Want to see the world but don't want the hassle of living out of a suitcase? Do it on a cruise ship. Wake up every morning in a new port and visit exotic cities. Now is a great time to consider this option as one of the things you want to do when you retire.
That’s the pitch. Here is what an article in the Miami Herald by JAY CLARKE says.
“The press releases and fancy brochures glow with extravagant promise: round-the world cruises, plenty of time in exotic ports, rooms decked in marble and crystal, gourmet meals at sea and -- most important -- a permanent home on the ship.
But most of the companies trying to market cruise-ship condos don't have a ship yet -- or even a contract to have one built, although some have preliminary agreements….”
In fact, the only existing condo cruise ship available is the “ ResidenSea's The World”. There are no new condos available, only re-sales and they are scarce.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2008/09/07/669004/tough-times-for-condos-at-sea.html#storylink=cpy
CRUISING BY THE MONTH
Ever wanted to retire on a cruise ship and travel the world without ever leaving your home? You’re not alone. Many people have entertained this as their fantasy retirement.
Cruising is adventure travel if you love to see new places, get a taste of different cultures without having to pack up and move everything every few days.
Cruise ships are virtually a small town, with live entertainment, movies, activities, prepared meals, boutiques, casinos and libraries. What more could you ask for?
One blogger noted the cost of living full time on a Princess Cruise Ship at $135 per day. That’s approximately $4,000 a month.
Anyone with a yearly retirement income of $48,000 - $50,000 can enjoy exotic ports, tasty meals prepared by International chefs, great live on-ship entertainment, pools, gyms, daily housekeeping with clean towels and bed linens, onboard medical (fees are not included), and even free tooth paste and razors, washers and dryers, soap and shampoo.
There are plenty of things to do on a cruise ship and if you are the gregarious type you can meet a whole new crop of potential friends every 7-14 days.
Once you make the leap you'll be asking yourself, "Why didn't I do this sooner?"
The cost on another cruise ship we found is roughly $76 a day per person for the cruise ticket, port fees, taxes, and an automatic gratuity. (You may want to add in an additional $10 to $15 per day for miscellaneous expenses)
That cost is significantly less than some full-service retirement communities, which can easily cost $150 to $200 per day and a great idea for things to do in retirement.
OWN A CRUISE SHIP CONDO
Owning your own Cruise Ship Condo is not for middle income retirement budgets. However, for the price of a high end condo in a major city, you can retire on a cruise ship and sail the world.
Cruise Ship Condos are a new senior trend because they combine luxury living and travel. You are able to visit exciting ports of call for longer periods so you aren’t in a hurry to see everything you want to see like a normal cruise and you will be able to see more countries than a regular cruise ship. And these ships are built with you in mind for all the comforts of home while you sail to many ports throughout the world.
I have seen prices as low as the $275k range(the Murano-a barge with condo type living quarters...more on the next column) but most are in the million dollar range and up. There are no property taxes or condo fees when retiring on a cruise ship... Just the finest in retirement lifestyle. However, there can be yearly maintenance fees which are costly.
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