Cruise travel is one of the most popular forms of travelling when people are on vacation. It is estimated that over 70% of the people who enjoy cruises every year are aged above 55 years (seniors). The following are some of the travelling suggestions which would help these seniors to enjoy cruising.
Starting with short cruises
If you are a new cruise traveller, you are advised to “Test the Waters” when travelling by choosing a short cruise such as a 3-4 day cruise. This will help you in determining if like that first experience or not. Again you should be flexible with the given travel dates. This will enable you to get a good discount when travelling.
Seeking senior discounts
You will find out that most of the cruises offer some discounts to their cruise travellers. This is done to attract more potential customers. For instance, you might be offered with special drink packages when travelling. You can also buy some soft drinks especially when you are travelling with your family or grandchildren.
Researching in advance
You should look at the different types of shore excursions to establish the ones which are interesting. You should then book them early to avoid missing out.
Picking a smaller ship
Small ships are known for offering less entertainment and dining options as compared to the bigger ones. However, these ships have an advantage of being spacious since they are less crowded. Furthermore they offer excursions which are mainly based or focussed on culture and history of people. Moreover, a small ship is capable of visiting some of the remote parts which can not be visited using the large cruises.
The majority of the cruise lines might not allow you to cancel your departure date after booking. Some of the long distance cruises will cost you thousands of dollars. It is, therefore, a good idea to purchase a trip interruption and cancellation insurance.
Using a packing checklist
This is an important list which ensures that travellers are equipped with everything which is needed. You can this by searching online to find the different parking lists for cruise ships.
Avoid over scheduling
Travellers should try as much as possible to limit their excursions and onboard activities. This will prevent them from being exhausted by engaging in too many activities. Cruses are meant to be fun and relaxing, and you should be selective whenever you are scheduling your days.
Arriving at the departure early
You should plan your trip in advance. You should avoid booking a flight and then expect to arrive on the same day when the ship is departing. By so doing, you might be in trouble for one reason or another. Planning your trip well will help you in avoiding some of the unexpected delays and unnecessary rushes.