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Meet the Retirees Who Live on Cruise Ships | Condé Nast Traveler

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Condé Nast Traveler ~ ” When Jeff Farschman, 72, first retired from his role as vice president at Lockheed Martin Services in 2004, he planned on spending his winters as a snowbird enjoying the warm temperatures of the Caribbean. But that all changed when Hurricane Ivan wreaked havoc on Grand Cayman, his island of choice, in September of that same year—so he made what would become a life-changing pivot. Since he’d already booked himself on a week-long cruise to Bermuda, Farschman decided to extend his travels to include six back-to-back cruises (four to Bermuda and two to the Caribbean) culminating as a 47-day trip. This extensive journey became the impetus for how he now spends his retirement: living seven-to-eight months annually aboard Holland America Line cruise ships.

It turns out Farschman is just one of dozens of retired (and retirement-age) people spending a bulk of their time living at sea. There are plenty of ways to make it happen, from combining stand-alone itineraries to purchasing a unit on a residential cruise ship. ‘People ask, “don’t you get bored at sea?”‘ says Janice Yetke, 77, a (semi) retired travel agent who lives four months a year aboard a ship. ‘I say, are you kidding me? Let me show you a daily program. There’s so much to do if you want to do it.’

Holland America Cruise Ship | Pixabay

Yetke and her husband, Richard, 80, have found Holland America Line’s Grand World Voyage—an annual cruise that circumnavigates the globe for up to 128 days—to be the perfect way to escape Chicago’s harsh winters while seeing the world. ‘You have a room on the ship, and that’s your home,’ says Yetke. ‘The staff feeds you, provides entertainment, and cleans your room twice a day. It all meets our needs at this stage in life, and of course we make friends—because the same people come back year after year.’ The Yetke’s have already taken Holland America Line’s Grand World Voyage 12 times, and they’re tentatively booked on the 2023 voyage aboard Holland America’s 1,917 passenger MS Zuiderdam. A big selling point for Yetke on the company’s world cruises: They typically sail round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ‘I don’t want to fly halfway around the world to get on a cruise ship,’ she says. ‘Florida is easy.’

While Sydney-based wellness CEO Tony de Leede, 69, could retire, he’s not yet ready. Instead, de Leede has found a way to run his various businesses while still living a portion of his life at sea. For eight years, de Leede owned apartments aboard The World, a private 165-residence cruise ship that launched in 2002. During that time, he spent three-to-five months aboard annually. ‘The concept of combining a nice environment to work from and then going to sleep in Venice and waking up in Croatia,’ says de Leede, ‘It’s great.'” ~ Condé Nast Traveler

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