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5 Advantages of Cruise Holidays for Older Travellers

Cruising is a comfortable, affordable and sociable way to see the world.

Now more than ever cruises offer travellers unforgettable experiences and special settings no matter what kind of holiday you’re after.

There’s dozens of reasons to choose a cruise, but here are some of the advantages of cruising for older travellers.

Simple dining

Where – and what – you’re going to eat can be a concern for travellers who are picky eaters, have special dietary requirements or simply struggle with unusual flavours and spices you sometimes find in your food abroad. Cruising makes dining very simple – the restaurants on board can cater to almost anything and offer a great balance of items that will be familiar and reflect the places you’re visiting, so everyone can find something they like.

One room

The benefit of cruising is you travel with your hotel, meaning you only need to sleep in one room rather than pack up and check into somewhere new every time you change location. For travellers who have trouble sleeping, are disabled, or need the comfort of consistent surroundings, cruising completely eliminates the possibility of a dodgy hotel.

Value for money

The perception of cruising is that it is an expensive holiday, but in fact, most cruises offer great value for money. Cruising takes care of your accommodation, food, travel and itinerary all in one – making it very easy to budget and manage your spending, because you’ll have covered the cost in advance.

Trusted tour guides

Cruising completely takes the leg work out of finding things to see and do when you arrive at a new place. Cruise lines have established relationships with local tour guides, meaning you can book an activity and trust you’ll have a good experience. Most tours start directly from the port or even on board and end in the same place, so all you need do is explore and enjoy.

Good accessibility

There are many cruise lines with great reputations for offering accessibility options for disabled travellers, whether you’re in a wheelchair, have a medical condition, or other accessibility challenges. Almost all cruise lines also have a medical team on board, so you don’t have to worry about finding a doctor in an unfamiliar place should you fall ill.

Have you tried cruising? Share your experiences in the comments below

 

 

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Felix1
22nd Feb 2019
0
Thanks for voting!
First cruise was a shock. I had never seen so many wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, etc. In one location. My god, I thought, is this what’s in store for me. Many a true word spoken in jest. It does emphasise though that this type of holiday is ideal for the less able. Faultless.
Retiredyorkie
9th Oct 2018
0
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Solo travellers seem to have the same idea "single supplements" feel as they you are being ripped off, whether it be on a cruise ship or hotel.

Yes I do love my holidays but when they put on single supplements the price has a tendency to rocket through the roof.

So have to think twice, unless I come up on the Lottery cruises unfortunately, be on my bucket list ?
FrankD12
20th Apr 2019
0
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I agree but finding some one to "sleep" with who you do not know is the snag I was all set to go to Australia until the agent sent the price it was almost exactly double so for me its back to the drawing board I am 70+ in body but about 40 in outlook and wobble about on crutches and due to business can only have a holiday in January so not holding my breath.
Billythequiche
15th Sep 2018
1
Thanks for voting!
Our ultimate dream! The problems are diverse though. The first is cost but that is a product of our other preferences in a cruise.
Travel insurance for cruising is very expensive.
Adults only, I know that that is selfish but we have done our bit with children and grandchildren.
We both have claustrophobia, so an inside cabin is a no-no. A balcony, while not an imperative, would be a high preference.
Our favourite leisure activity is eating out and trying new tastes, so it would be devastating to go on a cruise where some of the dining options were not available because our cabin level. A couple of times a year, we revel in putting on the DJ and the posh frock for a ''Black Tie Gala'', so formal nights would be a choice.
We are definitely not snobs but the thought of joining some sort of floating Butlins with highlights such as a belly flop competition is not an attractive proposition.
It would be our first cruise and so it would ideally be the Mediterranean.
A Fly-Cruise would be difficult, how can you take enough clothes for a two week cruise on a plane?
Yes, yes, fussy beggars. Still, maybe for our 50th in 2021, you can dream can't you.
ElainePeony
16th Sep 2018
1
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Where do you live? If you are in the UK I can recommend some marvellous cruise companies if out side the UK, sorry...I haven't ever travelled on any of the enormous ships...I like little cruise intimate care ones! You as a couple would really enjoy the Saga cruises... 3 ships, and lots of choice.
CaroleAH
17th Sep 2018
1
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Not fussy just discerning! 🙂 I agree with you but I also have the problem of being a solo traveller so the single supplement is a huge hurdle - in most cases it is practically double the price which people sharing a cabin pay and the single cabins are like shoe-boxes. I like my own bathroom so sharing, especially with someone I didn't know very well, would be a problem. Perhaps we will have to buy lottery tickets and keep our fingers crossed!!!
Billythequiche
17th Sep 2018
0
Thanks for voting!
Yes we live in the UK and yes the prospect of a Saga cruise is #1 on our list, especially the new ship launching next year, followed by Cunard. Saga is great value for money but still costly.
The choice is: one all-singing, once in a lifetime cruise or 5 years of really great holidays in the UK at good hotels. the options are open.
Billythequiche
17th Sep 2018
0
Thanks for voting!
I could offer to share but the wife would probably be cross, sorry, silly sense of humour if it's still allowed. I have been looking at the Saga ship due to launch next year and it advertises more single cabins than anybody else. I don't now the prices though.
So it's down to blowing the savings or winning the lottery, we are not too greedy, we would be happy to win it the same week as you and share the jackpot. Come to think of it, if the jackpot was 15 million, we would happily share it with 14 others.
CaroleAH
17th Sep 2018
1
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That sounds like a plan re the lottery - not sharing a cabin 🙂 although silly sense of humour definitely a bonus in this somewhat dreary world!!!
ElainePeony
17th Sep 2018
0
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Thanks....I am a devotee of Saga little ships. I went off them when they stopped doing Adventure cruising as I enjoyed exploring such unusual and normally inaccessible places. Now, I'm going on everything I can that is a new place. I'm booked on the new ships already, sod the expense, I am going to be a long time dead, and the reduced calorie diets on my return are cheap! The price for a single person is still grand larceny, but the space is worth it...no two people can get into the bathrooms on the older ships together! BUT the new ships might have listened to travellers who are not built like stick insects! So, I hope you all enjoy your next jaunts....all the best.
ElainePeony
14th Sep 2018
0
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Terrific fun! Look at travel companies that do an all in package...collection from home and return, insurance included, no tipping on board, drinks included with meals, etc etc...if you are out if by the single person charges, find a thin travelling companion...no way can 2 people share the bathroom at the same time! Recommend up grade to suite, well worth it...we are a long time dead!
Dottie p
14th Sep 2018
1
Thanks for voting!
I would love to try cruising,but as a solo traveller I find the single supplement very expensive.xx

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