There is a widow who makes her home on a luxury cruise ship sailing around the world. Eight years ago she sold her five-bedroom home, said goodbye to her children and set off.
Her story in the Washington Post made me so happy that she hadn’t chosen an Assisted Living senior residence that I had to find out more. The name of her cruise ship is the Crystal Serenity so I had a chat with one of their representatives and learned that there are quite a few lines of these cruise lines offering deluxe cruises. You might think of these ships as the elite or “Harvard” of traveling ships as they offer “Professor” led classes in chef cooking, gaming, computers, languages, whatever your interest.
You’d be off for 114 days or so. You could learn a lot either on board or when the ship docks overnight in such exotic ports as:
Durhan South Africa. . . Mauritius/Port Louis in the Indian Ocean . . . Perth, Australia
Perth you’ve looked forward to seeing because you’ve heard it’s either the first or second most friendly city in the world. The other is San Miguel, MX., a lovely historic international city I’ve visited many times and have witnessed and enjoyed the super-kind international community and the delightful Mexicans. This city is also said to be either the first or the second friendliest.
The widow spends her time now in port when the ship docks reading, viewing a movie or enjoying a nap. She loves to dance and after dinner she can do this with one of the “dance hosts” provided to passengers who travel alone.
Dance hosts are phenomenal dance partners and I can recommend them highly. Once I was a performing waitress during college at the grand Gratiot Inn, Huron Michigan. where there was a cute dance host. A “Pro” has the ability to transform an ordinary person and take them to a level of dancing they’d never experience on their own.
But, can you afford such a trip to eat like a queen, dance like Ginger Rogers, or return more computer or savvy speaking French? Per my conversation with Crystal Cruise line, if you are a first time passenger, you’d receive one thousand dollars or more off the price of $38,000, if you’d be taking one of their least expensive rooms which would have a lifeboat filling up most of the window.
However, with so many “prime” activities, would one ever be in their room except to change for dinner, the gym or a movie? A small suitcase would be all that would be necessary to bring. Anything else could be obtained on ship or at one of the ports.
You could Skype or e-mail photos to loved ones and friends of places you’re seeing and they could put them on their bucket lists.
A cruise in luxury does leave the ordinary world behind. Which leads me to wondering who else is roaming the world? Will she meet her Prince someday? Would she like taking a new friend along? She has a unique idea and I applaud her for her courage in seeking fun and adventure. If her money lasts, she could live to be doing so until she’s one hundred and twenty!