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#1
Rhode Island - USA
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We are in our late 60's and after 55 were finally able to afford to cruise and enjoy ourselves many many times.At times we are seated by accident(I assume) with much younger people and can see how they look at us. Most times the maitre d' suggests a change of table or we just ask to be seated alone. Similar to how young people are polite but don't really want to talk to you "just as a person" at a party.

We have enjoyed many MDR tables with other couples within 20 years of our age and we had a great time - sometimes establishing long relationships.

It just feels badly when I read reviews about Celebrity and it is mentioned again and again that everyone was old. I understand but it is almost like we shouldn't go because we are old. I am still going to cruise and hope others still do.

You never think you are going to be so old that you don't belong! It just happens.
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Mountain Home, Arkansas
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Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer that you get to the end, the faster it goes. If you like to cruise you should book the ship or itenerary that you want and enjoy. I refuse to have other people dictate what and how I should finish out my last days. If they don't want to be around an older couple it is their lose. .
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#3
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Originally posted by clackey
Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer that you get to the end, the faster it goes. If you like to cruise you should book the ship or itenerary that you want and enjoy. I refuse to have other people dictate what and how I should finish out my last days. If they don't want to be around an older couple it is their lose. .
I second that CLACKEY
#4
Olathe, Kansas
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Joined Jan 2016
Originally posted by dazey
We are in our late 60's and after 55 were finally able to afford to cruise and enjoy ourselves many many times.At times we are seated by accident(I assume) with much younger people and can see how they look at us. Most times the maitre d' suggests a change of table or we just ask to be seated alone. Similar to how young people are polite but don't really want to talk to you "just as a person" at a party.

We have enjoyed many MDR tables with other couples within 20 years of our age and we had a great time - sometimes establishing long relationships.

It just feels badly when I read reviews about Celebrity and it is mentioned again and again that everyone was old. I understand but it is almost like we shouldn't go because we are old. I am still going to cruise and hope others still do.

You never think you are going to be so old that you don't belong! It just happens.
I'm in my early 50's and my DW wife being just a little older. I guess I was just brought up differently - I would NEVER have the cajones to give someone else "the look", especially since we're both on the same cruise. The worse you'd get from me is that I'd probably talk your ear off about being way too excited about my first cruise. I figure if someone won't like my company in the MDR in October, they can move THEIR happy backsides! LOL. Thanks very much for this thread - just enjoy yourselves and keep having fun cruising!
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#5
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Clackey,
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#6
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Joined Jul 2007
Oh my gosh, that is too bad that you were made to feel that way.
There will always be someone older and someone younger than you on a cruise (unless you are over 100yo maybe).

I have cruised for over 30 years and found really fun people at any age; IMO that is one of the fun things about cruising!

I can't imagine anyone being rude to you because you are older than they are. As a previous poster indicated, it really is their issue, probably immaturity.

Go, be your wonderful self and enjoy!
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#7
Rhode Island - USA
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We are cruising again(in two weeks on Celebrity) and will, I am sure, encounter many many wonderful friendly people. I appreciate everyone's positive responses and will just let negative experience(very few) be just a chuckle between us.

Thank you all.
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Just Cruise!!!! How could anything surpass living life to the fullest!
I think the minute you stop following you dreams, you die. Live for today, you don't know about tomorrow...
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#9
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Joined Aug 2013
Originally posted by dazey
We are cruising again(in two weeks on Celebrity) and will, I am sure, encounter many many wonderful friendly people. I appreciate everyone's positive responses and will just let negative experience(very few) be just a chuckle between us.

Thank you all.
Enjoy your cruise!
#10
Surprise, AZ
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Joined Jul 2000
We have taken a lot of Celebrity cruises and they mak an effort to place you with either over 50 or under 50 passengers at dinner if you tell them you'd like to share a table. The only issues we ever find is with passengers who bring up politics and tell us how we should vote.
#12
Pickering Ontario
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Joined Jul 2004
Originally posted by dazey
We are in our late 60's and after 55 were finally able to afford to cruise and enjoy ourselves many many times.At times we are seated by accident(I assume) with much younger people and can see how they look at us. Most times the maitre d' suggests a change of table or we just ask to be seated alone. Similar to how young people are polite but don't really want to talk to you "just as a person" at a party.

We have enjoyed many MDR tables with other couples within 20 years of our age and we had a great time - sometimes establishing long relationships.

It just feels badly when I read reviews about Celebrity and it is mentioned again and again that everyone was old. I understand but it is almost like we shouldn't go because we are old. I am still going to cruise and hope others still do.

You never think you are going to be so old that you don't belong! It just happens.
Never ever run into this ,especially on celebrity.We love sitting with younger people...we are both in the 60s. We find a much older crowd on HAL,( at least 5- 10 yrs older.lol) and integrate and enjoy just as much with them.RCL is much younger as well as Norwegian ,where we have so much fun....
Cruising is what you make of it and what you enjoy and we definitely think cruising is what brings good honest sincere people together,no matter what the age
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#14
South Carolina
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Originally posted by JimnKaren
And, sitting at a table for two is just like eating at home! Not fun on a cruise.
Jim
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#15
Winter: Sun City Grand Surprise , AZ & Summer: Prescott, AZ
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Joined Sep 2007
Some nights we like a table for two we are 70 and 68 we like a mixed table more at breakfast and lunch


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#16
Newbury Park, CA
310 Posts
Joined Jul 2016
Scarily I now qualify as a 55+ cruiser... That being said I do the same things that I did 30+ years ago, maybe just not as often and perhaps a little bit slower... Still going to gigs (and tbh LA is a great town for live music). And while sometimes I get asked if I'm there with my daughter I can say that I got to see all the great bands... and when I see some young hipster wearing a Joy Division T-shirt can turn and say, "Ian Curtis? Now there was stage presence. They were great live..."
#17
Spain
278 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
Hello all, we are 55 plus cruisers too, we like to mix with all ages and have never received "the look" That must be awful.
We have only felt uncomfortable on 2 occasions both on different ships. One was at an afternoon tea event when a young couple were shown to the table and the guy exclaimed, i'm not sitting with those q----s, and then stormed off.
(i think he just assumed that 2 guys who were together were gay)

The other occasion was at a table for 4 in the mdr and 2 very attractive young ladies were shown to the table. There was a bit of an awkward pause before conversation started and we assured the ladies that if they wanted to request a move,we wouldn't be offended. We were quite surprised the next evening when they showed up, and by the end of the cruise we'd had many laughs together.

So OP, you carry on cruising and enjoy it. happy cruising.
#18
139 Posts
Joined Aug 2016
I have always sit with nice people. However, I usually have a table for 4 so I can just be with the couple we came with. Somehow, we always find older people to talk to if we sit in other places.we do have the right to be with people that we want to be with. We have earned that right.



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#19
Florida
899 Posts
Joined Apr 2016
If anyone has issues with sitting with certain other people, (age, ethnicity, living situations, etc) they are the ones that should be requesting a private table, or shouldn't be cruising in the first place.

We have recently retired and have started cruising - have about 6 booked. My theory is we will cruise till our savings run out.

Hopefully those types of situations will be few and far between for all of us.

LET'S KEEP ON CRUISING!
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Winter: Sun City Grand Surprise , AZ & Summer: Prescott, AZ
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Back in the days when they only had fixed dining we were at our table for 8 the first night when one of the other men says please bow your heads for grace! We were moved the next night! As we're two other couples. Unreal.


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