My friend Ruby‘s nick name is the “Golden Princess.” Ruby announced to her family and friends that she has decided to go on a Princess cruise instead of going to a nursing home. When we asked her why? She quickly answered, “It’s better than a nursing home and cheaper too!
She went on to explain to me that a nursing home costs about 200 dollars per day. The cost aboard a Princess cruise? About 145 dollars per day(with senior-citizen discounts). Add 10 dollars per day for gratuitous, and you’re still ahead! Make that 15 dollars and the staff will be begging to treat you like a queen!
She considered these amenities:
1. Ten great meals a day (the last one at midnight even has an ice sculpture!). If you can’t make it to one of the great dinning rooms, you can order room service and have breakfast in bed every day of the week.
2. Free toothpaste, razors, soap, and shampoo.
3. TV repaired, lightbulbs changed, mattress replaced. Energetic young men and women will fix anything and everything and apologize for your inconvenience.
4. Free sheets and towels every day without asking.
5. Free housekeeping and friendly folks come in each day to clean the bathroom, make the bed, and vacuüm.
6. Three swimming pools, a work out room, free washers and dryers, all without maintenance fees or other costs.
7. Floor shows and other entertainment available every night.
8. The opportunity to meet new and interesting people every seven to fourteen days.
9. Treated like a customer, and not a patient. “Yes, ma’am! “Of course, ma’am!” Will there be anything else, ma’am?”
10.The opportunity to travel the seas and visit exotic places.
Like most baby boomers I’ve given serious thought about the golden years. I have decided that becoming a “Golden Princess” on a cruise ship is the most appealing way to go.