A retired couple has grabbed international attention for spending nearly 500 days at sea and planning to do so indefinitely.
As reports have it, Marty and Jess Ansen embarked on an epic adventure by booking 51 consecutive cruises on the Coral Princess, surpassing even the ship's crew, including captains, in terms of time on board.
Jess adds, "We warmly welcome the different captains on board," when asked how he feels about the cruise vacations.
The great-grandparents were seasoned sailors long before the COVID-19 pandemic. After enduring two years of being stuck at home due to lockdowns in Australia, they eagerly returned to the high seas when restrictions were lifted.
While retirement typically symbolizes relaxation and exploration, the Ansens decided to take it to the next level by spending almost 500 days sailing around the world on their back-to-back cruises.
Their decision to do so stemmed from their passion for cruising and the desire to make up for lost cruising time during Australia's strict lockdowns. They found that this lifestyle was even more affordable than a nursing home, leading them to tell their travel agent to book whatever is available, and they've been living their dream ever since.