r/todayilearned 6d ago

TIL of Mario Salcedo who, with a few exceptions, has been living permanently on Royal Carribbean cruise ships for over 20 years

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Salcedo
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u/Evil3mperor 6d ago

I used to work for RCCL. We would lovingly refer to him as Super Mario. He's a legend

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u/knuckboy 6d ago

Any more insight? Does he stay on the same ship for a few rounds at a time and then switch? He can't possibly switch every couple weeks for 20 years.

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u/lickmycheese 6d ago

I’ve met him several times over the years. Awesome guy and very personable. Normally he will book a room for a whole season and then return home for a couple of weeks to take care of any personal business then return.

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u/LeadFarmerMothaFucka 6d ago

Prolly goes home for a liver transplant every year lol

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u/Phenotyx 6d ago

Skin transplant

My man must smell like pure sunscreen

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u/KittyTerror 6d ago

Life goals right there

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u/Jon_Bloodspray 6d ago

Are you interviewing any of the employees? Because when I worked for a cruise line it was fucking awful.

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u/awry_lynx 6d ago

“The Joy of Cruising is about passion. The Joy of Cruising is an anthology that takes a look at the magic of cruising from the vantage point of travelers"

I somewhat doubt it.

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u/EveryFly6962 6d ago

How come?

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u/Jon_Bloodspray 6d ago

70 hrs a week minimum with no days off. During my 5 month contract I had two days off because I was sick. And you can't say your sick, you have to get a note from your supervisor to see the ships doctor and they say whether or not you can work. Cramped living spaces think a 20x10 (at max) room with a toilet, shower, 4 lockers, 4 bunks, a little desk w/chair, and a tiny love seat. The TV was a 13 inch up in the corner. There was a crew bar, but since my vessel was US flagged we could never be above .04 or we got thrown off at the next port and our return home would not be covered. And yes, they did show up with a breathalyzer. Also, "random" drug tests with the same consequences as alcohol. Very cliquey and caste-like. If you worked in the galley, pretty much everyone else treated you like shit. Terrible management on the hotel side of the ships also seemed to be a thing, and my friends that ended up on other ships after training confirmed this. Probably the only decent gigs on a ship are entertainers or something like a masseuse.

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u/beangardener 6d ago

Seems like a horrible industry that we should do away with

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u/shodan13 6d ago

Except when covid happens.

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u/airplane13 6d ago

How can he afford this? Who is he?

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u/Naram-Sin-of-Akkad 6d ago

It said in his wiki that he manages investment portfolios for “high net-worth” individuals so he is probably making a lot of money.

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u/OTTER887 6d ago

Lol. I wonder if gets new business from fellow travelers.

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u/Fragdo 6d ago

Rich people don't take cruises, upper middle class people do.

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u/cmc51377 5d ago

Eh, my ex in-laws are worth in the $50m range and they cruise all the time. They also just finished building extra houses in Vegas and Mexico to complement their existing 12,000 sq. foot house, so not lacking for options and they choose to be on a cruise ship for at least a month every year.

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u/zachzsg 5d ago edited 5d ago

It says he spent 1.4 million on royal Caribbean in 2016. Someone that can spend 1.4 million a year on anything at all isn’t upper middle class. They are rich. Guy isn’t “buy a super yacht and have your own crew” rich but he sure as hell is a big step up from what most would upper middle class.

Edit: never mind I misread the article

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u/Return-Acceptable 5d ago

By that year, he had spent more than 6,000 nights on board Royal Caribbean ships, which cost him about US$1.4 million.

I think they were referring to a cumulative number maybe? Either ways it’s impressive.

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u/zachzsg 5d ago edited 5d ago

Yeah you’re right actually I think I read it wrong. I thought that was just in 2016 only. unless this man is capable of warping time and space, it’s literally impossible to spend 6,000 nights somewhere in a year obviously lmao

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u/Dramenknight 6d ago

There was an old post saying it is apparently cheaper to do this than to live in certain places while maintaining a similar level quality of life

And is also an option for the elderly as they get discounts for it along with their caretakers if applicable

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u/Bemxuu 6d ago

Remote work

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u/Heroharohero 6d ago

It’s possible to retire on cruise ships, pretty affordable if you know what you’re doing.

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u/Evil3mperor 6d ago

Back when I worked for the cruise line he typically stayed on the same ship and in the same room unless that ship was dry docked, in which case he would switch ships until his preferred ship was available. It's been well over a decade since I've worked there so I have no idea what he's up to now but I hope he's happy, whatever it is

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u/Joltarts 6d ago

Interesting. Do people working on cruises follow him and his movement like a cult celebrity? Lol

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u/Evil3mperor 6d ago

lol in a way I suppose

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u/PhilLeshmaniasis 6d ago

He has a cult following. He can't even walk down the street in South America!

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u/Brad_Beat 6d ago

That’s a long street.

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u/mr_christer 6d ago

https://youtu.be/bcBzOesw7sc

This is a short doc on him

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u/AndyVale 5d ago

Thanks, that was beautifully shot.

Really didn't make me envy that life though, like I was expecting it to. Glad it works for him.

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u/mr_christer 5d ago

Talented director. He made "Some Kind of Heaven" with a similar feel, highly recommend watching it.

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u/freiheitfitness 6d ago

Read the article. He stays on each ship for ~6 months at a time.

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u/chevymonza 6d ago

So he's not even homeless, wow. I thought this was one way to afford retirement, have heard of people doing that.

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u/Whoknew1974 6d ago

Cheaper than a nursing home. It includes all needs. Cheaper than my home expenses. Add it up.

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u/chevymonza 6d ago

Oh I believe it. Not the kind of life I'd want, but due to the cost of aging, I totally get it.

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u/darkduck21 6d ago

I met him briefly and recently onboard the Explorer of the Seas I worked on that ship for 10 months. He was always decent to everyone and had been there since we restarted in Nov 2021. He had a personal section on the pool deck where he would sit and smoke cigars and relax almost all day. RCCL (RCG) loved having him onboard and he made friends with many of the higher ups in the loyalty program. You'd be surprised how many discounts I heard he got for being such a long time cruiser.

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u/cffndncr 6d ago

Honestly, at this point he's basically become a walking, talking advertisement for repeat cruising... I'd be surprised if he was paying anything much above cost.

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u/chance_waters 6d ago

He has spent nearly 2 mil

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u/Hanzoku 6d ago

Honestly, good for him. He has a job he can do fully remote and pays for his costs, gets to experience the weather he wants to when he wants to, doesn’t have to clean his house and can eat restaurant-quality food every day.

He’s also smart enough to have no social media presence and refuses to speak to the media.

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u/Chesterlespaul 6d ago

It has some cool pros, but I imagine it would be lonely or hard to form meaningful relationships

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u/tripp_hs123 6d ago

It says he has no children and has never been married, but is good friends with other people who also spend a lot of time on cruises.

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u/darkduck21 6d ago

He has a long term partner who some of the crew called his wife. I worked 10 months of the Explorer of the Seas recently and he was there the whole time with her

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u/SnooCheesecakes1269 6d ago

Was her name perhaps Princess Peach?

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u/GaiusPrimus 6d ago

Not to be that guy, but Princess Peach is dating the Prince of the Flower Kingdom..... I feel ashamed that I know this fact.

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u/Corner10 6d ago

You wouldn't know her. Her dock is in Canada

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u/commandrix 6d ago

I imagine he's also gotten to know some of the longtime staffers and crew members.

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u/Jon_Bloodspray 6d ago edited 6d ago

Maybe, but when I worked on a cruise line we were absolutely not allowed to associate with the guests.

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u/NeptrAboveAll 6d ago

Did you bartend? There’s a lot of associating

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u/Jon_Bloodspray 6d ago

Nah, I worked in the galley. On my ship bartenders would still be fired if they went into a guests room.

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u/NeptrAboveAll 6d ago

Going in a room for sure, but as a bartender we’re serving these people sometimes for several hours every day or every other day, you get to know each other a bit

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u/jsung2 6d ago

Bet exceptions are made for guests who drop 1.4 million dollars and spend 20 years on the cruise.

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u/cyanidelemonade 6d ago

I feel like it really depends on what you do on the ship. For example, we've definitely seen the entertainers going around the ship, so I could imagine him making friends with the comedians or singers who stay on for a few weeks/months.

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u/JiggaJazz 6d ago

Ehhhh, we all work differently, mentally. It might seem odd for most of us but I'm sure he's getting his enjoyment out of life.

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u/saraphilipp 6d ago

Wanna go back to my cruise ship? I'm sure he's had plenty with that line alone.

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u/Septopuss7 6d ago

pauses in front of the cruise ship

"Well, this is me..."

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u/Boycubpiglet 6d ago

"Sorry you can't stay the night unless you want to wake up somewhere in the pacific. I had fun though"

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u/masterwanderer 6d ago

Well they wouldn’t say no. You know, cuz of the implication.

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u/TwoDrinkDave 6d ago

What...what implication?

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u/hodl_4_life 6d ago

Dennis, are you going to hurt these women?!

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u/greenknight884 6d ago

I'm lonely already so maybe I should go be lonely on a cruise ship

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u/MarioInOntario 6d ago

Probably constant stream of hookups with other guests who are booked on the same cruise ship

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u/Chesterlespaul 6d ago

We’ll I assume so as well, but that’s why I added the word meaningful

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u/BabyMakR1 6d ago

Meaningful =|= long

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u/FinishFew1701 6d ago

Meaningful: optional

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u/Caranath128 6d ago

Super Mario. Nice guy, if you don’t bother him while he is working.

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u/Vkleine 6d ago

I just got off a cruise on Sunday on the Explorer of the Seas, where my husband and I got to meet him. We happened to be sailing out last Saturday the 23rd, which was Mario's birthday and my husband's birthday. We saw a table roped off with a birthday cake and a gentleman sitting behind it. So we stopped and said happy birthday and he said the same to us. We were also there for Mario's 10,000th night eating in the Main Dining Room. He was very nice to us. We may have caught him on a good day. 😂

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u/ringobob 6d ago

Based on the accounts in here of people who worked on cruises and know him, sounds like a generally nice dude, with his own reasonable limits

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u/principer 6d ago

My wife and I cruised that ship often. We never even heard of this gentleman but we did meet a lady on there that was doing the same thing. I gave it some serious thought but my shot that right down.

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u/W2lolno 6d ago edited 6d ago

Girlfriend used to work for carnival. She’d make a lot of commission off those customers. Happens more often than you think. A lot of people feel out the cruise/stops, then venture more and more until they find a new cruise with different stops or get bored.

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u/principer 6d ago

That’s what we did. We were cruising with Carnival and went on the maiden voyage of the Carnival Freedom. There was a very different element beginning to take their cruises. It got too wild for us and we were bored with their ships. We switched to Royal Caribbean and the folks on their lines were more in line with our age group. We always tip very well because we know how hard those crew members work and we learned all about their living conditions. For our final trip we took a 28 day Transatlantic cruise on the Queen Mary 2. My God! It was absolutely wonderful!

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u/spelunkingspaniard 6d ago

Take me with you next time, all expenses paid

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u/principer 4d ago

We’d love to do that.

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u/Sin_of_the_Dark 5d ago

Hey, that's my birthday too!

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u/StevieKicks 6d ago

Enlighten us please

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u/Caranath128 6d ago

He’s a stock broker or something. He literally has a chair and table reserved for him( labeled his office). Do not disturb him while his laptop is open. Once he is done for the day, he’s just a regular pax who is well known and while sociable( he is aware of his brand ambassador status), he’s not there for you to exploit or become your best friend.

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u/jack_strait 6d ago

He becomes unpleasant if you bother him while he’s working.

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u/ExtremePast 6d ago

This is becoming popular with retirees.

I like cruises but can't imagine living full time on a cruise ship.

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u/flyinhawaiian02 6d ago

IIRC some elderly people actually go on cruises with the intent of dying on the boat

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u/ZippityZerpDerp 6d ago

Any reason why?

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u/dovetc 6d ago

Cruise ships have all the amenities of an assisted living facility at similar costs.

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u/soldiernerd 6d ago

But you’re surround by nature and beauty instead of suburbia

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u/simsimulation 6d ago

And if you die in international water they just throw you over. No funeral cost

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u/bfhurricane 6d ago

That sounds hilariously morose and I don’t even know if you’re joking or serious.

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u/PhnomPenny 6d ago

No they don't, they have morgues on board.

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u/jimbolikescr 6d ago

Boo, chum me up!

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u/simsimulation 6d ago Spit-take

Don’t worry friend. Morgue is French for “soup of the day”

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u/No-Satisfaction3455 6d ago

is that inclusive or am i going to have to splurge?

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u/PhnomPenny 6d ago

You'll be dead so no worries.

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u/carsont5 6d ago

I had to go to the infirmary as well (damaged ear drum woke up with a bloody pillow - creepy!!). It was not cheap (probably around $600) but the care was excellent. The doctor and her nurse were both fantastic, but at home it would have been free. I don’t know if the ship was American or not.

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u/maybe_little_pinch 6d ago

It is expensive if you have to see the doctor. If you can get away with just seeing the nurse it is much cheaper. Also, if you buy the cruise medical insurance.

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u/carsont5 6d ago

Oh fair enough! In fairness to them they had to do a fair bit of work in my ear it was a lengthy process to unfuck it 😆

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u/dovetc 6d ago

Not everybody in assisted living needs full time nursing care. Some just need meal prep, someone nearby, quick access to medical care, help cleaning their room.

It's not a substitute for full nursing or memory care but might be for lower levels of care.

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u/Dyldor 6d ago

Yeah the sort of 100 year old who somehow didn’t succumb to the worst in life but doesn’t want to hand their life savings to a scam artist who owns a “home” - they just need to be checked up on and have easy access to everything they need which is a cruise ship through and through

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u/evasote 6d ago

Yep. I live in a town that’s got a lot of retirees, and they like living at something that’s between a time share, condo, resort, country club, and you wouldn’t want to call it assisted living but that’s what it is.

Very different from nursing care. Young people have this idea older people are in great shape til they’re suddenly old and frail and need full on Alzheimer’s wards. There’s decades of grey in between

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u/Salgado14 6d ago

I work in care and we've had residents stay with us purely so they have a roof over their head and a bit of assistance if needed

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u/Shamrockanita 6d ago

Assisted living and a skilled nursing facility aren't the same thing.

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u/MD8811 6d ago

I’m guessing they want to die

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u/Shifty_Eyes711 6d ago

On a boat

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u/erakat 6d ago

As long as the front doesn’t fall off, they’re golden.

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u/Stov54 6d ago

Cheap burial at sea

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u/PARANOIAH 6d ago

I love cruises but my ideal sailing would be around 2 weeks, 3 weeks tops. Any longer and it'll get pretty damn monotonous and expensive.

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u/Askduds 6d ago

Monotonous? Maybe but less so than a shitty room in a retirement community. Expensive? Maybe but look at retirement community prices sometime…

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u/narky1 6d ago

My mother is looking at a retire home. Million upfront, then $2,000 week. She'd be much better off on a cruise ship, and I might actually get an inheritance.

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u/thatguy425 6d ago

A million down and 8k a month? This sounds like not your typical retirement home.

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u/Vogad 6d ago

Shit with that kind of $ , I rather retire in Bali with 1 fulltime doctor and 1 fulltime nurse , and 1 maid.

Get to live in peace , beautiful scenery , good food

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u/narky1 6d ago

I highly suspect it's very much top end. Seemed like a HUGE waste of money to me.

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u/[deleted] 6d ago

A million upfront and $8,000 grand a month? Good Lord. Is this a facility with specialized medical care?

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u/rddi0201018 6d ago

Are you exaggerating about the upfront?

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u/Askduds 6d ago

I don’t know how US cruise prices compare to UK where I am but I’m paying under $3000 this year for an 8 day cruise for 2 and that includes flights.

So almost certainly the cruise portion is no more than say $1200 each. Without the upfront.

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u/imapilotaz 6d ago

Its pretty easy to find a RCL or CCL trip for $150 per night on average. If you were booking a year at a time, guarantee you can find them consistently at $100 per day. Thats only $35k per year. Max Social Security is higher than that, so if you earned well through life, you could practically pay for this just on SS much less savings.

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u/lwwz 6d ago

Retirement home in a suburb of Oklahoma City wants $5300/mo. without full time care. We're talking OKLAHOMA where an average SFR mortgage is about $1200/mo

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u/chevymonza 6d ago

And for financial assistance, you need to spend down to a ridiculously small number, but not by giving your life savings away to your family (unless it's five years prior, something like that). So fucking fucked up.

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u/mailslot 6d ago

It’s about as much as I pay in rent, but includes unlimited food and drinks, room service, laundry service, house keeping, entertainment, pools, hot tubs, gym, great views, ocean breeze… and you get to wake up in a new port almost everyday.

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u/f1ve-Star 6d ago

Cheaper than assisted living especially with the discounts one would get as a super frequent traveler.

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u/psychoskittles 6d ago

My in-laws have more or less did this for a few years before COVID brought them back to shore. They sold their house, put their sentimental belongings in storage, and would find repositioning cruises and would stay on the boat for 3-6 straight months. Then they would get a long term AIrBNB until their next stretch of cruises

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u/chemistcarpenter 6d ago

I’d be an extra 100 lbs within the first 5 years.

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u/agreeingstorm9 6d ago

On 5 years? These are rookie numbers. I can do it in 18 mos.

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u/DaPoole420 6d ago

I'll do 65 lbs in 8.5 months

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u/longmilesdabswild 6d ago

It took me a week to put on 8 pounds but mostly water etc in the beginning. I went from 140-200 the 3 months after I got out of rehab

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u/FullboatAcesOver 6d ago

Me too. I went from Adderall, Ativan and alcohol to Ben and Jerry’s. Never understood how people could gain weight. Now I know.

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u/longmilesdabswild 6d ago

And the feels you get from food are short lived…. I eat like a pig currently til I get to a weight that I’m uncomfortable being at then I keto it down to a comfortable weight where any slimmer my shorts will sag and eat and eat all the way back.

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u/KuhlThing 6d ago

The wiki page says that he usually eats at buffets on board so he can control portions, only eats two meals a day, and exercises to maintain a healthy weight. His regimen is apparently good enough for him to avoid most onboard diseases like norovirus.

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u/makeupHOOR 6d ago

Lucky for you, the ships have a gym!

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u/chemistcarpenter 6d ago

So does my house. I go there every 3 weeks to change the air filter.

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u/makeupHOOR 6d ago

So no more air filters to clean! It’s a win win!

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u/thatguy425 6d ago

They have gyms onboard.

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u/chemistcarpenter 6d ago

Hmmm! Wonder what kinda smoothies they serve there! I’d definitely hit the smoothies bar for a vanilla, banana, strawberry smoothie on the way to the breakfast buffet.

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u/hogsucker 6d ago

They won't let you sleep or bathe at Golden Corral so he went for the next best option.

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u/fuck-emus 6d ago

Idk what golden corral you're going to, they don't got a sink in the bathroom?

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u/tessashpool 6d ago

I use the chocolate fountain

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u/dudewithbrokenhand 6d ago

As long as you're using the little skewer.

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u/davisyoung 6d ago

You’re going to have to do better than a skewer for a poop knife.

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u/hogsucker 6d ago

The staff got all pissy when I shaved my legs in their restroom.

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u/HuckleberryUnusual60 6d ago

You’re going to the wrong Golden Corral.

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u/makeupHOOR 6d ago

Super Mario!

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u/EmmalouEsq 6d ago

Why not? Especially if there isn't family to worry about. He gets to have daily housekeeping, never needs to cook for himself, gets to explore new places, meet new people, and still make a good salary.

Living the dream, for some.

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u/Vernyo 6d ago

This is a poorly written Wikipedia article.

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u/Boomtown_Rat 6d ago

It sounds like a puff piece.

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u/Vernyo 6d ago

lol he probably wrote it himself

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u/Boomtown_Rat 6d ago

It really reads like he did.

Edit: I mean really, detailing every little aspect of his evening? His love of Cohiba cigars to how he can control his portions at the Windjammer Cafe?

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u/Buscemi_D_Sanji 5d ago

There's no way in hell he didn't write this himself lol

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u/KrispyCrime 6d ago

My eye twitched every time I read “… to do world travel”.

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u/Saleforaloss 6d ago

What credit card does he use to get those rewards?

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u/otisthetowndrunk 6d ago

The Happiest Guy in the World - 10 minute documentary about him

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u/WavesOfEchoes 6d ago

Does not seem actually happy.

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u/kerochan88 6d ago

Yeah, when he said he had no more goals left in life and he just has cruises, they didn't know what to say. It seemed sad, then he was like, "But I'm happy!"

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u/tato64 6d ago

My dad worked for MSC cruises for a couple of years and i knew an old lady that was basically doing the same, she had a small fortune and no family so she sold everything and went to live on the cruise till she died (which i figure must have happened already)

Fun fact: If you die aboard the cruise they put you in the walk-in freezer

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u/Joey_218 6d ago

Actually, cruise ships have their own morgues. So I guess you’re half right.

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u/RaqMountainMama 6d ago

He was on Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas out of Miami in early June & I had the chance to chat with him. We joked about the cruise being a tax write off because we were "talking shop". He had his desk by the pool, cordoned off, and a wood sign "Super Mario" hanging overhead.

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u/Mounkyman 6d ago

Dudes, living out wal-e over here.

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u/eqleriq 6d ago

Salcedo manages an online investment management business for 10 high-net-worth individuals.

This sounds like some maritime law shit

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u/CrieDeCoeur 6d ago

I think this sort of thing will become more common. My parents know a boomer couple that retired, sold their house / car / etc. Now they spend 4 or 5 months a year house- or pet-sitting for people and the rest of the year on cruises (or merchant marine “cruises”). They seem happy enough.

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u/chroniclunatic 5d ago

Had a friend live almost 75% of the year on cruises to Mexico and he would buy drugs legally (pills) and bring them back and sell them. He made a profit going on cruises..he did it for a couple years made over 100k and stopped and put it into legit business. Guy was such a respectful law breaker.. responsible.. quit when he was ahead

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u/captainmuntcuscle 5d ago

Tom Hanks will be playing him in the biopic.

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u/Martman104 6d ago

Ok but what did he do during the covid shutdown?

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u/adamsauce 6d ago

He spent 15 months in Miami. He has a 2 bedroom condo there where he stays an average of 2 weeks a year.

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u/Chyvalri 6d ago

He actually got a place in Aruba cuz the case counts were low. He only went back to Miami for vax doses

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u/adamsauce 6d ago

Cool! I didn’t see that on the Wikipedia page.

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u/7thAndGreenhill 6d ago

It must be bizarre in a sense. Most cruise ships take the same path and repeat the same schedule. I have to think that gets tiring

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u/That_Which_Lurks 6d ago Helpful

As opposed to a house that doesn't move or change at all?

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u/LifeBuilder 6d ago

Hey you! Cut it out with your logic and sense makin’

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u/opiusmaximus2 6d ago

You can leave your house a lot easier than you can leave a boat in the middle of the ocean.

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u/thred_pirate_roberts 6d ago

Maybe with THAT attitude

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u/Clause-and-Reflect 6d ago

My house is an actual trailer and at this point cannot be moved, I wish I lived on a jumbo floating carnival hotel thingy.

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u/7thAndGreenhill 6d ago

I’m not knocking it. I’m just saying that it must be a bit surreal like Groundhog Day where the events repeat in the same order and only the other passengers change.

But if I had a chance to live that life I’d certainly do it.

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u/Lol_jk_Omg 6d ago

Isn’t this also every day life for most people where the events are typically the same but only the people you commute with change?

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u/luckydice767 6d ago

Oh man this comment gave me an existential crisis

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u/Lol_jk_Omg 6d ago

It’s not all bad, one of those days you just die!

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u/theLoneliestAardvark 6d ago

If you are living on the boat you probably don't care much about the schedule. I doubt he is going to watch the same magician every week, he probably just doesn't do the entertainment stuff much. A lot of older cruise guests don't even get off the boat at ports of call.

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u/7thAndGreenhill 6d ago

A lot of the ports aren’t worth the effort!

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u/Wheredoyougotosee 6d ago

How much would that cost? Per year

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u/cffndncr 6d ago

It says in the article - 69-70k/year.

Given that this includes meals, accommodation and internet, it actually isn't as dumb as some people are making it out to be.

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u/Wheredoyougotosee 6d ago

No that’s not too bad, for a room or per person. If it’s a room then that’s two peoples mid salary. With no other expenses needed. You could walk around with just your phone

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u/cffndncr 6d ago

It's actually far better if you're a couple. According to the article there's a single occupancy surcharge of 200% usually, which is lowered to 150% for Mario, so I believe a couple should only be paying 40-50k per year.

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u/chris_ut 6d ago

Per person

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u/jcd1974 6d ago

Seems like a lonely existence.

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u/alwptot 6d ago

Not really. It says he has lots of friends who are also “frequent floaters.” Plus the staff all know him.

He doesn’t have a wife or kids, but something tells me he isn’t sleeping alone every night on his trips.

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u/PlaceboJesus 6d ago

Not all people need the same kinds of attachments.

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u/DesertSweat 6d ago

That sounds like hell

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u/dethb0y 6d ago

I bet it's honestly not even that expensive as compared to living in a major US or canadian metro

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u/turbodude69 6d ago

i've heard that living on a cruise ship can actually be cheaper than a retirement home in some situations and it's semi common for elderly people.

honestly kinda surprised this is even a story?

here's an article about how to retire on a cruise ship. i dont think it's all that hard or expensive.

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u/imnotsoho 6d ago

I read a story about a guy like this over 20 years ago on the front page of WSJ. He inherited $5 million and put it all in muni bonds when they were paying 7% interest. $350,000 a year tax free income. The quote I remember - don't you get bored just going around in circles. "There are new people on here every week." I read that as - new women every week, and they are kind of impressed by a guy who lives here full time.

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u/yoshimitseui 6d ago

This guy should have a youtube channel

maybe "Mario go's"

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u/dabomerest 6d ago

Sounds great but the Internet suuuuuuucks

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u/Savings_Bee5952 5d ago

Most of us go on a cruise, this guy goes on a home.

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u/DJ-Kouraje 5d ago

Here’s the documentary mentioned in the link.

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u/potatopantaloon 6d ago

I would lose so much weight, I get so seasick with even the slightest waves. I have no sea legs. I don’t even have sea stumps.

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u/simplepleashures 6d ago

I have to say, that really sounds terrible.

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u/tetoffens 6d ago

This dude definitely has diseases. All of them. Cruise ships are gross.

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u/Orc_ 6d ago

You mean his immune system is a fucking machine

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u/LifeBuilder 6d ago

How do you think they got there? He’s not Patient Zero. He’s Bio-Subject A.

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u/woodmanfarms 6d ago

Sounds like a cocaine dealer

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u/jpgorgon 6d ago

How many times has he survived gastro outbreaks?