So what cruise lines have you tried? Or perhaps you are planning your very first Caribbean or Alaska cruise and are trying to figure out which one will suit your needs. The best cruise line seniors will wish they discovered sooner might surprise you. I’m sure you have heard all the hype about very inexpensive Carnival cruises.
Carnival cruises might be priced right for the frugal traveler, but is really the best for seniors? Nope. Not by a long shot.
Personally, I have been on about 15 cruises that enabled me to visit pretty much every Caribbean Island, the Mexican Riviera, Bermuda, and Alaska. I’ve sailed out of New York, Boston, Miami, Long Beach, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Vancouver.
I have to say that the Caribbean is my favorite destination. It’s hard to not like powdery, pure white sand and a sea that sparkles in a host of blue and green hues. My cruise to Alaska was great, but I missed the sun and sand of the Caribbean Sea.
Without a doubt, the best cruise line for seniors is Holland America. Fifteen years ago when I was 55 I sailed on the Holland America Noordam and I was one of the youngest passengers on the ship. Two years ago at 68, I sailed the Mexican Riviera on the Carnival Inspiration and I was one of the oldest on the ship.
WHY SENIORS SHOULD AVOID CARNIVAL
Don’t get me wrong, Carnival is an excellent cruise ship line. I have sailed on four of their ships, but I was also younger back then. I felt a little out of place on my most recent cruise with Carnival.
Many younger people go on Carnival cruises and buy the all-you-can-drink packages. They want to get their monies worth and normally start drinking before noon and are still drinking at midnight. So, it can get pretty rowdy and loud. Personally, I prefer peace and quiet while on vacation.
Their main dining room meals are okay, but not really superior. The service people try very hard in the dining room, but sometimes I get the impression many of them are in training.
In a nutshell, I believe seniors should avoid Carnival cruises because they lack sophistication.
WHY SENIORS SHOULD CHOOSE HOLLAND AMERICA
Many people don’t realize that Carnival owns Holland America. Carnival has several cruise ship lines in their stable that includes about 100 ships that sail all over the world.
It’s not lost on Carnival that cruise ship passengers fall into different demographics. With Carnival, they cater to the younger partying set.
With Holland America, they provide a classier, more sophisticated option for senior travelers. It’s actually brilliant marketing. They are appealing to a wide range of potential passengers by creating cruise ship lines with different levels of service and class.
That’s not to say that younger people don’t travel on Holland America. It’s just that they’re the minority demographic, and Carnival is the exact opposite.
If Carnival is 3.5 stars, then Holland America would be five stars.
There is far less partying and rowdiness aboard a Holland America ship. The dining room service is impeccable. Passengers take formal nights very seriously on Holland America ships. I have never seen so many men in tuxedos. The women bring along huge bags of luggage to carry their amazing formal gowns.
WHERE DOES HOLLAND AMERICA SAIL?
It might be more appropriate to ask, “where doesn’t Holland America sail?”
- ALASKA AND YUKON
- PANAMA CANAL
- CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND
- SOUTH AMERICA AND ANTARCTICA
- NORTHERN EUROPE
- AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
- HAWAII AND TAHITI
To top it all off, they own their own private island, and it’s a must-see cruise destination.
Half Moon Cay is a private island that was purchased by Holland America in 1996 for six million dollars. It’s one of the 700 islands that form the Bahamas archipelago. It’s located about 100 miles southeast of Nassau, between Cat and Eleuthera Islands.
If you are a fan of horseback riding, the Sea and Land horseback excursion is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Guides will take you up to the highest point of the island so you can enjoy a spectacular view of the island. When you descend you will wade through the sparkling Caribbean waters.
This stunning island is in the Bahamas and has been recognized internationally. For about 17 years running, it has been ranked as the leading private cruise island by Porthole Cruise Magazine.
The water is quite shallow around the island, so passengers take a tender to the island. The island encompasses 2400 acres and features a two-mile-long stretch of snow-white sandy beach in the shape of a half-moon. Hence, it’s named, Half Moon Cay.
PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP LINE
Princess cruise line features itineraries all over the world.
Cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage or perhaps try the Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers. If you want to include a tour with your journey to Alaska Princess also has Cruisetours available.
That’s just the beginning. How about the Mediterranean, Scandinavia & Russia, British Isles, Norway & Iceland, Transatlantic, Japan, Asia, Caribbean, and Hawaii cruises?
Or perhaps you would prefer Mexico, the Panama Canal, California Coast, Canada, and New England, Tahiti, or South American cruises.
There is an amazing Princess Cruise destination somewhere in the world with your name on it. Currently, Princess is featuring a Landmark Sale.
Cruise to the most sought-after landmarks of Europe, Alaska, Japan and the Caribbean and enjoy up to $1,000 onboard credit†, plus $50 per person for 3rd and 4th guests in the same stateroom.
Here are some other travel destinations you just might love.
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