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Old 02-02-2010, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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"I've read about people who retire to cruise ships and do nothing but sail all the time. They claim it's as cheap as living in a retirement home. Just sailing. Around the world. Day after day. So I'm on a cruise right now and I'm asking myself if I could stand this. Day after day."

The author goes into the pros and cons as they see it and offers some ideas for a retirement cruise ship.

Our Time: Retirement home spells cruise ship - San Jose Mercury News
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:19 AM
 
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I've taken roughly 15 cruises over the years on about 10 different cruise lines, but until last year all of the cruises were either 7 or 10 days long. Last January, I took a 30 cruise round-trip from San Diego to Hawaii, Tahiti, Bora Bora, and other South Pacific islands. Up until then, I thought that I was one of those people who could retire on a cruise ship. Not after that cruise. I found that after 3 weeks I had had enough and was ready to get off the ship. Mind you, I wasn't ready to go back to work or end the vacation, I just had had enough of cruising for that particular journey.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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I start getting antsy if we have two sea days in a row. There simply is not enough to keep me occupied on a cruise ship. I love cruising, but in measured doses.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:02 PM
 
Location: WA
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I have met some people on cruises that spend a lot of time on the ships (maybe three quarters of each year) but even they have homes. All that I have spoken with are wealthy... I don't think it is a discount retirement plan... the cruises I have been on averaged more than $300 a day with some double that.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:10 PM
 
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No way I could stay on a cruise ship long than 10 days.
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:40 AM
 
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I think of the size of cabins. Maybe I could handle that as a single person but I'd be ready to kill if I had to share that kind of space with another person for any length of time. I used to get "cabin fever" during hurricanes and snowstorms when I was married. I'd also miss driving.
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:33 AM
 
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I get "island fever" after about a month in HI, so I know I couldn't handle living on a cruise ship unless I was an invalid.
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:44 AM
 
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How could it possibly be affordable?
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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If you would enjoy living in a small motel room where you could only leave the motel in groups when the management told you you could, you might enjoy living on a cruise ship.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:19 AM
 
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If you would enjoy living in a small motel room where you could only leave the motel in groups when the management told you you could, you might enjoy living on a cruise ship.
Well, that analogy would be okay if the motel included nightly entertainment in a large showroom, numerous bars and restaurants, public lounges with activities and entertainment throughout the day, a casino, a large pool or two, a library, a piano bar, a card room, a fitness center, a spa, etc.

Not to mention the motel being on wheels so your scenery would change daily.

Not exactly a Motel 6.
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