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Whatever floats your boat.

Howie52
Trying very hard to keep a straight face.
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Cruise ship living is a legitimate alternative option for seniors unwilling to settle for traditional assisted living or [nursing home] care

Say what? They have the staff and expertise to care for seniors who need such help?

Independent living, yes. But I doubt they have the nurses and doctors necessary for care at the nursing home level.
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We’ve talked about this before. If you need a nursing home, no way will a cruise ship work.....
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Independent living, yes. But I doubt they have the nurses and doctors necessary for care at the nursing home level.

Correct, they don't. Any major issues, they try to give emergency care and stabilize you, then at the next port they'll get you to a local hospital. We've been on a lot of cruises and seen this happen a number of times.

If they are at sea and there is a very serious medical issue, they call in a medivac helicopter. Sometimes the ship will divert course to get the ship in range for the copter. We've seen this happen twice.

There was one cruise were an obviously crazy lady was on board. We figured that her family had put her on the cruise to get rid of her for 80 days. (Yes it was an 80 day cruise.) Eventually her (mis)behavior got so bad that they kicked her off at the next port, Sydney, halfway thru the cruise. Word was that the ship paid for her airfare back to the US, and escorted her to the airport.
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I could not do it.

After every single 7-10 day cruise I have ever taken, I come home at least 5 lbs heavier - even though I able able to work out just as much if not more.

Hawkwin
"Free" all you can eat is my nemesis.
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After every single 7-10 day cruise I have ever taken, I come home at least 5 lbs heavier -

The standing joke from cruise directors is "On average, cruise ship passengers gain 5 pound." ..pause.. "per day".

It is different on a longer cruise, say 15-20 days or more. People are used to the quantities of food and cut back to normal servings. Long cruise, like the 80 day we were on, are divided into segments so that people who can't go for 80 days can hop on one or two 10-15 day segments. After the first couple of week, at the beginning of each segment we could tell who the newcomers were. They were the ones loading up 2 plates at the buffet. All the continuing passengers just had 1/2 plate or 1 plate.
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If they are at sea and there is a very serious medical issue, they call in a medivac helicopter.

We've seen it once. The ship actually stopped. Seas were calm. Maybe an hour or so a helicopter appeared. They secured part of the deck (i.e. no passengers), and they did a litter on a winch to take the patient off. After the chopper left, the ship revved-up and continue the cruise.

Yes, IL would be possible (even enjoyable!) on a cruise ship. It might be more expensive than an IL apartment, though. 1poormom is in IL at over $3K per month. A single week-long cruise will typically be $1000 or more. That's over $4K per month. If you can afford it it would be an option. And you can use MedJet insurance so that if you ever have to be evacuated they will get you home.
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It is different on a longer cruise...

I would argue that it's "first timers" that eat the most. Your first cruise you can't resist all the free food. All you can eat! By the third or fourth cruise it doesn't really faze you much. You know the buffet, the dining room(s), the specialty restaurants. The novelty has worn off, and you just eat as you normally would (as you said). I prefer eating in the dining room(s). Table service, complete meals, and sensible portions. Plus people aren't handling serving utensils as they do in the buffet.
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The novelty has worn off, and you just eat as you normally would (as you said).

I don't know about that. On my last cruise, they had chocolate chocolate chip cookies sitting out all day. I don't know how many I ate. At home, I can resist by not buying them.

PSU
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I don't know about that. On my last cruise, they had chocolate chocolate chip cookies sitting out all day. I don't know how many I ate. At home, I can resist by not buying them.

PSU


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Same here. One cruise there was a Johnny Rockets cafe. The hamburgers were great but best of all was all the milk shakes you could drink, made and served the old fashioned way in the tall silver tumbler that has more shake in it than will fit in your glass. They were open 24 hours to boot so milkshakes could be had anytime day or night.
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Celebrity Cruise Line is currently running an ad using Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit in the background:

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all


My wife and I went on a Mediterranean cruise last year.

The only pill they had was the one that makes you larger.


AW
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We’ve talked about this before. If you need a nursing home, no way will a cruise ship work.....

I don’t understand why some cruise ship company hasn’t jumped on this. Make the *entire ship* a retirement community. Forget the water slides and and other junk they crowd into the boats to attract people. Fill it instead with larger medical areas. Keep some doctors and nurses on the ship, on call 24/7. Acute medical emergencies would be handled as now: stabilize and remove by port or medivac as required.

There would be a lot less “on and off” time (turnaround days), food and fuel would be the same but not the thousands of passengers and baggage circus, some of the bars could go away in favor of slightly larger suites would be slightly larger to accommodate clothing storage, And so on. Redesign the whole thing with “retirement community” in mind. Yes, slightly wider hallways, elevators, etc. but doable, I would think.

My Dad was paying $4500/mo 10 years ago for his home, Mrs. Goofy’s dad was paying $6,000/mo a couple years ago - so it would seem the cost structure might be somewhere in the ballpark for the fairly-well-to-do.

Yo, Carnival Cruise lines! I’m available at a modest consulting fee, plus retainer, bonus, and percentage.
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I don’t understand why some cruise ship company hasn’t jumped on this. Make the *entire ship* a retirement community. Forget the water slides and and other junk they crowd into the boats to attract people. Fill it instead with larger medical areas. Keep some doctors and nurses on the ship, on call 24/7. Acute medical emergencies would be handled as now: stabilize and remove by port or medivac as required.

More cultural/instructional events and like existing retirement homes, guest suites so family can join you for their visits, which means some limited space still needed for younger visitors. But I would make it independent living or some limited assisted living only. It would take a joint venture between a cruise line and a company that runs retirement homes. I would not want to go to a retirement home that has an administration that has no experience in such a venture.

IP,
probably not a candidate for this either way
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Would think any kind of deck rolling motion would be a problem for many elderly folks. My father in law is in independent living, he generally keeps himself upright on dry land. He’d be a fall disaster at sea.
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Would think any kind of deck rolling motion would be a problem for many elderly folks. My father in law is in independent living, he generally keeps himself upright on dry land. He’d be a fall disaster at sea.

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Modern cruise ships have stabilizers that remove about 98% of the rolling motion.

https://cruisedeals.expert/how-cruise-ship-stabilisers-work/...

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I've been on several cruises, and they are very smooth. Even with rough seas they stabilizers work wonders. Only one time did the crew restrict people on deck due to rough seas.

I recall reading a long time ago (>10 years) about a ship that was going to be built that was basically a retirement community. You bought your apartment (or maybe rented, but I think you actually owned it like a condo), everything was provided, and the ship sailed the world.

Maybe it was this one?

https://aboardtheworld.com/
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https://aboardtheworld.com/

That sounds pretty darned cool. Not a price in sight, however, which tells me it is probably unaffordable, as in if you have to ask you can't afford it.

IP
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Prices for the residences start at about $900,00.00 and go to 7 million. You are required to have a net worth of 5 million to apply.
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https://aboardtheworld.com/

That sounds pretty darned cool. Not a price in sight, however, which tells me it is probably unaffordable, as in if you have to ask you can't afford it.

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The cheapest cabin costs about $1 million to buy, then you have about $100,000/yr in homeowner's association fees to actually operate the ship.

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Doing a little searching revealed that 5 years ago the studios were $825K.

https://www.app.com/story/life/home-garden/luxury/2015/03/03...

It apparently went all the way up to $7M. The FAQ on the ship's website says there are additional fees which aren't specified (including ship maintenance).

Today it probably is more.

Depending on the annual fees this might be affordable. You basically buy a house (the apartment) and then have upkeep fees (for the ship instead of plumbing and lawns). If it's like a lot of IL/AL apartments that require a huge up-front fee and then a monthly rent, maybe not so affordable.
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You are required to have a net worth of 5 million to apply.

That lets me out. :-(

The article I linked wouldn't display because I use an ad blocker, but I gleaned the numbers from the google search that produced the link. I suspect the $5M entry requirement was somewhere in that story. And the HOA fees intercst quoted.
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Prices for the residences start at about $900,00.00 and go to 7 million. You are required to have a net worth of 5 million to apply.

Ahhh, something for the middle class!

IP,
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Modern cruise ships have stabilizers that remove about 98% of the rolling motion.

The linked article says "Sensor detecting systems automatically direct stabilisers to exert the appropriate pressure to counteract movement, effectively eliminating almost 90-percent roll of the ship and providing a much more comfortable ride for passengers."

https://cruisedeals.expert/how-cruise-ship-stabilisers-work/...

But I get your point - seasickness isn't normally an issue on modern cruise ships. I've been somewhat seasick (not puking, but feeling very bad) on a ferry in the Bay of Biscay, it's miserable.

I still think my Father-in-law's shuffling gait would be a problem on a deck that moves even a small amount.
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AdrianC: But I get your point - seasickness isn't normally an issue on modern cruise ships. I've been somewhat seasick (not puking, but feeling very bad) on a ferry in the Bay of Biscay, it's miserable.

Heh. I got sick on the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria. Also on the ferry from Christiansand (South) to Denmark across the Skagerrak. Everyone else was laughing, drinking beer, and eating sardines.

I don't even take baths (showers only.)

CNC
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