Widow lives on a ship a year after late husband said ‘never stop cruising’


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Widow, 86, lives on CRUISE ship for £108,000 a year after late husband said ‘never stop cruising’

A widow splashes out £108,000 a year to live on a cruise ship after her dying husband told her to “never stop cruising”. Seven years ago Lee Wachtstetter, 86, sold her luxury home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to permanently reside at sea, after her dying husband told her to “never stop cruising”

Affectionately known as Mama Lee, the grandmother of seven has been living on the 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity longer than most of its 655 crewmembers. The intrepid sailor has disembarked in so many different countries she stopped counting them at 100. Her husband Mason, a banker, introduced her to cruising and the pair enjoyed 89 during their 50-year marriage. Since his death from cancer in 1997 she has done nearly a hundred more and 15 around the world trips.

Mama Lee finds Asian countries the most fascinating because they are so vastly different from her home nation, she told the Pensacola News Journal. She said “The day before my husband died of cancer in 1997, he told me, ‘Don’t stop cruising.’ So here I am today living a stress-free, fairy-tale life.”

Although she rarely bothers going ashore because she has been to the countries before, she admits the Grand Bazaar at Istanbul draws her in every time.

“You can find gorgeously regal or glitzy outfits there, perfect for formal or casual wear and not terribly expensive,” she said. “I have to restrain myself every time because of my limited cabin space.” She admits she misses her family, but stays in touch with her three sons and seven grandchildren via the web.

The £108,000 goes on her stateroom, restaurant meals, drinks, tips and nightly ballroom dancing, as well as other activities. “I dance every night for a couple hours after dinner, have been doing it for years. And I’ve also trained with the ship’s dance instructors.” But her luxury lifestyle has come at a cost – she has put on 25 pounds since taking to a life at sea. Hubert Buelacher, Serenity’s hotel director said: “She’s just an amazing woman, one of a kind.”


to reside

lakni valahol

to splash out

költekezni, szórni a pénzt

to disembark

kiszállni hajóból

around the world trip

világkörüli út





to go ashore

partra szállni

to admit



fenséges, királyi

to restrain oneself

visszafogja magát

ballroom dancing


dance instructor


to come at a cost

megfizet érte (átvitt értelemben)

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