Ever wondered what it would be like to live on a cruise ship? Well, read on…
Lee Wachtstetter,86, has been a resident on a luxury cruise ship for 7 years.
The day before Lee Wachtstetter’s husband died from cancer in 1997, he had one piece of key advice for her: “Don’t stop cruising.
“My husband introduced me to cruising,” she said. “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.”
Wachtstetter, who is known on the ship as Mama Lee, pays $164,000 (approximately £108,000) per year to live on the 1,070 passenger vessel Crystal Serenity.
Wachtstetter sold her five bedroom home on 10 acres of land to raise the funds needed for her cruising. She said it was her late daughter who first gave her the idea to sell the property.
Her family, three sons and seven grandchildren, are supportive of her decision to live aboard the ship.
Although she sometimes misses her family, Wachtstetter has got to know the ship’s 655 crew members well and stays in touch with her family over the internet.
She sees her children whenever the ship docks in Miami about five times a year.
This world traveler said she’s lost count of how many countries she visited, but thinks she’s probably been to almost every country that has a port.