Cruises offer many advantages for seniors because of the numerous amenities and conveniences. Being able to unload your stuff and stay in one place while visiting many different locations has its benefits. Cruises are great for those with limited mobility because there is no checking in and out of hotels and lugging your stuff around.
Not all seniors have limitations, some are as active as a 25 year old, but cruises provide activities for every sort of range. Based on likes and dislikes someone would want to see everything on the itinerary, while others could want to sit back relax and watch some of the entertainment on-board.
There are different options based on a senior’s budget as well, if you want to go for the more luxurious options then that’s up to you. Cruises can meet your every need and desire. Large ships offer many activities for couples or groups of friends and then at the end of the day you can always meet up for a nice dinner.
During meals, excursions, or on-board activities, solo travelers have opportunities to meet with others. Most cruise companies and ships pay special attention to facilities that make traveling easier and more appealing for seniors, including those with special needs.
Different Types of Cruises
River cruises are increasingly popular among seniors. Ports are easily accessible being close to cities, sailing is smooth, and ships are smaller making it more cozy and personal. There are comfortable lounges, outdoor seating, and rooms with balconies to make it easy to view things from on-board.
The cruises are the most well-known in Europe traveling along the Rhine and Danube rivers. Other places to take a river cruise are Vietnam and Egypt. Cruises range from one week to as long as three weeks when several rivers merge. Meat, wine or Christmas markets may be the focus of specialty river cruises.
The Most Popular River Cruise Lines
Viking River Cruises
Their “Longships” sell bigger suites and outdoor dining for adults-only. Musical performances, seminars, and culinary demos deliver plenty to do aboard.
Focuses on European cruises, and their new Danube-sailing AmaMagna offers twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, enabling more lounge space and additional dining options. A number of shore excursions at each port provide something for everyone.
Ocean cruises are different from river cruises in that the ships are larger and the trips are longer.
- Megaships have capacities of around 2,000 to 6,000 passengers
- Mid-size ships carry about 1,000-2500
- Small ships can hold around 1200 or less
The larger the ship the more options there are of dining, entertainment, pools, and amenities. If you want to stay on the ship the majority of the trip then there are more opportunities to keep busy on-board. Travelers with limited mobility may choose shore visits carefully or decide to enjoy the view from afar as they take advantage of the ship’s amenities and social scene.
Most Popular Ocean Cruise Lines
Holland America Line
Cruises the globe from Alaska to South America, Antarctica, Canada, New England, the Caribbean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The line features mobility-assisted staterooms such as wheelchair and scooter space, roll-in toilets, grab bars, and lift systems to make wheelchair tenders available.
Considered one of the best cruise lines for seniors by many, it provides many options, such as various departure locations, one-way or round trips, and cruise tours that include extended land excursions. Without even leaving the ship, passengers will be able to meet sled puppies and trainers, hear about Alaskan wildlife from mountain climbers, fishermen and loggers and learn from experts. Most importantly, they can enjoy spectacular views from the ship’s comfort, and marvel at 49th State’s exclusive sights.
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