Retirement has set in and now it's time to do all of those things you've always wanted to but never had the time to do. For many retirees, this includes traveling.
Many seniors travel during their retirement years to see places and met new people. There are all types of travel options out there, including cruises.
Why A Cruise?
Cruises appeal to many seniors because they're “all in one” so to speak. You board the boat and can enjoy a variety of activities, eat well every night, and dock every few days to take in some sights. It's the best of all worlds for people who don’t want to worry about renting a car during a vacation to go around and see and do different things. Everything is on the boat for you. It is extremely convenient for seniors.
One of the other benefits of cruising is that it can also be a great way to travel with friends. Many seniors look for companionship and this type of traveling may be just the thing. Get a group together and you know you will always have a companion on the trip. If you are traveling solo, cruises can also be a way to meet new people and make new friends.
Senior Cruising Tips
If you've decided that you definitely want to take a cruise, you need to take the following into consideration as you plan your trip.
- Where do you want to go? It may sound like a silly question but some people just want “to take a cruise” and have no idea where they want to go. Do some research and ask around to get ideas. You can also visit a travel agent who can provide you with brochures for different options if you are still stumped.
- Find the right ship size to suit you. Once you decide where you want to go, next you need to decide how big a ship you want to embark on. Some ships can hold upwards of 4,000 passengers while others will keep the passenger list at less than 1,200. That's a big difference! Remember that while a larger ship may more amenities, you're sharing those amenities with more passengers. This is something to seriously consider as you make your plans.
- Ask about senior discounts. Whether you're booking through a travel agent or on your own, ask about senior discounts. Everything from AAA to AARP may be able to save you a few bucks. There's no shame in asking because if you don't you could end up paying more than you need to.
- Buy insurance. Anything can happen at any time, so it's best to protect yourself and the investment you've made in your vacation. Besides regular travel insurance, travel health insurance is also something many seniors are advised to consider. This will help protect the investment you made in your vacation if an unforeseen illness or injury should arise.
- Pace yourself. It may be tempting to want to do and see everything possible. If there are extra costs associated, you may want to pick and choose if you are on a budget. You also don't want to exert yourself if there are any medical issues to consider.
When you are thinking about taking a cruise, you may also want to ask about which cruise lines cater to seniors. There are some that are known to cater to the needs of older passengers.
Whichever cruise line you decide and whatever destination you choose, remember to have fun! You deserve it!