We live on a cruise ship full time – it's much cheaper than home and we can travel the world | The Sun

A COUPLE have revealed what it is like living on a cruise ship full time – and said they would never go back.

Angelyn and Richard Burk used to live in Seattle but now travel the world by sea.

They decided to sell their house back in May 2021 after realising a cruise was actually much cheaper.

Angelyn, 54, told CNN Travel: "Our original plan was to stay in different countries for a month at a time and eventually retire to cruise ships as we got older.

“We love to travel and we were searching for a way to continuously travel in our retirement that made financial sense.”

They don't stay on one cruise ship, but book them to time up with each other, often having a few days in between to see family and friends.

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Some of their trips include a 51-day cruise from Seattle to Sydney, as well as 50 days around the Adriatic Sea.

Despite budgeting around $135 (£109) a day, she said they can spend as little as £35 a day.

Angelyn said their average was around $89 (£72) a day which includes the room, food, entertainment, transportation, gratuity, port fees, and taxes.

This works out much cheaper than a mortgage, coming in at around $32,485 (£26,359) for the year.

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And they have no plans to end their cruise life any time soon.

She said: "We don’t plan to permanently live on land in the future."

Their story recently won fans on Reddit and many shared their own experiences.

One person wrote: "My godfather and his wife did this until they passed. Nearly 20 years living aboard."

Another said: "My grandmother had a friend who did this.

Occasionally she’d need to disembark when the ship would go in for inspection and maintenance, but that just presented an opportunity for visiting family and friends.

"The rest of the time she just lived that seafaring life and got treated like family by the staff."

A third said: "I’m fascinated. I’d love this option at the end of my life."

Despite the rather unusual life, they aren't the only people to do this.

TikTok user Christine Kesteloo has lived on the high seas for 12 years, and shares her life unusual lifestyle which costs less than $87 (£71.02) a week.

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And one man has gone even further by buying an apartment onboard a cruise ship – and says it is cheaper while being able to travel the world at the same time.

Austin Wells from San Diego paid $300,000 (£246,465) for a studio with a 12-year lease onboard the MV Narrative – a mega cruise ship with 500 private rooms and apartments.

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