If you are 55 years of age or better, chances are you might be looking for something a bit different when it comes to cruise vacations. You might want a less hectic pace. You might prefer more pampering and fewer hotel stays when visiting different cities. You may also want an elaborate selection of enrichment programs, dance lessons (the classics only, please), and fine dining. Well, if you think that’s not too much to ask, you are right! Several cruise lines offer this and more. All you have to do is call, ask the questions you want answers to, then book your cruise. Yes, it’s that easy. On top of this, most seniors qualify for a discount, so don’t forget to let your agent know your DOB.
So let’s get started. Some of the top “mainstream” cruises for seniors include Holland America and Royal Caribbean International. Holland America features a fleet of smaller, cozy vessels that offer just the right environment seniors might prefer. These elegant vessels feature casinos with a variety of table games and slot machines, ballroom dancing lessons, trivia games, photography instruction, spas, fine dining, and more.
Holland America also features a number of itineraries to suit all tastes and fitness levels. Holland America travels to Antarctica, South America, Australia, South Pacific, Alaska, the Caribbean, New England, Hawaii, and Mexico. To book a Holland America cruise call 1-877-932-4259. You may also book through the official Holland America website at www.hollandamerica.com.
Royal Caribbean International features bingo, theme nights, games and contests, and instruction in all activities from A-Z. Just a few program offerings include salsa dancing, wine tastings and classes, cooking demonstrations, casino and card game lessons, ice carving demonstrations, jewelry making, guest lectures (arts & crafts, destinations), napkin and towel folding, foreign language, backstage tours, and fruit & vegetable carving.
Royal Caribbean travels to Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Dubai/Emirates, Europe & the Mediterranean, Hawaii, Mexico, Pacific Northwest, Panama Canal, and South America. RC also features transatlantic cruises and repositioning cruises. To book a Royal Caribbean cruise contact a RC International vacation planner at 1-866-562-7625. You may also book through the official Royal Caribbean International website at www.royalcaribbean.com.
Top Luxury Cruise Lines for Seniors
If money is no object and you are looking to rub elbows with a mature and sophisticated crowd, the following cruise lines won’t disappoint. Please visit the cruise line website for specific details on activities, destinations, itineraries, pricing, and more. Please note that all of the luxury cruise lines listed below feature spa services, fine dining, upscale shopping, professional instruction and tours, luxury accommodations, casinos, black tie events, and more.