Florida Woman Spends $164,000 a Year to Live Permanently on a Cruise Ship

86-year-old Florida widow Lee Wachtstetter has spent the past seven years living permanently on the Crystal Serenity, a 1,070-passenger cruise ship, a residency that costs her around $164,000 a year. The woman, known as “Mama Lee” to crew members, isn’t sure exactly how many countries she’s visited in the process, claiming to have lost track after she hit number 100. She adds that her late husband was the inspiration for her unique lifestyle.

My husband introduced me to cruising. 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.