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#1
Ewing, NJ
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Here's a forum *just* for seniors to share their cruising experiences!

What is the "best" cruise line for those 55+?

Are there any special perks seniors can expect from the cruise lines?


Browse Cruise Critic's Hot New Options for Seniors, then share your own "hot" tips for other senior cruisers!

Laura
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#2
Knoxville, TN, USA
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Here's some information for senior cruisers who rent vehicles in foreign ports.

Hertz imposes age limits on its car rentals in 13 foreign countries, including Egypt, Gibraltar, Kenya, Morocco, Tahiti and Ireland. Age limits range from age 69-75.

Avis won't rent to older drivers in 10 countries, including Belize, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Ireland. Age limits start at 64-75, depending on the country.

If you are planning to rent a vehicle in any foreign port, be sure to contact the rental companies directly.
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#3
eastern Ohio
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Morning all!

I never mind being a "senior citizen" (56) but I sure hate being CALLED one! Isn't there some other, more accurate and complimentary "title" for us? I don't know about all of you, but I'm still very active, very healthy and very far from a rocking chair!

For that reason I am excited to see this board and will look forward to sharing experiences with all posters. I have been on two cruises and will be sailing again on the Mariner Oct. 29 to the Caribbean. Thus far my sailmates are my brother, his wife and once with my brother's mother-in-law. We always have a great time. The only problem I've encountered is that I'm much more active than the ladies (SIL has MS and her mom is several years older than me and doesn't move about very well). My brother and I love being active but I fee guilty taking him away from his DW so I sometimes forego things I'd like to do during my cruise.

I'd love to hook up with one or two ladies who'd like to cruise once or twice a year. I'm single, not rich by any means but do save all year long for my vacation time. If I sailed twice a year, each cruise would have to be less than 7 days. If I onlky go once a year, I can go on a 7 to 9 day cruise. I really love the eastern Caribbean, bu wasn't impressed with the ports on the western route. I'd love to go the southern route but haven't managed it just yet.

One "handicap" I do have is that I can't find my way out of a paper bag! I have absolutely no sense of direction and don't venture off on my own, lest I never find my way back! Years of trying to correct this deficit have been wasted - so I've finally resigned myself to traveling with someone.

Marvholly - I won'd be cruising a second time this year, but next year - maybe we can work something out!

Have a great week! I'll check in often...
Cindy
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Bluffton
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Originally posted by copnlpn2
Morning all!

I never mind being a "senior citizen" (56) but I sure hate being CALLED one! Isn't there some other, more accurate and complimentary "title" for us? I don't know about all of you, but I'm still very active, very healthy and very far from a rocking chair! ...Cindy
How 'bout Seasoned Citizen ? Gonna be interesting to see who signs onto this thread.....very clever "subject"
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Although I definitely like the "sound" of seasoned citizen cruisers...I suspect it might be confusing to some.



I've renamed the forum 55+ cruisers.....sound good?



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#6
Gulfport, Mississippi
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Sounds great, Laura. Thx for the new forum. Since I'm a solo-cruiser and definitely 55+ (and more +'s), it might be a good way to help others who would like to cruise solo but are hesitant to travel alone.
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#7
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Joined Jul 2002
Hi, all--

I am a retired teacher from NJ and just booked my first ever solo cruise (running out of family members to travel with!!) I'll be on the Golden Princess 4/22/06, great itinerary, open to a roommate or other ladies interested in meeting onboard and "hanging out" together. Anyone out there??!!

Linda K.
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Northern N J, USA
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Ah Yes,,,,,,Later in Life,,, when you've, Past Middle Age,,, and move on to a, Greater Age,,, you become, Like Fine Wine,,, you are, Advanced,,, you are, Experienced and, you can be, to some extent, Authoritative,,,,
now,,, hopefully, the taste of the wine is the best, and the all knowledge is used wisely,,,, and you don't think you run the world,,,,
Of couse,,, you realize, we'll be getting better deals,, being we are in this unique group,,,,,
I kinda like "The Over The Hill Gang",,, lol
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#9
Bluffton
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Originally posted by richviv
Ah Yes,,,,,,Later in Life,,, ...I kinda like "The Over The Hill Gang",,, lol
Over the Hill is way better than Under the hill, yes?
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#10
Tucson, AZ
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Joined Mar 2002
My husband and I retired early so that we would be able to do traveling and just being together. We are now 58 and 65 and still in great health. We very much enjoy the ocean and all the things on the ships. Thus far we prefer the Celebrity Cruise Line. Our last cruise be had booked a CC and when we arrived we were upgraded to a SS which we really had fun with. Our Butler was just wonderful. Great experience.
#11
165 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
My husband and I will be on the Carnival Liberty in Oct. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary. Although it is in Aug. we decided to wait until Oct. because it is cooler. It is the 12 day European cruise.
#12
Northern California
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Joined Oct 2003
Good morning everyone; Yes Laura 55+ cruisers does sound better. I think this is going to be an interesting thread.

Marilyn
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Bluffton
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Most folks say "when I retire, I'm gonna travel", yes We still work so we can travel So, who's gonna be the leader to host our 55+ cruise
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BEAUMONT, CALIF.
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How great to find you. My husband & I are 56 yrs. old and have cruised on Carnival
3 times and are going Oct. 2,2005 on the Pride. Our son is getting married on the boat and then we'll cruise to mexico togheter.
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#15
Michigan,USA
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Joined Sep 2002
In 39 days, I will qualify for the 55+ club!

Not exactly like winning the lottery, but..............................

Retirement is not in sight, though. Have worked the past 31 years in law
enforcement; eligible to retire on my 55th birthday-39 days. With twin daughters in the 12th grade, and college on the horizon, will have to continue working, somewhere?

Our third cruise is scheduled for January 2006(Destiny).

We didn't discover "cruising", until about 4 years ago. So, we developed our love of cruising, at a much older age, than most people, I would guess?

First cruise-Celebrity's Constellation, second cruise-Serenade Of The Seas, and next-Carnival's Destiny.

Counting the days, till my membership in the prestigious 55+ club!
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#16
Bluffton
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Originally posted by MAGNUM PI
In 39 days, I will qualify for the 55+ club!

Retirement is not in sight, though. Have worked the past 31 years in law
enforcement; eligible to retire on my 55th birthday-39 days. With twin daughters in the 12th grade, and college on the horizon, will have to continue working, somewhere?
Our third cruise is scheduled for January 2006(Destiny). ...
Counting the days, till my membership in the prestigious 55+ club!
How lovely "turning 55" Glad to find somebody in the 55+ still gainfully employeed; however, tis mighty nice to know you are now retirement-eligible! funny thing, once you become eligible and you've done what you had to do, you go on to do now what you want to do! Happy Birthday - hope it's the BestOne yet!
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Originally posted by MAGNUM PI
In 39 days, I will qualify for the 55+ club!

Not exactly like winning the lottery, but..............................

Retirement is not in sight, though. Have worked the past 31 years in law
enforcement; eligible to retire on my 55th birthday-39 days. With twin daughters in the 12th grade, and college on the horizon, will have to continue working, somewhere?

Our third cruise is scheduled for January 2006(Destiny).

We didn't discover "cruising", until about 4 years ago. So, we developed our love of cruising, at a much older age, than most people, I would guess?

First cruise-Celebrity's Constellation, second cruise-Serenade Of The Seas, and next-Carnival's Destiny.

Counting the days, till my membership in the prestigious 55+ club!



Happiest of birthdays to you!! Linda
#18
eastern Ohio
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Joined Aug 2003
Magnum PI - Hope you have a great birthday! I truly believe that turning 55 is cause for celebration.

"Life" for me really didn't begin until I was in my 40's and had my two kids through college - that's when I ventured from the "norm" and worked for a time as a firefighter/EMT and then a police officer! Now I'm a nurse. Great jobs for an adrenalin junkie, but changing jobs sure hasn't provided any retirement funds. So I'll work until the day I die, I guess.

55+ Club sounds great! As long as I'm able (physically and financially) I plan to cruise and will look forward to possibly meeting up with or sharing a cabin with someone I meet on this board. Isn't the Internet wonderful!

Cindy
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Bluffton
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cute handle copnlpn2 - after your description, it's easy to understand what this means Mighty fine accomplishments - obviously, you are a caring person Work as many years as you need, but take time to enjoy the sea - always and all ways.
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#20
GTA, Ontario, Canada
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We are in the 55+ club so I guess we can join in here!
We have done a few cruises over the years and now we are both retired I hope to do more!