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Cruising Into Retirement – Is This For You?

Cruising Into Retirement – Is This For You?

By Susan Williams

How do you feel about the idea of retiring on a cruise ship?

There was an article written in Forbes about Mama Lee Wachstetter, who turned 90 years old in May and had retired aboard the Crystal Serenity. She had been living continuously on this luxury cruise ship for the past nine years.

This sounds pretty luxurious doesn’t it?

There’s an increasing trend of people starting to consider this as an option – and for some good reasons. Here are just a few;

Great Amenities

Imagine the options of great dining, nightly entertainment, health facilities and more. These are all available on a cruise ship.


During your time in retirement, a cruise ship could offer you the chance to travel to different parts of the world that may interest you.


The cost of retiring on a cruise ship has been compared to being similar to costs of living in a retirement community. Of course, these costs may vary depending on the type of cruise or the retirement community that you are comparing each other to.

Doctor On Board

The majority of cruises do offer access to an onboard physician.

But along with the pros, there are often some cons. Here are just a couple that you may want to consider;

Away from home

When you’re on a cruise ship, you’re not at home and continually moving around. The closeness to family and friends may be something that you might miss.

Healthcare Limitations

Although there may be a physician on board, emergency services, geriatric specialization and meeting any other immediate health needs may not always be available.

Increased Fall Risks

Making your way around a ship if you have some mobility challenges could be a potential issue. Small corridors, stairs, changing floor types combined with moving around on a moving vessel could pose some challenges.

Bumpy Ride

As much as we all like to think that cruise ships just glide across the sea without a ripple, there are storms and turbulent waters that can sometimes make the trip a bit of a bumpy ride.

So, along with any major decisions the suggestion is to always to do your research to make sure that this is something that you really want to do.

If cruising in your retirement is something that you might be interested in, it’s probably something your would want to consider trying it on a short term trial first before completely diving in to make sure that it is the right choice for you.

Here is more information about this trend in the following video from CNBC;

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.