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Best Cruise Lines for Seniors

Cruising offers the ultimate escape. A chance to get away from the kids, grandkids and annoying in-laws. This is time for you. It is relatively easy for the person on the cruise to communicate out, but not so easy for the outside world to contact you. It’s ideal for those wanting the “Don’t call me, I’ll call you,” scenerio.

Although cruises can be quite expensive, there are many bargain cruises out there these days to be had. For the ultimate cruising experience consider a world cruise. It’s a great way to see the world, literally, without jet-lag and in total comfort and luxury.

A world cruise can be expensive and it takes a big chunk of time – about ninety days or better. But if you can muster up the money, what better way to escape reality for three months than by cruising to far flung places while being waiting on hand and foot.

A world cruise is a big commitment, financially and time wise. Selecting certain legs of the journey is an option which will reduce the time and cost implications. Just one or two legs, not necessarily the whole cruise.

My wife and I took the first leg of the P&O Oriana cruise from Southampton, England to San Francisco. It took twenty-three days and cost about 5,000 GB pounds ($7,500) for the two of us, which I didn’t think was all that bad. Especially when you consider that all food and entertainment was included. Entertainment consisted of a choice of nightly shows including comedians, musicals, plays -classes to learn to play bridge, chess, etc. and discos to cure that dance fever and much more.

The price also included our return flight from San Francisco back to London. The cruise itself took us through the Panama Canal, two islands in the Caribbean, Madeira, Guatemala, Acapulco, Los Angeles and San Francisco. These were all great destinations.

We met many retired people who flew from their native country to join the cruise from the beginning in Southampton. As we disembarked in San Francisco (along with several other passengers) we were replaced by people joining the cruise from that point on. There are various legs to the journey and you can choose which leg, and how many, you wish to take. So one doesn’t have to indulge for the full three months.

Another advantage to taking a world cruise (or part of it) is that the ship is filled with people who can afford to take so much time off work. Usually they are retired. So it is not filled with children or rowdy groups out for a bender for a few weeks. It’s all very civilized.

Most travelers are 50+, independent and just want a peaceful, pleasant cruise which is why this is an ideal cruise for seniors. It’s not a booze cruise – but sophisticated sailing.