After Lee Wachtstetter’s, 86, husband died of cancer in 1997, she decided to honor his wishes and live on the sea…permanently. She sold her 5-bedroom Fort Lauderdale home and moved to a stateroom aboard the Crystal Serenity luxury cruise ship. Watchstetter often cruised with her husband during their 50-year-marriage, and actually lived on a Holland America Line ship until it discontinued its dance host program. For the past 7-years she’s been living on the 1070-passenger Crystal Serenity. Watchstetter says: “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. I enjoy dancing, and this was the best of the remaining ships that still use dance hosts. My husband didn’t dance, just didn’t like to, and encouraged me to dance with the hosts. I dance every night for a couple hours after dinner.” Continue reading for a video tour of one of the staterooms aboard Crystal Serenity and more information.
“Mrs Wachtstetter believes that living on the Serenity this year will cost her around $164,000. That price includes her room, meals, beverages, dancing programs, entertainment, movies, lectures and cocktail parties with the captain. Here I am today living a stress-free, fairy-tale life. In addition to spending time dancing and taking part in other scheduled activities, Mrs Wachtstetter devotes some of her hours to doing needlepoint work in the ship’s Palm Court lounge,” says The Daily Mail