A retired USA couple intend to live the rest of their lives aboard cruise ships.
Angelyn and Richard Burk made the decision in May 2021, after taking nearly a dozen cruise vacations in recent years.
Angelyn, a 53-year-old retired accountant, said she and her husband thoroughly enjoyed the at-sea trips, so they came up with the bold idea to permanently live on a cruise ship.
They added up various expenses, including their mortgage, internet, electricity, property taxes, and insurance, which came out to around US$3,500 (NZ$5,600) a month.
The Burks then determined living on a cruise ship would cost less than living at the Seattle home.
The couple’s $100-a-day budget does not include food, entertainment, or other everyday living expenses; however, the Burks say there are no surprise costs with living on a cruise ship.
“By living on a cruise ship, you gain your room, you gain board, you’ve got entertainment that’s built-in, you’re going to different locations,” Richard added. “It’s hard to beat that.”
The couple has reportedly spent the past year testing their retirement plan, taking cruises in the Bahamas, the Mexican Riviera, and the Panama Canal. In between their trips, the Burks will typically stay at hotels or Airbnbs.