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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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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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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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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:D ? 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?

 

 

 

Laura

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Sounds great, Laura. Thx for the new forum. Since I'm a solo-cruiser and definitely 55+ (and more +'s):D, 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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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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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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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?:D

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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.

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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.

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Good morning everyone; Yes Laura 55+ cruisers does sound better.:D I think this is going to be an interesting thread.

 

Marilyn

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Most folks say "when I retire, I'm gonna travel", yes:) We still work so we can travel:rolleyes: So, who's gonna be the leader to host our 55+ cruise:D

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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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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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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":rolleyes: 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!:D

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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

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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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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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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!

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Wow! I love this site . . . :p As someone who turned 58 in January, it's so nice to know that I am not the only "over 55" cruiser that loves to cruise solo (after many years of cruising with my former husband). I was a flight attendant for over twenty year and got my law degree at age 52. I couldn't retire even if I wanted to (I don't) . . . I mean someone has to pay for my cruises. Tee Hee!

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DH and I didn't cruise till we were 55+. Planning on retiring within the coming year and already looking into the next cruise :D Woo hoo!

 

Love the thread! ;)

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Great forum, Laura. :)

 

I'm 65 going on 25 :D ,divorced, a construction contractor in Los Angeles County, certainly not rich, but love to cruise as often as I can get away from my business for a week. Usually don't know when this cruise window is going to appear so have to almost always book "last minute" (4-7 days before the cruise). Makes it difficult to find someone that can cruise on such short notice, so I almost always cruise solo (although a month ago I took my son with me on the PRIDE).

 

Love the sea, love cruising and love Carnival. About the time I get interested in trying another "more refined line" I go to their specific message boards and in no time, I'm back in the Carnival threads. Love the young-at-heart aspect of Carnival. :rolleyes:

 

I look forward to contributing to this forum frequently. :)

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EmJake's Bubbie - Thanks for thinking kindly of me! And you're right about work and play...I may have to work the rest of my life, but I'll always make time for me. Rather than actually retire, I'll consider each of my upcoming cruises a "mini-retirement"!

 

Glad to see so many folks interested in the board. Nice to know others like me who may be 55+, but who still have a zest for life...and cruising!

 

Still haven't cruised solo yet...but looks like I'll be giving it a try at least once next year. I usually do a 7-day cruise in October because it's the best time for me to take vacation. I'll probably go with RCCL and want to have a cruise picked out so I can book it when I'm aboard the Mariner in late October. Is that a good idea or is it better to wait and watch for sales closer to the time I want to cruise?

 

Your input will be greatly appreciated!

 

Cindy

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booking the next cruise whilst on your current cruise is a great idea! only downside is requirement to pay the deposit at time of booking. I have found the prices to be the same as if you were at home - the advantage is to get on board $$$ credits for when you take that next cruise. cruising solo is a bit pricey - BIL always cruises solo - he takes his guitar, finds a quiet cove / plays (& sings) / always a crowd gathers and that's how he makes friends;) - he only cruises NCL. I wonder why cruise lines stopped trying to match up 'cabin shares'?

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"Seasoned" is OK -- I like the term "Survivor" - all of us who have made it past 55 (as I did a dozen years ago) have surley survived a fair amount -- children, college tuition, corporate down-sizings, some even are to be complemented for having survived former spouses.

 

Holland America's single share program is a good thing - too bad all lines do not do it - or at least have a less aggressive single supplement pricing policy. Still, I manage to sail a couple times a year -- finding Carnival's carnival atmosphere a bit too reminiscent of Fort Lauderdale at Spring Break, I leave them to the yahoos - Celebrity and HAL have good mixed crowds -- as does NCL - but the Freestylye approach means that I do not get the oportunity to meet a bunch of people at diner -- they really are not geared for solo travelers. I have yet to try Disney and Princess.

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I am 57 and my husband is 61. Still work. I am a supervisor, handling worker's compensation claims for a third party administrator. Interesting work but stressful so I really looks forward to cruising. I have a twin sister and we are lucky enough to still have our parents with us. They are 80 and 85. Now they did get into cruising late in life, within the past six years. They love it and we have traveled as a family for the past 6 years. We have a Mexico trip planned for next March. This will be with all of us and coming along will be two brothers and their wives, so we are really looking forward to that trip.

 

Will look forward to reading the posts on this board.

 

Take care,

Carol

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I am 55, my sister is 57...we just returned from an Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Mariner of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) last month. We found a ship that size to be just right for us. There were so many different things to do on board a ship that size that we had a hard time fitting some of them in. There was something for ALL age groups to do. I saw 2 people on scooters and they seemed to have a great time. Another lady was on oxygen and she sat in the shade by the pool reading a book. One lady celebrated her 80th birthday while at sea. However, if you don't like large crowds then a smaller ship might be for you. My brother is 67 and he likes Holland America the best because of the size of the ship he was on...generally speaking, most of the passengers are over 50...there are fewer people thus fewer lines, etc. I understand that they have the midnight buffet at 10:00 pm so the passengers can get to bed. I would like to sail on one of their ships to see for myself if I would like it. I have sailed on older and smaller ships...once in 1985 (Celebrity's Gallileo...later refurbished and called Meridian), 1995 (Celebrity Meridian) and 1997 (Carnival's Fantasy)...they were not for me...not enough to do, but times have changed and with that ships have changed too. We are cruising July 17 on the Mariner again...this time my 56 year old husband and our children, 18 & 22 will be going so it will be interesting to see who has the most fun!!!

 

Betty

babs2750@aol.com

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I am 57 and love to cruise. I have been on 5 so far, and looking forward to

number 6 in March. I have always went as the 3rd person, but at some

point I am sure I will book solo. This is a great board to meet someone

to share expenses with. I too will come back often and check this

thread.

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I am 55 and my dh is 58. We are both teaching school and will be for a while. Been on 15 cruises, going on the NCL Sea on July 22. When are the cruise lines going to add more adult only areas. On almost every cruise I see children using the hot tubs as kiddy pools with no parents in sight. I work with children for a living and would love to cruise without them. PH

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My husband and I love to cruise..we are 60 and 62 and still working. Right now we manage 1 cruise every year but look forward to retirement so we can do more. Our philosophy is to spend our son's inheritance now. As a nurse for 40 yrs, I've had too many folks say that they waited till retirement to start their traveling only to have some awful illness spoil their plans. So off we go into hock...but having a great time and making memories doing it. Hope to meet some like-minded cruisers out there.

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I am 55 and my dh is 58. We are both teaching school and will be for a while. Been on 15 cruises, going on the NCL Sea on July 22. When are the cruise lines going to add more adult only areas. On almost every cruise I see children using the hot tubs as kiddy pools with no parents in sight. I work with children for a living and would love to cruise without them. PH
You need to pop over to the Solariaum Zoo thread...this topic is getting beaten to death! - you are not alone in your opinion:rolleyes:

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Hello everyone, I'm Larry, 55, and my wife Mayla, 51. I retired from Chrysler Corp 5 years ago and we've cruised 5 times so far since then. 4 with Royal Caribbean, which we love, and once with Celeberty. We like taking the longer cruises, 10 to 12 days. We took our granddaughter on a 4 day Bahamas cruise in April and she loved it. We didn't though, too short. No days at sea to relax.

Looking forward to cruising on the new Royal Caribbean Fredom of the Seas next year maybe.

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Greetings all :D

 

Another couple of senior (68 & 75) cruisers here :p Cruising is THE best vacation for us--for all the usual reasons--unpack once, meet new friends, your "hotel" takes you to your next destination, all your meals "catered", pampered the whole time, the ship is a no stress zone, the ocean is so calming and the night sky is glorious on a moonless night! AND a lot more!! :) Our kids don't mind if we spend their inheritance and we are trying to get rid of it as fast as we can ;)

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I'm another 55+ cruiser. Actually, I'll be 58 next week. That means "only" 8 more years of work before retirement. Nasty of them to raise the age on me to 66!

 

I have no idea where I got the travel bug, but I've been traveling as much as I can since 1970. I didn't do any cruising until 1985 and that was on a Windjammer. Lots of fun, but definitely nothing luxurious about it. I've just finished my 12th cruise and have 13 and 14 booked. I've become more hooked on cruising the last few years. My prefered line is Celebrity. It really is a step above.

 

I think this is going to be a great forum! Lots of fun!

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Hi.

 

Here's another single "over 55" - try 69 in about 3 weeks. I usually travel solo, and lately have gone with NCL. I like their Freestyle dining - I can eat when and where I want. I usually find a waiter I like and follow them to wherever they are working - I strike up conversations with whoever is sharing the table with me. Can't think of a better way for an older single lady to travel than cruising. I'm taking an RCCL cruise from Vancouver to Alaska and back to L.A. in September - should be fun. I have two more cruises booked for next year, but I am still working - have to have the salary to pay for the trips - and may have to either cancel one or retire - God willing. I need to win the lottery - so many trips to do, so little time.

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I envy those who are still in their 50's and have been able to quit work and travel. I am so tempted but from a financial stand point, probably not the wisest thing to do. Since we own a home in California, might be able to make enough money to move out of state and retire. Just have no idea where that would be. My husband will be 66 in four years and I will be 61. Not sure if we should hold off selling the house or sell now and get out of Dodge.

 

Carol

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