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Living the Dream: Cruise Ship Living Now Affordable at $30,000 per Year

No cooking, no cleaning, and no yard work to worry about.



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For some people, the idea of living on a cruise ship may seem like a dream come true. No cooking, no cleaning, and no yard work to worry about. It’s no surprise that some individuals have decided to make this lifestyle a reality. As a result, a number of cruise lines have started offering long-term stays on their ships.

One such company is Crystal Cruises. The luxury cruise line has introduced a new program that allows passengers to live on their cruise ships for a year or more. The program, called “Crystal Residences,” offers furnished apartments with one or two bedrooms, living rooms, and dining areas. These residences range from 491 to 1,397 square feet and come with a private veranda that overlooks the ocean.

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The cost for this unique living experience starts at $30,000 per person per year, which includes all meals, housekeeping, and other amenities that are typically available to cruise ship passengers. Residents can also enjoy a range of onboard activities such as live entertainment, fitness classes, and access to a spa.

While the cost may seem steep, it’s important to remember that this includes not only housing but also food and entertainment. For those who are retired or work remotely, the cost of living on a cruise ship can actually be cheaper than living in a big city.

But is living on a cruise ship really worth it? The answer is subjective and depends on one’s personal preferences. Some may find the idea of being at sea for an extended period of time to be exciting and adventurous. Others may find it to be monotonous and crave the comforts of home.

Furthermore, living on a cruise ship can present some challenges. For example, residents may have limited access to medical care or may experience difficulty accessing certain amenities or services when the ship is docked at a port.

Regardless of the potential challenges, the idea of living on a cruise ship has certainly caught the attention of many. With the increasing popularity of remote work and early retirement, it’s possible that more individuals will be enticed by the idea of a life at sea.

In conclusion, living on a cruise ship may not be for everyone, but for those who are willing to give it a try, it can be a unique and exciting experience. As Crystal Cruises has demonstrated, the demand for such a lifestyle is there, and it will be interesting to see if other cruise lines follow suit in the coming years.