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The easiest way to travel full time? See what a 28-year-old paid for an apartment on a cruise ship

Austin Wells loves to travel the world.

But he doesn't like long flights, jet lag or an unsettled routine.

And that's why, Wells, who is 28 and lives in San Diego, leased a residence on board a luxury boat that he will move into — and work remotely from — for at least three years as it sails around the world. It comes complete with medical services, a farmer's market, private kitchens and an exercise center, along with 24-hour room service, a co-working space and spa.

His room is on a mega cruise ship named the MV Narrative , made up of more than 500 private rooms and apartments, which will be home to around 1,000 residents who will live on board more or less permanently.

"The thing that most excites me is I don't have to upend my daily routine, in order to go see the world," Wells told CNBC by video call.

"I'm going from this model where you want to go somewhere, you pack a bag, you get on a flight, you rent a room, to now my condo, my gym, my doctors and dentists, all of my grocery stores travel the world with me," he added.

'It's just like owning a condo' said Austin Wells on cruise ship living

Wells — whose job at Meta 's augmented and virtual reality division, Reality Labs, is fully remote — plans to continue to work U.S. West Coast hours as the ship visits European cities.

"My working hours will be shifted towards evenings, nights and very early mornings. But that does open up the ability for me to … maybe see a city midday to afternoon and then start my workday around six or 7 p.m.," he said.

"This is probably the first time ever that there is even the ability to have a standard job and even consider working and living from a floating apartment complex," Wells added.

What is the MV Narrative?

The MV Narrative is an upscale residential ship being built by Storylines, the brainchild of co-founder and CEO Alister Punton, a former construction and property executive who had never been on a cruise before founding the company, he told CNBC.

Noticing that large ships tended to be scrapped, Punton and co-founder Shannon Lee saw an opportunity to redevelop them instead.

After some false starts — they bought and redesigned two ships that turned out to be unsuitable, either for the lifestyle residents expected or because they did not meet new environmental laws — they commissioned a new vessel. The MV Narrative is now under construction in Split, Croatia, from where it will set sail in 2025.

There will be 11 types of residence on board , with the largest — "Global" at 1,970 square feet — on two levels, with up to four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large balcony, a dining room that seats six and a walk-in closet.

Some apartments are located on a deck with a Champagne and whisky bar, cigar lounge and small pool at one end, while others have observation lounges and event spaces.

Other facilities, spread across 18 decks, will include 20 restaurants and bars, a 10,000-square-foot gym and spa open 24 hours a day, three swimming pools, a school, library, bank and office spaces. The ship will also have a theater for performances and movies, though unlike traditional cruise ships, extravagant entertainment won't be much of a focus, Punton told CNBC.

Where the ship will go

The MV Narrative will dock at ports for around three to five days, which Punton said is longer than average for liners, allowing residents to explore. "Most people … will be out in the local cities and doing day trips and overnight trips, hiring a car and going out for three or four days and meeting the ship at its next destination," he told CNBC by video call.

A sample itinerary might include three days docked in Rome, then three days in Naples, followed by stops at smaller places such as the seaside towns of Sapri and Marsala, and eventually reaching Venice before sailing on to Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, Greece and then Turkey.

The ship will also go to the Arctic Circle. In total, it will spend three years or so traveling the world (the full itinerary is yet to be announced).

Wells plans to spend time exploring on land too. "Revisiting all of Europe, I think, is what I'm particularly keen on … so much of the interesting parts, in my opinion, of Europe are towards the center," he told CNBC.

What it costs

Wells spent around $300,000 on a 12-year lease for an entry-level "Discover" studio, which at 237 square feet includes a foldaway bed, pantry area, desk and separate shower room. (Most leases are either for 24 years or for the life of the vessel — around 60 years — but as an early customer, Wells was offered a shorter option.)

Punton wanted the MV Narrative to be more affordable than other residential boats. The World, for example, is a lavish liner where a penthouse apartment costs around 20 million euros ($20.5 million), and there are only around 150-200 people on board at any time.

While the MV Narrative's units are still pricey — at around $1 million to $8 million for a life-of-vessel lease —it launched fractional ownership options in November, with a 25% share starting at around $600,000, allowing residents to stay on board for three months a year.

"All-inclusive living fees" come on top of the purchase price, starting at around $2,100 a person per month, covering things like food and drinks from the ship's restaurants and bars, laundry, fitness classes and medical checkups.

"We're still competitively priced to the market," Punton said.

Residents will also be able to rent out their units if they are not on board — regardless of whether they are full or part owners. A studio apartment like the one Wells bought could generate around $4,500 a month, according to a calculator on the Storylines website.

Who's buying

Wells expects to be one of the youngest adult residents on board — around 30 when he moves in. Residents will range from mid-life entrepreneurs to families with children, he said.

Children can attend the ship's "world schooling" program, which blends online learning with small group teaching, field trips and workshops with experts from the countries the ship docks at, according to Storylines' website.

Retirees and those close to retirement are also buying into the ship, Punton told CNBC. One future resident is an ER nurse with about 30 years of working experience who is keen to work in the MV Narrative's medical team part time, Punton said. He also hopes to recruit owners from other types of professions such as acupuncturists and physiotherapists.

"I always say to people, you can come and drink pina coladas by the pool all day if you like and not lift a finger … But that gets old pretty quickly. So, you want to keep doing [the job] you do, right, so this is a way for people to be able to do that," said Punton. "That's a fundamental difference [between] us and a cruise."

The Storylines head office will also be based on the MV Narrative, with company executives living on board. Punton will move onto the ship with his wife and two children, who are currently two and five.

"For me, I'm, you know, pretty much seven years into this project already. And by the time we hit the water will be a decade. It's a long portion of my life. And of course, I want to live this lifestyle as much as anybody else," he told CNBC.

Wells expects to make friends for life on board. "The goal is to actually have a community of residents on this ship. And so you will establish new friends, you will largely travel the world with them, which is potentially a way to create some of the deepest friendships you've ever had," he told CNBC.

Could Punton foresee someone living on the ship for the rest of their life? "People can actually [own] in perpetuity … so it can actually be gifted into their estates and passed down through the generations … and their family can continue to live on the next ship as well."

There is a second vessel in the offing once the residences on board the MV Narrative are almost all sold (around half have been bought so far), Punton said.

"We have identified a really big market here. And there's a lot of people who want to get involved and be a part of this," he said.

— CNBC's Tom Huddleston Jr. contributed to this report.

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How To Live On A Cruise Ship – Top Tips For Life At Sea

CRUISE PLANNING , LEARN , ONBOARD EXPERIENCE / December 2, 2022 by Mona Marks

Most humans never experience what it’s like to live at sea, as 99% of us are land dwellers to the core. A few trendsetters have altered the reality of normal living by packing up their life on land and moving it to a cruise ship on the sea. Cruise ship living is a concept that’s picking up momentum. How to live on a cruise ship starts with proper financial planning, additional health insurance, and awesome deals from cruise liners. Keep reading to learn how your ocean-living dreams can become a reality.

How To Live On A Cruise Ship – Take A Cruise Ship Test Run

Permanently living on a cruise ship might sound glamorous and exciting. And it could be the best decision you’ve ever made but also the wrong one. You should take a trial run at extended cruise ship living before making a decision so that you can confirm if your “living on a cruise ship” dream is for you.

Book long trips (more than 3 months at a time) on different cruise liners, mix them up with different cruise itineraries and immerse yourself in life at sea. 

How To Live On A Cruise Ship

Rope In The Help Of A Cruise Specialist

When you have decided that you want to spend large amounts of a year cruising the world, it’s time to rope in the experts. A cruise specialist can add some value to your experience regarding the following: 

  • One-on-one personal customer service
  • Assisting in finding the right accommodation
  • Helping to choose the perfect cruise ship
  • Access to discounted bookings regarding extended cruise travel
  • Added amenities such as onboard credit, free specialty dinners and drinks vouchers, airport transfers, and complimentary shore excursions
  • Ensuring that special promotions during your trip are applied to your fare

Cruise companies such as The Cruise Web offer innovative packaged plans (Seniors at Sea) tailor-made for active and independent seniors looking to retire on a cruise ship. After a cruise specialist has assisted you in finding the best cruise liner option with the best price package available, it’s time to draw up your budget with the help of a financial planner.

Brainstorm With A Financial Planner

You will need to get your financial ducks in a row. Brainstorm with a financial planner about what you can afford to spend per day, week, or month, and see how those numbers fit with your cruise specialist’s quotes. If you’re looking to retire on a cruise ship, a full retirement income plan that includes taxes should be implemented.

Cost Of Permanently Living On A Cruise Ship

The most important factor when living on a cruise ship is the cost. The overall cost of living on a cruise ship is determined by many factors, such as the following:

  • The cruises you book (Caribbean cruises work out the cheapest, whereas European and Alaskan cruises are the most expensive)
  • Which cruise ship line do you choose to live on (Mass, premium, or luxury lines)
  • Type of accommodation (Inside cabins are cheap but small, whereas balcony rooms are expensive but come with a view)
  • Cruise Line loyalty program and perks
  • Taxes, port fees, and gratuities (inescapable expenses)
  • Cost of shore excursions

The average person spends approximately $212 per day on a cruise ship, which includes boarding, food, and entertainment. Your available daily budget should be close to this amount if you want to live successfully on a cruise ship. 

Purchase A Permanent Residence On A Cruise Ship

One method of living on a cruise ship is to book multiple cruises on one specific ship or move from ship to ship within a cruise line, using different itineraries. For example, there’s a Royal Caribbean Super Cruiser who has essentially sailed for the past 20 years on various Royal Caribbean ships and spends only about two weeks a year on land!

If your finances allow it, another option is to buy property on a residential ship or an available cabin on a cruise ship.

Storylines is a private residential ship selling 547 at-sea residences (1-bedroom to 4-bedroom residences, 2-story penthouses, and studios) ranging from $400,000 to $8 million, which excludes yearly maintenance fees. Living fees start at $2,152 per month, depending on the residential unit, which is lower than what you would pay in most major cities and comes with a host of all-inclusive living perks.  

The world is a residential cruise ship that offers 165 private residencies with prices ranging from $2 million to $16 million, excluding annual ship fees. This luxurious residential cruise ship offers residents culinary delights prepared by Michelin-star chefs, an enrichment program featuring world-renowned experts, a spa and gym facility , and a host of sporting activities.

Utopia 

Utopia is a luxury cruise ship that sells permanent residencies totaling 190 units, which range from 1,400 to 6,500 square feet. The prices range from $4 million to $36 million per unit. Luxury retail shops, spas and salons, and all sorts of luxury amenities are expected on board.

Work While Cruising

Today, many people have the opportunity to work remotely from their homes. Technology has changed how we work in the last couple of decades. With access to WI-FI aboard cruise ships, nothing stops you from working online, making cruise ship living a reality for most digital nomads.

One of Royal Caribbean International’s most famous long-term cruisers, Mario Salcedo , works from the top deck of all the ships he sails on. Nicknamed “Super Mario,” Salcedo has been living on various Royal Caribbean International cruise ships for over 20 years.  

Mario budgets between $60,000 to $70,000 per year to maintain his life at sea. Booking consecutive yearly tours in advance, staying in cheaper indoor cabins, and not leaving the ship when stopping at a port help him to stay within this budget. Salcedo manages investments for his private clients to fund his stay.

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Protect Yourself With Private Health Insurance

Medical facilities found on most cruise ships feature basic medical equipment used for treating basic medical emergencies in the short term, such as defibrillators, x-ray machines, and all sorts of medicine. A medical team consisting of at least one doctor and two nurses is on call 24/7. However, they typically are not set up to provide chronic medical care.

If you’re on chronic medication, you will need to get the prescriptions filled by your doctor before you board the ship. Suppose you have serious health ailments that often require a trip to the hospital for check-ups and treatment. It would be best if you run the scenario of permanently living on a cruise ship by your regular physician.

Full-service hospitals are found at ports only, which can be few and far between when cruising. Retirees using Medicare health insurance are often not adequately covered in a medical emergency and unforeseen medical expenses. Typically, Medicare’s coverage dwindles when members are out at sea or more than 6-hours from the US. 

The smartest option, even if it’s more expensive than standard US insurance plans, is to invest in private health insurance, which includes evacuation insurance. Most cruise line offer insurance that is inclusive of medical coverage. You may also have options through a variety of private insurance carriers.

If you’re paying with a credit card, remember to call your credit card company to inquire about the travel insurance they offer and what it covers in a scenario where you live on a cruise ship. Ask your travel specialist for recommendations and put the question to your financial planner.

Pros And Cons Of Living On A Cruise Ship

All life decisions come with pros and cons. Living on a cruise ship has both, and we need to highlight a few of them before you sell your land home, say emotional goodbyes to the family, and put the pets up for adoption. 

Pros Of Living On A Cruise Ship

Traveling the world

Can be cost-effective compared to other retirement options 

Exciting shore excursions

No utility, gas, or grocery bills

No monthly home or car payments

Constant menu of activities and entertainment steps away

Opportunity to meet new people

Attentive staff available to serve you daily 

Renting out your property to receive passive income

Cons Of Living On A Cruise Ship

Leaving friends & family behind

Additional private health insurance required (including evacuation insurance) or cruise liner insurance that includes emergency medical coverage  

Gaps between cruises lead to additional costs (hotel, flights, transfers)

Cruise liners not equipped for assisted living (you need to be heal

Have to monitor your diet as food on cruise ships often include fine dining and rich foods

Potential loneliness

You will have to store or sell extra possessions 

Shore excursions can be costly

Closing Thoughts

How to live on a cruise ship may seem like a fantasy, but with a little planning, insurance, and guidance from a financial planner and cruise specialist, you can make it your reality!

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Do you daydream about leaving the rat-race, waving goodbye to the office, and wish your entire life could be the vacation? (Instead of just a week here and there?)

Trust us, you aren’t alone. And if you love cruising, then we can think of nowhere else that’s as easy to live out the good life than on a cruise ship.

Think about it — your food is included, making one less expense. There’s always something going on around the ship, so you’ll never be bored. If you’re a people person, there are plenty of new people to meet. You don’t even have to clean any dishes or make your bed.

Of course, the big issue that comes to mind when living long-term on a cruise ship is the cost. For instance, according to our calculations, the cost for two people to live for a year on a single ship comes out to about $175,000 .

Of that number, over $100,000 is spent on cruise fare alone. Then you add on things like port fees, taxes, gratuities, and onboard spending and the cost grows even more.

But what if there was a way to cruise long-term — or even live aboard the ship — without spending so much? What if you could live on a cruise ship for less than $100 per person, per day?

For many, that’s an amount that’s less than what they spend at home, and it is possible.

What it takes, however, is some planning and some discipline. If you envision cruising as being a non-stop party in an Owner’s Suite while also being inexpensive, think again. But it is possible, and here’s how.

Sail Older Ships in the Fleet

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Let’s put it plainly — before the pandemic, there had never been a time when as many cruise lines were building new ships. Cruising was booming and the lines added capacity as fast as they could.

Those builds have slowed as the pandemic delays many new ships. Even so, there are a number of newbuilds under construction, and cruise lines plan to continue to update fleets.

The good news is that those older and often smaller ships don’t get the headlines. Since people want the latest and greatest, cruise lines often cut the fares on older ships to keep them full.

For example, we priced a seven-day cruise in October 2021 aboard the Carnival Glory — built in 2003. That trip start at around $400 per person for cruise fare. But the rates for a trip aboard Carnival’s newest ship — Mardi Gras — start at nearly $550 for a week-long cruise during the same time of year.

There is little argument that the newest ships have a lot to offer. And often there is a difference between sailing a brand-new mega-ship versus the older, smaller ships. Even so, if you want to meet the goal of sailing long-term for less than $100 a day, then older ships are your best bet.

Look for Busy Departure Ports for Cheaper Options

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One of the great things about cruising is that as it has soared in popularity, ships have moved to more and more ports. Just about everyone lives within driving distance of a port these days.

However, not all ports are created equal. While there are cruises from ports all around the country, a few ports stand out as having tons of options. Places like Miami , Port Canaveral , and Port Everglades are home to multiple cruise lines and offer an amazing number of cruises.

If you were to compare it to an airport, sailing out of Miami is like flying out of Atlanta or LAX.

The big cruise ports have multiple terminals, serve millions of passengers annually, and simply offer many more options. And that greater number of choices means the likelihood of finding an inexpensive cruise is greater. That’s especially important during the summer months when cruise prices are significantly higher.

Plus, if you decide to hop from ship to ship, you’ll have many more options in a place like Miami — where there can be a half-dozen ships in port on any given day — than somewhere like Galveston where there might be two ships in port.

Don’t Be Loyal to Only One Cruise Line

Some people are crazy about loyalty to one cruise line or another and for good reason.

Loyalty can have its rewards — literally. Perks for loyal cruise passengers can range everything from priority embarkation to freebies from the cruise line to show appreciation. And for some, showing off a “Platinum” loyalty card on a cruise ship is even a status symbol.

But if you want to sail for less than $100 a day in the long-term, then it might be a good idea to ditch the loyalty.

With a major cruise port like Miami, you have a full lineup of cruise lines — Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, MSC, and more. That means more opportunities for deals that might fit your budget.

It is true that you’re likely to regularly find less-expensive cruises on the same lines over and over. Trips on Carnival and MSC, for instance, tend to run cheaper than similar sailings on other cruise lines.

If you only stick with one cruise line all the time, then you may not find the best deals that allow you to keep sailing under budget.

Keep a Lower-Tier Cabin (No Suites!)

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Cruise lines are great at getting passengers to open up those wallets. And one of the first times you’ll see an opportunity is upgrading your cabin. Things like balconies and suites are amazing on a cruise . The private space, sunlight, and fresh air are definitely worth the money, especially if you are on a longer cruise.

But if you are aiming for spending less than $100 per day, then higher-end balcony cabins should be among the first items to go.

Now, keep in mind that you can find cruises where you can sail in a balcony cabin for under $100. They are just going to be relatively limited.

Instead, looking at oceanview and interior cabins is going to give you the most bang for the buck and keep you within budget.

What’s going to be difficult is if you plan to sail long-term, then being in an interior room with no windows may be tough to handle. There are always spots on the ship to go out and get fresh air, but always having to leave the cabin to catch a breeze or to see some sunshine might be hard if you plan to sail for weeks or months at a time.

Even so, the lower-priced interior and oceanview cabins should be a must if you want to keep your budget low.

Drastically Limit Your Onboard Spending

As mentioned, cruise lines are great at getting you to spend money on the ship. And if you want the full cruise experience, then you’re going to have to shell out some dough. After all, hurricanes and mai tais aren’t free.

But beyond alcohol there are lots of places to spend. Specialty restaurants are gaining in popularity. Then there is the casino, shore excursions, wi-fi, and onboard shopping. That’s why the average passenger’s onboard spending is around 35-45% of their cruise fare , according to the financial reports of the major cruise companies.

If you want to sail for $100 a day, then your onboard spending has to be dramatically lower than average… and maybe even close to zero.

Consider that even two cocktails a day can add up to about $25 on a cruise ship, which is a quarter of the $100 daily budget. That makes it easy to see how careful you’ll need to be when it comes to onboard spending.

Instead, if you want to enjoy yourself, then look at doing it off the ship where prices are much cheaper.

Take Advantage of Ports of Call to Save Money

Finally, if you want to make the most of your budget, then look to do it in port, instead of on the ship.

While most spots that a cruise ship will visit are tourist and generally have more expensive prices than you’ll see elsewhere in a country, they are still cheaper than on a ship.

For instance, if you want to have a beer on the ship, expect to dish out $6-8 each. But in the port areas, you’ll often find a restaurant or bar that serves up a brew for $2-3 each.

It’s the same for dining. On the ship there is tons of free food, but specialty restaurants are growing in popularity among cruise lines.

Instead, if you want to eat something other than the buffet or dining room, then you can wait until you get to port. Local restaurants can be much cheaper than dining on the ship, and it’s nice getting something different than you’re eating every day on the ship.

You can also save money while in port by picking up items at the pharmacy that you might need on the ship, as toiletries and other items are extremely expensive on a cruise. Each port area typically has a small shop or pharmacy selling things like deodorant, toothpaste, and other personal items.

As well, many ports have wi-fi available. Internet on a cruise ship is expensive. It’s normal to pay $15 a day or more. But if you want to just check email occasionally, then wait until you are in port. There, some areas have free service or there are shops and restaurants that give access to customers.

Example: Sailing for Under $100 Per Day Is Possible

Sailing for less than $100 a day long-term? It’s definitely possible, but it does take plenty of discipline. If you’re envisioning a lavish, free-spending trip like you might have on a single cruise, then you should adjust those expectations.

Even so, by being smart with your money, including interior cabins, keeping your cruise line options open and being thrifty once on the ship, you can find options to sail for under $100 per person — even after taxes, fees, and gratuities.

To give you an example, below we’ve compiled a schedule of cruises for the start of 2021 that sail from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. These trips add up to more than 60 days at sea to start the year, offering you two months of living aboard the ship.

In our example we purposely added in a number of different ships and cruise lines to offer some variety. We were able to find an itinerary for the entire two months, outside of one night where a passenger would need to spend a night in a hotel in Miami before heading back to sea the next day. Our example also assumes an interior cabin on each sailing.

As you can see, these cruises total up — including cruise fare, taxes, fees, and gratuities — to nearly $12,000 for two passengers. On average, that comes out to about $94 per person, per day .

In other words, if your dream is to cruise long-term without breaking the budget, this is a good example of how it is possible.

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Cruise life is now luxurious yet affordable if you know the ins and outs of living for some time on a cruise. Get to know about it all in this post!

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Imagine you are living full-time on a cruise, and it has everything you need to live the best life. But how does it really feel like living on a cruise? There is much more to know if you consider living on a cruise. There is no denying the fact that you won't feel like coming back after a cruise trip. It is why many people end up living full-time on a cruise amid the breezes and under the sun. 

Calling a cruise home is as exciting in reality as it sounds. And if you are considering retiring on a cruise, you might not be the only one doing so! Many people have done it and loved it, and guess what? You can be the one too! But before manifesting a life there, let's dive deep into all you need to know about living on a cruise ship. 

Getting to live on a cruise is like a fantasy that you can live in reality. But before setting that dream free, let's understand the pros and cons of living on a cruise .

Pros and Cons of Living on a Cruise

  • Explore the world for real! That's true, permanently living on a cruise lets you explore different countries per your wish.
  • You get to experience shore excursions at lower prices .
  • It saves your expenses on food, gas, electricity, and water bills.
  • It may be expensive as you will pay a lot for tips, shore excursions, dining options, medical care, etc.
  • You will live with fewer belongings as there won't be enough space. You may end up renting a space to keep personal items.
  • There will be fewer medical facilities, so you might not get premium treatment if there is an emergency.

How To Get Started?

Now that you are aware of the pros and cons of living on a cruise , it's up to you to decide if cruise life is the one for you! To get started with setting up your life on the waves, it's essential to know the following pointers to understand cruise life better.

Get in touch with a resident cruise

Finding a resident cruise is best if you are looking to switch to cruise life but are still deciding whether to relocate your home and belongings. Many cruise lines provide temporary resident cruises that allow you to sail for a particular season. You can be away for around 58 to 116 days to see if you can adapt to life on a cruise. And it will be all that you imagine it to be! 

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Purchase a cruise residence 

If you are sure of shifting permanently to a cruise, then it is best to buy a cruise residence . You will be given all the premium amenities like private studios, bedrooms, and a personalized food menu. Even if a ship does not meet your requirements, you can buy the one that suits your lifestyle. Get to live a king-style life on a cruise! 

Reserve consecutive cruises

Booking back-to-back cruises is another way of living on a cruise temporarily. By doing so, you will sail from port to port with every trip. However, several cruise lines provide two-year advance itineraries and loyal programs for regular guests for future bookings. You can always book such packages to enjoy your cruise life. 

Top Tips to Consider Before Living on a Cruise

Before setting up a new life on a cruise forever, you should know some basics of living on a ship. As you know how to get started, you must abide by some suggested tips and tricks. Here are some:

  • Test your cruise experience by taking a trip on a different cruise line. It will help you choose the one that suits your lifestyle. 
  • Consider contacting a financial advisor to know if you can afford to live on a cruise. They will render you the budgeting tips to keep your finances in check.
  • Once your financial advisors give you a thumbs up, try to get in touch with a travel agent. They will help you with deals to bridge the gap between expectation and reality.
  • Before onboarding your life on a cruise, it's important to take permission from your healthcare provider. It is necessary to check if you are physically fit for cruising. 
  • Try to socialize as much as possible with the people on board. It helps if a good bunch of people surround you.

Final Words

Remember when you first experienced your cruise trip and fell in love with how each day turned out? Living on a cruise is no less than a dream. But what if it is possible to live every day amidst the ocean? Well, you will be more than pleased to know that several cruise lines are providing temporary and permanent living on a cruise. All you have to do is be aware of all we have covered above, and you are set to hit the waves! 

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As the urge for a simpler way of living grows, some cruise companies are offering condos starting at $100,000 . On these ships, people can travel around the world every 3 ½ years. For those who don't have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend, there are other ways to make a cruise ship your home.

Business Insider spoke with three people with different experiences living on a cruise ship. They spent anywhere from zero to $30,000 a year to enjoy this lifestyle and lived at sea for up to 300 days within a year. Here's what they shared.

Christine Kesteloo lives on a cruise ship half the year for free as a 'wife on board'

High-ranking cruise ship officers often have the opportunity to travel with their spouse. Christine Kesteloo told BI that she and her husband have taken advantage of this perk.

"Before the pandemic, my husband took advantage of this perk as a 'husband on board' while I worked 12-hour days," Kesteloo, who worked as a travel and cruise director before losing her job during the pandemic, said. " Now, I sail with my husband as a 'wife on board.'"

The couple has an extensive history with cruise lines and actually met on a cruise ship. Kesteloo told BI she's been sailing on and off for nearly 12 years, and her husband, a chief staff engineer, has been doing so for 30. They live rent-free and have minimal expenses.

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Cruise lines offer many jobs that allow workers to travel the world and essentially live rent-free. Jack Nolan, a musician from England, lived for about seven years as a guitarist on cruise lines and shared his story with BI.

"It's amazing to have the opportunity to travel and get paid for it as well," Nolan said. "Our drummer already knew the process of how to get a cruise ship gig , so he led the way."

This year, Nolan left his cruise ship job to embark on a new journey in Los Angeles. He told BI he made about $4,000 a month working and living on cruise ships and said it was easy to save money because his rent and the cost of meals were covered by the company.

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Ryan Gutridge budgeted and lived on a cruise ship for 300 days while working remotely

During the pandemic, many white-collar workers were able to radically transform how — and where — they did their jobs. In 2021, Ryan Gutridge, an IT professional, did just that. He booked a September cruise on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas ship and continued sailing nearly every week for a year.

"I've been told I'm crazy for trying to live full time on a cruise ship , but it's not just for retired people," Gutridge said. "Last year when I started really looking at the numbers and evaluating how much base fare I paid to be on a ship for 300 nights, I found it was almost neck and neck with what I paid for rent and trash service for an apartment in Fort Lauderdale, Florida."

This year, Gutridge budgeted $30,000 to live on a cruise ship full time.

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If you've ever dreamed of life on a cruise ship, we outline how much it would actually cost to live on a cruise ship for a year.

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Have you ever dreamed of life on a cruise ship, spending your days coasting with the motion of the ocean and watching the sun set on the horizon each evening? Some people are actually living that life. They take up residence on cruise ships by booking consecutive cruises for months and years on end. In this article, we’ll outline how much it actually costs to live on a cruise ship.

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Is it even possible to live on a cruise ship?

Believe it or not, some people actually do take up residence on cruise ships. And we’re not referring to the officers and crew members! Some notable present and former examples include Mario “Super Mario” Salcedo (Royal Caribbean), Lee “Mama Lee” Wachtstetter (Crystal Serenity), and Beatrice Muller (Queen Elizabeth 2).

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How do they do it? To live on a cruise ship that’s not residential (more on those later), you essentially have to book consecutive individual cruises on a ship for as long as you’d like to live onboard.

If possible, those who are taking up a floating residence try to book the same cabin for most or all of their time onboard. Thus, they won’t have to move their belongings around from cabin to cabin. This means they’re usually booking their cruises as soon as the booking windows open. This ensures they have their choice in cabins (and a better shot at being able to select the same one).

Some people only live on one ship for their entire “life at sea” career. Others, like Super Mario, have experienced living on several vessels — in his case, Royal Caribbean ships.

How much does it cost to live on a cruise ship?

Now that you know it’s possible to live aboard a cruise vessel, let’s get to the main reason you’re reading this article. What does it actually cost to live on a cruise ship? The cost of living on a modern passenger ship varies greatly depending on many factors. These include the cruise line you choose, the region the ship is sailing (many itineraries demand a premium!), and the type of accommodation you choose. Here’s a breakdown of the main costs associated with living a life at sea (the cruise way!).

Cruise Line

The cruise line you choose has a big impact on how much it will cost to live at sea. You could choose a mainstream family line such as Carnival or Royal Caribbean. Or, you could upgrade to a premium line like Celebrity or a luxury or ultra-luxury brand such as Viking or Regent Seven Seas. Depending on which type of cruise line you choose, your per-day cost of living on board will differ dramatically.

In the cruise line decision-making process, looking over different lines’ loyalty programs is imperative. You’ll quickly reach the highest tiers (if you haven’t already reached them) by living on board. Depending on the cruise line, loyalty programs can include perks that will save you massive amounts of money in the long run. Some of these perks can include free laundry service, wifi, drinks, and specialty dining nights.

“Super Mario,” for example, has spent over 20 years living on Royal Caribbean ships in interior cabins, mostly on itineraries in the Caribbean. Through the line’s loyalty program, he only pays 150 percent of the cruise fare for a single traveler . Often a solo guest has to pay 200% of the fare to account for the lack of a second passenger. Before any taxes, fees, or other add-ons, he pays around $150 a day to live onboard.

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In an article for the Washington Post back in 2016, “Mama Lee” Wachtstetter said she spent around $450 per day living on Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity. Accounting for inflation, this would be around $580 in 2023.

Super Mario and Mama Lee are great examples of the vastly different costs of living on a cruise ship depending on whether you go for a mainstream or luxury cruise line.

For the purposes of this article, we’re going to assume that you choose a mainstream line like Royal Caribbean, Carnival, or Norwegian. We’ll also assume that you’re going to live on board with one other person, such as your spouse.

Ship & Sailing Region

Once you’ve settled on a cruise line, the ship (or ships) you’re going to live on are the next piece of the puzzle. Thinking about what’s important to you when it comes to a place to live day-to-day is imperative.

Consider how you want to utilize public spaces like lounges and outdoor decks. Think about the amenities you place a lot of value on as well. If you want a quiet, smaller ship, you’ll probably go for an older vessel with fewer bells and whistles. If you want an environment buzzing with energy and lots of fun things to do, you’ll probably go for a larger, newer ship.

You’ll also need to pick a ship that’s sailing in a region you want to “live,” both in terms of the cost and the climate that you desire. For example, voyages in Alaska are generally more expensive than sailings in the Caribbean. They offer a shorter cruise season and cooler weather. The Caribbean is a more affordable year-round cruise region with hot and humid weather.

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Here, for cost average purposes, we’re going to assume that you’re sailing in the Caribbean .

Once you choose a ship, it’s time to think about what type of accommodation you want to make your home. Picking a stateroom is important — especially when booking lots of consecutive cruises where you’re going to be stuck with your choice for months (or more) on end.

Many cruise ship “residents” choose interior cabins because, despite their lack of a window or balcony, they are significantly cheaper and most time is spent out on the open decks and in other public areas anyway. However, if natural light is extremely important to you or you don’t think you’ll do well without fresh air on your own private balcony, those are options to consider.

Here’s an idea of what you might pay for a voyage on a mainstream cruise ship in the Caribbean. As a starting guide, expect to pay around $100 to $150 per person, per night for an interior cabin. At $125 per night, that’s $91,250 per year for a couple, or $250 per night. This does not include taxes, port fees, daily gratuities, or add-ons. For a balcony cabin , our estimation goes up to around $175 per person, per night, or $350 for a couple. That’s $127,750 per year, again not counting taxes, fees, or gratuities, nor other add-ons.

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Other Costs

On top of the published cruise fare, there are other associated fees not included in the price of a cruise .

Taxes and fees

There are additional taxes and fees listed in the costs before you hit the ‘book my cruise’ button. For example, for a seven-night cruise in the Caribbean you can expect to pay around $100 to $150 in taxes and port fees per person. This, of course, is a fluid number that’s dependent upon how many cruise ports your itinerary includes and the specific destinations themselves.

Take the average ($125), multiply it times two for two people ($250), and multiply that times 52 for weeks in a year. You can expect to pay around $13,000 in taxes and port fees for a year on a ship for two people in the Caribbean.

Mainstream cruise lines charge guests daily gratuities , or a daily “service charge.” On Carnival and Royal Caribbean, this daily charge is $16 per person, per day for regular non-suite cabins (interiors, oceanviews, and balconies). It’s $20 per person, per day on Norwegian Cruise Line. The daily gratuity charges for an entire year on a cruise ship for a couple would be $11,680 on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Or, $14,600 on Norwegian Cruise Line.

Note: While daily gratuities are automatically charged to your bill at the end of a cruise, it’s an optional fee on most cruise lines. Even though you’re able to remove or modify the amount, we recommend you keep the charge on your bill as-is.

How Much Does It Cost to Live on a Cruise Ship?

If you’re going to live on a cruise ship, chances are you’re going to want internet access. Most mainstream cruise lines provide wifi access in the form of various internet packages with a per-day price. For basic packages that include messaging and social media, expect to pay around $13 to $15 per day. Internet packages that include the ability to surf the internet, email, stream music and movies, and download and upload files cost around $18 to $25 per day. Other cruise lines, especially luxury brands, provide internet access to guests for free.

If we were to assume it costs $13 per day for basic wifi access for one device, that would cost $4,745 per year. If we assume it’s $20 per day for wifi access that includes additional abilities (which many guests would need to work remotely), that’s $7,300 per year.

Keep in mind that wifi is another reason to research cruise line loyalty programs. Once you reach the higher levels in the program, internet access may become free or will be offered at a discount — depending on the cruise line.

Drinks, Specialty dining, Spa, etc.

Once all of the other costs are taken care of, account for any additional spending you might want to do on or off the ship.

Most people who live on cruise ships rarely pay for extras like specialty dining and shore excursions . As mentioned before, reaching the highest tiers of cruise line loyalty programs can help with this. Some include a set amount of alcoholic beverages or a specialty dining meal per cruise as loyalty program perks.

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But if you might want to indulge in a spa day or take a shore excursion here and there, be sure to factor those into your overall ‘living on a cruise ship’ budget.

What’s the cost to live on a cruise ship for a year?

Now that we’ve gone over the basic expenses for taking up a life on a cruise ship at sea, let’s see what the average cost to live on a mainstream cruise ship in the Caribbean would be with a high-tier wifi package and no extra expenses like specialty dining or shore excursions.

For an interior cabin, our estimate for two people is around $124,550. For a balcony, it’s $161,050 .

World Cruises

A great option to consider if you’re looking to live on a cruise ship is a world cruise itinerary. World cruises are months long, with some reaching durations of six months across many continents. It gives you a chance to make a temporary home onboard with lots of like-minded travelers doing the same thing.

Usually, it also means that you’ll receive additional inclusions in the cruise fare that otherwise might not be included on that particular cruise line. This can be a huge benefit for someone looking to live on board regardless. These can include things like flights to and from the cruise homeport, onboard gratuities, laundry service, wifi, and alcoholic beverages.

World cruises are also convenient for cruise ship “residents” because it means they can book a large chunk of time on a ship without having to make lots of individual reservations. Further, they’re guaranteed to have the same cabin for the entire duration of the sailing.

Residential Cruise Ships

Arguably, the best way to live on a cruise ship is to purchase a residence on an actual residential cruise vessel. Here are some current and future examples of such ships.

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Currently, there’s only one residential cruise ship operating called The World. It runs like a condo building. Residents purchase their apartments as they would a condo or house, plus annual ownership costs.

The benefit is that everyone is onboard for the same reason: to live at sea, whether full-time or part-time. Depending on the size, each apartment has its own kitchen or kitchenette which allows residents to make their own meals when they wish. Or they can dine in one of the ship’s six restaurants.

Residents also have a say in where the ship goes. The path the vessel takes around the globe is determined about three years in advance through a resident voting process.

When a residence on The World goes on the market, you probably won’t find one for less than a million dollars. The largest accommodations reach prices close to $8 million.

In 2026, a company called Storylines is set to launch its first residential cruise ship called MV Narrative. It will set off on a leisurely three-year journey around the globe. Like on The World, residents purchase their accommodations. Prices currently start at $875,000 and going up to $8 million, plus annual living fees. Guests can also purchase seasonal residency, splitting their apartment with others at different times of the year.

Living on MV Narrative includes laundry service, access to hobby areas, access to watercraft, 20 bars and restaurants, wifi, select alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and access to a private kitchen to cook meals.

Semester at Sea

If you truly want to live out your Suite Life on Deck dreams and you’re still in high school or just starting college, consider looking into Semester at Sea.

College students can spend a semester literally living at sea aboard the program’s ship MV World Odyssey. They can take classes onboard while simultaneously exploring the world. This is done through a partnership with Colorado State University, where students sailing with Semester at Sea are officially enrolled for that semester.

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Yes, you can actually live on any cruise ship that you want, but it would require booking a cruise on every single voyage on that ship. You also would not be able to decorate the cabin as you would not own it.  A better solution?  Buy a cabin on one of the following cruise lines and explore the world from the comfort of your home.

The world’s first cruise ship that offered cabins you can buy and live in full time.  There are 135 residences laid out on the 12 decks on the ship. 106 of them are apartments with the rest being studios.

The cruise ship was launched in 2002 and at 644 feet long, the ship’s website actually refers to itself as the largest private yacht in the world and the “most exclusive floating city on the planet”. The residents vote on the ports and itinerary that the ship will visit in the upcoming season.

Many of the apartments aboard the ship have been designed by the cruise ship residents, but they are not cheap. To enjoy this mobile and adventurous lifestyle, it will cost you between $2-15 million. But for a view that is always changing from one spectacular sight to another, and to be able to enjoy stress-free traveling to exotic locations, the families aboard the World have decided that the price is well worth it.

Blue World Voyages

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Former Starbucks President John B. Richards is serving as the CEO of this new cruise line.  Blue World Voyages is promising to create a ship that is unlike any other cruise ship at sea. Blue World Voyages’ first 350 passenger cruise ship will debut in 2019 and will have 26 cabins you can purchase as a home, a lap pool in the ocean, beds by the pool deck so you can sleep under the stars, and staterooms for solo travelers. For photo renderings of their first cruise ship, click here .

Not only will their first ship will have a sea water lap pool, but the ship will have the first full spa deck at sea and first full sports deck at sea.  Blue World Voyages will begin sailing in the Mediterranean in May 2019 and will be a “gouge-free price zone”. Visit BlueWorldVoyages.com .

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The world’s first affordable cruise ship that you can live on with condo/cabins starting at just $155,000.  The average entry price will be less than $355,000 with monthly fees similar to the cost of living in a major city. Named My Home At Sea, this signature ownership and travel experience is offering cabin/condos aboard a cruise ship that travels the world. For photo renderings,  click here.

Their first 24,000 gross ton cruise ship is bringing the beauty of classic ocean travel into the 21st century. The vessel will offer 450 cabins broken into five tiers that will range from $155,000 to $1.4 million. The ship will first set sail in February 2020 after receiving a $40 million renovation.

The itinerary is set only from point-to-point every 2 weeks to allow for provisioning and safe running of the vessel. The ship will say in most ports for 3-5 days, giving you the proper time to explore each port of call.

All other ports and locations in between those dates are voted on by you, as a cabin-condo owner, via their app. This innovative approach allows the on-board community to choose destinations just a few days in advance.  Visit Storylines.com for more information.

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Published: December 11, 2023

Modified: December 28, 2023

by Brina Porter

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Introduction

Imagine waking up to the gentle sway of the ocean, your only responsibility for the day being to explore new destinations and enjoy the luxuries of a floating paradise. Living on a cruise ship for a year may sound like a dream come true, but for those seeking adventure, relaxation, and a unique travel experience, it can become a reality.

Embarking on a long-term cruise offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of endless possibilities. From exploring exotic ports of call to indulging in delicious cuisine, enjoying onboard entertainment, and meeting fascinating people from around the globe, a year-long voyage promises to leave you with unforgettable memories.

Choosing to live on a cruise ship for an extended period requires careful planning and consideration. From selecting the right cruise ship to budgeting, packing, and managing your day-to-day life at sea, there are several important factors to keep in mind. In this guide, we will explore everything you need to know about living on a cruise ship for a year and make your journey a smooth and enjoyable one.

Whether you are a retiree looking to embark on a fulfilling adventure, a digital nomad opting for a unique work-life balance, or simply a travel enthusiast longing for an extraordinary experience, living on a cruise ship can be the answer to your dreams. So prepare to set sail on the ultimate voyage and let’s discover the secrets to living a year on a cruise ship!

In the following sections, we will delve into the different aspects of choosing and booking the right cruise, preparing for life onboard, packing essentials, finding your routine, staying healthy and fit, socializing, exploring ports of call, dealing with homesickness, and managing finances. By the end of our journey, you will have all the information you need to embark on your year-long adventure at sea.

Choosing the Right Cruise Ship

When it comes to living on a cruise ship for a year, selecting the right vessel is crucial. With countless options available, it’s essential to consider your preferences, lifestyle, and budget. Here are some factors to help you make an informed decision:

Booking Your Long-Term Cruise

Once you’ve chosen the right cruise ship for your year-long adventure, it’s time to book your long-term cruise. Here are some tips to make the booking process as smooth as possible:

Preparing for Life on Board

As you prepare to embark on your year-long cruise, it’s essential to make the necessary preparations to ensure a smooth transition into life on board. Here are some key steps to take before setting sail:

Packing Essentials for a Year at Sea

When preparing for a year-long cruise, packing the right essentials is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Here are some items to consider when packing for your adventure at sea:

Navigating the Ship’s Amenities

Living on a cruise ship for a year means having access to a wide range of amenities and facilities. Here are some tips to help you navigate and make the most of the ship’s offerings:

Finding Your Routine

Living on a cruise ship for a year offers a unique opportunity to establish a routine that suits your preferences and lifestyle. Here are some tips to help you find your rhythm and make the most of your time on board:

Staying Healthy and Fit

When living on a cruise ship for a year, maintaining your health and fitness is essential for enjoying the journey to the fullest. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy and fit during your time at sea:

Socializing and Making Friends

One of the greatest joys of living on a cruise ship for a year is the opportunity to meet fascinating people from around the world and develop new friendships. Here are some tips to help you socialize and make friends during your time at sea:

Exploring Ports of Call

One of the most exciting aspects of living on a cruise ship for a year is the opportunity to explore a variety of ports of call. Here are some tips to make the most of your time ashore and create memorable experiences:

Dealing with Homesickness

Living on a cruise ship for a year can be an incredible experience, but it’s natural to feel homesick at times. Here are some tips to help you cope with homesickness and make the most of your journey:

Budgeting and Managing Finances

When living on a cruise ship for a year, it’s important to establish a budget and effectively manage your finances. Here are some tips to help you stay on track financially during your journey:

Living on a cruise ship for a year is an extraordinary adventure filled with endless possibilities and memories. By choosing the right cruise ship, booking your long-term voyage, and preparing for life onboard, you are embarking on a journey like no other. Throughout your cruise, you can enjoy the ship’s amenities, explore new ports of call, and engage in social activities while prioritizing your health, managing homesickness, and budgeting your finances.

By following the tips and strategies outlined in this guide, you can make the most of your year-long cruise experience. Embrace the opportunity to meet new people, immerse yourself in different cultures, and create lasting memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, a year on a cruise ship offers a unique blend of both.

From dining on delectable cuisine to indulging in spa treatments, participating in enriching activities, and exploring vibrant destinations, every aspect of your year-long voyage is designed to provide an unforgettable experience. Along the way, you may face challenges such as homesickness, but by staying connected with loved ones and seeking support from fellow passengers and crew members, you can navigate these emotions and find comfort in your incredible journey.

As you set sail on your year-long adventure at sea, remember to stay open-minded, flexible, and embrace the unexpected joys that come with living on a cruise ship. Explore the ship’s amenities, make new friends, try new activities, and immerse yourself in the wonders of each port of call.

So, get ready to embark on an incredible journey of a lifetime. Pack your bags, leave your worries behind, and let the year-long adventure on a cruise ship unfold as you create memories, discover new horizons, and experience the joy of living in the lap of luxury on the open seas!

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The 5 most desirable cabin locations on any cruise ship

Gene Sloan

What is the best location for a cabin on a cruise ship?

As a cruise writer for more than 20 years , I've heard that question a lot, and it's not an easy one to answer. On any given cruise vessel, the best cabin location for one person might not be the best choice for another.

The ideal cabin for a light sleeper on a particular ship, for instance, might be a room tucked away in the quietest corner of the vessel. But another passenger on the same ship who cares more about the view might be happiest with a completely different spot.

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On a typical cruise ship, cabins are spread out all over the place — high and low, and to the front, middle and back. Not that that's always the case.

Some cruise vessels — particularly river ships — have cabins clustered at their backs with public areas at their fronts. Other vessels, such as most of the ocean ships operated by luxury lines Seabourn , Silversea Cruises and Scenic Luxury Cruises , have cabins clustered at their fronts with public areas at their backs.

Cruise cabins also come in all shapes and sizes and with a variety of amenities and benefits. Some lines, such as Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line , offer a huge range of room options , from tiny, windowless "inside" cabins to palatial suites, in all sorts of locations on their vessels.

Indeed, there's such a wide variety of not only cabin locations but also types of cabins on ships that the best way to narrow down the choices of accommodations on any given vessel might be to assemble a list of cabins you definitely don't want to choose.

Related: Inside Regent's $11,000-a-night super suite

As it happens, we've already done that here at TPG in our guide to cabin locations you definitely should avoid .

Still, there are some broad categories of cabin locations on cruise ships that always are in high demand due to their prime locations.

Related: 6 reasons why you want to pay up for a balcony cabin

Midship cabins

These are the cabins that you should seek if you're particularly prone to seasickness.

The big allure of a midship cabin is its stability. You won't feel the rocking of the sea in a midship cabin nearly as much as you will in a cabin toward the front or back of a vessel. This is because ships are like teeter-totters. They pitch forward and back around a central axis that barely moves.

If you are in the center of a ship, you are at the equivalent of the center of a teeter-totter. Even in very rough seas, you're not going to move nearly as much when the ship goes up and down in the waves as someone located at either of the far ends of the ship.

Note that it also helps to be low to the water if you're worried about seasickness.

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On very large ships, where activity areas are spread far apart, midship cabins also offer the advantage of being at the center of everything. The main pool deck, for instance, is likely right above you when you are in a midship cabin — not a long walk away. Ditto for central interior areas.

Related: 22 cruise ship cabin hacks that will transform your voyage

Cabins at the back

There's something mesmerizing about being at the back of a ship overlooking its wake. When you are in the open ocean, you can see the long trail of churned-up water behind you, stretching seemingly forever like a road in the sea. It is tangible evidence of your journey. When you are pulling away from a port, you have the best view in the house.

I admit I could stand at the back of a ship for hours looking out over the water, and I'm a big fan of rear-facing cabins — as long as they have a balcony. I'm firmly in the camp that says rear-facing balcony cabins are among the best balcony cabins on any ship.

Often, the balconies on rear-facing cabins are bigger than the balconies on side-facing cabins, and they also feel quiet. There are far fewer balcony cabins at the back of a ship than on the sides of a ship, so you don't hear a lot of noise from your neighbors.

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If your cabin is at the rear corner of a ship, you might even have a balcony that wraps around two sides of the vessel. Those sorts of balconies are the ultimate in cool.

Note that on some ships, all or most of the rear-facing cabins are large, pricey suites, but this isn't always the case. Carnival Cruise Line ships, for instance, typically have quite a few non-suite accommodations at their backs.

Related: Everything you want to know about cabins and suites on Carnival Cruise Line ships

Cabins at the front

I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of forward-facing cabins. For starters, there is nowhere on a ship more prone to movement than the front of a ship. Forward-facing cabins also often lack balconies, for reasons I will explain in a moment.

All that said, many cruisers just love forward-facing cabins. They love them because the view can be spectacular, particularly as you arrive at a new port. Also, some people love the idea of being at the very front of a ship and being able to see where they're going.

Related: Why it pays to upgrade your cruise cabin

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Forward-facing cabins also sometimes come with extra space. This is because they sometimes incorporate the oddly angled interior spaces that exist at the front of ships, which often have slanted fronts. As mentioned above, forward-facing cabins often will not have balconies, as the wind over the bow of a ship that's underway is such that a balcony isn't practical. Instead, they'll have large windows — sometimes floor-to-ceiling windows — that offer stellar views.

Cabins surrounded by other cabins

Light sleepers, take note: The best place to be if you want the best chance of not being bothered by noise is a cabin that is surrounded by other cabins. This means a cabin that has a cabin directly above it and a cabin directly below it, as well as cabins on both sides.

To find such a cabin is harder than you might think. On the typical ship, the top deck of cabins is directly below the pool and activity decks, which can be noisy during the day and even into the night (yes, the noise sometimes will waft through your ceiling). The cabin deck just below that top deck of cabins can be a good choice.

But go a couple more decks down, and you're often right on top of interior entertainment decks that are home to music lounges, theaters and other noisy venues.

Related: 15 ways cruising newbies waste money on their first cruise

If the ultimate in quietude is your goal, you'll also want to avoid cabins anywhere near elevators, passenger launderettes and other areas that draw foot traffic. It can take some studying of deck plans, but as seasoned cruisers know, it's worth holding out for a cabin that is far away from anything that could keep you up at night.

Cabins near the spa

If you're a big spa fan — the kind who can spend hours on vacation getting treatments — you'll want to get a cabin right near your ship's spa. Trust us. Walking long distances across a bustling ship in your robe and slippers for a spa appointment can be a bit, well, weird.

Cruise lines cater to spa lovers with special spa cabins that are close to the spa and come with special spa amenities. These might include plush bathrobes and slippers to wear on your way to the spa, upgraded toiletries, scrub kits, aromatherapy diffusers and even yoga mats. The cabins sometimes also come with spa discounts, unlimited spa lounge access and other spa-related perks.

Lines that have designated spa cabins on some or all ships include Celebrity Cruises , Carnival, Holland America , Azamara and MSC Cruises .

On Celebrity, the spa cabins — called AquaClass cabins — come with exclusive access to a special spa restaurant called Blu.

If you're interested in a spa cabin, you'll want to book far in advance. They often sell out early.

Bottom line

There is no right answer to the question of what is the best cabin location on a cruise ship. The perfect location for a cabin for one passenger might not be the perfect location for another.

That said, there are certain places on cruise ships that are better than others when it comes to cabin location, including the front and back of vessels. There's nothing quite like being able to look forward from your room when on a ship approaching a port or to watch the wake of the ship from a rear-facing cabin.

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What the World’s Largest Cruise Ship Is Really Like, from a Passenger Aboard Its First Voyage (Exclusive)

The massive and much-hyped ship embarks on its maiden voyage from Port Miami on Jan. 27, but PEOPLE got a first look during the preview sailing

Natalia Senanayake is an Editorial Assistant, Lifestyle at PEOPLE. She covers all things travel and home, from celebrities' luxury mansions to breaking travel news.

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Calling all cruisers! Royal Caribbean’s shiny new ship, Icon of the Seas , is finally ready to make its official debut.

PEOPLE got a first look at the world’s largest cruise ship on a preview sailing ahead of its official maiden voyage on Jan. 27, and spent days exploring the vessel to see if it’s really the perfect combination of “thrill and chill” like the cruise line says. After experiencing a trip on the floating mini city (really, it has eight neighborhoods including a Central Park!), we can confirm that the Icon has everything cruise lovers could want in a vacation and then some 

Here’s everything to know about the record-breaking Icon of the Seas, including what you can only learn by sailing on it. 

The ship will depart from Port Miami next week for its first seven-night sailing and head for a number of destinations throughout the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

Ports will include Puerto Costa Maya in Mexico, Roatan in Honduras, Cozumel in Mexico, Basseterre in St. Kitts & Nevis, Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas, and Royal Caribbean's private island retreat Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas.

Prices for both trips currently range from $3,600 all the way up to $100,000 per week depending on the route and type of accommodation. 

The Superlatives

Icon of the Seas is breaking records in more ways than one. It boasts the world’s largest water park at sea ( Category 6 ) and pool at sea ( Royal Bay ). It's also just slightly longer than and holds a higher passenger and crew capacity than Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas , which formerly had the title of largest cruise ship in the world.

After completing a round of sea trials in June 2023 and naming soccer star Lionel Messi its official Icon in December, the ship is finally ready to start bringing cruisers on a larger-than-life vacation through the Caribbean. 

It’s Basically a Floating City

Cruisers can spend hours exploring each of the eight neighborhoods aboard the ship that all strive to create a unique travel experience based on specific vacation styles. The open-air Central Park is a lush oasis that surrounds passengers with four live plant walls and offers a number of restaurants and bars to dine at — including a walk-up champagne bar and an eight-course dining experience at Empire Supper Club . Guests can even let loose and sway along to live music at Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues . 

The Royal Promenade boasts stunning ocean views through the cruise line’s first floor-to-ceiling window feature equipped with connected decks. The neighborhood also offers more than 15 dining options (the ship in total offers over 40 ways to dine and drink) that can be enjoyed by families and solo adult passengers alike. Additional restaurants, bars and cafes can be found at the AquaDome which has a 55-foot waterfall display as well as panoramic views of the ocean. 

For those looking to lounge by the pool and relax, The Hideaway offers a suspended infinity pool overlooking the sparkling sea, while Chill Island features the most expansive pool at sea at 5,813 sq. ft. The neighborhood also includes a swim-up bar, Swim & Tonic , where cruisers can enjoy refreshing frozen drinks while wading in the water. However, because the ship can hold up to 7,600 guests at max capacity, the bar gets packed pretty quickly so you'll need to claim your spot early.

For adventurers and families, Thrill Island and Surfside are the spots to be. Thrill Island is where Category 6, is located, along with additional daring excursions like the free-fall Pressure Drop slide, FlowRider surf simulator and rock climbing at Adrenaline Peak. Thrill-seeking cruisers can also challenge themselves at Crown’s Edge where they’ll be suspended 154 feet above sea level. 

Meanwhile at Surfside, Royal Caribbean’s first-ever neighborhood designed specifically for families, parents and kids can enjoy their own mini adventures through the beach-themed carousel, family festival and more fun-filled activities. Parents can even have a chance to unwind at the Water’s Edge pool while they watch their kids play in the nearby Splashaway Bay or Baby Bay.

Last but not least, at the Suite Neighborhood , guests can experience the multilevel sundeck at The Grove, enjoy the luxurious private pool and eat at the two-deck Coastal Kitchen. 

Accommodations for All Kinds

With 2,805 staterooms and more than 28 different types of rooms, Icon of the Seas offers a unique way of cruise living. Guests can soak in the views in Royal Caribbean’s first-ever Infinite Balcony Room that can fit up to four people. The room’s private terrace allows cruisers to escape for a while and breathe in the fresh, salty air. 

Surfside Family Suites accommodate families of four and are conveniently located in the heart of Surfside making it easy for kids to jump straight into the action. They offer a private balcony that overlooks the neighborhood so families can always have a glimpse of the fun. 

To take a family getaway above and beyond, cruisers can consider booking the 2,523 sq. ft. Ultimate Family Townhouse that accommodates up to eight people. The three-story space boasts an indoor slide, a wraparound balcony with a whirlpool, an outdoor patio with table tennis and direct access to Surfside. 

This accommodation is so packed with activities and extra space that it costs $100,000 for the whole seven-night sailing and it's already booked through the next year.

Another noteworthy suite is the two-level Icon Loft which is priced at approximately $64,000 for a week. It includes a private hot tub, a wraparound balcony, a piano and primary bedroom with a freestanding bathtub. Both the Icon Loft and Ultimate Family Townhouse offer complimentary specialty restaurants, special beverage packages and unlimited wifi.

Meanwhile, all Sea Class rooms require guests to purchase separate wifi packages.

The least expensive stateroom on Icon of the Seas is the Interior Plus which costs about $3,600 a week.

Entertainment

The option to enjoy live entertainment is always a plus on any vacation, especially if you’re looking to escape some of the chaos happening throughout the 20 decks on board. A good place to start would be the first rendition of The Wizard of Oz at sea in the Royal Theater. The production is similar to a Broadway-level show, from cast members floating over the audience to fake snow falling from the ceiling and more spectacular special effects in between. 

To see the first cast of robots perform the unimaginable, guests can head to the AquaTheater at the AquaDome to see performances that blend together theatrical and live-action movie experiences.

If a show isn’t the vibe for the night, cruisers should head over to Boleros bar and lounge to hear Travesia bring Latin rhythms to life. Afterwards, the Adult Comedy LIVE! show located in The Attic is a good place to laugh the night away.

A Mini Paradise Awaits at CocoCay and the New Hideaway Beach 

It wouldn’t be a Royal Caribbean cruise without a Perfect Day at CocoCay stop. The company’s private Bahamas island retreat promises to keep the adventure going at Thrill Waterpark with 14 slides to ride.

The island is also offering a new addition for adults only called Hideaway Beach — its first-ever private escape where grownups can admire the stunning white sand and turquoise waters without any interruptions. 

While the new addition does imitate a relaxing beach club feel with free-flowing drinks and snacks to enjoy all day long, it also presents a similar issue to Swim & Tonic in that it gets packed really quickly. Be prepared to walk to the other side of the cove and spend a few minutes looking for a lounge chair before you can sit back and relax.

A Few More Things to Keep in Mind

Although this is the world's largest cruise ship in the world, cruisers should expect to feel the boat moving from time to time. Depending on the weather, it can rock to the point that guests may lose their balance, and it's definitely more intense towards the front of the ship. For those who get seasick easily, it's best to book a stateroom towards the back of the ship where less movement is felt.

This truly is a massive ship. It has a gross tonnage of 250,800 which is about five times more than the Titanic at 46,328, according to CNN . It also takes approximately six minutes to walk from one end of the ship to the other — and that's without stopping to chat with the incredibly friendly crew members on board.

And for the ultimate cruise nerds, Icon's Captain Henrik Loy told preview guests that the ship can reach a speed of about 24 knots (28 mph) during an exclusive tour of the vessel's bridge. The ship was cruising at about 11 knots (13 mph) during this sailing, and the captain added that the max speed is very fast and not needed for this type of trip.

Icon of the Seas Is Just the Beginning  

Also during the preview sailing, Royal Caribbean shared an exclusive look ahead at the next epic adventure they have up their sleeve. Star of the Seas will become the newest ship to join the cruise line's Icon Class when it makes its debut in August 2025. While it won't be the next largest cruise ship in the world, it will still aim to create an epic vacation on board through its accommodations, dining, entertainment and more.

The company also confirmed that an unnamed Icon 3 ship is currently in the works, but the timing and name of the ship has not yet been announced.

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24 Luxury Cruise Facts That Might Surprise You

Posted: January 20, 2024 | Last updated: January 22, 2024

Wondering what it’s like to sail on the most opulent cruise ships, be waited on by butlers, and sleep under 3,000-thread count sheets in suites designed by Ralph Lauren? Well, wonder no more – we’ve got the lowdown on the world’s most luxurious sailings, whether it’s expedition ship-based explorations of the Arctic or Champagne-soaked floats around the Caribbean.

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Wondering what it’s like to sail on the most opulent cruise ships, be waited on by butlers, and sleep under 3,000-thread count sheets in suites designed by Ralph Lauren? Well, wonder no more – we’ve got the lowdown on the world’s most luxurious sailings, whether it’s expedition ship-based explorations of the Arctic or Champagne-soaked floats around the Caribbean.

<p>No expense has been spared when it comes to suite decor on luxury ships. For ultimate opulence, opt for the Owner’s suites which you’ll find on <a href="https://www.oceaniacruises.com/?s=PS_NEO_BD_BRA_GOO_NA_SRH_BRANDCORE_oceania%20cruises_NA_UK_NA_700000002135099-71700000078259454-58700006604026348-oceania+cruises&customer_id=305-710-7891&gclid=CjwKCAiAzp6eBhByEiwA_gGq5Na3sR4Z9wE6_4XQu9N959pFRXBuOsBSfeEbnGTiK0-FvBbIbhgCvRoCaTsQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds">Oceania Cruises</a>' ships. These cover 1,991 square feet (185sqm), have two walk-in closets and entrance foyers with a grand piano and a mahogany bar. A 15-day Svalbard & Arctic Passage cruise with accommodation in the Grand Owner’s suite costs from $23,044 per person.</p>

Some Oceania Cruises suites have walk-in closets and grand pianos

No expense has been spared when it comes to suite decor on luxury ships. For ultimate opulence, opt for the Owner’s suites which you’ll find on Oceania Cruises ' ships. These cover 1,991 square feet, have two walk-in closets and entrance foyers with a grand piano and a mahogany bar. A 15-day Svalbard & Arctic Passage cruise with accommodation in the Grand Owner’s suite costs from $23,044 per person.

<p>We’re increasingly seeing bigger budgets for ships’ decor. Huge amounts of cash are being splashed on sprucing up interiors, and one example of this decadence is <a href="https://www.rssc.com">Regent Seven Seas Cruises</a>' Seven Seas Explorer, which has 473 Swedish-designed chandeliers, 45,876 square feet (4,262sqm) of marble, Versace-designed dinnerware, crystal glasses from Eastern Europe and a $12 million art collection which includes several Picassos.</p>

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer had a big design budget

We’re increasingly seeing bigger budgets for ships’ decor. Huge amounts of cash are being splashed on sprucing up interiors, and one example of this decadence is Regent Seven Seas Cruises ' Seven Seas Explorer, which has 473 Swedish-designed chandeliers, 45,876 square feet of marble, Versace-designed dinnerware, crystal glasses from Eastern Europe and a $12 million art collection which includes several Picassos.

<p>After launching the world’s most luxurious train 140 years ago, <a href="https://www.orient-express.com">Orient Express</a> will launch an opulent ship to match. Orient Express Silenseas, which will take to the waves in 2026, will have 54 suites (including a 15,231-square-foot/1,415sqm Presidential Suite), two swimming pools, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar. Oh, and a recording studio. Prices are to be confirmed (but will inevitably be eye-watering).</p>

Orient Express is set to launch a seriously luxurious ship

After launching the world’s most luxurious train 140 years ago, Orient Express will launch an opulent ship to match. Orient Express Silenseas, which will take to the waves in 2026, will have 54 suites (including a 15,231-square-foot Presidential Suite), two swimming pools, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar. Oh, and a recording studio. Prices are to be confirmed (but will inevitably be eye-watering).

<p>Sail on <a href="https://www.windstarcruises.com/ships/star-legend/">Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend</a> and you can book a suite inspired by exotic destinations and hotels. We recommend the suite inspired by the Sea Island resort in Georgia. Expect ocean-inspired colourways and plenty of sea-glass green. A Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise with Windstar starts from $3,745 per person.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/92727/amazing-facts-about-cruise-ships-you-might-not-know?page=1"><strong>Now discover amazing facts about cruise ships you might not know</strong></a></p>

Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend offers themed suites

Sail on Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend and you can book a suite inspired by exotic destinations and hotels. We recommend the suite inspired by the Sea Island resort in Georgia. Expect ocean-inspired colourways and plenty of sea-glass green. A Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise with Windstar starts from $3,745 per person.

<p>Book a sailing with <a href="https://www.sovereigncruise.co.uk/cruise-offers/cruise-lines/silversea-cruises-cruise-offers?infinity=gaw&gclid=CjwKCAiAzp6eBhByEiwA_gGq5GFhjdMNZiT8RbzyLGrByiHch9rJhZd0PUrd0Pj9P5zLkvXOMP5oeBoCPfoQAvD_BwE">Silversea</a> and you’re guaranteed your own butler. They'll be on hand to help with everything from the unpacking of luggage to the opening of the Champagne bottles. They’re not just any butlers, either – they’ve undertaken a 108-point training programme created for the cruise line by the London-based School for Butlers. An 11-day Mediterranean Cruise in 2024 costs from $8,092 per person.</p>

There are butlers onboard with a Silversea cruise

Book a sailing with  Silversea  and you’re guaranteed your own butler. They'll be on hand to help with everything from the unpacking of luggage to the opening of the Champagne bottles. They’re not just any butlers, either – they’ve undertaken a 108-point training programme created for the cruise line by the London-based School for Butlers. An 11-day Mediterranean Cruise in 2024 costs from $8,092 per person.

<p>An abundance of onboard kit means that luxury ships don’t just help passengers get to the world’s most remote places – they help them get below the waves and into the skies too. Take <a href="https://www.scenic.co.uk">Scenic Cruises</a> – their Scenic Eclipse ship recently became the first vessel to offer both helicopter flights and submarine dives in the Canadian Arctic. An Antarctica in Depth cruise costs from $16,310 per person.</p>

You can go beneath the ocean's surface with Scenic Cruises

An abundance of onboard kit means that luxury ships don’t just help passengers get to the world’s most remote places – they help them get below the waves and into the skies too. Take Scenic Cruises – their Scenic Eclipse ship recently became the first vessel to offer both helicopter flights and submarine dives in the Canadian Arctic. An Antarctica in Depth cruise costs from $16,310 per person.

<p>Love a session in the spa but value your personal space? Book <a href="https://www.rssc.com/ships/seven_seas_grandeur?s=PS_NEO_BD_SHP_GOO_NA_SRH_GRANDEUR_seven%20seas%20grandeur%20ship_NA_UK&customer_id=987-489-4521&gclid=CjwKCAiAzp6eBhByEiwA_gGq5HzSe6mmUN1LfIEvma1ks91txw2jVIrY6dRd7WK-kTyXPgMlHE65GhoCECwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds">Regent Seven Seas Cruises</a>’ Regent Suite, which you’ll find on Seven Seas Grandeur, due to launch in November 2023. Highlights include the two enormous bedrooms and the whirlpool bath on the balcony, although the pièce de resistance is the suite’s very own spa retreat.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/136833/north-americas-best-river-cruises-and-steamboat-journeys?page=1"><strong>North America's best river cruises and steamboat journeys</strong></a></p>

Seven Seas Grandeur has in-suite spas

Love a session in the spa but value your personal space? Book Regent Seven Seas Cruises ’ Regent Suite, which you’ll find on Seven Seas Grandeur, due to launch in November 2023. Highlights include the two enormous bedrooms and the whirlpool bath on the balcony, although the pièce de resistance is the suite’s very own spa retreat.

<p>Set sail on one of <a href="https://seadream.com">SeaDream Yacht Club</a>’s yacht-style vessels and you’ll be able to spend a night under the stars. At night, staff transform the upper deck’s huge Balinese day beds by adding luxurious bed linens and fluffy pillows, allowing you to drift off to the sound of the ocean. Expect to pay around $3,700 for a seven-day cruise.</p>

You can sleep under the stars with the SeaDream Yacht Club

Set sail on one of SeaDream Yacht Club ’s yacht-style vessels and you’ll be able to spend a night under the stars. At night, staff transform the upper deck’s huge Balinese day beds by adding luxurious bed linens and fluffy pillows, allowing you to drift off to the sound of the ocean. Expect to pay around $3,700 for a seven-day cruise.

Love being waited on hand and foot? Both of SeaDream's yachts (SeaDream I and SeaDream II) accommodate just 112 guests and have a crew of 95, which means more than enough staff to ensure your Champagne glass is topped up at all times.

SeaDream Yacht Club has one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios at sea

<p>Zodiacs – small, fast boats carried on ships – make it easy to explore different landscapes, whether it’s the frozen tundra or the Galapagos’ wildlife-dotted islands. Special mentions go to <a href="https://www.quarkexpeditions.com/gb/expedition-ships">Quark</a>, which uses environmentally friendly four-stroke engine zodiacs; <a href="https://www.sovereigncruise.co.uk/cruise-offers/cruise-lines/silversea-cruises-cruise-offers?infinity=gaw&gclid=CjwKCAiAzp6eBhByEiwA_gGq5KT8I_ANPmBAhrD8Rxb55wGxK9PqW3zMqsZG92sq3-VMSFggCgIMaBoCaJoQAvD_BwE">Silversea</a>, famous for its expert-led zodiac excursions, and <a href="https://www.aexpeditions.co.uk">AE Expeditions</a> – the line’s new expedition ship Sylvia Earle has 15 zodiacs. A seven-day Spitsbergen sailing with Quark costs from $5,547. </p>

Some cruise lines offer boats on boats

Zodiacs – small, fast boats carried on ships – make it easy to explore different landscapes, whether it’s the frozen tundra or the Galapagos’ wildlife-dotted islands. Special mentions go to Quark , which uses environmentally friendly four-stroke engine zodiacs; Silversea , famous for its expert-led zodiac excursions, and AE Expeditions – the line’s new expedition ship Sylvia Earle has 15 zodiacs. A seven-day Spitsbergen sailing with Quark costs from $5,547.

<p>If peering at distant shorelines through binoculars doesn’t cut it, sign up for a sailing with <a href="https://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/ship/">Aurora Expeditions</a> or <a href="https://www.aexpeditions.co.uk">AE Expeditions</a>. AE Expeditions ships have tech-filled laboratories and lecture theaters, making it easy to gain new perspectives on the destinations in question. Guests can contribute to a wide range of research projects, including ones relating to micro-plastics and sea life. A 15-day Svalbard In Depth sailing starts from $12,137 per person.</p>

Aurora Expeditions and AE Expeditions ships have science laboratories onboard

If peering at distant shorelines through binoculars doesn’t cut it, sign up for a sailing with Aurora Expeditions or AE Expeditions . AE Expeditions ships have tech-filled laboratories and lecture theaters, making it easy to gain new perspectives on the destinations in question. Guests can contribute to a wide range of research projects, including ones relating to micro-plastics and sea life. A 15-day Svalbard In Depth sailing starts from $12,137 per person.

<p>Is spaciousness a priority? Consider <a href="https://www.oceaniacruises.com/?s=PS_NEO_BD_BRA_GOO_NA_SRH_BRANDCORE_oceania%20cruises_NA_UK_NA_700000002135099-71700000078259454-58700006604026348-oceania+cruises&customer_id=305-710-7891&gclid=CjwKCAiAzp6eBhByEiwA_gGq5ONk4CeDpLNvLsG5aAHxA7D9dJRwFjT9RfupNttWdX8zjUMS7ciXZBoCkSgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds">Oceania Cruises</a>. Their newest ship Vista (which sets sail in May 2023) is tipped as having the largest entry-level staterooms at sea (280 square feet/26sqm, if you were wondering). We’re equally excited about the Dom Perignon Experience – during this six-course extravaganza you’ll sip Dom Perignon Champagnes chosen to suit the various dishes. A 10-day Bangkok to Singapore cruise starts from $5,335 per person.</p>

You can have your very own Dom Perignon Experience on Oceania Cruises’ Vista ship

Is spaciousness a priority? Consider Oceania Cruises . Their newest ship Vista (which set sail in May 2023) is tipped as having the largest entry-level staterooms at sea (280 square feet, if you were wondering). We’re equally excited about the Dom Perignon Experience – during this six-course extravaganza you’ll sip Dom Perignon Champagnes chosen to suit the various dishes. A 10-day Bangkok to Singapore cruise starts from $5,335 per person.

<p><a href="https://www.celebritycruises.com">Celebrity Cruises</a>’ Celebrity Flora, which has space for just 100 passengers and is based permanently in the Galapagos Islands, is a pint-sized ship that can effortlessly access the areas other vessels can’t reach. But our favorite feature is the stargazing platform. Head here for stargazing sessions led by the ship’s onboard astronomer. You’ll pay from $7,796 for a Galapagos Inner Loop sailing on Celebrity Flora.</p>

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Flora has a stargazing platform

Celebrity Cruises ’ Celebrity Flora, which has space for just 100 passengers and is based permanently in the Galapagos Islands, is a pint-sized ship that can effortlessly access the areas other vessels can’t reach. But our favorite feature is the stargazing platform. Head here for stargazing sessions led by the ship’s onboard astronomer. You’ll pay from $7,796 for a Galapagos Inner Loop sailing on Celebrity Flora.

<p>Simply swinging a bottle against the side of a ship is so passé. In January 2023 <a href="https://www.vikingcruises.co.uk">Viking</a> christened new luxury ship Viking Neptune. The ship’s godmother Nicole Stott (a retired NASA astronaut) used a traditional Viking broad ax to cut the rope, which sent a bottle of fizz smashing into the ship. A 13-day Mediterranean Odyssey cruise with Viking costs $5,911.</p>

The naming ceremonies are often spectacular

Simply swinging a bottle against the side of a ship is so passé. In January 2023 Viking christened new luxury ship Viking Neptune. The ship’s godmother Nicole Stott (a retired NASA astronaut) used a traditional Viking broad ax to cut the rope, which sent a bottle of fizz smashing into the ship. A 13-day Mediterranean Odyssey cruise with Viking costs $5,911.

<p><a href="https://www.abercrombiekent.co.uk">Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Expedition Cruises</a> – previously known as Crystal Cruises – are famous for their onboard experts. The cruise line’s expedition leaders include explorer James McClintock, recipient of the Antarctica Service Medal, and former Royal Marine Commando Russ Manning, who served as base commander in the South Orkneys and earned the Polar Medal. A 14-night Arctic Cruise Adventure with Abercrombie & Kent costs from $17,922.</p>

Your Abercrombie & Kent guide might be a famous explorer

Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Expedition Cruises – previously known as Crystal Cruises – are famous for their onboard experts. The cruise line’s expedition leaders include explorer James McClintock, recipient of the Antarctica Service Medal, and former Royal Marine Commando Russ Manning, who served as base commander in the South Orkneys and earned the Polar Medal. A 14-night Arctic Cruise Adventure with Abercrombie & Kent costs from $17,922.

Not all cruise passengers want to fill their suitcases with ball gowns and tuxedos, and luxury cruises no longer necessarily mean headache-inducing rules relating to what should be worn when. There are no formal nights on sailings with Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and SeaDream Yacht Club. The dress code for SeaDream Yacht Club is simply “country-club casual” although guests are asked to avoid wearing t-shirts or jeans to dinner.

You no longer have to wear a ball gown to dinner

<p>Okay, not the type ridden by Aladdin. We’re talking about Celebrity Cruises’ Magic Carpet – a cantilevered platform which appears to float in thin air, and which glides up and down the side of Celebrity Edge, one of the cruise line’s most luxurious ships. Depending on what level it stops at, the Magic Carpet can become a restaurant, bar or nightclub, although the one constant is breathtaking views.</p>

You can ride on a magic carpet with Celebrity Cruises

Okay, not the type ridden by Aladdin. We’re talking about Celebrity Cruises’ Magic Carpet – a cantilevered platform which appears to float in thin air, and which glides up and down the side of Celebrity Edge, one of the cruise line’s most luxurious ships. Depending on what level it stops at, the Magic Carpet can become a restaurant, bar or nightclub, although the one constant is breathtaking views.

<p>Dread disembarkation day? Why not simply stay onboard? No, we’re not suggesting claiming squatters’ rights at the end of your cruise, but splashing out on a cabin on <a href="https://aboardtheworld.com">The World</a>, described by its owners as a luxury private residence at sea. There are 165 residences available for purchase and the ship sails around the planet – in 2023 it will visit South Asia, the Middle East, the Iberian Peninsula, Greenland, South America and Antarctica. Some residents live on the ship full-time, while others visit throughout the year, and residences start at around $1.2m. </p>

There are luxury ships you can live on

Dread disembarkation day? Why not simply stay onboard? No, we’re not suggesting claiming squatters’ rights at the end of your cruise, but splashing out on a cabin on  The World , described by its owners as a luxury private residence at sea. There are 165 residences available for purchase and the ship sails around the planet – in 2023 it will visit South Asia, the Middle East, the Iberian Peninsula, Greenland, South America and Antarctica. Some residents live on the ship full-time, while others visit throughout the year, and residences start at around $1.2m.

One of the best examples is Scenic Cruises. Book a sailing with this luxury cruise line and the fare includes absolutely everything, whether it’s international and internal flights or fine dining, butler service and excursions.

Luxury cruise lines can be fully all-inclusive too

Okay, so no cruise ship restaurant has bagged a Michelin star yet, but plenty of Michelin-starred chefs have helped shape the cuisine on cruise ships. Cornelius Gallagher has designed the menus for Celebrity Ascent, which sets sail in September 2023, and Seabourn has worked closely with Thomas Keller in the past. There’s no shortage of innovation, either – SeaDream Yacht Club recently launched the first plant-based menu at sea.

You can feast on cuisine prepared by Michelin-starred chefs

<p>Luxury cruise lines are going all out to provide fascinating insights into the explorers who first mapped these regions. In 2024, Scenic launches several East Antarctic cruises focusing on the routes taken by explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. If you sail through the Arctic on Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot (the world’s only luxury ice breaker), a team of 23 polar experts will help you gain a whole new perspective on these remote regions.</p>

You can learn firsthand about the Polar regions

Luxury cruise lines are going all out to provide fascinating insights into the explorers who first mapped these regions. In 2024, Scenic will launch several East Antarctic cruises focusing on the routes taken by explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. If you sail through the Arctic on Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot (the world’s only luxury ice breaker), a team of 23 polar experts will help you gain a whole new perspective on these remote regions.

Collaborations between cruise lines and famous names in the world of food and entertainment are common, and now some of the world’s top designers are getting in on the act. Ralph Lauren has teamed up with Oceania Cruises to ramp up the wow factor of the Owner’s Suites on Vista, which launches in May 2023. Expect the design house’s furnishings in the living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.

There’s designer decor on Oceania Cruises’ Vista ship

What better way to toast your voyage than with vast quantities of Champagne and caviar? For many SeaDream Yacht Club guests, the highlight of every Caribbean sailing is the Champagne & Caviar Splash, when a gourmet barbecue – which mainly consists of unlimited quantities of Champagne and caviar – is served on the nearest sandy white beach.

SeaDream Yacht Club offer a ‘Champagne & Caviar Splash’

<p>If you’re planning on a bucket list-worthy sailing on one of the more luxurious ships, you’ll need to bag your spot early on. Take <a href="https://www.azamara.co.uk/?cid=aza_lead_b_bps_aim_goo_brandukhomepage_1102023_RSA&_aiid=14641&teng=go&beng=b&deng=c&keng=azamara%20cruise&meng=p&peng=&ieng=144707013083&kieng=kwd-4302615276&cieng=644377036482&cpieng=19539984873&feng=&cleng=CjwKCAiAzp6eBhByEiwA_gGq5CCdc3x4MsVRS4UsixbLvRgN6rvTlkDVWGSH47Vp0rlChE77cRaIBRoC_lsQAvD_BwE&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Azamara-UK-Search-Brand">Azamara’s World Voyage</a>, a 155-night, 37-country sailing which takes place in 2024 and is currently sold out (there’s a waiting list of passengers hoping for cancellations). Luckily, spots on the 2025 World Voyage are still available – if you’ve got a minimum of $42,622 to spare.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/133059/the-worlds-most-beautiful-ports-visited-by-cruise-ships?page=1"><strong>The world's most beautiful ports visited by cruise ships</strong></a></p>

You need to book well in advance

If you’re planning on a bucket list-worthy sailing on one of the more luxurious ships, you’ll need to bag your spot early on. Take  Azamara’s World Voyage , a 155-night, 37-country sailing which takes place in 2024 and is currently sold out (there’s a waiting list of passengers hoping for cancellations). Luckily, spots on the 2025 World Voyage are still available – if you’ve got a minimum of $42,622 to spare.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A second cruise line may begin offering service in Jacksonville soon, News4JAX news partner Jacksonville Daily Record reported .

JaxPort’s CEO Eric Green Green told the Jacksonville Port Authority board in a meeting on Monday that the incoming cruise company was seeking approval from the JaxPort Cruise Terminal.

He said the company wanted to be put on the Monday agenda, but documents for the deal couldn’t be completed in time for the meeting. Green also said the cruise line was “anxious” to finalize the agreement and requested a special meeting to expedite the approval, the JDR reported.

Board Chair Daniel Bean agreed to set a special meeting in the next two weeks.

JDR reported that after the meeting, Green said the incoming company would operate a ship larger than Carnival Cruise Line’s Elation, which is the only ship sailing from JaxPort’s Cruise Terminal, and it holds about 2,400 passengers.

“This is not Carnival saying we’re going to bring in a bigger ship,” Green told the JDR. “This is an added service from another cruise line.”

The JaxPort Authority could not confirm the company’s name.

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Panama Canal traffic cut by more than a third because of drought

A severe drought that began last year has forced authorities to slash ship crossings by 36% in the Panama Canal, a drop that could cost them between $500 million and $700 million in 2024. (Jan. 18)

A cargo ship waits near the Centennial Bridge for transit through the Panama Canal locks, in Panama City, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. A severe drought that began last year has forced authorities to slash ship crossings by 36% in the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most important trade routes. (AP Photo/Agustin Herrera)

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Cargo ships wait in Panama Bay for transit through the Panama Canal, in Panama City, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. A severe drought that began last year has forced authorities to slash ship crossings by 36% in the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most important trade routes. (AP Photo/Agustin Herrera)

A cargo ship is guided through the Panama Canal, in Panama City, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. A severe drought that began last year has forced authorities to slash ship crossings by 36% in the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most important trade routes. (AP Photo/Agustin Herrera)

PANAMA CITY (AP) — A severe drought that began last year has forced authorities to slash ship crossings by 36% in the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most important trade routes.

The new cuts announced Wednesday by authorities in Panama are set to deal an even greater economic blow than previously expected.

Panama Canal Administrator Ricaurte Vásquez now estimates that dipping water levels could cost them between $500 million and $700 million in 2024, compared to previous estimates of $200 million.

One of the most severe droughts to ever hit the Central American nation has stirred chaos in the 50-mile (80-kilometer) maritime route, causing a traffic jam of vessels, casting doubts on the canal’s reliability for international shipping and raising concerns about its affect on global trade.

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“It’s vital that the country sends a message that we’re going to take this on and find a solution to this water problem,” Vásquez said.

The disruption of the major trade route between Asia and the United States comes at a precarious time. Attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have rerouted vessels away from the crucial corridor for consumer goods and energy supplies.

The combination is having far-reaching effects on global trade by delaying shipments and raising transport costs. Some companies had planned to reroute to the Red Sea — a key route between Asia and Europe — to avoid delays at the Panama Canal, analysts say.

Now, that’s no longer an option for most.

On Wednesday, Vásquez said the canal authorities would cut daily ship crossings to 24, down from 38 a day in normal times last year. Vásquez added that in the first quarter of the fiscal year the passageway saw 20% less cargo and 791 fewer ships than the same period the year before.

It was a “significant reduction” for Panama, Vásquez admitted. But he said that more “efficient” water management and a jump in rainfall in November have at least ensured that water levels are high enough for 24 ships to pass daily until the end of April, the start of the next rainy season.

Canal authorities attributed the drought to the El Niño weather phenomenon and climate change, and warned it was urgent for Panama to seek new water sources for both the canal’s operations and human consumption. The same lakes that fill the canal also provide water for more than 50% of the country of more than 4 million people.

“The water problem is a national problem, not just of the Canal,” Vásquez said. “We have to address this issue across the entire country.”

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The Iran-backed Houthi militia group has continued to attack commercial shipping, hitting an American-owned cargo ship with a ballistic missile in defiance of a wave of US and UK strikes on Yemen .

The strike against the Marshall Islands-flagged Gibraltar Eagle represented a widening of the theatre of war beyond the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. The strike hit the cargo hold of the ship and while it was thought to have caused no major damage, will add to fears that the US and UK strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen have not degraded the militia group’s ability to threaten commercial shipping.

Qatar became the latest major user of cargo ships to announce it will not send liquid gas through the Red Sea for the foreseeable future. The level of traffic was said to have dropped markedly overall since the US and UK strikes on Thursday.

The Houthis , an Iranian-backed Shia group that has been battling for control of Yemen for more than 20 years, say the more than 30 attacks on commercial shipping over the past six weeks are part of an effort to put pressure on Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza.

The Houthis’ chief negotiator, Mohammed Abdulsalam, said on Monday that the group’s position had not changed after the US-led strikes, and indicated that strikes would continue on ships heading to Israel: “Our position on the events in Palestine and the aggression against Gaza has not changed and would not change, neither after the strike nor after the threats.

“The attacks to prevent Israeli ships or those heading to the ports of occupied Palestine are continuing.”

The Houthis say an Israeli ceasefire in Gaza would immediately lead to the free flow of ships through the Red Sea, and lift pressure on global supply chains.

The Houthis’ comparative success on Monday raises questions about whether the US-UK naval alliance off Yemen will have to mount a further series of strikes, or even consider liaising actively with ground troops from the UN-recognised Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) – the Saudi-UAE backed coalition government based in Aden.

The UK defence secretary, Grant Shapps, said the attacks on the Houthis mounted on Thursday night had been intended as “a single limited action” rather than a continuing series of attacks.

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Rishi Sunak, the prime minister, told MPs he hoped the Houthis would step back after the “necessary and proportionate response”, but added “the UK would not hesitate to protect our security and our interests”.

“We remain prepared to back our words with action,” he said.

On Sunday a US fighter jet also shot down a Houthi-fired cruise missile fired from Houthi areas and aimed at the US destroyer USS Laboon. Earlier on Monday, the UK Maritime Trade Operations agency reported an unidentified ship had fended off two small vessels seeking to board.

In addition on Monday, US Central Command said that two hours before the strike on Gibraltar Eagle, a cruise missile fired from Houthi-controlled areas failed in flight and landed in the sea causing no damage.

Yemeni sources said residents had heard explosions close to the port of Hodeidah, implying the US and UK were continuing to mount operations in an attempt to snuff out the threat posed by Houthi missiles. Many of the strikes on Thursday night were aimed at Hodeidah.

A leading member of Yemen’s UN-recognised government urged the west to provide his forces with military equipment, training and intelligence to help defeat the Houthis. The Aden-based Maj Gen Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, the deputy head of the eight-strong PLC, said the near nine-year attempt by the Saudis to defeat the Houthis showed air power was not enough. He claimed many Houthi missiles would be hidden underground and hard to detect.

The UK ambassador to Yemen, Abda Sharif, on Sunday met with the PLC prime minister, Dr Maeen Abdul Mali, to discuss the future of the UN peace plan for Yemen, and how to prevent the Houthi movement riding a popular wave of support by projecting itself as one of the few groups in the Middle East willing to show active solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza. At the weekend big Houthi crowds chanted: “We don’t care and make it a world war.”

After a meeting in Aden on Monday, the PLC made a point of distancing itself from Israel, voicing “Yemen’s support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, most notably in resisting the Israeli occupation and establishing its independent, fully sovereign national state”.

The statement warned the Houthi militias of “the consequences of continuing to exploit the oppression of the Palestinian people in order to achieve Iran’s interests and its expansionist projects in the region”. It said Houthi actions only served to distract the world’s attention away from the Israeli occupation’s attacks and “grave violations” in a way that served the continuation of the “aggression”.

The PLC wants the Houthi militia to be classified as a terrorist group, a designation that the US president, Joe Biden, withdrew soon after becoming president. Such a designation would make it difficult for humanitarian agencies to cooperate with Houthi-linked Yemen groups.

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  1. You can now live on a cruise ship for $30,000 per year

    You can now live on a cruise ship for $30,000 per year Julia Buckley, CNN 4 minute read Updated 5:14 AM EST, Fri March 10, 2023 Link Copied! The MV Gemini will take three years to travel round...

  2. Living on a Cruise Ship: What You Need to Know

    Learn the pros and cons of living on a cruise ship, the options available to you, and how to plan your trip. Find out the costs, benefits, and challenges of living at sea, as well as tips for making it a reality.

  3. How Much It Costs to Live on a Cruise Ship For a Year

    The web page estimates the total cost of living on a cruise ship for an entire year, based on a single cruise fare, double occupancy, port fees, taxes, and gratuities. It uses a Carnival Horizon cruise from Miami to the Caribbean as an example and shows the breakdown of expenses by category. The cost is around $199,000 for two people, but it can vary depending on the cruise line, ship, and cabin type.

  4. Can you live on a cruise ship? Yes, and here's how much it costs

    Austin Wells, a 28-year-old traveler, leased a 237-square-foot studio on board a mega cruise ship that will travel the world for three years. He pays around $300,000 for a 12-year lease and works remotely from his floating home, which offers medical services, a farmer's market, a spa and more.

  5. You Can Live Permanently On A Cruise Ship! Here's How Much It Costs

    The 3 Ways You Can Live On A Ship Permanently: Traditional Cruises Cruise Ships Designed For Permanent Living The Three-Year World Cruise Traditional Cruises You can book yourself onto a traditional cruise ship for the long term. You would need to book each itinerary, one after the other.

  6. Live Aboard a Luxury Residential Ship & Travel the World

    Storylines offers a unique way to travel the world from the comfort of home, with all-inclusive living fees, 20 restaurants and bars, a library, a garden, a micro brewery and more. You can live on a live-aboard ship with 18 decks, 800L micro brewery, 3 pools and a global community of friends and family.

  7. How To Live On A Cruise Ship

    The overall cost of living on a cruise ship is determined by many factors, such as the following: The cruises you book (Caribbean cruises work out the cheapest, whereas European and Alaskan cruises are the most expensive) Which cruise ship line do you choose to live on (Mass, premium, or luxury lines)

  8. How Much Does It Cost to Live On a Cruise Ship?

    Considering all these factors, the cruise fare for living on a cruise ship can cost anywhere from $60,000 per year to upwards of $150,000. However, knowing what you get and where you spend...

  9. I Live on a Cruise Ship 300 Days a Year

    Travel I live and work remotely from a cruise ship 300 days a year. It's helped my social life and costs just as much as an apartment — here's how I do it. Jamie Killin Courtesy of Ryan...

  10. What Will It Cost You To Live FULL-TIME On A Cruise Ship?

    I explore what it takes and costs to live (or retire) full-time on a cruise ship by looking at the people who have done it, and the options we have for livin...

  11. Now You Can Live On An All-Inclusive Cruise Ship For Just $83 ...

    Life at Sea Cruises is launching a new all-inclusive three-year world cruise starting at $83 a day. Life at Sea Cruises. The world's first—and only—three-year world cruise will set sail in ...

  12. How to Live on a Cruise Ship for Less Than 0 Per Day

    As you can see, these cruises total up — including cruise fare, taxes, fees, and gratuities — to nearly $12,000 for two passengers. On average, that comes out to about $94 per person, per day. In other words, if your dream is to cruise long-term without breaking the budget, this is a good example of how it is possible.

  13. How can I live on a cruise ship?

    Getting to live on a cruise is like a fantasy that you can live in reality. But before setting that dream free, let's understand the pros and cons of living on a cruise. Pros and Cons of Living on a Cruise Pros Explore the world for real! That's true, permanently living on a cruise lets you explore different countries per your wish.

  14. 3 Residents Share What It's Like to Live on a Cruise Ship Full-Time

    courtesy of Ryan Gutridge/Christine Kesteloo/Jack Nolan Business Insider spoke with three people who live on cruise ships for at least half the year. One remote worker spent 300 days living...

  15. How to retire on a cruise ship

    Purchase prices for a one-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom unit averaged $2.7 million, with $111,000 in living fees. For purposes of comparing the costs to traditional cruise ships, the living fee in the inside cabin on MV Narrative is $85 per person per night and the one-bedroom suite is $152 per person per night.

  16. Tips for Living on a Cruise Ship Year-Round

    Jun 30, 2023 Read time 9 min read Morton Jablin lives a simple life. He wakes early, enjoys tea in the afternoon and fish for his evening meal. He's not much different from you and me, with one...

  17. How Much Does It Cost to Live on a Cruise Ship?

    Here's an idea of what you might pay for a voyage on a mainstream cruise ship in the Caribbean. As a starting guide, expect to pay around $100 to $150 per person, per night for an interior cabin. At $125 per night, that's $91,250 per year for a couple, or $250 per night. This does not include taxes, port fees, daily gratuities, or add-ons.

  18. Cruise Lines With Ships You Can Live On

    Yes, you can actually live on any cruise ship that you want, but it would require booking a cruise on every single voyage on that ship. You also would not be able to decorate the cabin as...

  19. Cruise Webcams to Watch Right Now

    To watch the Miami webcam, just click on play, and skip the commercial. Nassau Cruise Port Webcam. Nassau's webcam shows live views of the cruise ship docking area from the top of a nearby hotel ...

  20. How To Live On A Cruise Ship For A Year

    7. Maintain Fitness Routine: Stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle by utilizing the ship's fitness facilities. Join exercise classes, swim laps in the pool, or take advantage of the jogging track to keep physically fit during your year-long cruise. 8.

  21. The 5 best cabin locations on any cruise ship

    A Royal Loft Suite with a balcony on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. MICHEL VERDURE/ROYAL CARIBBEAN. If your cabin is at the rear corner of a ship, you might even have a balcony that wraps around two sides of the vessel. Those sorts of balconies are the ultimate in cool.

  22. What the World's Largest Cruise Ship Is

    And for the ultimate cruise nerds, Icon's Captain Henrik Loy told preview guests that the ship can reach a speed of about 24 knots (28 mph) during an exclusive tour of the vessel's bridge. The ...

  23. 24 Luxury Cruise Facts That Might Surprise You

    Some residents live on the ship full-time, while others visit throughout the year, and residences start at around $1.2m. Scenic Cruises Luxury cruise lines can be fully all-inclusive too

  24. Cruise Ship Tracker, Itineraries, Schedules, Deck Plans

    CruiseMapper provides free cruise tracking, current ship positions, itinerary schedules, deck plans, cabins, accidents and incidents ('cruise minus') reports, cruise news

  25. Additional cruise line may be coming to Jacksonville soon ...

    JDR reported that after the meeting, Green said the incoming company would operate a ship larger than Carnival Cruise Line's Elation, which is the only ship sailing from JaxPort's Cruise ...

  26. Panama Canal traffic cut by more than a third because of drought

    The disruption of the major trade route between Asia and the United States comes at a precarious time. Attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea by Yemen's Houthi rebels have rerouted vessels away from the crucial corridor for consumer goods and energy supplies.. The combination is having far-reaching effects on global trade by delaying shipments and raising transport costs.

  27. 10 Walkable Cruise Ship Ports We Love to Visit

    Skagway, Alaska. Skagway, Alaska (Photo: Aaron Saunders) Located at the north end of the Lynn Canal, Skagway is a very walkable port because the town is small, with streets laid out in a linear ...

  28. Houthi attacks continue as US cargo ship hit in defiance of strikes on

    First published on Mon 15 Jan 2024 10.11 EST. The Iran-backed Houthi militia group has continued to attack commercial shipping, hitting an American-owned cargo ship with a ballistic missile in ...