An estimated 24 million people are expected to take cruises this year. One report showed more than a quarter of them are age 60 or older, and more than one-fifth are retired. For many of those passengers, the ships are like a second home, but for one woman, ocean liner Crystal Serenity is her only home. Peter Greenberg reports.

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  1. keep your mind and body active and you will live a long long time… people in nursing homes waste and wither away. it's sad. families dump them there to die and just wait for the death to get their inheritance… it's really sad

  2. I wonder how much it costs for her in a year. And if she goes to holiday from the boat to see her grand kids for example, can she keep the same capin? I would miss walks on nature and would hate to be stuck always in a noisy boat on sea but everyone is different.

  3. THERE IS NOW A BREED OF OLD WHITE PEOPLE WHO PREFER TO DIE AT SEA

    THEIR CHILDREN DONT EVEN CALL , LEAVE ALONE VISIT..

    THE SELFISH CHILDREN WAIT FOR THE DAY THE OLD SINGLE PARENT WILL DIE, SO THAT THEY CAN SELL THE HOUSE AND MAKE MOOLAH..

    INSTEAD THE ABANDONED PARENT, SELLS THE HOUSE AND PLANS SEA CRUISES –YEARS OF IT..

    WHEN THEY RUN OUT OF MONEY, THEY COMMIT SUICIDE.

    THIS IS A DARK UNDERBELLY NOBODY TALKS ABOUT..

    DEAD BODIES OF SUCH OLD PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIVED FOR YEARS ON SHIPS–ARE SMUGGLED OUT AT NIGHT AND BURIED ASHORE ( OR GIVEN SEA BURIAL ) AS PER THE WILL ..

    NO POINT IN TRANSPORTING THE BODY HOME–THE CHILDREN MAY NOT ATTEND THE FUNERAL..

    AND WE HAVE HINDUSTAN LEVER BLAMING HINDUS OF ABANDONING THEIR PARENTS AT KUMBH MELA..

    PROPAGANDA WONT WORK..

    IF THERE IS ONE NATION WHOSE PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF THE OLD PARENTS , IT IS THE INDIAN HINDUS OF INDIA.

    THE OLD WOMAN IN THIS VIDEO IS DEEPLY UNHAPPY.. SHE LIES ABOUT BEING ECSTATIC!

    THERE IS ONLY ONE HAPPINESS IN THE WORLD– TO LOVE AND BE LOVED.. BALLS HER CHILDREN CALL HER TWICE A DAY.

  4. THERE IS NOW A BREED OF OLD WHITE PEOPLE WHO PREFER TO DIE AT SEA

    THEIR CHILDREN DONT EVEN CALL , LEAVE ALONE VISIT.. 

    THE SELFISH CHILDREN WAIT FOR THE DAY THE OLD SINGLE PARENT WILL DIE, SO THAT THEY CAN SELL THE HOUSE AND MAKE MOOLAH..

    INSTEAD THE ABANDONED PARENT, SELLS THE HOUSE AND PLANS SEA CRUISES –YEARS OF IT..

    WHEN THEY RUN OUT OF MONEY, THEY COMMIT SUICIDE.

    THIS IS A DARK UNDERBELLY NOBODY TALKS ABOUT..

    DEAD BODIES OF SUCH OLD PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIVED FOR YEARS ON SHIPS–ARE SMUGGLED OUT AT NIGHT AND BURIED ASHORE ( OR GIVEN SEA BURIAL ) AS PER THE WILL ..

    NO POINT IN TRANSPORTING THE BODY HOME–THE CHILDREN MAY NOT ATTEND THE FUNERAL..

    AND WE HAVE HINDUSTAN LEVER BLAMING HINDUS OF ABANDONING THEIR PARENTS AT KUMBH MELA..

    PROPAGANDA WONT WORK..

    IF THERE IS ONE NATION WHOSE PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF THE OLD PARENTS , IT IS THE INDIAN HINDUS OF INDIA.

    I HAVE SEEN THIS PLANET FOR 40 YEARS — I KNOW..



    THE OLD WOMAN IN THE VIDEO ABOVE IS DEEPLY UNHAPPY.. SHE LIES ABOUT BEING ECSTATIC!

    THERE IS ONLY ONE HAPPINESS IN THE WORLD– TO LOVE AND BE LOVED.. BALLS HER CHILDREN CALL HER TWICE A DAY

    capt ajit vadakayil
    ….

  5. Costs of cruise ships vs. assisted living

    Cruise ship living is an attractive alternative for seniors because, in many cases, the costs of cruising are lower than costs of an assisted living facility.

    Average costs for an assisted living facility, as of 2017, are around $3,750 per month, according to the Genworth Cost of Care survey . This is around $45,000 annually. The nightly cost of a cruise, on the other hand, averages around $100 per night or less.

    {just FYI I looked for places for my mom in 2016 and found NOTHING that cheap and she was still driving and doing her own taxes}

    A 12-night cruise of the Southern Caribbean, available for an average cost of $779 per person, is just $65 per night. For a senior couple traveling together, discounts of 50% for the second passenger lower combined costs dramatically. Senior discounts, points for frequent cruising, and booking with a rewards credit card keep costs down even further, especially if you opt out of pricey extras like alcoholic drinks or shore excursions .

    Not all ships allow full-time residents onboard, but many cruise lines make accommodations for seniors who want to become long-term passengers and remain on the same ship for months or even years at a time . There are also options like Oceania's Around the World Voyage, which is a 180-day cruise happening annually from January to July.

    For seniors looking for the very best prices, moving from ship-to-ship to see different areas of the world allows for extra adventure at an especially affordable cost. If you book cruises leaving from the same departure ports, you'll keep transportation costs low. While this makes it impractical to own many possessions, paying for an on-shore storage facility is an option at less than $200 monthly . When combined with an annual cost of a generous $100 per night for cruising, combined annual costs of around $38,900 for ship accommodations and storage are more than $6,000 cheaper than the average assisted living facility.

    Amenities of assisted living vs. cruise ship living

    For seniors considering cruise ship life, it's important to evaluate whether a cruise ship can provide the same level of service as an assisted living facility. The good news is, in most cases, seniors would get fairly comparable assistance.

    Assisted living facilities are distinct from nursing homes because assisted living facilities provide less care and support than nursing homes. Nursing home staff helps with routine activities of daily living, such as bathing, using the restroom, and consuming food and drink. Seniors with dementia who require supervision and bedridden or wheelchair-bound seniors who rely on caregivers to tend to basic needs require nursing home care. Seniors in assisted living facilities, on the other hand, often have their own independent apartments or rooms, and the help they receive is typically limited to medication management, transportation, housekeeping services, entertainment, and some meal services .

    Cruise ships offer similar amenities to paying passengers of all ages. Most cruise ships have all-inclusive food offerings available throughout the day. There are regular social activities aboard the ship, including games and shows. Cruise ships also have onboard pharmacy services as well as infirmaries with doctors and nurses. Medical staff is typically on-call 24-hours daily for emergencies, and ship healthcare facilities on most major cruise ships are largely comparable to ambulatory care centers .

    While there is a cost to obtain medications or use the services of the ship's infirmary, healthcare services are typically not included at an assisted living facility, either. Medicare pays for covered services provided on cruise ships if those services are obtained within six hours of a U.S. port , although visiting a doctor covered by Medicare is easier for seniors residing at a U.S. based assisted living facility than for a seniors at sea. Seniors could also choose to purchase travel insurance to cover both the costs of treatment aboard the ship and more costly services, such as helicopter transport to a U.S. hospital in case of a serious medical emergency.

    For seniors who need a higher level of services that only a nursing home can offer, or for seniors with complicated-to-manage medical conditions who need to see a doctor regularly, cruise ship living is not the answer. But for relatively healthy seniors who can no longer handle the demands of living alone and who want a fun alternative, a cruise ship may just be the ideal retirement option.

  6. If only she could of danced on the Titanic!she wouldn't have had to sell her home and car!she will GT her day just like the Titanic did she will be singing and dancing I am sailing !then sink to her grave !

  7. Just think: No expenses for cars, utilities, groceries, property taxes, insurance, just to mention a few – plus getting all your entertainment for free and meeting loads of interesting people….What a smart lady!

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