Live On A Cruise Ship.

Serviced-Residences

For some time now, my friend A and his dear wife N have been contemplating a different lifestyle to what they have and one of the alternatives that they thought of was to live permanently in a serviced apartment. I was quite enthused too and have been keeping an eye out for such possibilities within my budget. What deterred them then was their three dogs! Subsequently, their only child, like my own only child, put paid to all our aspirations by vetoing the whole idea as being silly!  I am not exaggerating.  As being silly is the exact reason quoted.

My bucket list however just got another item! Like our thinking about service apartments,for sometime now I had been getting emails saying that it would be better for retired people to live on cruise ships instead of in retirement homes. Here is even one blog post that I had occasion to read.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

What a way to live if you can afford that! That is, provided your very protective child/ren allow you to.

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32 Responses to Live On A Cruise Ship.

  1. Looney says:

    Time to start checking cruise lines …
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  2. Where do grown children get off thinking they have veto rights? Mine certainly don’t! They can visit me on the cruise ship, if I can figure out how to afford it!
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  3. I had heard the cruise line arguments before. That’s fine as long as you don’t get sick or hurt. A friend of mine was on a cruise with her husband but broke her arm on one of the side trips. The cruise line canceled the rest of their trip and made them go home.

    What would be the advantage of having a serviced apartment instead of living with your son and DIL? Why do they think it’s silly? I’m sure Kaitlin and Torben would like us to live closer to them but still be independent. As long as Andy can still go up to the land every day we’ll probably stay here. My projects are slightly more portable than his are. 😉
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    • They think that it is silly for exactly the reasons that you mention. We really get all the facilities that the serviced apartments offer and so, why bother? But you know, how every now and then idle brains work overtime?

  4. Grannymar says:

    I remember having great fun posting about this very subject way back in 2007. I am happy where I am, totally independent. Anyway with modern technology we are never alone.
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  5. shackman says:

    Interesting. Nothing for me to spend much time pondering though as I’d be destitute in about a month. I’ve heard of folks living in motels/hotels similarly.
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    • I would not really like to be in those hotels and motels Shackman.
      But I know of people who do live there on a permanent basis and they seem to be quite content.

  6. Dun-Na-Sead says:

    My husband “retired” two years ago. Now he “only” goes three days a week. Plus teaching the occasional course. And a few conferences. And the colloquim coffee each Thursday…. to put it in a nutshell, the only way I’ll ever see a cruise ship is if they have suites with chalkboards, and one entire floor is reserved for retired mathematicians. Oh and a chalkboard for during dinner, in case someone decides to solve one of the russian math olympics problems. what can I say? Love a mathematician enough, you end up as a math wife. Now when a musican retires…. Ps. dedicated my post “reverse polarity” on And-Gutenberg-Lived-Here.blogspot.com to you. L

  7. nick says:

    I can’t see anything wrong with either living in a serviced apartment or living on a cruise ship. I’m sure life would be a lot easier than maintaining your own home. But as Jean says, living on a cruise ship would founder if you had some serious medical condition that required specialist on-shore treatment.
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    • I received a plaintive mail from a reader who lives in a serviced apartment in Pune where he complains of great loneliness. His problem is not unique with his wife having passed away and children settled down overseas. He is unable to relate to the others in the complex having lived a very active life before his retirement and widowerhood. Some food for thought there.

  8. tammy j says:

    interesting!
    i have lived alone so long now that i don’t think i could enjoy living with anyone. not even the marine. and he’s the same way.
    but i want to be in the same town and not too far away from him.
    just tonight we had dinner together and it was so enjoyable.
    i also wonder why children feel they can dictate what parents should do… anymore than when parents dictate how grown children should live their own lives!!! but i can’t ever picture your dear ranjan and manjarii doing that to you.
    you must do what you want to rummy. you of all people have EARNED that right! i wouldn’t want to live on the ocean. near it. but not on it!
    living in a very nice hotel with a restaurant . . . mmmm . . . yes.
    if i had a fortune.
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    • I recently received a plaintive mail from a reader who lives in a serviced apartment in Pune where he complains of great loneliness. His problem is not unique with his wife having passed away and children settled down overseas. He is unable to relate to the others in the complex having lived a very active life before his retirement and widowerhood. Some food for thought there. This is something that my siblings have been telling me too! Anyway, nothing concrete is on the cards in the immediate future and let us see how the cards fall as time passes.

  9. Big John says:

    I’ve been on five cruises, and I find that seven or so days of two much food etc. is enough for me: and as for meeting all those new passengers; well, when it comes to people, I’m afraid that I am with Jean-Paul Sartre on that one. … 😉

  10. srinivas says:

    Aha, that is because Big John is a simple soul. Should he assiduously cultivate an attitude of enlightened benevolence, he will feel better when so many of the riff-raff amuse him with their superiority complex driven blabber.
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  11. Cathy in NZ says:

    I would want to have choices

    I have heard of people living in the “chain” hotels with some sort of on-going chain deal. So they live 2 months here or there, probably wrapped up with family, weather, other…

    I would want to have enough money to hop about – ships, places, apartments, hotels, other…

    Say I love some sort of sport that moved their fixtures to the top spots – get a subscription to a couple of weeks of events, stay somewhere close by and get my “feed” of that life – then move on or off…
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