Taking a Retirement Cruise Vacation is A Great Idea
Call it what you wish, but taking a retirement cruise vacation is a terrific idea, no matter what age you are! Have you been seriously thinking of taking a cruise holiday but really not sure if it’s right for you?
Cruising today is for everyone and cruise ships are specifically designed to accommodate most everyone’s desires and especially their budget. There are some absolutely fabulous all inclusive cruise deals to be taken advantage of at any time of the year, especially if you are retired and flexible in your departure dates.
There are more cruises today to select from than ever before! 🙂
The demand has never been greater for cruising and for good reason. Check out this quick video giving you a sample of what cruise holidays are all with Celebrity Cruise Lines.
Plan a Special Retirement Cruise Vacation
These days, there’s simply no need to worry about not fitting in or that you must take a cruise specifically designed for seniors only. We have been on a number of cruises in the past years with all our family, both young and old. Everyone is made to feel comfortable and on board activities are designed for people of all ages. So, don’t miss out on that special cruise to a favorite destination just because of your age.
Don’t think Cruises to the Caribbean or Mexico are for Seniors? Well think again!
Go anywhere your heart desires and feel completely comfortable at all times. Our family have enjoyed a number of special cruises together over the years and have found all the major cruise lines ready to accommodate passengers of any age, on any cruise to any destination in the world.
There is a fabulous cruise to a desired destination that’s sure to be within the price range that suits you best, just waiting for you! 🙂
Pick Among Hundreds of Wonderful Retirement Cruise Vacation Itineraries
Selecting cruises for seniors really depends on ones personal tastes and desires. Are you looking for specific cruises designed for seniors only, or perhaps be included in the many special cruises that are formed through an organization or club you may belong to? Well, there’s just about anything and everything cruise vacations today to choose from.
Now that our kids our grown and we’re empty nesters, my idea of a cruise vacation today does not include a boat full of young screaming kids. Sorry … been there and done that! 🙂 So, we make sure we travel when most children are in school and also when there’s no major school breaks such as; Christmas, Spring Break and so on. It’s really that easy these days with the hundreds of cruises to choose from, to be selective.
Retirement Cruise Vacation Includes Repositioning Cruises
This is where some of the best cruise deals can be found and certainly the most affordable as well. For example, select from the many annual repositioning cruise specials in the spring or fall and rest assured, the majority of the passengers on board will be adults only. Most children and their families will have finished their holidays and the kids will be back in school.
Certainly the time of year and destination will play a big part when selecting certain cruises and where the majority of passengers on board may be of retirement age, if that’s what you would prefer.
Cruise Ship in Port – San Juan, Puerto Rico
I captured the above photo on one of our past family cruises a few years ago. We were returning to the dock after an excursion and back to our Celebrity Cruise Lines ship the Zenith in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
I received this email the other day that was just too good to ignore and not pass on to you. It was about elderly people cruising full time instead of opting for a rest home. The email made some evaluations which I thought were worth mentioning or if anything, just some good fun reading! 🙂
A Retirement Cruise Vacation Versus A Rest Home
There were some very good comparisons made to the cost of staying in a rest home to that of taking a cruise on a full time basis. First, if you happen to have anywhere from $4 to $18 million spare change, you can purchase a condo on a cruise ship and cruise the world! Have a quick look at luxury cruising at its best and get a taste of what most of us just dream about!
Now back to the story! 😉
The email mentioned that an elderly woman was on her fourth back to back cruise and was questioned by another passenger. She replied …
“It’s cheaper than a nursing home!”
She went on to say that the average cost for an assisted living subsidized nursing home is about $200 per day for her in the United States. (This was a few years ago now since written).
She also mentioned that she receives a long term discount and a senior discount for cruising with her favorite cruise line, coming to a total of $135 per day. A savings of sixty five dollars compared to the cost of a retirement home. She happily replied … ” $65 a day extra to spend on her retirement cruising.”
She receives and uses this extra money on her voyage for things like …
Gratuities at $ 10
Served meals and room service if preferred
Laundry service for preferred customers
Live theater presentations, swimming pools, workout room and more!
Free toothpaste, razors, soap and shampoo
An extra $ 5 for tips and they will treat you like a queen!
Meet new people every few weeks
TV broken, light bulbs need changing, need a new mattress? No problem, staff will fix everything in a jiffy and apologize for the inconvenience!
Rooms cleaned everyday with clean sheets and towels
Travel the world as a bonus thrown in!
Going on a perpetual cruise sounds pretty inviting, but a little too good to be true if you ask me! 😉 If you are a single senior, the average price for room rental at a luxurious independent living senior’s residence is around $3000 – $5000 per month. This includes your daily meals, laundry service and a few extras thrown in for good measure. Unless you’re cruising with another senior sharing a cabin, it would be pretty difficult to cruise full time for under this amount.
- Tipping … can get very expensive!
- On board liquor expenses … there are strict guidelines and policies in regards to bringing alcohol on board. Check out my previous article on Cruise Ship Alcohol Rules.
- Taxis and / or Shuttle bus service to and from the ship
- Pre and Post Cruise Hotel stays
- Medical expenses on board ship
This is just to name a few of the extra living expenses that I could thing of that you may or may not encounter by choosing to cruise full time. So make sure you take into consideration all the associated costs before you go cruising full time. Just a little food for thought.
Consider Back to Back Cruises for Your Retirement Cruise Vacation
There are many people that do take some great back to back cruise holidays. For some, as many as four or more at a time and the cruise lines do offer considerable discounts when booking multiple cruises. For the most part, these are couples sharing a cabin and they do have a home to return to after each cruise vacation. A reputable cruise vacation specialist can easily put together these types of cruise packages for you.
Back to back cruises are a great and a very affordable way to spend a month or two away on vacation. Taking a retirement cruise or two or three or four, is a wonderful experience and can be enjoyed many times over for years to come!
” Don’t Think About It … Go See! “
If you are reading this, then you have internet access! So a great way to get started is by going to all the major cruise lines websites for ideas, pricing, schedules and much much more! You can choose to book directly with them or choose one of the many online reputable Cruise Travel companies.
A travel agent specializing in cruises would also be a great choice, especially for first time cruisers. They can assist and offer valuable information on helping you select and book that perfect cruise holiday. I also like to subscribe to my favorite travel booking sites Newsletters to keep up on what’s new and see what great specials are advertised at that time.
Safe travels & Cruising!
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