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Old August 4th, 2006, 04:40 PM
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I've heard a few times before that it can be cheaper to retire to a cruise ship than an assisted living or something. Can anybody substantiate or refute this factually? Is it some sort of myth?
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Old August 4th, 2006, 05:04 PM
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It's more like a theory.

I don't know how much nursing homes or assisted living homes cost.
But if you could get cruises at about $100/day, then you could live aboard for $3,100 or so a month. That would include all your food and entertainment.
Add to that $10/day for tips.

However, at nursing homes or assisted living you would have caregivers if you needed them. People to help you shower, or move from bed to chair, etc. You would have access to hospitals and doctors.

On a cruise ship you'd be on your own with little personal assistance other than room service.

The main problem, as I see it, is that cruise lines could not afford to turn their ships into virtual nursing homes, because the income they derive from alcohol sales, excursions, casinos, gift shops, photos, etc. would go waaaaaaaaay down.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 05:29 PM
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There is a woman living on te QE2...If she is still alive, that is...On a cruise, her husband passed away..she then decided to live onboard. She is well care of by the staff, does not have to cook or clean.Nice life if you can do it..There was another womanwho lived on the Regal for years as well.
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There is supposedly someone on HAL too, I've heard.
But someone who does not need assisted living, just chose to retire onboard.
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