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01/22/2015 02:51 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Grandmother Lives On Cruise Ship For $164,000 A Year, Sails Through Golden Years Beautifully

An 86-year-old grandmother is living the good life on the high seas.

Florida widow Lee Wachtstetter has lived the last seven years on the luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity, shelling out $164,000 annually for her state room and all the perks, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Wachtstetter and her husband were big cruise fans so she took a dying request to heart. "The day before my husband died of cancer in 1997, he told me, 'Don't stop cruising.' So here I am today living a stress-free, fairy-tale life," she told the outlet.

The permanent passenger visits her three sons and seven grandchildren when the boat docks in Miami several times a year, the Press wrote, but she also considers the ship's crew and staff, who call her "Mama Lee," to be her family.

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Wachtstetter's home at sea, the Crystal Serenity.

She picked her shipboard digs wisely. Travel & Leisure puts Crystal Cruises at the top of its "large ship cruise line" rankings.

ABC News noted that Wachtstetter is among a "small group of people" to sail into the sunset permanently on a cruise ship. A private residential cruise ship was launched in 2002 and has 165 homes.

Read the full story on Wachtstetter at The Asbury Park Press.

H/T Laughing Squid

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