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Central Ohio
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Joined May 2002
Originally posted by iiiisx349
i am planning a cruise for early next year. i am over 55 and wondering what ship is the best one. also wondering if its safe nowdays for a woman to travel alone?
We have met many women traveling alone on cruises and they all seem to think that it's a very safe way to travel alone. The "best" ship depends on the itinerary you are considering but you might start looking at Celebrity and Princess. Whatever you decide, after you have booked, go to the "Roll Call" section here on Cruise Critic and look for your specific cruise. You will be able to meet fellow cruisers ahead of time and join activities both onboard and in port. Suddenly, you won't be traveling alone!
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Southern New Jersey
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Joined Jan 2014
Although my body has it's issues, my mind is getting younger each year.
So many things are better and more fun with age I find. I got my first tattoo at age 50, since then I've gotten a few more including 2 just last year when I was 61. Now at age 62 I'll be taking my first cruise and very much looking forward to it. In fact have 2 booked for this year, one in March and one in Oct....very excited to start this new experience!
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San Antonio
576 Posts
Joined Dec 2013
I am a 86-yr old widower, a solo cruiser, use a walker, and last December, had more fun in one week, than I had in over 3 years! :-)
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Spring 1950. Standard Fruit - Contessa
05-07-2000 Ryndam
12-08-2013 Navigator of the Seas
05-04-2014 Navigator of the Seas
11-09-2014 Navigator of the Seas
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New York's Capital District
426 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
I just found this thread and see it was a busy one in 2005! Here it is August 2014 and hardly breathing. How can we revive it? I'm 66 but always told I look at least ten years younger, which worries me for two reasons. First, what do people expect me to look like? Second, I worry that some morning I will wake up, look in the mirror and discover that I suddenly look like people expect me to, whatever that is. Age does not define me. I retired in october 2010 because my elderly and disabled mother lives 200 miles away and I spend too much time on the road between our homes to make up the time working. I was also embroiled in litigation with my ex. My first cruise as a single senior was in January on the Carnival Splendor with my 18 year old daughter and her friend. Although it rained every day, we had fun. I will be cruising in September onboard the Norwegian Breakaway, with two friends. Again, my main question is how can we revive this thread? I confess that it has been fun reading through the past postings.
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Previously cruised on: The Norway (cabin F19 in June 1989); NCL Westward (Dec 1993); NCL Seaward (Dec 1994); Carnival Ecstasy (Oct 1997); Premier Big Red Boat (Dec 1998); Carnival Imagination (2000); Disney Wonder (2000); Cunard QE2 (2003); Cunard QM2 (Feb 2005); Royal Caribbean Sovereign Of The Seas; Carnival Splendor (1/4/2014);Norwegian Breakaway (Jr Mini Suite on 9/7/2014)
Columbus, OH USA
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Joined Oct 2005
I finished my last cruise a month before my 55th birthday. Next cruise in April.
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1st cruise 4/29/06 RCCL Voyager of the Seas. - Eastern Caribbean.
2nd cruise - 5/11/07 Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas. MOTHER'S day cruise!
3rd cruise - 4/27/08 Freedom of the Seas -Western Caribbean. Freedom's 100th cruise!
4th cruise - 4/16/09 Navigator of the Seas - Cozumel/Belize.
5th cruise 11/15/10 Majesty of the Seas - Key West Nassau.
6th cruise -5/1/11 Allure of the Seas Eastern route 30th anniversary cruise
7th cruise 4/14/12 Jewel of the Seas Cozumel Costa Maya
8th cruise 4/28/13 Allure of the Seas Eastern route
9th cruise 10/28/13 Majesty of the Seas Halloween in Key West
10th cruise 5/3/14 Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean
11th cruise 4/26/15 Freedom of the Seas Western Caribbean
12th cruise 4/30/16 Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean
13th cruise 10/17/16 Majesty of the Seas 4 day from Bahamas
14th cruise 4/29/17 Adventure of the Seas ABC islands.
15th cruise 9/18/17 Majesty of the Seas Irma shortened cruise


83 of 84 great night's sleep

21 days on an Oasis class, 19 days on a Voyager class,18 days on a Sovereign class ship, 14 days on a Freedom class, 12 days on a Radiance class, .






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New York's Capital District
426 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
Originally posted by BillOh
I finished my last cruise a month before my 55th birthday. Next cruise in April.
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Hi BillOH, glad you posted. What ship will you be cruising on in April and where does it go?
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Previously cruised on: The Norway (cabin F19 in June 1989); NCL Westward (Dec 1993); NCL Seaward (Dec 1994); Carnival Ecstasy (Oct 1997); Premier Big Red Boat (Dec 1998); Carnival Imagination (2000); Disney Wonder (2000); Cunard QE2 (2003); Cunard QM2 (Feb 2005); Royal Caribbean Sovereign Of The Seas; Carnival Splendor (1/4/2014);Norwegian Breakaway (Jr Mini Suite on 9/7/2014)
Columbus, OH USA
27,547 Posts
Joined Oct 2005
Originally posted by Nisky18
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Hi BillOH, glad you posted. What ship will you be cruising on in April and where does it go?
Royal's Freedom of the Seas = Western Caribbean Labadee, Fallmouth, Grand Caymen, and Cozumel.
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1st cruise 4/29/06 RCCL Voyager of the Seas. - Eastern Caribbean.
2nd cruise - 5/11/07 Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas. MOTHER'S day cruise!
3rd cruise - 4/27/08 Freedom of the Seas -Western Caribbean. Freedom's 100th cruise!
4th cruise - 4/16/09 Navigator of the Seas - Cozumel/Belize.
5th cruise 11/15/10 Majesty of the Seas - Key West Nassau.
6th cruise -5/1/11 Allure of the Seas Eastern route 30th anniversary cruise
7th cruise 4/14/12 Jewel of the Seas Cozumel Costa Maya
8th cruise 4/28/13 Allure of the Seas Eastern route
9th cruise 10/28/13 Majesty of the Seas Halloween in Key West
10th cruise 5/3/14 Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean
11th cruise 4/26/15 Freedom of the Seas Western Caribbean
12th cruise 4/30/16 Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean
13th cruise 10/17/16 Majesty of the Seas 4 day from Bahamas
14th cruise 4/29/17 Adventure of the Seas ABC islands.
15th cruise 9/18/17 Majesty of the Seas Irma shortened cruise


83 of 84 great night's sleep

21 days on an Oasis class, 19 days on a Voyager class,18 days on a Sovereign class ship, 14 days on a Freedom class, 12 days on a Radiance class, .






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Jacksonville, FL USA
48,498 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
I have never posted on this forum before.....omg...I am now 56
so would be considered a "SR" by many folks.

I have been cruising solo for 11 years now.....seems many of the folks
who post on this particular forum are "more mature" and retired.

I work full time and will probably have to continue to do so for at least
10 more years.......I live on my own.

I love to cruise and try to go 2 to 3 times a year and my next cruise
up is in November on Celebrity's REFLECTION.
Antioch CA
25,945 Posts
Joined Oct 2005
Originally posted by Lois R
I have never posted on this forum before.....omg...I am now 56
so would be considered a "SR" by many folks.

I have been cruising solo for 11 years now.....seems many of the folks
who post on this particular forum are "more mature" and retired.

I work full time and will probably have to continue to do so for at least
10 more years.......I live on my own.

I love to cruise and try to go 2 to 3 times a year and my next cruise
up is in November on Celebrity's REFLECTION.
Hi Lois!! Miss X... glad you are still enjoying your cruises - 56? you are a mere child! I just found this thread and I know I like everyone on it already ! will be in and out ... Corkey Carol
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Antioch CA
25,945 Posts
Joined Oct 2005
Originally posted by Lois R
I have never posted on this forum before.....omg...I am now 56
so would be considered a "SR" by many folks.

I have been cruising solo for 11 years now.....seems many of the folks
who post on this particular forum are "more mature" and retired.

I work full time and will probably have to continue to do so for at least
10 more years.......I live on my own.

I love to cruise and try to go 2 to 3 times a year and my next cruise
up is in November on Celebrity's REFLECTION.
Hi Again Lois - I just glanced at your cruise pics and I saw Bill and Rosie - I will meet them on the Quantum next April 2015 - CC brings all of us together and makes it a very small cruising world!! Corkey Carol
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Illinois
89 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by Nisky18
I just found this thread and see it was a busy one in 2005! Here it is August 2014 and hardly breathing. How can we revive it? I'm 66 but always told I look at least ten years younger, which worries me for two reasons. First, what do people expect me to look like? Second, I worry that some morning I will wake up, look in the mirror and discover that I suddenly look like people expect me to, whatever that is. Age does not define me. I retired in october 2010 because my elderly and disabled mother lives 200 miles away and I spend too much time on the road between our homes to make up the time working. I was also embroiled in litigation with my ex. My first cruise as a single senior was in January on the Carnival Splendor with my 18 year old daughter and her friend. Although it rained every day, we had fun. I will be cruising in September onboard the Norwegian Breakaway, with two friends. Again, my main question is how can we revive this thread? I confess that it has been fun reading through the past postings.
I noticed you cruised the Breakaway. As a single senior how did you like it. What were the demographics and did you find it social.
New York's Capital District
426 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
The ship is beautiful and the staff very accommodating. The cabin sizes are smaller than I've seen elsewhere. We were "upgraded" to a Junior Suite, which was pretty small for we three older women. The bathroom was great with a beautiful large glass enclosed shower. The pools are tiny, not enough space on the pool decks. As for the food, I was disappointed and realize I don't like free style. As for the demographics, very very mixed. There were many baby boomers, judging by the standing ovation for the Rock Of Ages show. We got it! I don't think I'd cruise on that ship again.
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Previously cruised on: The Norway (cabin F19 in June 1989); NCL Westward (Dec 1993); NCL Seaward (Dec 1994); Carnival Ecstasy (Oct 1997); Premier Big Red Boat (Dec 1998); Carnival Imagination (2000); Disney Wonder (2000); Cunard QE2 (2003); Cunard QM2 (Feb 2005); Royal Caribbean Sovereign Of The Seas; Carnival Splendor (1/4/2014);Norwegian Breakaway (Jr Mini Suite on 9/7/2014)
Illinois
89 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by Nisky18
The ship is beautiful and the staff very accommodating. The cabin sizes are smaller than I've seen elsewhere. We were "upgraded" to a Junior Suite, which was pretty small for we three older women. The bathroom was great with a beautiful large glass enclosed shower. The pools are tiny, not enough space on the pool decks. As for the food, I was disappointed and realize I don't like free style. As for the demographics, very very mixed. There were many baby boomers, judging by the standing ovation for the Rock Of Ages show. We got it! I don't think I'd cruise on that ship again.

Thank yoy for the your answer. I guess I will just keep on looking for no single supplement cruises. Just booked Carnival Triumph B2B 2/9/15 & 2/20/15 for $840.

Again,

Thank you;
Richard
New York's Capital District
426 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
Hi Richard, it sounds like you got a good deal on your B2B Carnival Triumph cruise for February. I really enjoyed the meals on the Carnival Splendor. The late night crowd was much younger, especially in the clubs but the ship had many families with all ages, couples and singles. It was a friendly atmosphere. I hope you've joined the roll call for your cruise dates. Look for singles there too. And let me know how you enjoy your trip. Bon Voyage! Cheryl
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Previously cruised on: The Norway (cabin F19 in June 1989); NCL Westward (Dec 1993); NCL Seaward (Dec 1994); Carnival Ecstasy (Oct 1997); Premier Big Red Boat (Dec 1998); Carnival Imagination (2000); Disney Wonder (2000); Cunard QE2 (2003); Cunard QM2 (Feb 2005); Royal Caribbean Sovereign Of The Seas; Carnival Splendor (1/4/2014);Norwegian Breakaway (Jr Mini Suite on 9/7/2014)
New Mexico
338 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Originally posted by doncoldwater
Is there a cruise line that's better geared for seniors ?


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DW and I are close to 63. We have tried Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, and Cunard. Currently, we prefer them in that order from worst to best. I don't know if age is the determining factor. It depends on what is important to the individual. We will probably not do Norwegian or Carnival again because we prefer a more formal, elegant, conservative, classic environment and we love to dance. You will notice that I said currently. We used to prefer Celebrity, but they recently have changed their policies and quality of music. No more a capella groups and no more string ensembles for entertainment. Their dance music is geared for people who do not "couples dance" where the dance partners touch while dancing. The music is geared toward people who do what I call "rhythmic bobbing". No need for a partner - which is fine - I'm just not their target audience any more. Cunard has huge dance floors and an orchestra in their ballrooms.

There are seniors who prefer the excitement, liveliness and versatility of Norwegian and Carnival and they like hanging out with younger people and families. Even Carnival has an older clientele on cruises over 11 days because younger people usually don't take longer cruises. It's nice that there are so many choices for all tastes. If you know what kind of environment you prefer, Cruise Critic can provide a lot of guidance.

Happy Cruising, Jerry of Jerry and Lady Kathryn
OHIO
306 Posts
Joined Dec 2013
Jerry ,

I want to thank you for such a nice response. It really helped me understand things
Much better. I'm not afraid to ask for advice if someone's more experienced.
Thanks again and take care.

Don


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New Mexico
338 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Don,
You're welcome. Right now, Lady Kathryn and I are planning a Cunard cruise on the Queen Victoria in April. In fact, I just made my final payment. We're looking forward to 19 nights from Los Angeles through the Panama Canal to New York City. We haven't cruised on the Queen Victoria before, but from what I can see, the layout is almost identical to that of the Queen Elizabeth, which we really enjoyed last year in a transatlantic from Southampton to Ft. Lauderdale.

It sure is nice being retired and having the time to catch any cruise that we can afford. I'm thinking of trying Crystal for our next cruise. They're considerably more expensive than the other cruise lines that we've tried, but I'm curious to try a luxury brand to see if it's worth the extra money. (To be truthful, I'm a little afraid to try Crystal because I'm afraid that Lady Kathryn will decide it's the only way to cruise, and then where will I be?) Which cruise lines have you found most enjoyable so far?
Jerry of Jerry and Lady Kathryn
Surrey, BC
29 Posts
Joined Sep 2008
Originally posted by copnlpn2
Morning all!

I never mind being a "senior citizen" (56) but I sure hate being CALLED one! Isn't there some other, more accurate and complimentary "title" for us? I don't know about all of you, but I'm still very active, very healthy and very far from a rocking chair!
Cindy,

When I turned 55 last year, I coined the word Tweenior for the 55 - 64 age group in which I now fit . . . old enough for some senior's benefits but not yet a full pensionable senior. I Googled it and discovered that I am not the first to use it but I like it anyway.

Karen
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New York's Capital District
426 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
Karen, I haven't heard the expression "tweener," but it's clever. I say "seasoned citizen" for those over a certain age. I can't be pigeon holed because I'm so often told I look much younger that I never think of myself as "senior." It's silly because I enjoy the perks. Fifteen percent discount at Denny's restaurants so I bring my adult children and it's a bargain. Discounts at most chain places but I don't frequent them as I prefer neighborhood cafes and small quaint restaurants and music clubs. Then there are also the cruise discounts and special senior offers. Speaking of cruising, I cruised twice in 2014, January with my then-18 year old daughter and her friend on the Carnival Splendor and September 2014 with two friends on the Norwegian Breakaway. I preferred Carnival. I made the mistake of buying ahead on another Norwegian cruise so I have to take something in the next four years. I do want to cruise Carnival again but I think my next one will be on Royal Caribbean (my favorite line!), which I haven't cruised in too long. Happy trails! Cheryl
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Previously cruised on: The Norway (cabin F19 in June 1989); NCL Westward (Dec 1993); NCL Seaward (Dec 1994); Carnival Ecstasy (Oct 1997); Premier Big Red Boat (Dec 1998); Carnival Imagination (2000); Disney Wonder (2000); Cunard QE2 (2003); Cunard QM2 (Feb 2005); Royal Caribbean Sovereign Of The Seas; Carnival Splendor (1/4/2014);Norwegian Breakaway (Jr Mini Suite on 9/7/2014)