Widow Lives On Cruise Ship : Woman Spends Over $164K Per Year To Live On A Cruise Ship

Widow Lives On Cruise Ship : Woman Spends Over $164K Per Year To Live On A Cruise Ship

An 86-year-old widow has been living on a luxury cruise ship almost seven years, a decision she made after her husband died.

Lee Wachtstetter, aka Mama Lee, has lived aboard the 11-year-old Crystal Serenity longer than most of its 650-plus crew members.

“My husband introduced me to cruising,” she said. “Mason was a banker and real estate appraiser and taught me to love cruising. During our 50-year marriage we did 89 cruises. I’ve done nearly a hundred more and 15 world cruises.”

Wachtstetter sold her five bedroom home on 10 acres of land to raise the funds needed for her cruising. She said it was her late daughter who first gave her the idea to sell the property.

The rest of her family – three sons and seven grandchildren – are supportive of her decision to live aboard the ship.

Although she sometimes misses her family, Wachtstetter has got to know the ship’s 655 crew members well and stays in touch with those back home over the internet.

She sees her children whenever the ship docks in Miami, roughly five times a year.