While I love traveling, cruises are definitely not my thing.
I’ve been on a cruise once in my life and it certainly didn’t leave me wanting to go back for more. Some things that I don’t like about cruises are that you are stuck for long periods of time onboard and when you do stop, you usually get a short visit wherever it might be. Also, the day seems to revolve around the meal schedule and (at least on our cruise) there weren’t enough lounge chairs by the pool.
I will add that the cruise we went on wasn’t one of those mega-ships. If I was to try a cruise again, I wouldn’t mind trying a river cruise. I’ve read positive things about them and I’m guessing it would be a very different experience.
Why am I writing about cruises if I don’t like them?
I came across a story from Buzzfeed about 86 year-old, Lee Wachsetter, a woman who spends $164,000 per year to live on a cruise ship. She lives onboard the Crystal Serenity. The even more incredible or crazy part is that she’s been living on a cruise ship for 7 years! She’s also been on over 280 cruises since 1962.
So why did she choose to live aboard a ship?
According to the article, “My husband and I loved to cruise. Before he died in 1997, he told me not to stop cruising and so I didn’t… He did not like to dance so, for the past 15 years, dancing has become a great part of my life. When I cannot dance, I will probably stop cruising.”
Her $164,000 covers her stay in a single-occupancy, seventh deck stateroom, meals and ballroom dancing. She also attends other events like cocktail parties, movies and more.
Wachsetter says that the crew treats her so well that they are almost like family. She’s actually been onboard the boat since 2008, longer than most of the crew.
While she has been to over 100 countries, these days Wachsetter rarely gets off the ship but she does love visiting Istanbul, especially the Grand Bazaar.
Find out more about her story here.