Couple Book 51 Cruises As It’s ‘Cheaper’ Than Living In Retirement Home

A couple has gone viral after booking 51 cruises rather than paying to live in a retirement home.
Credit: Nine Network

A couple has gone viral after booking 51 cruises rather than paying to live in a retirement home. 

Amid the ongoing challenges of rising living expenses and escalating housing costs, individuals have had to come up with money-saving tricks to save every bit of cash they possibly can.

One particular couple has come up with a brilliant solution to this issue by heading out on a neverending voyage.

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Marty and Jess Ansen, from Australia, have spent a year and a half of their well-deserved retirement as passengers on the Coral Princess cruise ship.

The duo decided to pack up their belongings and head out on their voyage as a stance to the costs of retirement homes.

The couple – who have a kind of ‘onboard celebrity‘ status – have opened up about their adventurous lifestyle in an interview with A Current Affair, leaving viewers amazed.

They’ve humorously quipped that they’re the ones extending a welcome to the ship’s captains, rather than the other way around.

Marty and Jess Ansen.
Couple Marty and Jess Ansen have become ‘celebrities’ on the Coral Princess cruise ship. Credit: Nine Network

Even passengers embarking on shorter cruises now specifically seek out the opportunity to meet this loved-up couple.

They’ve grown so accustomed to life at sea that they humorously admit to being unsure of how to make a bed or prepare a meal anymore.

Marty told A Current Affair: “Now, we don’t have to wash up anymore or make the bed.

“We don’t know how to make a because we haven’t done it for so long, so now we have to stay on board just to stay alive.”

He added: “It’s a wonderful life.”

The retired couple has been enjoying cruises for many years, but they made the decision to go on full-time voyages following the Covid pandemic.

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Feeling as though they missed out on several years of enjoyment during the strict Australian lockdowns, they formulated a plan to spend their days on an extended holiday.

Marty recalled: “Eventually I said to my agent, ‘Look, whatever comes, book it’, and that’s how it got to be such a long cruise.”

They assert that their current lifestyle is more cost-effective than moving into a retirement facility.

A typical day for the couple now involves a few games of ping pong and enjoying beers on their private balcony.

Marty is also making ‘lifelong friends’ while Jess spends her days hula dancing.

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Written by Ryan Wilks

Ryan is a former content editor at IGV who specialises in celebrity and entertainment news. He has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production from the University of Gloucestershire. He previously worked as a social media editor for Reach PLC’s national brands including Daily Star, Daily Express, OK! and The Mirror.