Retire on a cruise ship? New housing idea for seniors

Alegria and her twin sister ship Valencia are brand-new ships that were built in 2001 and never sailed due to the cruise line canceling the order. Both ships are now undergoing renovation. Completion is expected this spring.
Alegria and her twin sister ship Valencia are brand-new ships that were built in 2001 and never sailed due to the cruise line canceling the order. Both ships are now undergoing renovation. Completion is expected this spring.

Waterfront Lifestyles International, a boutique maritime lodging company, is currently taking reservations for retirement condos on a mid-size cruise ship that will make monthly cruises to the Bahamas.

For less money than many senior independent-living facilities charge, retirees may now live on a cruise ship. Prices for individual condo cabins on the 300-foot Alegria range from $159,000 for a single room to a larger suite for $399,000 plus a nominal “Resident’s Care” monthly fee. Residents will only pay for cocktails, casino charges, spa fees, and purchases in the gift shop. A difference between a senior care facility and living on Alegria is that the residents actually own the ship. Since each condo owner has an equity share in Alegria they each have a voice in the day-to-day operation and management of the ship.

Alegria will make weekend cruises each month to regional attractions such as shuttle launches, shopping excursions to Palm Beach, and trips to the Bahamas, and once a year it will take a weeklong trip to Central America. The ship will be home-ported in Port Canaveral and operated, managed, and maintained by Marine Growth Ventures.

The vessel has most of the same amenities of the larger ships including a spa, workout room, gift shop, cigar bar, night club, dining room, beauty shop, library and a residents’ storage area. The ship has 12 inside cabins that will be used as guest rooms. Owners’ friends and relatives can use them at no charge, including meals. Condo ownership includes permanent free membership at a country club for golf and tennis. All staterooms are outside units with picture windows.

Waterfront Lifestyles International is a Florida limited liability company formed specifically for the creation of retirement condo cruise ships. While the ship in Port Canaveral is the company’s first vessel, it expects to locate additional retirement ships in Tampa, Jacksonville, Palm Beach, and Sarasota.

Visit condoships.com for more information.

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