A midsize or small ship may be a better fit for a senior. Midsize ships, which typically carry 1,000 to 2,500 passengers, don't wow with copious amenities and instead focus on providing a more intimate environment (for example, you'll find one or two pools instead of seven and a library instead of an ice-skating rink).
Are there cruise ships for the less active?
If you prefer relaxing on deck or on your own private balcony while impressive scenery passes you by, you may want to consider a cruise to Alaska, Europe or even a trans-Atlantic voyage or leisurely river cruise. These longer trips focus more on enrichment (both on board and off) and may allow for more exploration in port. You don’t have to leave the ship when you go into port. Lots of people stay onboard and just relax.
Are there discounts for seniors?
Royal Caribbean and Carnival offer discounts for passengers 55 and older on select sailings. And if you're an AARP member, you can save up to 5 percent on all Norwegian sailings as long as you book your cruise nine months in advance. Plus, AARP members can score a $100 onboard credit for select Norwegian sailings. The association also offers discounts for Windstar Cruises, which operates a fleet of small luxury ships. There are also discounts for veterans.
Is it important to get travel insurance?
Cruise vacations can have complicated itineraries and sometimes just one misstep can derail the entire trip. This is why many experts recommend opting for travel insurance, and not the kind provided by your cruise line, which can be limited in its coverage. Though coverage can vary widely, most travel insurance policies will help you get reimbursed for canceled trips or even assist you in rebooking your flights or lodging.
Is there good medical help on ships?
To avoid feeling ill or experiencing a trip-ending health setback, remember to take it easy – you're on a cruise, after all. When selecting your shore excursions, read the descriptions carefully – most cruise lines categorize excursions based on activity level, making it easy to choose one that suits you and your current health condition. However, if something unexpected happens, there is medical help on all cruise ships. If you have any tendency towards motion sickness, be sure to bring medicine or get a prescription from your doctor for a patch. Start taking the medicine before you get on the ship so it is effective when you leave port.