Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Everything Old is New (Again)

Way back in the early days of this blog, we reported on a seasoned citizen who chose a life at sea as her Long Term Care plan:

"On our October cruise on Royal Caribbean lines, there was an elderly lady who actually resided on the ship 'Voyager of the Sea ... She told us that it was just more financially feasible to do this than living in an assisted-living home and was much more fun"

So it was with a sense of deja vu that I read this item this morning:

"Lee Wachtstetter, an 86-year-old Florida widow ... sold her five bedroom Fort Lauderdale area home on 10 acres and became a permanent luxury cruise ship resident ... has been living on the 1,070-passenger vessel longer than most of its 655 crew members — nearly seven years."

One interesting tidbit: in our original story, the traveling senior reported spending over $200,000 a year; by contrast, Mrs Wachtstetter seems to have scored quite the bargain at a little over $160,000 annually.

Sweet Sailing, Mama Lee!
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