An estimated 24 million people are anticipated to take cruise ships this year. One report showed greater than a quarter of them are age 60 or older, and greater than one-fifth are retired.
Part of the factor cruise ships are so popular for retired people is since a lot is dealt with for them– cooking, cleaning, home entertainment and activities. Of course, when the cruise mores than, the majority of them return the home of their routine lives. But Lee Wachtstetter discovered a means to travel the globe without ever leaving residence.
You could state the 88-year-old Wachtstetter has earned her sea legs.
Aboard the Crystal Peacefulness, she’s recognized simply as Mom Lee. She’s been living there for the past eight years.
” I do not have to tidy house. I don’t have to shop, I don’t have to prepare, I do not have to do anything. I do what I want, when I want, if I want,” she informed CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg.
And how frequently does she speak to her household back house? “Oh, I talk with them daily. I’ll speak with them two times a day if it suggests I do not have to exist!”
Wachtstetter and her late spouse, Mason, took nearly 100 cruises together before he died in 1997. “The last point he ever before stated to me was– this was the day before he died– ‘Do not you quit travelling.’
” I began regular travelling. But I obtained extremely, really sick of packing and also unpacking. So I claimed, there’s got to be a far better method to do this.”
Mom Lee marketed her home in Florida, along with her auto and also most of her possessions, and never looked back.
” Everyone knows her, she’s knows everybody,” said Birger Vorland, captain of the Crystal Tranquility. “She’s a bit of a queen, in an excellent way. She agrees her day, she makes herself active, and she has her things and her viewpoints, and she’s a wonderful individual.”
Retiree Lee Wachstetter lives aboard the Crystal Peacefulness. CBS NEWS.
Greenberg asked Wachtstetter, “At your age, there are a great deal of people who would certainly claim, ‘Well, I’m mosting likely to most likely to a retired life area.'”.
” Oh, no, not me. Why do that?” she replied. “I’m now a great-grandmother. My grandchildren are having youngsters. But I do not want to be there every minute for that.
” I love children, however they mature!” she laughed.
Mother Lee has currently done more than 240 cruises around the world, and saw hundreds of ports. Yet where the ship is going? Unnecessary. For Mother Lee, these days, the ship is the location.
” Whatever is ‘Been there, done that.’ If I have actually been there as well as done that, I don’t go off the ship. And also I enjoy it when everyone goes touring. I obtained the entire ship to myself with all the help.”.
” You have actually got this identified!”.
” Oh, definitely.”.
” And also you don’t truly leave the ship any longer?” Greenberg asked.
” What for?”.
Just how much does it cost her? About $175,000 a year.
Cruise ship supervisor Rick Spath considers himself part of her extended family at sea.
” That’s Lee: She does not care where the ship goes,” Spath said. “And also she loves to dance her means around the world.”.
” I dance each day at 5:15, 7 days a week,” she stated.
” Do you ever unwind as well as think about exactly what your life would be like if you weren’t on the ship?” Greenberg asked.
” Extremely monotonous,” was her response. “I think I live a fairytale existence. It’s not a reality, I understand that. Not everyone does this. But a great deal of individuals could.”