The Queen beloved her royal yacht a lot that she overtly wept when it was decommissioned in 1997.
‘This is where I can truly relax,’ she stated of Britannia, which had been her floating haven for 44 years and had hosted Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, Nelson Mandela, and a number of other U.S. presidents in its 56-seat eating room.
She additionally transported 4 royal on their honeymoons — most memorably Prince Charles and Diana in 1981.
Sail away: Regent Seven Seas affords a 120-night cruise aboard its Mariner ship
Only the super-rich can afford to personal a yacht.
But now, retirees can purchase a slice of life on the excessive seas on board the world’s first devoted retirement ship.
British designers are creating Seascape — about to start out building in Vietnam — which can have the primary drive-in, on-board marina the place you can moor your yacht or two-man submarine.
It will even have a dive centre and whale-watching observatory and Skymast, a tethered electrical drone hovering 180m up, giving its residents a 5G cell community.
Not to say kennels and play areas for pets, swimming swimming pools, a good restaurant, an commentary deck, bistros, theatre/cinemas, a wellness spa, fitness center, sauna, library, outlets and Harrods meals hall- type grocery store.
Seascape will even have its personal hospital with working theatre and intensive care unit, and a floatplane that may act as an air ambulance.
The first of ten deliberate floating retirement villages, will cruise constantly, circumnavigating the world thrice over 5 years
There can be 206 apartments offered on 50-year leases when it launches in 2021, aimed toward retirees with a ardour for cruising and journey.
Seascape, the primary of ten deliberate floating retirement villages, will cruise constantly, circumnavigating the world thrice over 5 years and all the time avoiding unhealthy climate and bother spots.
‘There is a market for at least ten ships, which is only 2,000 apartments, to serve a potential world market of 70 million high net-worth individuals,’ says Seascape’s chief engineer Ian Carne.
Apartments will price from £950,000 for a 60 sq m residence, rising to £2.4million for 135 sq m on the very best deck. There isn’t any stamp obligation to pay, however there can be month-to-month expenses and exit charges.
Luxury: retirees can purchase a slice of life on the excessive seas on board the world’s first devoted retirement ship
Figures from the UK Office for National Statistics present that the variety of over-65s travelling abroad rose by 13.7 per cent from 2014 to 2016.
And, in line with the CLIA Cruise Review report, a complete of two,009,000 took a cruise in 2018.
Of course, you don’t have to purchase a cruise cabin to spend your retirement at sea.
The cruise ship with a £28m ‘property’ for sale
The Utopia, deliberate to hit the waves in 2024, is ready to be ‘the most opulent residential ocean liner ever built’ (utopiaresidences.com).
Its 190 ‘estates’ price from £three.4million for a two-bed, rising to £27.9million for a 6,500 sq ft three-bed.
Lee Wachtstetter, 91, has been dwelling on a cruise ship for the previous 14 years. She has even written a ebook about it. In I May Be Homeless, But You Should See My Yacht, she talks about promoting the household residence in Florida after her husband died. Instead of downsizing, she went cruising.
Life at sea gives Lee with companionship, all her meals, entry to healthcare, and leisure. She’s visited greater than 100 international locations and nonetheless dances each night time. ‘The day earlier than my husband died of most cancers in 1997, he instructed me: “Don’t stop cruising,” ’ she says.
‘So, here I am today, living a stress-free, fairytale life.’ More and extra cruise traces are catering to the ‘permanent cruise’ market.