When considering senior travel, why not let someone else do all the hard work for you? Cruises are an excellent way to see more of the world while enjoying the deep relaxation that should come with all vacations. Many cruise lines extend special discounts and perks to seniors, and this summer is a great time to take advantage of those offers. Read on to find out more about some of the very best cruises available for senior travel.
1. Crystal Cruises
Crystal offers both themed and traditional cruises all over the world and caters especially to seniors-most passengers are between the ages of 50 and 75. Themed cruises include expert on- and off-ship instruction on sports, hobbies, cultural activities, and more. Crystal Cruises offers travel discounts to seniors and makes every effort to accommodate special-needs passengers. Oxygen, dialysis, bed extensions, wheelchair transfers, and other equipment is available to seniors who may need it.
2. Carnival Cruises
One of the biggest names in cruises today, Carnival is a fantastic choice for senior travel on a budget. And it’s aptly named-there are always chances to join the party on a Carnival cruise. The line boasts a variety of bars, spas, entertainment revues, and lounges. If you’re watching your weight or have special dietary needs, Carnival is also a good choice, as it’s one of the few cruise lines that offer designated low-fat and low-carb menu options.
3. Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean’s ships include casinos, restaurants for all tastes, pools, active nighttime options, and all-day entertainment. For seniors who enjoy being in shape and exercising, this line is a good bet. Ships are very large, so you’ll do a lot of walking to and from activities, meals, and rooms. You can also take advantage of a golf simulator, rock-climbing wall, skating rink, basketball court, and other exercise facilities.
4. Cunard Cruises
Billing itself as “a majestic experience,” this luxury cruise line is perfect for seniors who want to be pampered and enjoy a high-class vacation. Ships are elegant and reminiscent of the line’s British heritage, with sophisticated touches ranging from ballrooms to on-board enrichment classes. Passengers can also enjoy the daily British tradition of afternoon tea with fresh baked goods and light refreshments. Queen Elizabeth, a new ship from Cunard that’s set to sail in the fall of 2010, will include 12 guest decks and carry more than 2,000 guests per voyage.
5. Disney Cruise Line
If you want to take your grandchildren or younger family members along for a voyage with you, there’s no better choice than Disney. Cruises offer dozens of fun activities for people of all ages-grandchildren will love playing games with other kids and seeing Disney characters on board, and there’s plenty of entertainment for seniors, too. The best part of a Disney cruise is finding something for everyone. It can be a challenge to please several generations on the same trip, but with Disney, you’ll be able to enjoy your personal vacation and bond with your family at the same time.