I've lived on a cruise ship for over 20 years – I've travelled the world working from my pool deck office

FOR MOST of us a cruise is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have fun, relax and travel.

But this passenger loved life at sea so much that he never went home.

Mario Salcedo has lived on cruise ships for over twenty years and has no plans to set foot on dry land any time soon.

After an exhausting career in finance, Mario, who is nicknamed super Mario, was sick of spending more time in hotel rooms than his home in Miami.

He knew it was time for a change and left his old life behind in 1997, never looking back.

He told The New York Times: "People come here for vacation, I don't, I come here to live my life."

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"Adopting cruise ship life is simply escaping from reality.

"You're basically exiting the world as you know it on land and saying I don't want to be a part of that anymore," he continued.

Mario was desperate the escape the everyday issues that plagued his life on land.

His life has been plain sailing ever since, "I don't have to take out the garbage, I don't have to clean, I don't have to do laundry.

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"I've eliminated all those non value activities and have all the time in the world to enjoy what I like to do."

Mario's onboard office consists of a small table and a tall, padded stool, complete with a back rest.

The crew even made him a sign declaring the space on the Royal Caribbean ship 'super Mario's office'.

Only working five hours a day managing investment portfolios for private clients means he has plenty of free time to enjoy the many offerings of his beloved ships.

His lucrative career means the cruise lover can stay water bound and away from the merry-go-round of land living.

Some of his favourite on board activities include swimming, salsa dancing and chatting to other passengers.

Bachelor Mario admitted he has had relationship on the course of his cruises before but nothing has ever stuck.

"If I had been keen on starting a family, I wouldn't be here," He admitted.

When coronavirus hit, Mario's love of cruising had to be put on hold: "I didn’t cruise for 15 months, It was miserable not knowing when ships would cruise again."

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Now he's back on the water and has cruises book years in advance to ensure he doesn't have to stay on land for too long.

He explained: "Some weeks, I have two cruises booked so I’ll have to decide which ones I want to take and cancel the others."

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