Up until a few years ago, I was adamant that I hated cruising. To me, being stuck on a ship with several thousands of other people wasn’t really my idea of a great way to holiday. My thoughts about going on a cruise changed dramatically after my wife decided to book a trip to Antarctica and the only way to get there was to go on an expedition cruise.
Since that first cruise, I’ve been on several different kinds of cruises including large cruise ships and small river cruise ships.
I can say that cruising is definitely a comfortable and enjoyable way to see the world. And booking a cruise is actually a great way for mature travellers to explore different regions, fall in love with amazing scenery and make new friends.
Everything is planned for you. Most people find cruising extremely relaxing.
The thing I like most about cruising is you only have to unpack once and the world is brought to you aboard a ship that usually offers delicious buffets, a host of activities, plenty of entertainment and someone to make your bed each day. (If you’re the person who usually does the cooking and bed making at home it’s a particularly good reason to choose a cruise!).
That leaves you more time to lie by the pool, read a book or relax in a Jacuzzi. Most ships have spas and all the different kinds of activities that would appeal to mature travellers, from bridge to bingo.
Cruising is one of the fastest growing sectors of the travel industry all around the world. There are so many different types of cruises to choose from including large ships offering lots of activities and cabaret-style entertainment, smaller river ships that offer cultural experiences and daily shore excursions as well as intensive educational cruises with an army of experts to teach you about the history, geography and culture of the places you’re visiting.
Fancy a peaceful vacation minus the screaming kids? Some cruise lines like Saga Cruises even offer cruises for mature passengers only. You have to be over 50 to get on board to enjoy a vacation, which means more people with mature tastes to mingle with.
Cruising is a great way to meet new people and form new friendships while booking a cruise with a group of friends is a fun way to rekindle old friendships.
The convenience, comfort and the chance to see the world are probably the top three reasons why cruising is so popular with seniors.
I’m starting to research my next trip, which will most likely include a cruise somewhere around the world. Any suggestions?