Woman pays $164,000 a year to live on luxury cruise ship

The cruise liner 'Crystal Serenity' sitting berthed at Sydney's historic Rocks area in Sydney, Australia.
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The cruise liner 'Crystal Serenity' sitting berthed at Sydney's historic Rocks area in Sydney, Australia.

After her husband died, an 86-year old widow decided to sell her 10-acre Florida estate and permanently live on a luxury cruise ship.

Lee Watchtstetter, or Mama Lee as the ship's crew calls her, has been aboard the Crystal Serenity for nearly seven years, reports the Asbury Park Press. She estimated that living on the Serenity this year will cost her $164,000. This includes cost of her stateroom, meals, gratuities and Broadway-style entertainment and other daily activities.

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Mama Lee went on 89 cruises during her 50-year marriage with her husband and has lost count of how many countries she has since visited after she hit the 100-country mark.

One important factor sold her on the Crystal Serenity: its host dance program.

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"I dance every night for a couple hours after dinner, have been doing it for years," Watchtsetter told the paper.

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