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Jan 21st, 2015, 11:25 PM
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Would you live on a cruise ship year round?

An 86 year old widow lives on the Crystal Serenity year round for nearly 7 years already. She estimated that she paid $164,000 for the privileges in 2014 alone.

Would you do it, even if you can afford it?

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Jan 22nd, 2015, 12:16 AM
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There is one liner where you can buy an apartment to live on the ship permanently - I think it's called 'The World'.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 12:32 AM
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The idea seems fun, but I need my cat, garden and family and long term friends. I need my little studio for painting, my sewing and piano, and once in awhile, cooking. Maybe when I am 86, it would be OK.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 02:56 AM
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I agree with Sassafrass. Initially I would be ecstatic to
see all the sights I've missed on previous cruises.
After a while though, I think ennui would set in.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 05:45 AM
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I was sort of surprised it cost so much. No discount? No repeat customer deal? I can't imagine laundry and specialty dining cost that much. Oh well, good for her.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 08:31 AM
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"No Discount"???? The woman has lived on the boat for 7 years and paid $164,000. That comes to about $64 a day or about $1,920 per month including meals and entertainment plus there's staff to clean your room, make your bed, etc. Quite a bargain in my book! Certainly less expensive then living alone in a small rental apartment or condo.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 08:37 AM
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Oops, my mistake - That's $164,000 a year (not for the whole 7 years as I originally thought) which comes to about $450/day- about the price of staying in a nice hotel. Not quite the bargain I originally thought.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 04:39 PM
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Before the 7 years, she was on HAL for 3 years. SO she's been at sea for 10 years!

For $450 a day, maybe she is in a suite? Mind you, she could be in an inside cabin. The $146,000 covers everything, food, drinks (alcohol), gratuity, shore excursions, port charges, spa, flowers, odds and ends and who knows what. Crystal is a luxury liner so maybe $450 is reasonable?

I met someone in LA a few years ago and she was on back to back to back cruises all the time. All cruises were from her home port of LA. She used her daughter's place as home address. She's on the ship most time, she figured she spent $3000 a month for 4 weeks of cruising and the fifth week she stay at her daughter's place and go see doctor, get meds, banking, shopping what have you. The $3000 a month is cheaper and better than seniors home.
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Jan 22nd, 2015, 05:10 PM
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Thats not a bad idea economically.
I could not live on a ship however. I saw that thing on the Travel Channel about the Residensea which tours the world with most passengers permanent residents and I just could not do that. I like cruising but thats just not for me.
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Jan 23rd, 2015, 05:53 PM
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Larry, did you ask Sue for her opinion?
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Jan 23rd, 2015, 09:41 PM
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Nope but I already know as she
Is not the shy type ��
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Jan 24th, 2015, 08:53 AM
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Larry, I won't be living on any cruise ship any time soon. As much as DW likes cruising, she also likes to be home.

Since I can't even convince her to go on a 28 day cruise, so a longer world cruise is out, and living on a ship is definitely out of the question.

I can live off a suitcase so the smallish cabin/closet/storage space is not an issue for me. For some, the smaller cabin space would be challenging. Where are you going to store or "display" all your collectibles and souvenirs?

If I live closer to a port (as in same day driving distance), I may consider a 3 weeks on 1 week off scheme.
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Jan 24th, 2015, 10:13 AM
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For us two weeks would be max. Even if we could afford it being so confined would be a problem and if the seas got rough Sue get ill so it would be like a trap in that regard.

BTW spontaneously we decided today to book the NCL Getaway for early May. We have never cruised NCL before but their reviews are much better that say 7-8 yrs. ago and I must say they have seemed to turn their product around. In a recent issue of CN Traveler a readers poll rates them second to Disney in the large ship category. I am excited to check them out.
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Jan 24th, 2015, 03:36 PM
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Would have love to join you in May but duty calls. I have work related meetings in DC in late May and I need time to prepare so I am usually stuck April/May slaving away except maybe for a weekend getaway.

I have not been on any NCL ships for quite a few years (8 or 9 years?) now so it is good that you (someone I can trust on the review) are giving them a try. Hope you have a great experience and it will open up more choices for us. We shied away from them after a couple of less than good experience years ago.

Surprising, we have no cruising plan for 2015 yet. Planning to visit my sister in Richmond after the DC meeting in June is about the only vacation plan we have.

Return to Alaska in late June is out at this point. Maybe looking at mid August, late October early November which is usually when I managed to getaway. Depending on weather, maybe a late March escape? Still wanted to try the new Regal Princess among other new ships.
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Jan 24th, 2015, 10:09 PM
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Eschew - We actually met a couple who live on a cruise ship (ships actually) They were a young couple - early 40's maybe. The keep a small apartment in Ft Lauderdale as home base but are there long enough to attend to any personal business that is was necessary and then back on the ship - never being home for longer than a week every few months.

The young man was physically handicapped so being on a cruise ship for him was ideal. They usually booked a suite and they did get deals from the cruise lines. They book long cruises and back to back as well. Living in Ft Lauderdale provides great opportunity for bargain cruises which is why they use it for home base. They didn't use the dining room at all - the wife would fix trays from the Lido. Not something I would enjoy but it suited them.

I agree with you on the $3000 being better than senior's homes. My condominium is next to an "upscale" retirement home. They have their own suites but go to the dining room for dinner. An elderly couple from my complex just moved into a one bedroom suite there and are paying $6500/mo.

Larry and Eschew - if you ever do an Alaska cruise that stops in Victoria let me know and I would be happy to be the "tour director" for your visit.
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Jan 25th, 2015, 05:57 AM
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Well E if not May then what about the Sapphire Princess next yr. out of Singapore? Its Feb. 24th. IIRC. Its 11 days with stops in Brunei, Cambodia, and two stops each in Thai and Vietnam.

DC is a great area to see but I'll bet you have see most of the sites by now.

When we book the Sapphire last summer my TA had a Princess special so if you booked that day only for any cruise after march 2015 you got free gratuities and $100.00 OBC so it was a great deal. We got $200.00 OBC for the NCL cruise and our TA had a spin the wheel event so that got us another $25.00 OBC and some free luggage too. Not bad.

T69: If we ever go to Victoria again you have a deal. .

Take care, Larry .
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Jan 29th, 2015, 07:49 AM
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I'd think about it. It depends what my other options are. Look at it this way-You have doctors on the ship if you get sick, Holland America has priests and ministers, three meals a day, interesting friends, etc. Our last Holland America cruise we met a lovely elderly couple who spend the summers in Greece and the winters in Florida. They do not fly they just find repositioning cruise. All the staff knew them and they were loved by staff and guests alike. There is a nice compromise.
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Jan 29th, 2015, 09:53 AM
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They do have MD's but OTOH don't have much in the way of medical facilities and probably have a limited supply of meds as well. They are not set up for emergencies so even appendicitis could be life threatening if immediate surgery was needed. They you would have to be close enough to a land based hospital or at least w/i reach of an emergency evacuation helicopter.

Its a risk you must be willing to assume, especially if you choose to live at sea.

JM2C.
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Feb 21st, 2015, 08:30 AM
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I would if I could.
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Feb 22nd, 2015, 10:21 AM
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I would if I could have pets.
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