If you love cruising, the idea of living on a cruise ship sounds like the ultimate fantasy. But there are people who do it, for decades at a time.
An 86 year old woman known as ‘Mama Lee’ has been living on a luxury cruise ship for an incredible 12 years, visiting almost 100 countries in her time. She spends her days dancing with the dance hosts of the ship in memory of her late husband who died of cancer in 1997, who had told her ‘never stop cruising.’
The ship’s passengers and crew are more than welcoming to her, and she claims it would be difficult to readjust to everyday life on-land because of the wonderful way she’s treated on-board.
Lee Wachtstetter has been living aboard a luxury cruise ship for the last 12 years!
Lee Wachtstetter wrote a book called “I may be homeless, but you should see my yacht” — which shows she has a sense of humour as well as an adventurous spirit. She also has a pretty amazing lifestyle. For Mama Lee, her cabin on the Crystal Serenity is both her home and her retirement residence.
Living on a cruise ship provides Lee Wachtstetter with constant companionship, maid services, gourmet meals, access to 24/7 health care, and entertainment. She’s visited more than 100 countries and still dances every night on the ship.
The Crystal Serenity has a capacity of 1070 passengers and a staff of 655 crewmembers.
Lee Wachtstetter and her late husband, were avid cruisers, having done 89 cruises from their home ports in Florida.
The 86-year-old Florida widow, has sold her family home to live on the ship, and she believes it will cost her around $160,000 each year, but claims to be living a ‘stress-free, fairy-tale life,’ dancing from country to country on one of the world’s most beautiful and elegant ships. And she’s not wrong – that price includes everything, from meals to the entertainment to the cocktails she has to celebrate her new-found life. She’s never lonely and never has to cook for herself, so who can blame her. I for one, certainly don’t.
Crystal Serenity at Geiranger Fjord – Norway.
She was 77 when she became a full-time cruiser, an age when many people are a bit cautious. But it wasn’t a hard decision for her.
“I was in good health,” she writes. “I could afford it, I was already travelling 11 months of the year, and now I no longer had a big house to worry about.”
From then on, all the work of daily living — the cooking, the cleaning, the shopping — would be done for her. There would be fine dining and almost constant entertainment. And most nights she’d fall asleep in one country and wake up the next morning in another.
“[My husband] 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. 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.”
Mama Lee now enjoys the luxurious life of movies, good food, travel, and dancing. One can only dream!
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Although she loves living in the luxury cruise ship, Lee said the hardest part of her extravagant retirement is being away from her children and grandchildren, who lives in Miami, Florida. She stays in touch with her three sons and seven grandchildren by Skype or email.
“I hear from one of them every day, and visit with them whenever we dock in Miami,” she said.
Of course, spending your retirement years on a cruise ship isn’t for everyone. It helps to have an adventurous spirit, like Mama Lee.
16-Year-Old Teen Builds A Tiny House For His Future
This teen wanted to build a Tree House, but ended up making an incredible Tiny House!
Nowadays, teens are more concerned about what they posts on Facebook, computer games, crushes, bullying. But Austin Hay, 16 year old, is an exception. Austin is more concerned about his future home mortgage payments so he started building his own future home in 2010. Austin was inspired after watching his dad rebuild their family home that was burnt down. With his dad's dedication as his inspiration and a little knowledge he acquired from his high school shop class, Austin bought a $2,000 trailer using the money he earned from his summer job. Then he started constructing his 130 square-foot tiny house.
What an awesome kid! When asked if anyone can build their own home, Austin quickly replied without any second thoughts, "Oh yeah, they just have to put their mind to it, and that's what scares people. That and it's hard work."
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He was Plagued by Bullies at School. What He Did? He Taught Everyone a LESSON!
This is wonderful! One act of kindness is contagious.
WestJet Airlines has been very successful with their marketing campaign every year. Most of them went viral. They were unique, creative and outstanding. Their every campaign expressed something new to the market. It primarily provided a wonderful experience to their customers and clients. And not only that, they promote advocacy that in one way or another, help and inspire people.
One great advocacy of WestJest is the fight against bullying. The goal is simply to create and promote awareness especially to teenagers regarding the negative effects it will bring to the victim and how to cope up with it. Nowadays, bullying is already becoming rampant and there are lots of stories that have been circulating in the news about such horrible occurrences. WestJest campaign about bullying is just very timely. The way the message is communicated is very clear and direct.
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Guy Shows How He Transformed His Tiny Apartment Into A Full-Featured Decent Home
They thought he was crazy when he moved into a 258 square feet apartment.
Previously, we shared the story of a man who transformed a hideous garage into an amazing house. The ingenuity and art of architecture has once again been portrayed in this incredible transformation of a tiny apartment into a beautiful, very organized house. Who would have thought that a 258 square feet (24 square meters) can become a decent home? You heard me right! The place is basically just like a kiosk store. Whenever you come across a kiosk store in the mall, try to imagine placing a dining table, bed, kitchen and a bathroom with complete accessories. Quite impossible, right?
But that's not the case of Christian Schallert, the owner of the tiny house in this video. With the help of his architect friend, Barbara Appolloni, they have managed to place all features that a decent house should have in that tiny area. They were really creative in utilizing the idea of concealing everything behind the wall to maximize the area. I hope they can design my bedroom into something like this.
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