Cruises for Seniors Looking to Escape the Cold

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Cruises for Seniors Looking to Escape the Cold

Though you may enjoy every other time of year here, there is one thing that can’t be denied: Chicago winters are brutal. It’s no wonder the seniors who are able to flock to warmer climates for a few months out of the year. That being said, it goes without saying that only a lucky few can afford this luxury.

But just because you can’t afford a second home, it doesn’t mean you can’t get away from the Midwest cold for a little while. Cruises for seniors looking to escape the cold are a fantastic option whether you are looking to get away for a few days or a few weeks.

Cruises for Seniors Looking to Escape the Cold

Tips to consider before booking your cruise

Often all-inclusive, accessible, and with plenty of social opportunities, it’s clear why cruises are popular among the older generations. However, not all cruises were built alike. Each has its own amenities that can be counted on or added for an additional price. Research your options before booking anything, and remember these tips.

  • Put thought into your cabin of choice. Depending on the size of the ship, there could be dozens of room (or cabin) options for you to choose from. Price is obviously a factor, but so is room size and accessibility. You may need to choose a slightly larger room to allow space for walkers or wheelchairs. Additionally, while you may want to select a room closer to the dining halls, you likely won’t want to select a room near loud bars. Spend some time weighing out these options before making any decision.
  • Plan shore excursions and activities ahead of time. Cruises keep a fairly rigorous schedule of events, which is great for seniors who thrive on routine—especially when medication is involved. Schedule out your days ahead of time so you can properly budget your time as needed. This will allow you to roughly maintain your pre-existing daily schedule with meals and bedtimes.
  • Get your documentation in order. If your cruise ship will take you to a foreign country, make sure your passport and other travel documents are up to date. If you need to renew anything, you’ll have to do so as soon as possible.
  • Take your health into consideration. With the trip planned, make a stop at your doctor’s office to gather your necessary medication and tips for traveling with any pre-existing conditions. Depending on your destination, there may be certain vaccinations necessary, so speak with them about that as well.

Adult-only cruise lines?

A final, crucial point to consider when booking your cruise is whether or not to select an adult-only option. Children and young adults, while full of infectious energy, can also put a damper on your relaxing vacation. It is worth considering if you would prefer a cruise experience that is free of children, or if you don’t mind a vacation with all ages.

There are even world cruise lines for seniors in particular. Before you book anything, keep that in mind.

In the days leading up to the trip, make sure you…

  • Pack mindfully. Keep an eye on the weather patterns for your trip and pack accordingly. Don’t forget to pack for your excursion destinations too, as the weather may be slightly different on land versus on the sea. To keep yourself organized, buy suitcase dividers so you can properly keep track of everything.
  • Get to the port early on departure day. Delays happen—whether they be due to flights or traffic. Make an effort to get to your port location early so you don’t miss departure. If you’re flying, try to get in the night before. If you’re driving to the port, definitely cushion an extra hour or two between your arrival time and boarding time, that way you shouldn’t have to worry.

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Cruises for Seniors Looking to Escape the Cold                    

No two cruises were created equal. When looking into cruises, make sure you select a line that will take you to destinations you are actually excited to visit. Whether you’re looking for a destination geared towards beach life or history, there is something for everyone.

Caribbean Cruises

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the colorful Caribbean lifestyle, a cruise is one of the best ways to do so. There is no better option for experiencing island life than via boat. Cruise routes may have you exploring idyllic locations such as the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Jamaica.

The Caribbean islands are fantastic for seniors looking to soak in the sun and sand. You can spend days relaxing on pristine beaches and swimming in the warm water even in the dead of winter. Alternatively, you could immerse yourself in the unique, local culture by exploring local cuisine and markets.

Cruise lines to consider: Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Holland America Line

Mexican Riviera Cruises

Mexico is a country with diverse, vibrant landscapes and a rich culture—making it an exciting destination for seniors cruising the world! Some of your Mexican stops may include Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, and Mazatlán. These destinations combine rich culture with stunning views.

In addition to beach living, each of these offers its own, unique landscapes to explore. Set off for a jungle hike, a historic tour, or simply to taste some of the delectable cuisine that Mexico is known for.

Cruise lines to consider: Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line

Panama Canal Cruises

The Panama Canal takes you on an adventure through one of the most impressive engineering feats in the last hundred years. An absolutely gorgeous country, Panama is home to exquisite beaches and mountains alike, making it an excellent destination for nature lovers.

In addition to Panama itself, a Panama Canal cruise may guide you to other beautiful countries, such as Costa Rica, Columbia, and even Ecuador. These destinations will likely be saved for longer cruises, however, so keep that in mind. If you’re looking to truly learn about these cultures and relax, that could be a fantastic option for you.

Cruise lines to consider: Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line

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South Pacific Cruises

For a completely different type of tropical cruise, a trip to the South Pacific will do the trip. Cruises may take you on an exploration of tropical paradises such as Fiji, Samoa, French Polynesia, or Papa New Guinea. While the initial trip out to the South Pacific is daunting for even the most experienced travelers, a longer cruise makes it worth it.

The South Pacific gives seniors a look at the vibrant culture of the Polynesian and Oceana cultures, which may be quite far from anything you’ve experienced in your life. Those focused on relaxation will enjoy pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, colorful coral reefs, and unique marine life.

Cruise lines to consider: Princess Cruises and Paul Gauguin Cruises

The comfort of help at home

On the ship, you never have to worry about preparing your own meals or cleaning your home. As a result, when you return from your all-inclusive cruise, you may realize just how hard it is to maintain your home all on your own.  If that is the case, it may be time to consider the help of an at-home caregiver.

At Home Care Powered by AUAF, it is our mission to ensure our clients’ comfort, well-being, and peace of mind. Our staff proudly offers assistance with any activities of daily living, including medication reminders, meal preparation, or personal care. Even if you just need a companion to keep you company in the winter, our caregivers are more than happy to offer a helping hand and a friendly face.

If you believe you would benefit from the support of an at-home caregiver, give us a call at (773) 274-9262. We are more than happy to help you live the life you deserve.

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