Florida Woman, 86, Pays $164,000 Per Year to Live on a Luxury Cruise Ship

January 20, 2015 5:45 PM

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For one thing, she doesn't actually live in Florida, and hasn't for almost seven years, because she's spent them aboard Crystal Serenity, a 1,070-passenger luxury cruise ship where she's become a permanent resident, paying around $164,000 a year in "rent."

Wachtstetter, 86, is known as "Mama Lee" on the ship, and has been aboard for longer than most of its 655 crew members. She sold the five-bedroom Fort Lauderdale home (and the 10 acres) it sat on after her husband Mason died in 1997, and took to the seas.

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