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Woman Spends $164,000 A Year To Permanently Live On Luxury Cruise Ship!

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Lee Wachtstetter is an 86-year-old woman who's spent the past 7 years living on a cruise ship.

No, she didn't lose her passport and get stuck in international waters or something.

Wachtstetter, who's known as Mama Lee, lives aboard the 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity cruise ship.

After the death of her beloved husband, she decided to sell her five-bedroom home in Fort Lauderdale and permanently move into the luxury cruise ship.

She said:

"My husband introduced me to cruising. Mason was a banker and real estate appraiser and taught me to love cruising. During our 50-year marriage we did 89 cruises. I've done nearly a hundred more and 15 world cruises. I stopped counting after 100. Just say I've been to almost any country that has a port."

Mama Lee estimates it'll cost about $164,000 to live her life of luxury on the Serenity this year.

That money covers the cost of her seventh deck stateroom, regular and specialty restaurant meals, gratuities, nightly ballroom dancing with dance hosts, and tons of other seriously impressive entertainment options.

For Mama Lee, it's all about the dancing! She said:

"I enjoy dancing, and this was the best of the remaining ships that still use dance hosts. My husband didn't dance, just didn't like to, and encouraged me to dance with the hosts. Before coming aboard this ship I lived on a Holland America liner for three years. The day they announced they were stopping the dance host program was the day I decided to leave. I dance every night for a couple hours after dinner, have been doing it for years. And I've also trained with the ship's dance instructors."

She's able to stay in touch with her family via a laptop and they meet up every time the ship docks in Miami.

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Which happened five times last year so she's not even lonely. Especially with all the guests she's always meeting! She said:

"The day before my husband died of cancer in 1997, he told me, 'Don't stop cruising.' So here I am today living a stress-free, fairy-tale life."

Yeah, living aboard a luxury yacht sounds like a pretty magical life.

Not sure if we could stand 7 years on the same ship but hey, keep the shrimp cocktail coming and you never know what could happen. LOLz!

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7 comments to “Woman Spends $164,000 A Year To Permanently Live On Luxury Cruise Ship!”

  1. phyliss says – reply to this


    Sounds cheaper and more fun than a retirement home!!

  2. 2

    Awww she's living how her husband wanted her to

  3. dinallll says – reply to this


    Sounds like a great life if I had the money I would be right there.

  4. 4

    Heck, if that is what she enjoys, go for it. Hope they give her a big discount on the bar bill if she drinks :)

  5. chynna says – reply to this


    I would do the same thing if I live all alone and had all that money.

  6. Emmaline Wachtstetter says – reply to this


    I wish it would let me post the picture from 1925 of the first annual Wachtstetter reunion

  7. susieserb says – reply to this


    This was a standing joke in our family for years, per my BIL. He was the one that said it would cost the same to live on a cruise ship vs a high end retirement home…for once he's right wink~