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SoCal
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Was just shy of being 55 on our Carnival cruise last summer, but I'm now 56 and looking forward to our transpacific next spring.
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1989 Admiral Cruises, SS Azure Seas - 3 day Mexico
1990 Norwegian Cruise Line, MS Southward - 3 day Mexico
1997 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Viking Serenade - 3 day Mexico
1999 Disney Cruise Line, Disney Magic - 3 day Caribbean
2007 Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Century - 10 day Mediterranean
2009 Holland America Line, MS Rotterdam - 12 day Baltic
2013 Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Star - 16 day Transatlantic
2016 Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Inspiration - 4 day Mexico
2018 Holland America Line, MS Volendam - 15 day Transpacific
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#6
SoCal
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Originally posted by lenquixote66
I rather be 25
I'm actually wishing my life away until I can retire. Then I'll feel like I'm 25 again. This working stuff is for the birds.
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1989 Admiral Cruises, SS Azure Seas - 3 day Mexico
1990 Norwegian Cruise Line, MS Southward - 3 day Mexico
1997 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Viking Serenade - 3 day Mexico
1999 Disney Cruise Line, Disney Magic - 3 day Caribbean
2007 Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Century - 10 day Mediterranean
2009 Holland America Line, MS Rotterdam - 12 day Baltic
2013 Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Star - 16 day Transatlantic
2016 Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Inspiration - 4 day Mexico
2018 Holland America Line, MS Volendam - 15 day Transpacific
#7
situated between Cologne and Düsseldorf in Germany
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Dear Young People!
Just a 51, but my wife now being 55, I decide to join the Club 55+ already now
As we started not that long ago, we fell in love for Cruises instant. And last year we met a couple living nearby, being a 75+ They are fitter than we are and cruising like hell, so best for us to remind us the upcoming next 25 years.
cu at sea
Joerg and Martina
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#8
Texas
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What are the perks of being in "Club 55" .... Hubby and I have cruised several times, but this is our first since turning 55 in July!
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#9
SoCal
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Originally posted by BeeCruisin
What are the perks of being in "Club 55" .... Hubby and I have cruised several times, but this is our first since turning 55 in July!
You can sometimes find some 55+ cruise fares, but other than that not a whole lot.

Of course, there can be other vacation related perks too - discounted passes to attractions and whatnot.
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1990 Norwegian Cruise Line, MS Southward - 3 day Mexico
1997 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Viking Serenade - 3 day Mexico
1999 Disney Cruise Line, Disney Magic - 3 day Caribbean
2007 Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Century - 10 day Mediterranean
2009 Holland America Line, MS Rotterdam - 12 day Baltic
2013 Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Star - 16 day Transatlantic
2016 Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Inspiration - 4 day Mexico
2018 Holland America Line, MS Volendam - 15 day Transpacific
#10
1 Posts
Joined Jan 2018
Originally posted by bigwally
You can sometimes find some 55+ cruise fares, but other than that not a whole lot.

Of course, there can be other vacation related perks too - discounted passes to attractions and whatnot.
Just joined cruise critic. Wife and I never been on a cruise. Recommendations for cruises for 55+? Wife and I are 68. Would prefer a cruise with adults.
#11
SoCal
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Originally posted by Watertree
Just joined cruise critic. Wife and I never been on a cruise. Recommendations for cruises for 55+? Wife and I are 68. Would prefer a cruise with adults.
Depends on what kind of "seniors" you are. DW and I favor HAL and Celebrity for more mature company and a better cruise experience. Maybe Princess and Viking Ocean too, though we've never personally sailed either. We'd also like to try Costa at some point, but couldn't say one way or the other at this point.

You probably would want to avoid Disney (too many kids) and Carnival (too many younger adults). RCL I couldn't say, since it's literally been forever since we've been on a RCL ship, and NCL the cruise experience wasn't "quality" enough for us (though it wasn't horrible either).

Hope this helps.
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1989 Admiral Cruises, SS Azure Seas - 3 day Mexico
1990 Norwegian Cruise Line, MS Southward - 3 day Mexico
1997 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Viking Serenade - 3 day Mexico
1999 Disney Cruise Line, Disney Magic - 3 day Caribbean
2007 Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Century - 10 day Mediterranean
2009 Holland America Line, MS Rotterdam - 12 day Baltic
2013 Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Star - 16 day Transatlantic
2016 Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Inspiration - 4 day Mexico
2018 Holland America Line, MS Volendam - 15 day Transpacific
#12
Canada
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Joined Feb 2011
Originally posted by bigwally
Was just shy of being 55 on our Carnival cruise last summer, but I'm now 56 and looking forward to our transpacific next spring.
Where are you cruising from and with what cruise line? We are contemplating a Spring 2019 cruise but very few in the system as of yet.
#13
NYS
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Joined Jan 2018
Originally posted by Watertree
Just joined cruise critic. Wife and I never been on a cruise. Recommendations for cruises for 55+? Wife and I are 68. Would prefer a cruise with adults.
There are two ways to make it likely that your cruise will have more mature passengers and not a lot of either young adults who are there to party, or families with children:

(1) Choose a cruise that is at least seven days long and not during the school vacation. While there is a lot of variation in spring break dates, times before the middle of March, at the end of April, and all of May are unlikely to be spring break anywhere. Younger adults seem to gravitate to short cruises, 3 to 5 days, especially in the Caribbean. The longer the cruise, the more retirees there will probably be.

(2) Choose one of the luxury cruise lines. Because they cost significantly more (and offer higher levels of service and dining, and smaller ships), they appeal more to mature passengers, especially those with extensive travel experience. If this is not feasible or just doesn't do anything for you, rely on (1). Among the mainstream lines, Holland America is reputed to have a more mature clientele, but I have no experience to draw on.


Beyond that, think about where you want to be and when you want to be there. I'm just a bit short of your age and I'm getting ready for my first cruise, in the western Mediterranean. The end of April, which is the beginning of the Mediterranean cruise season, happened to work best for me, and the itinerary is all countries that I have never visited. Museums and historical sites agree with me. Beaches and shopping don't, so the Caribbean doesn't float my boat.

Also consider where you want to depart from. Do you want to drive to a cruise port, or would you fly to one? Would you depart from another country, or do you want your first cruise to depart from your own?
#14
SoCal
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Originally posted by djricketts
Where are you cruising from and with what cruise line? We are contemplating a Spring 2019 cruise but very few in the system as of yet.
The post where I say this Spring was actually from August of last year, so "next Spring" is actually THIS Spring in the context of what I posted. In fact, we're 86 days away (not that I'm counting or anything).

That said, we ARE looking at a Princess cruise for Fall of 2019, so Princess at least has their offerings available.
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1989 Admiral Cruises, SS Azure Seas - 3 day Mexico
1990 Norwegian Cruise Line, MS Southward - 3 day Mexico
1997 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Viking Serenade - 3 day Mexico
1999 Disney Cruise Line, Disney Magic - 3 day Caribbean
2007 Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Century - 10 day Mediterranean
2009 Holland America Line, MS Rotterdam - 12 day Baltic
2013 Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Star - 16 day Transatlantic
2016 Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Inspiration - 4 day Mexico
2018 Holland America Line, MS Volendam - 15 day Transpacific
#15
6 Posts
Joined May 2018
Hello all, I am looking for either a super deal on a single occupancy round the world cruise in 2018 or someone to share a bigger cabin with me. I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Thank You ...Sir Lancelot
#16
USA
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Joined Jun 2007
Originally posted by bigwally
I'm actually wishing my life away until I can retire. Then I'll feel like I'm 25 again. This working stuff is for the birds.
AMEN!!

For years I said that I couldn't wait to retire but I didn't want to be 65. But now that retirement is nearly here, I feel great. I guess 65 is the new 25!
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