I live on a cruise ship for FREE and my life of luxury costs me less than £70 a week

SHE lives a life of luxury that most people can only dream of.

But how much does Christine Kesteloo pay to have her laundry done and her bathroom cleaned daily, and to access a wide-reaching menu?



Well – nothing!

And that's because she's a "WOB" – or a wife on board – and lives half of the year on a cruise ship alongside her staff chief engineer husband.

Former cruise director Christine, who lost her job during the Covid-19 pandemic, opened up about her luxurious lifestyle in a piece for Insider.com.

"Some would say I live like I'm on vacation every day — and I do," she explained.

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"Every day, I'm in a new place and my biggest decisions are whether I want to go to teatime, lie in the sun, or do a wine tasting."

While Christine does her best to keep the room she shares with her husband "tidy", the couple also have their own room steward – a perk reserved for the higher ranking members of staff aboard the ship.

The room steward comes by daily and "vacuums, changes the sheets, dusts, cleans our small bathroom, and leaves us fresh towels".

In addition, the room steward takes away any laundry Christine has – again, all for free.

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"I simply put soiled clothes in a cloth bag and list what's inside on a slip of paper," she explained.

Despite this being a complimentary service, Christine and her other half make sure they tip the staff well, and usually give the room steward around $10 (£7.70) a week.

When it comes to food, Christine has an abundance of options to choose from – from pizza and hamburgers to sushi.

There are also speciality restaurants on board, which Christine and her husband have to pay for if they decide to dine there.

The meals at such restaurants cost around $20 (£15) to $50 (£38.50) a person, and they usually leave around a $5 (£3.85) to $10 tip.

Or, if they prefer the idea of room service, that's an option that's given to them for free – but they tip between $2 (£1.50) and $5 a time.

Christine also pays out for unlimited internet access – at a cost of $20 – so she can continue her regular updates on her TikTok page.

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In total, their weekly bill is around $87 (£67) – $20 internet access, $27 (£21) tips and $40 (£31) on speciality dining.

"We enjoy living at sea and wouldn't have it any other way," Christine gushed.



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