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