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Thu May 12, 2022, 06:14 PM

Couple lives on cruise ships - cheaper than living in Seattle area

Couple live aboard cruise ships after calculating it makes more Ďfinancial senseí than a mortgage

After crunching the numbers, the couple, in their 50s, realised they could live the rest of their lives hopping from cruise ship to cruise ship - for as little as $62 each a day. ó other articles I saw said $48/day

Fifty-three-year-old Angelyn, an accountant, figured they could live their dream lifestyle thanks to a combination of savings and the anticipated sale of their home, in the US city of Seattle.

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ďWe have been frugal all our lives to save and invest in order to achieve our goal,Ē she says.

ďWe are not into materialistic things but experiences.Ē


Angelynís top tips

First and most importantly, make sure you enjoy being at sea. Cruising is not for everyone. Try different cruise lines to see what appeals to you.
Sign up for loyalty programs and keep an eye on deals being offered by multiple cruise lines.
Be flexible with travel dates and try to stay in a geographical area as long as possible to cut down on travel costs between ships.
Book inside cabins or the lowest cost room (sometimes balcony rooms cost the same as an inside cabin).
Stay away from beverage packages.
Keep track of your costs and be mindful of your budget. Donít get carried away with purchasing items or with gambling in the casino since this is not a holiday but a way of life.
Travel light. There is no need to bring tons of things with you since there are stores all over the world to purchase what you need.

https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/couple-live-aboard-cruise-ships-after-calculating-it-makes-more-financial-sense-than-a-mortgage-c-6678207

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Reply Couple lives on cruise ships - cheaper than living in Seattle area (Original post)
underpants May 12 OP
madaboutharry May 12 #1
No Vested Interest May 12 #2
nolabear May 12 #3
underpants May 12 #14
edhopper May 12 #15
nolabear May 12 #18
Liberal In Texas May 12 #32
underpants May 12 #34
CrackityJones75 May 12 #19
onethatcares May 12 #4
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brush May 12 #6
Mr.Bill May 12 #7
gopiscrap May 12 #8
roamer65 May 12 #9
VMA131Marine May 12 #10
underpants May 12 #13
gldstwmn May 12 #31
VMA131Marine May 12 #33
Runningdawg May 12 #11
SYFROYH May 12 #12
oregonjen May 12 #16
underpants May 12 #17
MagickMuffin May 12 #21
CrackityJones75 May 12 #20
PoindexterOglethorpe May 12 #22
underpants May 12 #23
PoindexterOglethorpe May 13 #35
Locutusofborg May 12 #24
Locutusofborg May 12 #25
underpants May 12 #29
herding cats May 12 #26
demtenjeep May 12 #27
madville May 12 #28
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kairos12 May 13 #36
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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:23 PM

1. I would end up in a psychiatric ward.

The claustrophobia would do me in.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:25 PM

2. Tipping for the staff and crew would still be expected.

Sometimes tips are added on automatically to total bill.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:34 PM

3. Ew. I predict this will last about six months.

Donít these people have friends and family? Do they expect no medical issues? I donít mean helicopter medical issues, just arthritis-some weird symptom-whatís that bump issues. Do they have no personal items or interests that require stuff?

Itís a cute (and Iíve been on cruisesókind of icky) idea but thereís no way.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #3)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:31 PM

14. Medical is any interesting issue

Iíve never been on a cruise ship. They have to have a medical staff Iíd think. Maybe they have meds (isnít everyone on some sort of med?) mailed to them at a certain port.

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Response to underpants (Reply #14)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:38 PM

15. I got pneumonia on a cruise ship

Most likely before I boarded. The Dr. And med clinic took good care of me. But the better have insurance.

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Response to underpants (Reply #14)

Thu May 12, 2022, 09:19 PM

18. They do have an onboard doc but it's like a clinic.

And they change. And I have no idea how records are maintained on someone for years. Even the crew likely has a home base and the option of consistent care. I guess you could survive but would you really want it for years?

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Response to underpants (Reply #14)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:45 PM

32. I was on the NORWAY back when it was still sailing.

The former SS France. While on one of the NCL island stops I scraped my head snorkeling on some coral and they sent me back to the ship for some stitches. I was amazed. They had a whole hospital in the ship. There were a few people in some of the beds as I was walking through. This ship had around 7K passengers and crew IIRC, so illness and injuries were bound to happen. Many passengers were older and more prone to things like heart attacks.

There are some stories about some elderly who are living on cruise ships. They figure it's cheaper than some assisted living facility.



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Response to Liberal In Texas (Reply #32)

Thu May 12, 2022, 11:12 PM

34. I was wondering about the facilities

Thanks.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #3)

Thu May 12, 2022, 09:30 PM

19. There are quite a few people that do this actually.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:36 PM

4. late 70s in florida

I was surprised at how many people lived in resort hotels 6 months of the year, then they'd go to indiana or wherever the rest of the year.

Almost like being snowbirds but not being tied to a piece of property.

One woman had the most fantastic view of the Gulf of Mexico from her suite.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:41 PM

5. If they'd let me fish off the fantail, maybe.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:43 PM

6. Cray-cray. Have they forgotten covid already?

Cruise ships are notorious breeding grounds for viruses.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:45 PM

7. I couldn't live without a dog. n/t

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:48 PM

8. Interesting

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:50 PM

9. All fun and games until the next norovirus outbreak.



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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 07:44 PM

10. $62/day is cheaper than my mortgage and escrow payments

which include property tax and homeowners insurance.

Itís 20% cheaper, in fact!

Plus food is included in the cruise ship price.

Iím not saying I would ever do this, but it could make financial sense.

Where would you get your mail, though?

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Response to VMA131Marine (Reply #10)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:29 PM

13. You could be wireless

They donít have any household bills coming. Iíd guess everyone who would send them a card knows they canít or send it otherwise.

Very interesting points of view on this thread.

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Response to VMA131Marine (Reply #10)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:43 PM

31. Yes but your home provides financial gains and a cruise ship would not.

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Response to gldstwmn (Reply #31)

Thu May 12, 2022, 11:08 PM

33. Financial gains that are only realised...

if I sell it!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 07:51 PM

11. At their age they won't be living in the petri dish for long.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:03 PM

12. Good for them. I dont like living out of a suitcase.


I think it would get old fast (at least for me).

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:39 PM

16. Kind of reminds me of remodeling vans to live in

Claustrophobic and too small in my opinion for families, but that was a thing in recent years.

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Response to oregonjen (Reply #16)

Thu May 12, 2022, 09:06 PM

17. Tiny houses

Maybe MAYBE if I lived alone but even then itís would get to be tough Iíd guess.

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Response to oregonjen (Reply #16)

Thu May 12, 2022, 09:34 PM

21. Single women are doing this. They're very creative



YouTube has lots of videos of them.

One woman travels with her goat 🐐




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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 09:32 PM

20. Loving the judgy attitudes here.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 09:47 PM

22. I have read any number of articles about people living on board cruise ships.

For what it is worth, the daily rate quoted works out to $17,500 to $22,600. Per person. So a reasonable price. Although I'm going to question that the numbers they're giving us are accurate, especially when I look at prices for cruises on line.

And by necessity you'll travel light because there is very little space inside any of the cabins, unless you're in a fancy suite, which is not what they are doing. I wonder if they have simply gotten rid of everything they used to own, and now just have the few clothes and personal items needed on board a ship.

Personally, I love cruising, having taken all of two cruises in my life so far. Both have been on Holland America, and I will honestly only ever cruise with them. Smaller ships, nice attention, extreme cleanliness. I could see spending some serious time at sea, but not full time.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #22)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:00 PM

23. Are there laundries on board?

Iíd suspect they could hand wash and air dry from their room.

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Response to underpants (Reply #23)

Fri May 13, 2022, 12:00 AM

35. Depending on the ship.

My last Holland America I paid for laundry service, I'm forgetting what I paid, but I gave them my laundry pretty much every day, got it returned the next day.

I do know that some ships have actual laundromats on board, but HAL typically does not. So yeah, hand washing and room drying is a possibility.

Good point about the hidden costs of living on board a ship.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:14 PM

24. I have some friends who might do this.

COVID has stopped them from cruising completely but before COVID they were averaging about 20 weeks a year on cruise ships. I've never been on one but I might go with them someday.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:22 PM

25. I found an article that totaled the costs

Bottom line: "Hereís How Much It Costs to Live on a Cruise Ship

So how much does it cost to sail on the Carnival Horizon for a year? We estimate it to cost around $175,000 for two people, although that number can vary from person to person, depending on their spending habits.

How Much It Costs to Cruise for a Year
We priced a year of cruises for two people aboard the Carnival Horizon over the course of an entire year. Our estimate does not include money spent off the ship.

Cruise Fare $103,716.00
Port Fees & Taxes $14,190.56
Gratuities $10,212.70
Total Less Onboard Spending $128,119.26
Estimated Onboard Spending $46,672.20
Total $174,791.46
https://www.cruzely.com/how-much-it-costs-to-live-on-a-cruise-ship-for-a-year/

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Response to Locutusofborg (Reply #25)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:37 PM

29. Thanks.

Thatís vastly different than her calculated $22,630 ($62 per day). Interesting though.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:26 PM

26. Not for me (I need my family, and pets) but if it works for them, nice.

I'd miss my family to the point of dying. I adore them and they and I are deeply bonded. Also, I like having my known GP and specialist who are familiar with my personal health, also I have 2 cats now who are both young and need me for years to come. So, not for me.

Also, I'm not a huge fan of cruise life. I know people who are, and that's fine! It's just not my thing. I'm a bit shy and slightly introverted. That stuff doesn't make homebodies like me happy.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:26 PM

27. that's my dream

I would do it tomorrow~

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:34 PM

28. To each their own I guess

I paid off a $100k house and the sold it and bought 6 acres 8 miles outside the city limits, got a $200k loan to build a new house on it and the payment is $1100 a month with taxes and insurance. Thatís like $35 a day, electricity and water brings it to $40 a day, canít imagine paying that or more a day to be on a cruise ship lol, wonít last.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:40 PM

30. Unfortunately they have now also sunk their life savings into something that doesn't

pay any returns. This might be fun for a while but I think it will get to be stale. Also what happens when one or both of them gets sick? They can't stay on the boat and will need money for housing and medical care. All the best to them and I'm sure they'll have the time of their lives.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 12:34 AM

36. Is ongoing COVID an extra charge or just a stowaway?

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 12:29 PM

37. Giant full amenity cruise ships

are environmental disasters - I'd be curious to know how owning a home and "normal" retired living compares. It may not be any worse although the environmental systems most effected may differ. It also depends a lot on the home and where you live.

I could see my inlaws doing this except my FIL would not be able to golf (usually another environmental problem)

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