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Man who's lived on cruise ships for more than 20 years can no longer walk straight on land

Man who's lived on cruise ships for more than 20 years can no longer walk straight on land

Super Mario reckons he's the 'happiest guy in the world'

A bloke who has spent over 20 years living on cruise ships was no longer able to walk in a straight line when he got back on land.

Known better as ‘Super Mario’ by the cruise community, Mario Salcedo claimed that he’s the ‘happiest guy in the world’ with his life aboard.

The businessman has been moving between Royal Caribbean ships for over two decades after sacking a life in finance at aged 47.

By 2022, he’d spent more than 9,000 nights on cruise ships and said that the lifestyle 'never gets old' – it's just his rare returns to land which can be a little tricky for him.

"I've lost my land legs, so when I'm swaying so much I can't walk in a straight line," he told Condé Nast Traveller in 2016.

To live this lifestyle, he budgets around $60-70,000 per year, booking his cruises two years in advance and opting for basic cabins, while also bringing in funds by managing investment portfolios for private clients from on board the ships.

Meanwhile, on port days – when most passengers get off for excursions – he usually stays put on the ship, only stepping foot on land for around 15 days a year.

He says he's lost his land legs.
The New York Times/YouTube

"People come here for vacation, I don't, I come here to live my life," he told The New York Times, who joined him on board a cruise in 2017 to make a short documentary about his life, published the following year.

He continued: "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."

While for some, this way of life might sound like hell, for Mario, it is perfection.

He explained: "I don't have to take out the garbage, I don't have to clean, I don't have to do laundry.

It's not a holiday for Mario. It's life.
The New York Times/YouTube

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

Of course, Mario's world fell apart when Covid-19 hit, and he was forced to live on land like the rest of us. And it seems this experience has only reaffirmed his commitment to the cruise life.

He told All Things Cruise in November 2021: “I didn't cruise for 15 months. It was miserable not knowing when ships would cruise again.

"My first cruise back was 2 July this year on Freedom of the Seas. Perfect name – Freedom."

Featured Image Credit: The New York Times/YouTube

Topics: Weird, Travel, US News