What are the best cruise lines for 55 and older .??
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I think that age is pefect for all of the cruise lines!
Celebrity would be the line if you want the cruise to be 55 and up. They are known for having good food. Most places onboard close at 10pm.
Holland America will have a slightly older crowd.
Royal Caribbean would be the choice if you want a wider age range and more options for entertainment.
If you want a somewhat more formal experience, Cunard (Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth) would be a good choice. Lots of friendly, sociable people who can dress up without getting stuffy and pompous, and lots of nightlife after 10PM, even though the average age must be well over 55.
I also like Carnival and Royal Caribbean, but they're not specific for over-55. I personally prefer Costa, but unless you like dancing and a multi-cultural experience, it's probably not a good choice.
I won't go back on Holland America- I'm only 61, I felt too young and active to fit in. Only been on Celebrity once but got the same vibe.
I usually cruise over the Christmas/New Years holidays (10+ days) because this is when I have a block of time off from work. I'm pushing 60 and find HAL friendly and relaxing. In the evenings I hit the piano bar, lounge shows, casino, or/and a movie so there is enough action for me.
Monoploy2, I'm wondering how you liked Oasis as a solo. I like trying the different cruise ships/lines and since the cruise industry keeps building bigger ships I guess I'll be cruising different ships. Faith
Monoploy and Dancer Bob--it is good for me to learn more about what's going on in the cruising world. I really enjoy the smaller HAL sized ships--most people seem to be really friendly and open to chat. I also love the walk around the ship's open decks--I found myself walking, reading, and visiting with folks on most sea days.
Next year I'm hoping to try something new--a new itinerary and a new cruise line/ship. I have my eye on a Celebrity (Century) cruise (Pacific Northwest) from SD to Vancouver at the begining of the Alaska sailing season. Faith