MV Narrative offers a full-service clinic on board including medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists. As these services will be provided by a third party, they are outside of the annual fees.
A range of additional services will also be available such as weight loss, anti-aging, Botox, immune therapies, detoxification treatments and dietary planning.
I understand the practices of complementary medicine, functional medicine, integrative medicine, naturopathic medicine and holistic medicine. For a patient that is more familiar with western medicine, what can they expect that might be different when you are their primary care physician?
A combined approach with more focus on the prevention of disease, increased vitality and quality of life using functional tests including genomics, diet, nutrition, exercise, mental and emotional support, nutraceuticals, hormonal replacement and removing toxins, specifically heavy metals.
Will I be able to get my annual wellness check on board?
Yes. Annual exams are included in your annual assessments while certain labs, treatments and supplements are available at an additional cost.
Will dental check-ups be available such as cleaning and x-rays? Is that included?
Yes, these will likely be included for the residents with any advanced procedures, surgery, or treatments outsourced for an extra fee.
Will medical staff be able to provide dental emergency services such as tooth infection/extraction, broken tooth?
Our dental technician can work with our GP to provide antibiotics and pain relief until you can get to a reputable dentist on shore for treatment. Storylines maintains a list of shoreside services. A dentist visits the ship periodically.
Will medical staff be able to conduct auditory exams? Provide basic hearing services? Get hearing aids adjusted/cleaned?
Diagnostic and other services that can be conducted by a technician will be available on board and inclusive. Anything that requires additional machinery or a specialist will require a visit to shore. Storylines maintains a list of shoreside services. It is unlikely that Storylines will have an audiologist on board.
Will medical staff be able to provide basic vision services? Fix glasses, provide contact lenses or ophthalmological services, i.e., eye infections, corneal abrasions? Diagnose and treat vision problems i.e., macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract abrasions, eye infections?
Simple diagnostic screenings and other services that can be conducted by a technician will be available on board and inclusive. Anything that requires additional machinery or specialists will require a visit to shore. Storylines maintains a list of shoreside services. It is unlikely that Storylines will have an ophthalmologist on board full time although we do have a resident ophthalmologist who has offered their services and the MD can treat some things such as eye infections. In the case of eyeglasses and contacts, those can also be ordered online and shipped worldwide.
Can oral health, hearing and vision care specialists be brought onboard periodically for services needed?
Yes, we will be bringing medical professionals onboard that are generally only available in land based facilities, except where specialized equipment is necessary. We cannot guarantee these specialists will be part of your health insurance network, but keep in mind that out of pocket medical care in other countries costs much less than the United States.
Will medical staff be able to recommend local medical providers in ports for services and/or medications not available on board? Yes, Storylines has an ongoing project to identify a) main medical treatment facilities and specialists in all ports, and b) accessory non-emergency professionals. These professionals may in some cases also be invited onto the ship to give lectures and some treatments.
Will the ship doctor be able to do skin biopsies to determine if a questionable spot is cancerous? If it is, will the ship doctor be able to do surgery to remove it?
Yes, this will be done under the regular checkup from our attending physician and removal is done with a laser machine (called laser ablation). This uses a high-intensity beam of light to destroy cancer cells. We also plan to have cryotherapy which is used most often for pre-cancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis and for small basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. For prevention and early detection, we are also investigating newer technologies such as Dermtech which uses a proprietary process to painlessly extract RNA and DNA from skin tissue samples to find genomic markers of melanoma specifically and accurately that occurs at a level 10,000 times closer than the traditional biopsy care pathway. Another is called reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM), that uses a low-power laser to scan skin lesions. We also plan to use new smart apps that use remote care, such as SkinVision.
What contingencies are there if a resident is on an apparatus (i.e., oxygen) that requires electricity and the ship has an electrical outage.
The ship will have backup power in any case of loss of power, and the infirmary will also have a dedicated standalone backup power source.
Will medical staff be trained in psychological and emotional counseling, such as depression, suicide, anger/rage management, substance abuse services, cognitive assessments, happiness coaching, etc.?
The ship will have staff to address any maintenance or acute flare-ups of these conditions and create proactive programs to improve the life of these individuals. This includes advanced symptom and medication monitoring, and when indicated, provide prescription and non-prescription functional medicine and detox programs in addition to further support with nutritional, fitness and biofeedback programs.
Will residents be charged for basic first aid needs i.e., bandages, aspirin, masks, canes, knee braces?
In the case of non-critical injuries that require a trip to the infirmary, supplies used to render care including the use of crutches, splints and wheelchairs will be provided by Storylines. Ordinary supplies for home use will be available in the ship’s pharmacy and market.
What priorities and/or privileges will residents receive over transient guests?
Residents have a designated appointment schedule and take precedence over guests. The only exception would be in an emergency.
Will medical staff be able to treat kidney problems i.e., lithotripsy (stones)?
This is being discussed. We are considering shock wave lithotripsy.
Will the medical staff visit individual residence for assessment and treatment?
Most medical and health services, treatments and testing will be mobile and when possible combined with other related services, for example medication delivery + X-ray + vitamin IV.
Will medical staff initiate follow up calls/visits to ensure the resident is following treatment plans?
Once registered with the medical team in one of the ship’s programs, Storylines’ advanced medical monitoring systems and specialized staff act as each resident’s personal health coach to support success and compliance.
Will the medical staff provide seminars and discussions to educate the community on preventative measures i.e., balance clinics, mental stimulation, heart healthy diets?
The onboard enrichment programs will include Dr. Martin’s ‘Optimal Aging & Living’ education. In addition, Storylines has access to the world’s experts that will be coming aboard for educational and treatment purposes – the ultimate in medical tourism.
What is the ‘Optimal Aging & Living’ program?
Dr. Brian Martin’s ‘Optimal Aging & Living’ medicine programs are dedicated to teaching, motivating and guiding residents to become, not only healthier….but happier. The program focuses on lowering chronic disease by maximizing a person’s overall quality of life. This includes the proper testing and safe use of bio-hormones, targeted nutraceuticals, nutrition and dietary changes, intravenous therapies including chelation (the removal of heavy metals from the body), decreasing stubborn weight, lowering inflammation, and improving sleep, energy & sexual function.
Does the ship provide travel indicated immunizations?
The ship will have a Travel Safety department that will provide information on each area and the current risks. Immunizations will be available, costs of which have not yet been determined. Each resident is also encouraged to consult with their primary physician before boarding to not only ensure optimal use of their existing insurance, but to assess the risk-benefit of immunization to their medical conditions. We will also have the most recent Covid-19 vaccinations on board.
If I have a medical emergency while the ship is in port and I’m ashore, or if I have an emergency on the ship and need to be moved to the closest medical care facility, what, if any, support will the Storylines medical staff provide or coordinate? For example, if we are in Africa and I’m out on safari and I break a leg or have chest pains and there are no local medical providers, who will help me get back to the ship for treatment and care?
Storylines is a family: if one of our residents has an emergency off or on the ship, our Medical Advocacy program will assist. This could be a fellow resident or a designated member of our medical staff on-call to accompany the resident, facilitate safe transport and communicate to all relevant medical staff.
Will we have Infrared saunas on board, and how many? Please discuss availability of stem cell treatments available, both as a healing modality and also as anti-aging therapy.
We have two infrared and two steam saunas located in the spa/wellness space.
Stems cells – we start with plasma rich platelets (PRP) and human growth hormones and then with visiting doctors we may be able to add in various other stem cell technologies.