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I'm researching retiring on a cruise ship. I do not want to go with the condo approach. That limits you in many ways.

 

I'm thinking of trying out a few differnt ships. Have any of you lived for months at a time on a ship? All suggestions and comments are appreciated!

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I'm researching retiring on a cruise ship. I do not want to go with the condo approach. That limits you in many ways.

 

I'm thinking of trying out a few differnt ships. Have any of you lived for months at a time on a ship? All suggestions and comments are appreciated!

When I read the topic heading I wondered what your skills were re employment on a cruise ship :):p:): Sorry I can't help with your enquiry but thanks for the laugh.

 

On second thoughts - you could possibly try out the cruise lines/ships by offering yourself as a Port or Enrichment Lecturer?

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I'm researching retiring on a cruise ship. I do not want to go with the condo approach. That limits you in many ways.

 

I'm thinking of trying out a few differnt ships. Have any of you lived for months at a time on a ship? All suggestions and comments are appreciated!

 

There are comments and threads here on CC regarding this. My aging memory recalls comments being made about the actual individuals and the daily rate being paid for this ability. Sadly I have no link to offer. I suggest an exhaustive use of the search feature.

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The condo approach is buying a condo on a ship just like you do on land. There are some very nice ones available. Not what I'm looking for.

 

No, I am not wanting to work on a ship. I just want to spend most of the year on board a ship. I was hoping to hear from those that do this. I've met some in my travels.

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There are some people who live on ships.

 

This includes Crystal Cruises, Holland American and Cunard just to name some.

 

Keith

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Here is what I would do:

Summer Alaska whole season.

Back a Coastal cruise and Panama Canal.

Winter Caribbean the Spring Transatlantic.

summer in the Med., fall back Transatlantic.

Then South America.

Cost less Then the World .Seen her in Istanbul.

Cost to buy more then 1 mil. upkeep 50 thousand a year.

Please you have to be selected. Money don't count.

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First it would depend on your financial stability. There was just an article about Super Mario who is sailing on Royal Caribbean ships almost the whole year. He also is still working. He mostly stays in intetior cabins. With his sailing history, he receives many perks fom the cruise line and also personally knows many of the crew. I'm sure this is a big help.

 

My opinion is you should decide which cruise line you like then stick with them for their loyalty program for the extra benefits.. .namely laundry and internet. Then you can begin to book your cruises for B2B2B2B, then switch ships for a few more weeks. Also depends on what your interest are. There are so many opportunities available! :D

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The world, I believe the cabins start at 500k

 

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From spring/summer edition of Town and Country Travel Magazine the World starts and 1.5 mill plus maintenance :eek:

 

"TO INQUIRE ABOUT PURCHASE

(FROM $1.5 MILLION PLUS MAINTENANCE) OR TO VISIT THE WORLD,

GO TO ABOARDTHEWORLD.COM. "

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I'm researching retiring on a cruise ship. I do not want to go with the condo approach. That limits you in many ways.

 

I'm thinking of trying out a few different ships. Have any of you lived for months at a time on a ship? All suggestions and comments are appreciated!

 

Hoping to retire soon myself, I am FASCINATED with this post and the topic!

 

I do have a close friend whose sister married into a very wealthy family. Her Grandmother-in-law owned a "investors" condo on the The World. Grand Maw-Maw was so busy with all of her local city charity events and benefits that she rarely sailed. When her "kids" asked her why she was not sailing more, she responded "Every time I sail, I see none of my friends so it's not much fun. They are all too busy at home with their families or charity events."

 

Grand Maw Maw died about 8 years ago, age 93, and the family estimates she spent less than three years total on The World.

 

http://aboardtheworld.com/

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I would pick 3 or 4 lines that most interest you and do a week or even better longer cruise on each.Ships have definite personalities You will feel most at home on several of them. Make sure lines have a great variety of destinations. As an example CCL is mainly Caribbean so no CCL. .Do WC segments on those with world cruises.Some segments are really short .For myself I would cruise muliple lines and ships .I did 71n Oceania which was fine but would transfer to another cruise option if doing balance of year .Some people like same, same, not me.Boring. Part of the fun of long term cruising would be the varied ships experience. There is one Big cruise discount agency that lists most of WC segments at discounted pricing. Cannot mention here. Several years ago I spent a morning on that site compiling an interesting worldwide cruise on 4-5 lines with just a few days on land. It came out less $ than one long WC also.

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There was (is?) a lady who did this on HAL. I believe she just stayed on the same ship all the time (but I could be mistaken). I think much would depend upon whether you book one or 2 cruises at a time (and accumulate the loyalty points etc.) or whether you are able to book numerous trips at once. I would think that you should be able to negotiate a better rate if you booked a number of them at one time but I could be wrong. Agree with finding the line and/or ship that you like and sticking with it or you won't get the perks that go along with being a frequent/preferred guest. Agree that a lot depends upon your budget as well and your personal preferences. Inside cabin, outside or balcony? Booking alone or with spouse or other? Like having kids around or not? drink? gamble? shore excursions ? etc., etc.

You might want to go on the individual cruise line's boards and post a query regarding those travelers who live most of the year on a ship

ENJOY

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Love this topic! My husband always kids about it but I always tell him I would seriously do it!

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There was a long-running thread on Costa a couple of years age about an elderly gentleman on board long-term. He is now deceased but perhaps if you can find the thread there might be some insight.

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I was on Regent several years ago. There was a gentlemen everyone called "the Captain"

He had a table in the corner reserved for him. I know because we spent several meals in that area. He had a bushy white mustase.

 

 

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There was (is?) a lady who did this on HAL. I believe she just stayed on the same ship all the time (but I could be mistaken). I think much would depend upon whether you book one or 2 cruises at a time (and accumulate the loyalty points etc.) or whether you are able to book numerous trips at once. I would think that you should be able to negotiate a better rate if you booked a number of them at one time but I could be wrong. Agree with finding the line and/or ship that you like and sticking with it or you won't get the perks that go along with being a frequent/preferred guest. Agree that a lot depends upon your budget as well and your personal preferences. Inside cabin, outside or balcony? Booking alone or with spouse or other? Like having kids around or not? drink? gamble? shore excursions ? etc., etc.

You might want to go on the individual cruise line's boards and post a query regarding those travelers who live most of the year on a ship

ENJOY

 

I met the lady on HAL. Her name was Mama Lou. Very nice lady. This was about 10 years ago. As far as I know (from CC HAL,) she is still on board.

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I would also love to spent most of my time on a cruise. In my case I would select a cruiseline and stay for a couple of months on different ships of that cruise line. I would do that for a couple of years. In between a couple of months "land" vacations.

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We want to do this too. Probably not forever on a cruise ship but certainly a year or two. But our plan is to take a TA to Europe...watching prices..if there is a good deal on a cruise in the med we'll take it...if not...stay 1 month in several of the major cities in Europe (train or Easy Jet to get there)..then take a Suez canal cruise to Dubai. Stay on the ship thru to Singpore/Perth/Sydney depending on the deal to be had. Spend several months in Australia staying in the major cities. (We will use Air BNB etc) Depending upon the time catch a repositioning to New Zealand...stay there a while. Then it's time for a Transpacific home. Stay home until the next TA...repeat with different destinations ie Northern Europe and Japan/China/Hong Kong etc. The plan is to fly as little as possible, watch our spending. We will not have a house waiting for us. Our money will be invested to help mitigate the costs. Yes we will sail on insides unless a really good deal is to be had. We've sailed in suites, balcony's and insides..you are only in your room when you sleep. When we are tired of being on the move...we'll rebuy a house/condo. I've been watching another couples travels that have done exactly this. They have a travel blog called worldwidewaftage. Very inspiring couple.

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So went ahead and did it starting last Jan 2017. We sold our house

And put our money in the bank invested with a monthly income. We've been aboard a ship since January. It's June now, with cruises booked up to Christmas, when we'll stop by and visit our boys before going again. Having a great time so far.

 

We want to do this too. Probably not forever on a cruise ship but certainly a year or two. But our plan is to take a TA to Europe...watching prices..if there is a good deal on a cruise in the med we'll take it...if not...stay 1 month in several of the major cities in Europe (train or Easy Jet to get there)..then take a Suez canal cruise to Dubai. Stay on the ship thru to Singpore/Perth/Sydney depending on the deal to be had. Spend several months in Australia staying in the major cities. (We will use Air BNB etc) Depending upon the time catch a repositioning to New Zealand...stay there a while. Then it's time for a Transpacific home. Stay home until the next TA...repeat with different destinations ie Northern Europe and Japan/China/Hong Kong etc. The plan is to fly as little as possible, watch our spending. We will not have a house waiting for us. Our money will be invested to help mitigate the costs. Yes we will sail on insides unless a really good deal is to be had. We've sailed in suites, balcony's and insides..you are only in your room when you sleep. When we are tired of being on the move...we'll rebuy a house/condo. I've been watching another couples travels that have done exactly this. They have a travel blog called worldwidewaftage. Very inspiring couple.

 

 

 

 

 

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So went ahead and did it starting last Jan 2017. We sold our house

And put our money in the bank invested with a monthly income. We've been aboard a ship since January. It's June now, with cruises booked up to Christmas, when we'll stop by and visit our boys before going again. Having a great time so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wonderful! What did you do with all your "stuff" when you sold your house? :eek:

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Wonderful! What did you do with all your "stuff" when you sold your house? :eek:

 

 

Some went to our son who we helped buy his condo so he took living room furniture. He is also storing some things for us in his storage unit. Other son took our bedroom set as it was nicer than what he had. Sold my dining room table. Craigslisted and sold/gave away lots of other things. Lots of stuff accumulated in the garage went to the dump. The things we kept went into a 10x15 storage unit. If I had had more time I would have reduced the things we kept but everything came together in a really short space of time. (Sold the house while we were cruising in late October with a January 3 move out date). Our other time limiting factor was a voluntary redundancy and a fantastic cruise that was leaving Jan 16.

 

 

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Some went to our son who we helped buy his condo so he took living room furniture. He is also storing some things for us in his storage unit. Other son took our bedroom set as it was nicer than what he had. Sold my dining room table. Craigslisted and sold/gave away lots of other things. Lots of stuff accumulated in the garage went to the dump. The things we kept went into a 10x15 storage unit. If I had had more time I would have reduced the things we kept but everything came together in a really short space of time. (Sold the house while we were cruising in late October with a January 3 move out date). Our other time limiting factor was a voluntary redundancy and a fantastic cruise that was leaving Jan 16.

 

 

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It takes guts to do what you did! I would love to.

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we once met a couple who went to the main headquarters of a cruiseline and negotated a fee. They had to leave their cabin when the ship was completely booked by one company etc. They also had a RV which they used when they wanted a break from the high seas. They said the trick was to pick a ship with an interesting itinery and go directly to the head office of the Cruise Line your interested in. They had been doing it for 2 yrs when we met them.

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We want to do this too. Probably not forever on a cruise ship but certainly a year or two. But our plan is to take a TA to Europe...watching prices..if there is a good deal on a cruise in the med we'll take it...if not...stay 1 month in several of the major cities in Europe (train or Easy Jet to get there)..then take a Suez canal cruise to Dubai. Stay on the ship thru to Singpore/Perth/Sydney depending on the deal to be had. Spend several months in Australia staying in the major cities. (We will use Air BNB etc) Depending upon the time catch a repositioning to New Zealand...stay there a while. Then it's time for a Transpacific home. Stay home until the next TA...repeat with different destinations ie Northern Europe and Japan/China/Hong Kong etc. The plan is to fly as little as possible, watch our spending. We will not have a house waiting for us. Our money will be invested to help mitigate the costs. Yes we will sail on insides unless a really good deal is to be had. We've sailed in suites, balcony's and insides..you are only in your room when you sleep. When we are tired of being on the move...we'll rebuy a house/condo. I've been watching another couples travels that have done exactly this. They have a travel blog called worldwidewaftage. Very inspiring couple.

 

 

 

We are actually currently sailing with Tom and Jessica (worldwidewafting) on the Celebrity Infinity. Fascinating couple! They sold everything and have been on the move for six or seven years. It is a mixture of land and sea... they just finished four months (I believe) in Costa Rica and are doing b2b from Ft Lauderdale to Buenos Aires. They will stay there a month. So many adventures and great hints for doing such a thing. They each have a suitcase for clothes and one suitcase for “supplies” like ice cube trays :-)

 

 

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Tom and Jessica were our inspiration. We met them about 3 years ago on a Transatlantic (Brilliance of the Seas). We are almost finished our first year now with next year planned out. We are doing a Panama Canal starting in January after a visit to our boys for Christmas. Then Island Princess from FLL to Buenos Aires. Staying for 12 days then jumping on the Emerald Princess going to Los Angeles. Then we fly to Tokyo to do China, Taiwan and full circumnavigation of Japan. We have about 8 days between a Transpacific to Vancouver (including Russia, more Japan and Alaska). Then we fly to Switzerland to move around Europe by train for 3 months before a Transatlantic back. We are managing to stay within budget pretty well. Thank god the stock market is doing well. We are travelling with 2 backpacks and 2 carry-ons. We found the cost of flying with suitcases was just a waste for us. So far this lifestyle is going well and we wouldn’t change a thing.

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I'm wondering about the comparison of full time cruising to renting a reasonably priced small apt near a major port, say in Florida for example, and then leaving when last minute bargains come up. My understanding is that they come up often.

 

I am more familiar with the hotel discount model - where you rack up points based on number of stays versus how much you actually spent on those stays.

 

I am not sure if cruise discounts work the same way? based on number of cruises or amount spent?

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I'm wondering about the comparison of full time cruising to renting a reasonably priced small apt near a major port, say in Florida for example, and then leaving when last minute bargains come up. My understanding is that they come up often.

 

I am more familiar with the hotel discount model - where you rack up points based on number of stays versus how much you actually spent on those stays.

 

I am not sure if cruise discounts work the same way? based on number of cruises or amount spent?

Thats an interesting idea. Maybe buy a cheap condo...

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Is there a way to do B2B2B or B2B and then B2B on another route on the same line with an economy of scale?

 

We just met a couple who has not been "home" since Oct-- as they have been cruising for almost 4 mos now

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Make sure you book with a cruise line-branded credit card for even greater savings.

 

Sounds like fun!

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Tom and Jessica were our inspiration. We met them about 3 years ago on a Transatlantic (Brilliance of the Seas). We are almost finished our first year now with next year planned out. We are doing a Panama Canal starting in January after a visit to our boys for Christmas. Then Island Princess from FLL to Buenos Aires. Staying for 12 days then jumping on the Emerald Princess going to Los Angeles. Then we fly to Tokyo to do China, Taiwan and full circumnavigation of Japan. We have about 8 days between a Transpacific to Vancouver (including Russia, more Japan and Alaska). Then we fly to Switzerland to move around Europe by train for 3 months before a Transatlantic back. We are managing to stay within budget pretty well. Thank god the stock market is doing well. We are travelling with 2 backpacks and 2 carry-ons. We found the cost of flying with suitcases was just a waste for us. So far this lifestyle is going well and we wouldn’t change a thing.

Your trips sound amazing. We have about 250 cruising days and travelled internationally for work so we have been to a lot of the ports you will visit. China is amazing and we loved Buenos Aires. We were surprised by how much we enjoyed Russia.

 

I am amazed that you only have back packs and carry-ons. I can't manage to do that even for a couple of weeks. My hat is off to you to have the courage to do what you did and to pack the way you do!!!

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