How mature travelers can choose the right cruise

Published on: May 24, 2017 | Last Updated on June 22, 2018
Regent Seven Seas Mariner in Lisbon (Credit: Jerome Levine)

There are so many factors mature travelers need to consider when choosing a cruise!

After all, what’s “right” for you isn’t the same as what’s “right” for someone else.

Some factors that should be considered include: ship size, itineraries, onboard amenities, shore excursions, cost and more. The choice of ship may also hinge on whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner, or with children and grandchildren in tow. Some over-50 travelers also need to consider accessibility and mobility concerns, both on ship and shore.

I recently penned an article for Cruise Critic, How To Choose A Senior Cruise, which looks at the range of cruise options available to mature travelers.

(Hope you don’t get bogged down in the term “senior.” I don’t think any of us use that term when talking about ourselves unless it refers to our time in high school.)

Senior cruisers are a more diverse mix than ever before — so much so, that this group is difficult to characterize. Not only do the ages of these travelers (ranging from their 50s to their 80s and beyond) extend over decades, but they also vary widely in terms of energy, activity levels and interests. Many of these cruisers probably don’t even think of themselves as “seniors.”

Yet even for the youngest seniors and for those who feel “forever young,” the physical, emotional and situational changes associated with aging do influence a cruiser’s choice and enjoyment of a particular cruise line, ship and itinerary. Plus, the circumstances of each trip — a senior singles cruise, travel with a spouse or a multigenerational family vacation — lend themselves to different lines each time…

You can read the article in its entirety on “Cruise Critic,” a website that’s always an excellent starting point for anyone planning a cruise.

Previously on More Time To Travel (and in the Boston Globe): Cruise Size Matters

  • Reply
    May 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Great article, Irene! At this time in my life, an adult cruise would definitely be my choice, and now that my kids are adults they can come too! 🙂 I like the idea of the smaller river boat cruises you’ve written about.

    • Reply
      Irene S. Levine
      May 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Glad you liked the article! Hope it provides some useful info to guide your decision-making process!

  • Reply
    May 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Although I’m not a “cruiser,” I will pass this on to those who are!

  • Reply
    Cindy La Ferle
    May 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    We’ve taken a lot of cruises in the past, and I was thinking recently that we need to hop aboard and do another one. Thanks for the refresher course! P.S. The site looks beautiful!

    • Reply
      Irene S. Levine
      May 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Once you decide on the voyage, It’s such an easy and relaxing way to travel!

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