Video: Living on a cruise ship

Lee Wachtstatter isn’t your ordinary cruise passenger. More than a decade ago, not long after the death of her husband, she decided to sell her five-bedroom Florida home. But instead of downsizing, she opted for something far bigger – relocating to a cruise ship, where she’s remained ever since.

Wachtstatter estimates that her “stress-free, fairy-tale” lifestyle will cost her USD$175,000 a year (NZD$253,00), which covers the cost of her single-occupancy cabin, meals in premium restaurants, gratuities and a variety of activities including ballroom dancing with cruise hosts and needlepoint classes.

Considering if you are to live in a retirement village in New Zealand you have to pay a fee when you enter as well as weekly costs. It starts to add up, cruise ship living could be the way of the future.