- LONDON (Reuters) - A retired
British woman has decided to sail round the world permanently on a luxury
cruise ship because it costs no more than staying in an old people's home,
a newspaper reported on Sunday.
- Beatrice Muller, 82, only pays 55 per cent of the official
brochure price for making her home on the QE2 due to loyalty bonuses from
five previous world cruises.
- Muller chose to make the liner her full-time home after
the death of her husband two years ago. She pays 3,424 pounds ($4,818)
a month to reside in Cabin 4068.
- The very basic, minimum cost of living in an old people's
home in London is about 2,000 pounds, she told the Sunday Express.
- And while her fellow pensioners while away their hours
in a retirement home in Britain's damp climate, she travels the high seas,
stopping at sunny destinations, playing bridge and dancing with handsome
- ``This is where I live and I love it,'' she told the
newspaper. ``I don't have to do any shopping, I don't need to do any shopping,
I don't need a car and there aren't any gas or phone bills.''
- She enjoys films from the ship's cinema and communicates
with her family by e-mail from the computer room.
- ``I would have to pay around the same to stay in an old
people's home and it wouldn't nearly be as much fun as here,'' she told