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The Happiest Guy in the World: What kind of person takes a cruise not for a week or a month — but for the rest of his life?

“As several of their senior friends began to spend more time on cruises than on land, my grandparents became aware of an elite cabal of sorts within the cruising subculture: passengers scattered across different cruise lines who choose to live at sea permanently. One such passenger was Mario Salcedo, or “Super Mario” as the crew of the Enchantment of the Seas affectionately calls him. For the past two decades, Mario has been a full-time resident on Royal Caribbean Cruises, accumulating over 7,300 nights at sea.”

“I wish I had my own private elevator.”

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  • Donald Sensing June 5, 2018, 11:10 AM

    I have never been on a cruise. Several years ago a couple we knew sailed across the N. Atlantic aboard the QE2. They told us there were quite a few people aboard who lived on the ship as their primary, and in some cases only, residence. The crew told them that Queen Mary also had such a residential contingent.

    The residents were not living in the cheap cabins, either, but mostly in multi-room units. Our friends tried to compute the cost and it was staggering.

  • Stiggs June 5, 2018, 11:45 AM

    Peak boomer

  • Bill in Tennessee June 5, 2018, 11:55 AM

    Life’s too short…. This sounds like a particularly cruel kind of perdition.

  • Leslie June 5, 2018, 12:18 PM

    I cannot think of anything more dull. Blech.

  • Rob De Witt June 5, 2018, 12:53 PM

    As a lower-middleclass kid from a small town, it never really sank in on me until I lived in a few urban hellholes that it’s always been nice to be rich.

  • Lynne Wolfe June 5, 2018, 5:12 PM

    There is a cruise ship called “The World” that goes from port to port to port forever and forever. It is full of ancient wealthy persons who own their own condos aboard. For many, this is the ultimate nursing home.

  • Vanderleun June 5, 2018, 5:12 PM

    As all can see from the essay above this item, I am not a fan of cruise ships.

  • dhmosquito June 5, 2018, 6:11 PM

    Whatever “floats your boat,” I guess. To me, cruise ships are like “The Strip” at Vegas: Why?

    I will admit I’ve done the Alaska Marine Highway (i.e., ferryboat from Prince Rupert BC to Skagway) with a vehicle, and it’s a great way to go north & back as it’s completely “pay as you go,” and the view is exactly the same as from the huge ostentatious cruise ships. Definitely more Spartan than the cruise ship experience. One can even set up tents on deck for free.

    I didn’t watch but the first few minutes of the video, Gerard, but noted that “Super Mario” seemed to be rather at risk: smoker, (possibly) heavy drinker—certainly looked that way to me, overweight, sedentary lifestyle. One is moved to wonder if his health insurance plan includes helo removal in event of MI or some other emergency. I suppose many of his cruises are on ships that do not venture all that far from shore, so perhaps flight time to the ship may not be all that long. Nevertheless, hope he enjoys that lifestyle. It’s certainly not for me, so there’s no envy here.