Cruises are becoming the most common way to see the world and unwind in an enjoyable surrounding. My husband calculated that it was cheaper to board a ship from Fort Lauderdale and go on a week cruise than pay airfare, hotels, restaurants, and entertainments.

During our last cruise, we met a woman in her seventies who lives ten months a year on a cruise ship. She sold her house and her car, and explained that on a cruise ship she doesn’t have to fix her room, or prepare her meals. She enjoys movies and performances without having to drive to a theater. She has plenty of books to read, a laptop to connect with the world and makes friends with other travelers. The doctor on board knows her well and takes care of her little problems. Sometimes she joins a tour and visits new places. Twice a year she spends a month at her children’s and goes through all her medical checkups, buys her supply of medicine and reserves the next cruise. She told me she was writing her memoirs.

Would you be able to live on a ship?

Winter cruises to the Caribbean or South America provide great escapes from the snow and the cold while summer, spring, or fall cruises offer the best opportunities to sail the Mediterranean Sea or discover China and the Far East.

I have been able to visit countries and regions I would have never seen otherwise. In addition I found out that while on a cruise ship, far away from phone and Internet continuous interruptions I am able to daydream, plot my next story, and typed for three to four hours a day.

Is it any surprise that I set one my stories on a Cruise ship?

Her Christmas Cruise Twitter

The perfect fiancé is a cheater and the fabulous Christmas wedding is off. When a desperate Julia comes in Tony’s mother’s travel agency, the dedicated psychiatrist is there to pick up the pieces. Sparks fly between them and Tony is willing to put his life on hold for Julia. Nothing goes according to plan, but the would-be honeymoon cruise may fulfill their secret dreams.

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