- A couple from Seattle decided to retire early to be able to live on a full-time cruise ship.
- Angelyn and Richard Burk said it was economical and cost less than a mortgage.
- For 35 35 ($ 43) a day, the couple is part of a growing community of people who choose to live on cruise ships.
A married couple from Seattle says it made sense for them to sell their home, retire early and live on a full-time cruise ship.
The story of Angelyn and Richard Burk was first reported by the Australian newspaper 7News and the Independent.
Former accountant Angelyn Burk estimated that for almost £ 35 ($ 43) a day, which covers the cost of all meals and drinks, cruise ships could become their permanent home.
“We love to travel and we were looking for a way to constantly travel in our retirement that makes financial sense,” Burk told 7News.
The couple embarked on their first cruise in May 2021 after selling their home. Since then they say that in the rare cases that they sleep on land, they stay with friends or relatives between cruises.
“I think this is possible for the daily cruise, but it takes effort,” Burk said, adding that they plan their next cruise in advance.
The couple has visited Italy, Iceland and Singapore since starting their new life at sea and has embarked on a 51-day cruise from Seattle to Sydney.
“Our initial plan was to stay in different countries for a month at a time and eventually retire to cruise ships as we grew up,” Burke added.
Sea life seems to be a growing trend. Former cruise manager Christine Kesteloo told Insider in April that she had been living on a cruise ship for half a year after losing her job during the pandemic.
Kesteloo is now sailing with her husband, a cruise ship engineer, as a “husband on board”. He spends the other half of the year at their home in the Netherlands.
One company that wants to take advantage of the trend is Storylines, a residential community at sea, according to Insider’s Abby Wallace.
Storylines offers fully furnished homes on its new cruise ship, starting at $ 500,000. The ship will have a cinema, three swimming pools, 20 restaurants and a wellness center.
“What’s not on the ship is not worth having,” said Alister Punton, co-founder and CEO of Storylines.
The company sells leases for 12, 24 or 60 years and will begin the 1,000-day journey to six continents in 2024.