You can live on a cruise ship for $45,000 a year. Here’s everything you need to know
Ever dreamed of leaving it all behind – to live it up on a cruise ship?
Well, you can now sign up for a three-year, around-the-world cruise – for a relatively affordable $US30,000 ($A45,000) 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 sets sail from Istanbul on November 1 – for a planned 210,000km journey.
That means seven months to get your passport, vaccinations – and remote working abilities – in order.
The company is promising to tick off 375 ports around the world, visiting 135 countries and all seven continents.
The voyage will take 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 slots in trips to 103 “tropical islands”.
Of the 375 ports, 208 will be overnight stops, giving you extra time in the destination.
The company is a spin-off of Miray Cruises, which currently has the MV Gemini cruising around Turkey and Greece.
The MV Gemini – which has 400 cabins, with room for up to 1,074 passengers – will be overhauled for the voyage.
As well as traditional cruise ship amenities, restaurants and entertainment, the Gemini will also be kitted out with remote working facilities – so you can still work while you travel.
The ship boasts a full-scale, free-to-access business centre complete with meeting rooms, 14 offices, a business library and a lounge, presumably for your mid-shift coffee breaks.
There will also be a round-the-clock hospital with free medical visits.
The company has also floated the possibility of “additional tax benefits when working as an international resident aboard the ship”.
“Professionals need connectivity, the right amenities and the functionality to perform their jobs,” said Mikael Petterson, Life at Sea Cruises’ managing director.
“There is no other cruise that offers this sort of flexibility to their customers.”
Cabins range from 130 square feet (12 square metre) “Virtual Inside” staterooms – which start at $US29,999 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 sign up for all three years.
But the company is launching a scheme to allow travellers to “time share” a cabin with friends or other cruise lovers, dipping in and out of the itinerary.
For example, two couples could buy one cabin for the entire trip, and then divide up the travel between them.
Single travellers get a discount of 15 per cent on the double occupancy rate.
A minimum down payment of $45,000 is required.
Beyond the business centre, there will be plenty to keep you busy.
There is a sundeck and swimming pool, wellness centre, auditorium and “multiple dining options”, though full details are yet to be revealed.
Onboard instructors will be on hand to teach dance and music.
Want to shape up first? There’ll be a gym and salon, too.
The ship will go all the way around South America (hopping south to Antarctica), island-hop around the Caribbean and take in both coasts of Central America, then go up the west coast of North America, crossing over to Hawaii.
Stops in Asia include Japan (12 stops), South Korea (including Jeju island) and China.
It also takes in most of the classic Southeast Asia destinations, from Bali, Da Nang in Vietnam and the Cambodian coast to Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
It will loop Australia, New Zealand and island-hop through the South Pacific; journey around India and Sri Lanka; then visit the Maldives and Seychelles before crossing west to Africa.
There, it will reach Zanzibar before looping down to Cape Town and up the west coast of Africa – with quick dips west to islands including St Helena, the Canaries and Madeira.
It will also sail round the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
The cruise also includes free high-speed Wi-Fi.
Cruisers will also be able to have family and friends on board to visit, for free.
The long list of what’s included in the trip also includes alcohol at dinner plus soft drinks, juice, tea and coffee all day, laundry, port fees and housekeeping.
All meals are also included.
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