Cruise Vacations for Seniors

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Winter is closing in on us and for those of you who don’t like the cold weather of winter or the cold gives you all kinds of aches and pains, it’s time to start planning your winter getaway vacation. There are many choices for your winter escape vacation to choose from, whether it be a cruise, a week long all-inclusive in the Caribbean or a long stay vacation. Long stay vacations are ideal when you’re a retired boomer or senior and don’t have to come back after a week to a job. That’s one of the key benefits to being a retired boomer or senior. Nice, I’d say.

We’ve written many articles here on the different locations you can head to for the winter. There is the proverbial Caribbean getaway, Central American destinations, European destinations or cruises on the well-known cruise lines. In this article, we will focus on cruises you could take for your winter holidays. Last year, I took a cruise with some friends through the Panama Canal by the Princess Cruise line from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal up the coast to Los Angeles, with stopovers in Cartagena, Panama City, Costa Rica. It was a wonderful cruise and worth every penny.

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A favorite destination for cruising – Santorini. A cruise ship waiting for the return of visitors to Santorini.

If you have disability issues, make sure you contact your cruise line ahead of your scheduled cruise, because if they are aware, they will make every effort to accommodate you. There are wheelchair-accessible staterooms on most ships, but what’s best for traveling are the collapsible wheelchairs. If you have one, be sure to bring it with you or you can reserve one before you travel. If you require other medical equipment to accompany you on your cruise, be sure to work with your travel agent and the cruise line before you depart and ensuring your needs are accommodated.

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Cruises are great for seniors and boomers. They’re like traveling hotels, you visit a lot of places without having to pack and unpack your suitcase. You can enjoy the relaxing life at sea for a week or more.  There are plenty of activities to participate or not participate in and loads of entertainment while on board. And if you like to shop, almost every port of call includes a shopping trip. Since I concentrated last year on my Panama cruise, I thought this year, we’d take a look at a Hawaii cruise, see what’s available, cruise vacation prices and where one visits on these Hawaii, cruises. Also, there are a variety of cruise lines which offer cruise vacations to Hawaii. Trust me, this type of vacation will be the highlight of your winter getaway. Both Princess Cruise and Norwegian Cruise Lines offers cruises to Hawaii. Seven day cruises to Hawaii start at $999.

Cruise vacations to Hawaii can be found lasting from seven to 14 or 15 days long or even longer. Different cruise lines offers various cruise itineraries which will take you to stopover ports such as Maui, Kauai , Oahu and the island of Hawaii.  Offshore excursions include some of the spectacular beaches Hawaii is known for.  You can experience the nature of the islands on the optional off shore excursions available.  You’ll see the bounty of nature in Hawaii:   waterfalls, active volcanoes and the gorgeous beaches. If you love golfing, you’ll get the chance to play some of Hawaii’s best golf courses. There are an array of activities, including luaus, visits to historical sites and traditional performances such as Hula & Tahitian dance lessons.

If you are seeking a longer cruise and want to travel beyond the islands of Hawaii, you could book yourself on a 35 day cruise that sails farther into the south Pacific to such ports as Moorea, Raiatea and Bora Bora, making this winter getaway truly exotic!