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Choosing the Right Cruise: Mature Travelers

Here at Travelzoo we understand the importance of vacations and picking one that’s right for you. The choice of cruises on the market is huge right now, and with a range of prices, itineraries and ships, that choice can sometimes be overwhelming.

This time, we’re looking at cruises for the mature traveler and have put together a list of cruise lines that we think are a good fit for people later in life.

Holland America Line: Holland America cruises have long been a favorite for the more mature traveler looking for a high-end escape. Sailings aboard its 5-star ships offer a varied mix of lectures and educational programs, as well as wine tastings. Other highlights include traditional afternoon teas and screenings of classic movies in the onboard cinemas.

Voyages of Discovery: Striking a chord with the more active cruiser, Voyages of Discovery excels in long-haul sailings to far-flung and exciting destinations such as the Amazon and Russia. The ships have a comfy, unpretentious feel and guests are kept entertained with onboard lectures covering science, history, literature and more.

Princess and Royal Caribbean International: Both these cruise lines have fantastic facilities for those with mobility issues. Princess has lots of wheelchair-friendly cabins and also welcomes guide dogs, while Royal Caribbean boasts hydraulic swimming chairs for those who can’t dip in and out as easily as they once did.

SAGA: Catering almost entirely for 50+ travelers, SAGA is ideal for those who want to mingle with people of a similar age. Its packages take away the hassle of organizing transport to the port and paying extra for gratuities and travel insurance. Passengers who like a traditional experience will enjoy the formal dinners, and the Captain’s cocktail parties are a great way to meet other guests.

Cunard: Steeped in history and rich in tradition, Cunard ships have something of yesteryear about them. Tea dances, string quartets and formal dining are just some of the features that attract people back to this luxury cruise line year after year.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines: A great choice for mature travelers who like a traditional British feel on board. The ships are small and intimate; the Black Watch was voted Best Small Ship for Entertainment at the 2012 Cruise Critic UK Cruisers' Choice Awards. Fred. Olsen sailings are also well known for their enrichment programs, covering the arts, wine tasting, gardening and more. Lots of single cabins make them a good choice for those traveling on their own.

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Deal Expert, London
Thursday, February 21, 2013
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