Sunday, January 20, 2008

Retirement Days

Thanks to my longtime friend Barbara for sending me this one~she knows I love cruising.  What a temptation! 

My wife and I were on a cruise through the western Mediterranean aboard a Princess liner. At dinner we noticed an elderly lady sitting alone along the rail of the grand stairway in the main dining room. I also noticed that all the staff, ships officers, waiters, busboys, etc., all seemed very familiar with this lady. I asked our waiter who the lady was, expecting to be told that she owned the line, but he said he only knew that she had been on board for the last four cruises, back-to-back.
 
As we left the dining room one evening I caught her eye and stopped to say hello. We chatted and I said, "I understand you've been on this ship for the last four cruises".

 She replied, "Yes, that's true."

I said, "I don't understand" and she replied, without a pause, "It's cheaper than a nursing home".
 
So, there will be no nursing home in my future. When I get old and feeble, I am going to get on a Princess Cruise Ship. The average cost for a nursing home is $200 per day.  I have checked on reservations on a Princess and I can get a long term discount and senior discount price of $135 per day. That leaves $65 a day for:
 
1. Gratuities which will only be $10 per day.


2. I will have as many as 10 meals a day if I can waddle to the restaurant, or I can have room service (which means I can have breakfast-in-bed every day of the week).3 Princess has as many as three swimming pools, a workout room, free washers and dryers, and shows every night.


4. They have free toothpaste and razors, and free soap and shampoo.
 
5. They will even treat you like a customer, not a patient. An extra $5 worth of tips will have the entire staff scrambling to help you.
 
6. I will get to meet new people every 7 or 14 days.
 
7. T.V. broken? Light bulb need changing? Need to have the mattress replaced? No Problem! They will fix everything and apologize for your inconvenience.
 
8. Clean sheets and towels every day, and you don't even have to ask for them.
 
9. If you fall in the nursing home and break a hip you are on Medicare; if you fall and break a hip on the Princess ship they will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life.
 
Now hold on for the best! Do you want to see South America, the Panama Canal, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, or name where you want to go?  Princess will have a ship ready to go. So don't look for me in a nursing home, just call shore to ship.
 
PS: And don't forget, when you die, they just dump you over the side -- at no charge.
 
PS: #2~the picture of the ship I've used in this entry is the very beautiful "Vision of the Seas" belonging to Royal Caribbean.  My floating home for 1 week in August 2006 and again for 1 week in August 2007 cruising both times from Seattle to Alaska.  It's a fabulous experience, everyone should try it at least once.    Linda

11 comments:

mleppard06 said...

sounds great linda! mrs t xx
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cayasm said...

I have never been on a cruise its something to think about, it always looks exciting.

Take care

Yasmin

lv2trnscrb said...

something to think about for retirement for sure!! actually, we might do a cruise on our 30th (2 years); we've been thinking of where we want to do/see for that special year

betty

wwfbison said...

I told Doug I could live on a cruise ship after our first cruise.  It surely would beat a nursing home!
Lisa

gaboatman said...

This is one retirement plan I can sink my teeth into.  Count me in and please tell the purser to schedule my massage for 3pm every day.  
Sam

preciousone25 said...

I'VE BEEN ON VISION OF THE SEAS!!!  Only for a 4 day cruise, but same ship!!!  I really like your retirement plan... I think I'll join you!!!

Joann

mariealicejoan said...

Ohh, this sounds like the perfect retirement plan!  :-)
Marie
http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariealicejoan/MariesMuses/

justaname4me2 said...

That is Brilliant! I love it.
I'm going on a cruise in March and can't wait to get away from the cold and enjoy some warm air. I imagine now I'll be wandering around the whole time thinking about ....."If I retired......here."
Rebecca

ally123130585918 said...

I'll put my name forward for this one please ~ sounds like an idylic retirement plan :o) ~ Ally x

carolelainedodd said...

What an excellent idea.!!!  Food for thought I think.
Carolxx

jeadie05 said...

Yes Im up for this too ,just think we will all travel together into our twilight hours lol ..love Jan xx