The queen loved her royal yacht so much that she wept openly when it was dismantled in 1997.
"Here I can really relax," she said of Britannia, who had been her driving retreat for 44 years and had received Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, Nelson Mandela, and various US presidents in the 56-seat dining room.
They also transported four royal couples during their honeymoon – most memorable Prince Charles and Diana in 1981.
Sail away: Regent Seven Seas offers a 120-night cruise aboard his Mariner ship
Only the super rich can afford to own a yacht.
But now retirees can buy a piece of life on the high seas aboard & # 39; the world's first special retirement ship.
British designers are creating Seascape – which will soon begin construction in Vietnam – that will have the first drive-in, aboard a marina where you can dock your yacht or two-man submarine.
It will also have a diving center and whale watching observatory and Skymast, an electric drone that floats 180 meters high, giving residents a 5G mobile network.
Not to mention kennels and playgrounds for pets, swimming pools, a smart restaurant, an observation deck, bistros, theaters / cinemas, a wellness spa, a gym, a sauna, a library, shops and a supermarket in the style of Harrods.
Seascape will also have its own hospital with an operating room and intensive care unit, and a seaplane that can act as an air ambulance.
The first of ten planned floating retirement villages will cruise continuously and travel the world three times for five years
206 apartments will be sold on 50-year lease contracts when it is launched in 2021, aimed at retirees with a passion for cruising and traveling.
Seascape, the first of ten planned floating retirement villages, will cruise continuously, circle the world three times in five years and always avoid bad weather and problems.
"There is a market for at least ten ships, that is only 2,000 apartments, to serve a potential global market of 70 million high-net-worth individuals," says Seascape & # 39; s chief engineer Ian Carne.
Apartments cost from £ 950,000 for a 60 m² house, rising to £ 2.4 million for 135 m² on the highest deck. There is no stamp duty, but there are monthly costs and exit costs.
Luxury: retirees can buy a piece of life on the high seas aboard & # 39; the world's first special retirement ship
Figures from the UK Office for National Statistics show that the number of people aged 65 and over from 65 went abroad by 13.7 percent from 2014 to 2016.
And according to the CLIA Cruise Review report, a total of 2,009,000 made a cruise in 2018.
Of course you don't have to buy a cruise cabin to spend your retirement at sea.
The cruise ship with a £ 28m & # 39; estate & # 39; for sale
The Utopia, scheduled to hit the waves in 2024, is set as "the most opulent ocean liner ever built" (utopiaresidences.com).
The 190 & # 39; estates & # 39; costs of £ 3.4 million for a double bed, rising to £ 27.9 million for a three-person 6500 square meter.
Lee Wachtstetter, 91, has been living on a cruise ship for 14 years. She even wrote a book about it. In I May Be Homeless, But You Should See My Yacht, she talks about the sale of the family home in Florida after the death of her husband. Instead of shrinking, she went cruising.
Life at sea offers Lee company, all her meals, access to health care and entertainment. She has visited more than 100 countries and still dances every night. "The day before my husband died of cancer in 1997, he told me," Don't stop cruising, "she says.
"So here I am today, I live a stress-free, fairy-tale life."
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