Why have cruises for senior citizens become so popular over the years? They offer the best accommodation and service at affordable rates, especially to senior citizens. Also, retirees have all the time on their hands to go on a slow cruise with a full gamut of fun-filled entertainment options. Companies owning cruise liners are vying with each other to offer the best discounted cruises specially designed for senior citizens.
Why are cruises a good holiday option for seniors?
Cruise ships offer you a memorable holiday by providing:
1.Accommodation that is very comfortable and comparable with star hotels. You will be staying on the ship so you don’t need to book hotel rooms at every place where the ship docks.
2. Multi-cuisine dining which will leave you licking your fingers. Of course, you will not cheat on any diet restriction imposed by your doctor!!
3. An opportunity to make new friends
4. Besides, you can choose from a number of onboard activities like swimming, destination based activities, destination special festivals, watching for whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures in their natural habitat. Or you can just sit back on deck chairs and enjoy the sea breeze, read or play board games with fellow passengers. You can also participate in a wine tasting and/or culinary demonstration fest on board the cruise ship. Different liners offers different forms of entertainment for senior citizens.
5. You can explore new countries and cities wherever the ship docks. Visiting the tourist attractions is usually part of the package.
Things to consider before you book a cruise
There is no limit to information online. Take your time and search for the best deals. There has to be a good balance between choosing a cheap cruise and coping through the voyage. So there are few things you need to keep in mind before selecting an option:
Itinerary – Check the schedule and itinerary of the cruise ship online. By definition a cruise is leisurely so a fast paced cruise that covers too many destinations is not a good idea, unless you are confident you can cope with all the sightseeing when the ship docks.
Secondly, lifestyle diseases like arthritis can be very painful in cold weather. So choose your cruise wisely so that you do not experience discomfort at any point and can enjoy every aspect of voyage. Why not try a tropical one?
Type of ship – There are small cruise ships with a limited capacity offering personalised service and then there are huge cruise liners with a capacity of nearly 6000 passengers. If you like families and youth around you, choose the latter. But if you are looking for a quiet, slow pace choose a smaller one.
Avail of senior discounts – Most cruise packages offer heavy discounts for senior citizens usually without compromising on the quality of their services. Check online which would suit your budget and still give you the best experience.
Travel insurance – Ships are at sea for days at a time and access to emergency medical facilities is a complicated issue. The cruise package includes insurance but the coverage is very limited. So it is always sensible to opt for comprehensive travel insurance. These policies cover the cost of urgent medical expenses, emergency evacuation, unexpected illness or accidental injuries during the period of the cruise.
Gather information – Whether you intend going on one cruise or more, it is worth subscribing to newsletters of a few cruise lines that you found interesting. They will email their special offers and you might get a real bargain next time.
So go ahead and add a cruise to your bucket list. Better still, book one today and explore the world. Enjoy your retirement.