Though most passengers on a cruise ship are just there for a week or two, there are a few passengers who have chosen to ditch the retirement community for life on a cruise ship. And even though this is not the traditional retirement, it seems to work very well for a certain kind of person. But to make this lofty retirement decision, it can be very helpful to know a few tips from those who have taken this leap of faith and made it work.
Some passengers choose a ship that simply goes back and forth over the same course, while others choose to book on a ship that has a more varied itinerary. The trick here is to book early enough to remain in the same cabin for a long period of time. The most important part of this plan is that you clearly understand the luggage limitations on the line that you plan to call your new home. Norwegian has a limit of 2 pieces of luggage per person each maxing out at 48.5 pounds. Carnival also limited each passenger to two pieces of luggage and the 48.5 pounds per piece weight limits. Celebrity has no limitations but does recommend only two pieces of luggage plus a single carry-on item per passenger. And Royal Caribbean does not limit the number of pieces of luggage but does limit the weight to 198 pounds per guest. This determines exactly how much of home you can bring with you.
Other tips include booking multiple legs of an around the world cruise together for better pricing and the assurance of remaining in the same cabin. And also be certain that you are a member of the cruise line’s loyalty club as you will have the opportunity to save on the cost of future bookings. But possibly the best advice is to try it before you buy it. Many people think that they would like to live out their golden years sailing to and fro on a cruise ship, but what they don’t consider is that they are going to be living with an entire ship of vacationers. And while it could be fun for a while, you might not enjoy getting new neighbors every seven to fourteen days.
It’s best to try out a long cruise of 30 days or more and see just what you miss from home and what you wish you could eliminate from life on a ship. Then head home and see if you really miss your tiny cabin and the crowd at the pool or if you are happy making your own coffee and toast in the morning. Some retirees find life on a cruise ship perfect while others sell their home and all of their possessions only to discover that they miss their home, family, and friends and are ready to leave after a few months. So definitely test the waters before making a cruise ship your retirement home.