How Seniors Can Get The Most From A Cruise
It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” – Sir Francis Drake
If you’re over 55, and you’ve never been on a cruise, then now is the time of your life to have the time of your life!
It’s time to enjoy a vacation that is designed with you in mind. It doesn’t matter what you want from a vacation, a cruise will give it to you….adventure, relaxation, scenery, great food…a cruise has it all, and then some.
There are so many reasons you’ll love a cruise…
- The food is great, and plentiful. There isn’t a time of day or night that you can’t have a meal or a snack. And, if you have special needs in your diet, that’s no problem.
- If you’re in the mood to relax, there are plenty of deck chairs in the sun or shade, along with comfortable inside seating.
- If you’re in the mood for a little action, there are spas, exercise classes, places for shopping, and small casinos.
- At night, there is onboard Broadway-style entertainment that ranges from musicals to comedy to magic.
- When your ship is in port, you can book a tour or explore on your own to experience new places and cultures.
- There is usually a ship’s doctor on board…just in case.
Whether this is your first or you’ve been on several,
Use these tips for a memorable cruise.
Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem
Your cruise begins with a dream, then you put your dream into action by good planning.
- Your best friend to accomplish your dream is a good travel agent. Choose one who specializes in cruises. They will have invaluable advice on:
- Cruise Lines
- Senior Discounts
- Port Excursions
- Choosing a Plan A, B, or even C in the event that your flights are changed or cancelled
- Talk to your travel agent well in advance of your desired sailing time, they will have a better chance of getting you the type of cabin you’d like.
- Give yourself a day or two prior to a cruise or tour to be sure you get to the starting point on time.
- Ask about priority boarding if you need special assistance.
- As soon as possible, once you have boarded, let the cruise staff know if you have any special needs or requests.
- A few things, besides your clothing, that you’ll want to remember to pack are:
- Sunscreen – yes, there are places onboard where you can purchase sundries, but they may not have the type you want, and their prices could be higher.
- Along with packing your medications, it might be wise to pack an extra dose or to as precautionary.
- Most people have smartphones with cameras, but if you don’t, be sure to pack your camera.
- Reading and sunglasses
- A small pair of binoculars…there will be plenty of things you’ll want to see.
- A lightweight backpack for shore excursions, or for carrying things you want or need while you’re moving about the ship.
- Appropriate travel documents (your travel agent can provide you with a list of what you’ll need)
- Do your research well before you book a shore excursion. Some may be a bit more vigorous than you’re interested in. Choose those that will be suitable to your needs, abilities and desires.
- I’ve mentioned how good (rich) and plentiful the food is…push away from the table when your body starts telling you to slow down. A visit to the ship’s doctor with stomach problems should not be on your itinerary.
- Purchasing travel insurance could be a lifesaver if something comes up and you can’t travel when you’d planned. Travel insurance can also be very helpful if your luggage gets lost or stolen. Also, if you are on Medicare and out of the country, there may be times when Medicare won’t cover your health or emergency needs.
I am a seasoned traveler and travel agent…My specialty is vacation travel, and I love to give personal service, and be the warm hands you hold from the beginning to the end of your trip.
Contact me, together we can plan the vacation of your dreams.