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“I live for free on a cruise ship and don’t pay for food – I’m always on vacation”

Christine Kesteloo lives on a cruise ship and doesn’t pay a cent to stay there – she also gets free food every day and only spends money on WiFi and tips for the staff

Christine Kesteloo from her TikTok videos
Christine Kesteloo lives half the year on a cruise ship

Have you always wanted to live every day as if you were on vacation?

That’s exactly what Christine Kesteloo does half the year, as she spends six months in luxury on one each year Cruise ship for totally free.

Originally from the US, Christine previously worked as a cruise and tour guide before losing her job when the Covid-19 A pandemic struck in 2020 and she now sails as a ‘wife on board’ with her husband, who works as a cruise ship chief of staff engineer.

The woman, who now lives in Vlissingen, the Netherlands when not living on a cruise ship, insisted not every crew member can take advantage free travel benefit for her partners, but because her husband is a “senior officer” she can come along and live with him on the cruise ship at no extra cost.







Christine shares her life on TikTok
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She eats for free in the ship’s restaurants
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share your story with insidersShe said: “Some would say I live every day like I’m on vacation – and I do. Every day I’m in a new place and my biggest decisions are whether I want to go at tea time, or lie in the sun, or go wine tasting.”

And while life on the cruise ship is free, Christine does have some expenses that she pays each week, such as through her account, @dutchworld_americangirl.

The woman doesn’t have to pay for food on the ship, but if she decides to dine at one of the ship’s “specialty” restaurants, she has to foot the bill herself – which cost between $20 and $50 (15 pounds and 15 pounds). can £38).







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Christine lives half the year in luxury
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She can also have food delivered to her room via room service, and while this is technically free, she always tips between $2 and $5 (£1.50 and £4) to the crew member who brings her food. .

Christine also doesn’t pay for her laundry to be cleaned as her dirty clothes are brought to the cleaning by her maid every day at 7:30 am for free.

But the wife notes that she tips her room manager, who also takes care of cleaning her room — including vacuuming, changing the sheets, dusting, cleaning the small bathroom, and providing fresh towels.

Christine says having a room manager is another perk of her husband being a high-ranking officer, and insists that she and her spouse always tip him $10 (£7.60) a week.

She added, “Sometimes we’ll pick him up items at the port or toss him an extra $20 (£15) if he goes ashore for lunch.”

All in all, a typical week for Christine when living on the cruise ship costs less than US$100 (£76.50).

She explained, “Typically, we spend $20 on internet access, about $27 on tips, and $40 on specialty restaurants, for a total of $87.”

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