture in Placencia

The adventure continued as the group moved to Placencia, where they enjoyed a range of exciting activities. They experienced the thrill of ziplining through the jungle canopy and participated in a drumming workshop at the Lebeha Drumming Center in Hopkins. Here, they learned traditional African/Caribbean rhythms, fostering a deeper connection to Belizean culture.

Marine conservation at the Belize Barrier Reef

The trip concluded with a day at the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest in the northern hemisphere. Participants snorkeled and scuba dived, witnessing diverse marine life, including reef sharks, rays, and reef squid. They also observed a crucial reef restoration project, emphasizing the importance of marine conservation. This experience underscored Storylines’ commitment to environmental sustainability and provided a memorable end to the journey.

Through this Curated Experience Trip, Storylines not only provided future residents with unforgettable memories but also reinforced their commitment to making a positive global impact. The experiences in Belize showcased the potential for residents to live a life of adventure, cultural engagement, and meaningful contribution, embodying the Storylines vision of a sustainable and philanthropic lifestyle at sea.