I'm escaping the cost-of-living crisis by going on a three-year cruise

I’m escaping the cost-of-living crisis in Britain… by going on an all-inclusive, three-year cruise costing £180,000

  • Engineer Adam is visiting 382 destinations around the world in 1000 days 
  • The MV Lara ship will set sail from Istanbul in November
  •  Prices for the 130,000 mile journey start at £60k per year

With higher taxes, rising interest rates and a cost-of-living squeeze, you’d be forgiven for wanting to escape it all.

Adam, in his late 40s, has come up with an inventive solution to escape the helter skelter of life – by booking himself on a three-year cruise.

In November he will set off on the trip of a lifetime from Istanbul, visiting places around the world from Shanghai to Montego Bay in a 1000 day adventure.

Speaking to MailOnline, he said that he had decided to take the trip following several setbacks, including a relationship breakdown and health problems.

He said: ‘I’ve been through a few life-changing events recently.

‘I sort of thought “I’ve had enough of this”.’

Adam is leaving behind his hectic life for a three-year cruise around the world

He will set sail on Miray International’s MV Lara ship  operated by Life At Sea Cruises for a trip of over 1000 days 

Onboard Adam will have access to a range of facilities from golf to live entertainment

Adam’s itinerary will take him to 382 destinations in over 140 countries across seven continents

Cabins on Miray International’s MV Lara ship run by Life at Sea Cruises start at £60,000 per year including sights of seven world wonders.

But Adam argues that he can live at sea for three years for the same price that it would cost him to live at home.

He says when he first saw the offer he thought it might be a scam, when he found the offer while browsing online.

‘When I saw it I thought, is this a scam? Around the world for three years?’, he said.

With a tour of 382 places, Adam told MailOnline he was most eager to visit Deception and Half Moon Islands on Antarctica.

‘I’ve always dreamt of going to Antartica.’, he says.

‘If you were to do a trip on its own to Antarctica you would spend thousands.’, he said.

The medical engineer believes that living at sea for three years could cost him the same or less than it would staying at home, given the rising cost-of-living

An onboard gym is available onboard, as well as spa treatments for an extra cost

‘I was thinking I get to go to all these places including Antarctica.

‘And the other unique thing about this cruise is that we’re going to places that are hard to get to by plane.’ 

Around the world in over 1000 days: Adam’s itinerary

South America – 81 days

Caribbean  – 79 days

NW America – 68 days

Alaska – 37 days

Japan -33 days

China, Korea and Taiwan – 49

Pacific – 135 days

Australia – 71 days

East- 167 days

Indian Ocean – 85 days

Africa – 67 days

Europe – 93 days

Northern – 97 days 

Plus an additional 20 days 

It won’t necessarily be one long holiday though: Adam is trying to arrange with his work to do his job onboard the ship in its designated business centre with high-speed internet.

He is also hoping to complete his dissertation for his Master’s in business administration onboard. 

But he joked that it would mean he wouldn’t need to commute or bother with food shopping.

‘I won’t have to go on Friday for a weekly shop.’, he said gleefully.

‘My bed gets made, my clothes get washed. 

‘They say you can do some yourself, but why would you?

‘Everything gets taken care of. It’s like living in a hotel.’

Onboard Adam will be pampered with a cooked breakfast each day, plus free soft drinks including tea and coffee and alcohol included with dinner.

There’s even entertainment, including live shows thrown in, and all housekeeping is taken care of. 

And as if that wasn’t enough, he can also enjoy the onboard gym and spa, and cinema.

He will also have access to medical consultations, but will have to pay extra for medicine and any treatment. 

But with over a thousand days at sea and not returning the UK until November 1 2026, will he get lonely?

Adam is looking to arrange it so he can work onboard the ship, and says he will also finish his master’s dissertation while at sea

Adam says he is looking forward to not having to do the weekly Friday shop while at sea

No, says Adam, who lives at home on his own. He says his girlfriend can visit him on the ship four times a year for up to 30 days all included within his package, if they pay port fees and taxes.

The more than 1,200 passengers are also free to leave and rejoin the ship at different destinations if they wish to stay and explore somewhere for longer.

‘Residents, as we are called, are not tied to the ship. What I mean by this is that if we choose to go on some sort of land trip we are able to do so and meet the ship at another destination.’, says Adam.

‘And of course, if you have an emergency at home, say, you can disembark, go and do what you need, and rejoin the cruise later.’ 

With nearly everything included in his multi-year getaway, he even thinks he might make a saving compared to his everyday living costs.

According to the Office of National Statistics, the average UK household spends as much as £528.80 on food, energy, housing, transport and leisure activities – all adding up to £27,497.60 a year.

‘It’s like living in a hotel’ – housekeeping and cleaning are included, and passengers can have their clothes washed once a week

Passengers are treated to a cooked breakfast every day and alcohol with dinner

With higher gas and electricity bills in autumn and winter these costs are likely to rise.

Adam’s diesel car back in Bristol sets him back £9 each time he drives into the city’s low emission zone. 

But while cruising, Adam will be protected from Britain’s high inflation having paid a fixed cost for his trip.

He said: ‘Think about road taxes, shopping, bills.

‘Add into that the stealth taxes this government’s thrown in.’, he adds, ‘No wonder no one wants to earn anything, because everyone’s being thrown into higher tax brackets.

‘We just keep robbing people.’ , he concludes.

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