Can you imagine living on a cruise ship? Traveling the world. Waking up to a different view every morning. Sounds lovely. Well, one woman, 86 year old Lee Wachtstetter, is doing just that! She's been living aboard the Crystal Serenity for roughly seven years.
Oh yeah! I almost forgot. She says it costs her about $164,000! Wowzers.
That's a crap load of money. But, she's got a legit (or emotional?) reason for doing so. She told app.com:
"The day before my husband died of cancer in 1997, he told me, 'Don't stop cruising.' So here I am today living a stress-free, fairy-tale life."
Indeed she is! In that interview, Wachtstetter also said she has been to over 100 countries and doesn't even bother getting off the ship when it docks - outside of Miami - because she's seen it all (must be nice). She gets off in Florida to see her sons and grandkids.
I've been on one cruise and I enjoyed it immensely. I was about 20 when my family went on a cruise in late December. It was a Carnival cruise (I don't remember the name of the ship) that left Miami and had stops in Grand Cayman and Jamaica.
Side note: We missed the first day of the cruise because of mechanical problems with the plane we were gonna take to Miami. Long story short (actually, this story would be a good blog in-and-of itself) - we ended up flying to Atlanta, spending the night there before catching a flight to Grand Cayman via Miami. That is where we met up with the cruise.
I remember everyone on the ship being friendly. The staff was top-notch all the way. There was always something to do. I'd go on another cruise in a second. And what makes cruising even better, is it's really not that expensive...until you consider the amount I'd spend on alcohol ( :( whomp, whomp)...
Anyway, I think Wachtstetter's story is awesome. Good for her! If I could afford to do that - I'd have a hard time saying no. Especially if I only did it for a year. I think the hardest part would be not being able to leave and see your family or loved ones in the blink of an eye.
If you had the means - would you live on a cruise ship??