Senior Cruise Highlights

The Senior Cruise has many options for seniors who are celebrating a special birthday or anniversary, those traveling alone, and those traveling with a group. Several cruise lines have special cruises custom designed just for seniors. Among the cruise lines offering special cruise packages for seniors are Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean International, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Windstar Cruises. Cruises may last anywhere from 3 or 4 days, to over 2 weeks, and have activities to please every passenger. Whether a senior is traveling with a spouse or other family member, traveling with a church, social, or business group, or even traveling solo, there is a cruise for everyone. There has been a dramatic increase in cruise vacations in the past 10 years, and the major cruise lines now offer options to appeal to every demographic group. Senior travelers want a comfortable, relaxing experience that combines delicious food, good service, and entertainment.

Here are some of the highlights of a senior cruise.

Activities to Please Everyone

A cruise offers so many options for passengers who want to take part in as many activities as possible, as well as those who want to lounge by the pool, or spend a relaxing day at the spa.

The ship's newsletter is delivered to passengers cabins at night to plan the following day's activities. It includes all daily activities, entertainment, ports of call or shore excursions, and schedules for restaurants and bars. Listings for in-stateroom movies is also included.

Among the activities on a senior cruise are golf, tennis, or aerobics classes, as well as use of the fitness center. Enrichment programs, lectures about destinations, and shore excursions led by experts are available for active passengers. Gaming and slots tournaments in the ship's casino are especially for gamers. piano bars, dance music, and entertainment are for passengers who enjoy nightlife.

Cruises especially for Passengers with Disabilities

For disabled passengers, choosing the right cruise line is the key to an enjoyable, stress free vacation. Some cabins on the older ships are renovated to accommodate disabled passengers. However some of the newer ships have cabins especially designed for cruisers with disabilities.

Some lines offer special needs brochures or dvd's, as well as alert kits for passengers with hearing problems. Check with the cruise line if bringing a service animal on your cruise for regulations. Among the cruise lines offering special amenities for disabled passengers are Holland America, Royal Caribbean, and Princess Cruise Lines.

Special Cruise Discounts for Seniors

Cruise lines have cruises and itineraries for even the most budget conscious traveler. The "all inclusive" cruise is the best way to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience cruise without spending a lot. The ticket price includes all meals and snacks, day and evening activities, parties, and entertainment. Destinations may include the Caribbean or Mediterranean, Alaska, Hawaii, and Mexico. Cruises to New England and Canada are popular, and a Trans Atlantic cruise on a luxury liner is even an option for some seniors.

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