Post Last Modified – November 23, 2020
Planning A Retirement Cruise Vacation For Seniors
Call it what you wish, but taking a retirement cruise vacation is a terrific idea. It doesn’t matter what age your age is when you retire, a cruise vacation is always great!
Have you been seriously thinking of taking a cruise vacation, but really not sure if it’s right for you?
Cruising today is designed for everyone of all ages. Cruise ships are specifically designed to accommodate most everyone’s desires and especially their budget. There are some absolutely fabulous all inclusive cruise deals to be found and taken advantage of.
Amazing cruises available around the world throughout the year. If you’re retired and flexible in your departure dates, there are outstanding deals available!
There are more cruises today to select from than ever before! 🙂
The demand has never been greater for cruising and for good reason. Check out this quick video giving you a sample of what cruise holidays are all with Celebrity Cruise Lines.
Celebrity Cruises Commercial – YouTube Video
Plan Your Special Retirement Cruise Vacation
These days, there’s simply no need to worry about not fitting in on any particular cruise. Or, you that you should take a cruise specifically designed for seniors only. We have been on a number of different cruises in past years with all our family, with both children and seniors at the same time.
Everyone is made to feel comfortable and on board activities are designed for people of all ages. So don’t miss out on that special cruise to a favorite destination just because of your age.
Don’t think Cruises to the Caribbean or Mexico are for Seniors? Well think again!
Go anywhere your heart desires and feel completely comfortable at all times. Our family have enjoyed a number of special cruises together over the years. We’ve found all the major cruise lines ready to accommodate passengers of any age, on any cruise to any destination in the world.
There’s always a cruise to a certain destination that’s sure to fit within your budget just waiting for you! 🙂
Pick Among Hundreds Of Wonderful Retirement Cruise Vacation Itineraries
Selecting cruises for seniors really depends on ones personal tastes and desires. Are you looking for specific cruises designed for seniors only? Perhaps to be included in the many special cruises that are formed through an organization or club you may belong to?
Well, there’s just about anything and everything for organized group cruise vacations available today to choose from.
Now that our kids our grown and we’re empty nesters, my idea of a cruise vacation today does not include a boat full of young screaming kids.
Sorry … been there and done that! 🙂
So, we make sure to plan our travels when most children are in school. Also, we watch when there’s no major school breaks such as; Christmas, Spring Break and so on. It’s really that easy these days with the hundreds of cruises to choose from, to be selective.
A Look At Repositioning Cruises For Your Retirement
Cruise Ship in Port – San Juan, Puerto Rico
I captured the above photo on one of our past family cruises a few years ago. We were returning to the dock after an excursion and back to our Celebrity Cruise Lines ship the Zenith in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This is where some of the best cruise deals can be found and certainly the most affordable as well. A great choice for a Retirement Cruise Vacation and for Seniors!
For example, select from the many annual repositioning cruise specials in the spring or fall and rest assured, the majority of the passengers on board will be adults only. Most children and their families will have finished their holidays and the kids will be back in school.
Certainly the time of year and destination will play a big part when selecting certain cruises. As well, it may be when the majority of passengers on board may be of retirement age. This is great, if that’s what you would prefer.
I received this email that was just too good to ignore and not pass on to you. It was about elderly people cruising full time instead of opting for a rest home. The email made some evaluations which I thought were worth mentioning or, just some good fun reading! 🙂
A Retirement Cruise Versus A Retirement Home
There were some very good comparisons made to the cost of staying in a rest home to that of taking a cruise on a full time basis. First, if you happen to have anywhere from $4 to $18 million spare change, you can purchase a condo on a cruise ship and cruise the world!
Have a quick look at luxury cruising at its best and get a taste of what most of us just dream about!
Now back to the story! 😉
The email mentioned that an elderly woman was on her fourth back to back cruise and was questioned by another passenger. She replied …
“It’s cheaper than a nursing home!”She went on to say that the average cost for an assisted living subsidized nursing home is about $200 per day for her in the United States. (This was a few years ago now since written).
She also mentioned that she receives a long term discount and a senior discount for cruising with her favorite cruise line, coming to a total of $135 per day. A savings of sixty five dollars compared to the cost of a retirement home. She happily replied … ” $65 a day extra to spend on her retirement cruising.”
She receives and uses this extra money on her voyage for things like …
➡ Gratuities at $ 10;
➡ Served meals and room service if preferred;
➡ Laundry service for preferred customers;
➡ Live theater presentations, swimming pools, workout room and more;
➡ Free toothpaste, razors, soap and shampoo;
➡ An extra $ 5 for tips and they will treat you like a queen;
➡ Meet new people every few weeks;
➡ TV broken, light bulbs need changing, need a new mattress? No problem, staff will fix everything in a jiffy and apologize for the inconvenience;
➡ Rooms cleaned everyday with clean sheets and towels;
➡ Travel the world as a bonus thrown in!
Going on a perpetual cruise sounds pretty inviting, but a little too good to be true if you ask me! 😉
If you are a single senior, the average price for room rental at a luxurious independent living senior’s residence is around $3000 – $5000 per month. This includes your daily meals, laundry service and a few extras thrown in for good measure.
Unless you’re cruising with another senior sharing a cabin, it would be pretty difficult to cruise full time for under this amount.
➡ Tipping … can get very expensive!
➡ :On board liquor expenses … there are strict guidelines and policies in regards to bringing alcohol on board. Check out my previous article on Strict Cruise Ship Alcohol Rules.
➡ Taxis and / or Shuttle bus service to and from the ship;
➡ and Post Cruise Hotel stays;
➡ Medical expenses on board ship.
This is just to name a few of the extra living expenses that I could thing of that you may or may not encounter by choosing to cruise full time. So make sure you take into consideration all the associated costs before you go cruising full time. Just a little food for thought.
Consider Back To Back Cruises
There are many people that do take some great back to back cruise holidays. For some, as many as four or more at a time! The cruise lines do offer considerable discounts when booking multiple cruises. For the most part, these are couples sharing a cabin and they do have a home to return to after each cruise vacation.
A reputable cruise vacation specialist can easily put together these types of cruise packages for you.
Back to back cruises are a great and a very affordable way to spend a month or two away on vacation. Taking a retirement cruise or two or three or four, is a wonderful experience and can be enjoyed many times over for years to come!
” Don’t Think About It … Go See! “
If you are reading this, then you have internet access! So a great way to get started is visiting all the major cruise lines websites. An excellent way to start getting destination ideas, pricing, schedules and much much more!
You can choose to book directly with them or use one of the many online reputable Cruise Travel agencies.
It’s also a great idea to use a professional travel agent, to help find that perfect cruise for you. There are numerous benefits of booking with a travel agent. Especially with those who specialize in cruise vacations would also be a great choice. Something I would highly recommend for first time cruisers.
They can assist and offer valuable information on helping you select and book that perfect cruise holiday. Working with a travel agent doesn’t cost you anything. They work on a commission basis with cruise lines, accommodation, tours and so on. You can’t beat that! 🙂
I also like to subscribe to my favorite travel booking sites Newsletters. They keep me up to date on what’s new in travel and see what new great specials are out.
If you enjoy reading about the adventures of other retirees, then check out this list of Top 20 Retirement Travel Blogs from Feedspot. A great resource for finding like minded people who love to travel! Hey, I’m listed in the top 20! 🙂
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
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