You can live on a cruise ship for $45,000 a year. Here’s everything you need to know
Ever dreamed of getting away from it all – to live it out on a cruise ship?
Well, you can now sign up for a three-year round-the-world cruise — for a relatively affordable $30,000 (US$45,000) per person per year.
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Life at Sea Cruises has opened bookings for its three-year voyage on the MV Gemini, which will set sail from Istanbul on November 1 – for a planned voyage of 210,000 km.
That means seven months to get your passport, immunizations and ability to work remotely in order.
The company promises to call at 375 ports around the world and call at 135 countries and all seven continents.
The journey takes in iconic sights from Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer and India’s Taj Mahal to Mexico’s Chichen Itza, the Pyramids of Giza, Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China.
It even matches trips to 103 “tropical islands.”
Of the 375 ports, 208 will be overnight, giving you extra time at your destination.
The company is a spin-off of Miray Cruises, which currently cruises in Turkey and Greece with the MV Gemini.
The MV Gemini – with 400 cabins and seating for up to 1,074 passengers – will be overhauled for the voyage.
In addition to traditional cruise ship amenities, dining and entertainment options, the Gemini will also come equipped with remote working facilities so you can work while you travel.
The ship has an extensive, freely accessible business center with meeting rooms, 14 offices, a business library and a lounge, presumably for your coffee breaks during the shift.
There will also be a 24-hour hospital with free doctor’s visits.
The company has also raised the possibility of “additional tax benefits when working as an international resident on board the ship.”
“Professionals need connectivity, the right amenities and the functionality to get their job done,” said Mikael Petterson, Managing Director of Life at Sea Cruises.
“There is no other cruise that offers this kind of flexibility to its customers.”
Staterooms range from 12 square meter “Virtual Inside” staterooms – which start at $29,999 per person per year – to balcony suites.
The balcony suites, which are twice the size, range from $36,999 to $109,999 per person per year.
Passengers must register for every three years.
But the company is launching a program that will allow travelers to “temporarily share” a cabin with friends or other cruise lovers by hopping on and off the itinerary.
For example, two couples could buy a cabin for the entire trip and then split the trip between themselves.
Single travelers receive a discount of 15 percent on the double occupancy price.
A minimum deposit of $45,000 is required.
There is plenty to do next to the business center.
There’s a sun deck and swimming pool, a spa, an auditorium and “multiple dining options,” though full details are yet to be announced.
Instructors will be available on board to teach dance and music.
Want to get in shape first? There will also be a gym and salon.
The ship will cruise all the way around South America (hopping south to Antarctica), island hopping around the Caribbean and passing both coasts of Central America, then heading up the west coast of North America and crossing over to Hawaii.
Stops in Asia include Japan (12 stops), South Korea (including Jeju Island) and China.
It also covers most of Southeast Asia’s classic destinations, from Bali, Da Nang in Vietnam and the Cambodian coast to Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
It will feature Australia, New Zealand and island hopping across the South Pacific; Journey through India and Sri Lanka; Then visit the Maldives and Seychelles before crossing west to Africa.
There it will reach Zanzibar before heading down to Cape Town and up the west coast of Africa – with rapid dips west to islands such as St Helena, the Canary Islands and Madeira.
It will also circumnavigate the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
The cruise also includes free high-speed WiFi.
Cruise ships can also have family and friends on board for free.
The long list of services included in the trip also includes alcohol with dinner as well as soft drinks, juice, tea and coffee throughout the day, laundry service, port fees and maid service.
All meals are also included.
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