Mature cruisers are a large segment of the cruise travel population. Many are retired, and have the discretionary income and leisure time to travel. They want to see the world, and they want to do it from the comfort and convenience of a cruise ship.
Most cruise lines, whatever their size, have something for every age group. Yet, small to mid-size ships are preferred by a growing number of Mature Cruisers. These ships offer more of what people in the 55+ age groups want in a cruise experience.
Mature Cruisers are a diverse population. Despite their different interests, there are many things they agree upon when identifying what they want from a cruise vacation.
What Mature Cruisers Want
- A value filled experience and amenities in keeping with the cost of the cruise
- Having a comfort level with the numbers of passengers, noise level, and elevator access
- Fine dining in an elegant setting, a varied menu, and well prepared, delicious food
- Excellent service provided by all members of the staff and crew throughout the cruise
- The convenience of unpacking and packing once while on the cruise
- Several choices of activities and entertainment throughout each day and evening
- Activities that stimulate and challenge such as guest lecturers and classes
- Visiting multiple, interesting and exciting ports of call
- On board medical care on call 24/7
- The opportunity to meet new people, socialize and participate in activities together
- Feeling pampered by all the little extras and attention that make cruising special
- A fully accessible cruise ship and ports of call if they have special needs
- A cruise vacation with destinations they want to experience, and a cruise ship that is a resort at sea.
- A cruise ship that is in keeping with personal lifestyle, interests and needs
What Ships Can Meet These Interests and Needs?
Mature travelers have several choices when it comes to cruise ships:
Large ships with a passenger capacity of 2,000 – 2,999, and the new Mega ships serving 3,000+ passengers offer more amenities, activities and entertainment than the smaller ships. They may also cost less than the smaller ships.
Mid-size ships can carry 950-1,999 passengers. They tend to feel friendly, cozy, and informal. While entertainment options are not as many as on a large ship, the types entertainment, activities, and personal services make them a favorite of mature cruisers.
Small Ships have a passenger capacity of 1-949 passengers. Small ships have a higher ratio of staff to passengers than other ships. The atmosphere on board is friendly, warm and inclusive. Many of the ships in this category are luxury ships. They are all about personal service, including butler service. Luxury ships are known for their fine dining.
Luxury Sanctuaries at full capacity are under 300 guests. They are located within mega ships, and offer the exclusivity and services of a private club. Yet, they are only an elevator ride away from all the activities of the mega ship.
Note: Cabins are billed on a minimum of two persons per cabin.
Solo Cruisers whatever their age, usually must pay what is called a “single supplement”, and this charge can equal the cost of almost the double occupancy fare for two people. Studios are beginning to become available on some cruise lines. There is no additional supplement for these single occupancy cabins. In addition, a separate solo lounge with key access provides a social gathering place with refreshments.
Couples Cruisers are double occupancy. Most ships have Inside, Oceanview, Balcony and Suite accommodations.
Multi-generational Cruisers have the option of sharing a family suite, or a number of connecting cabins.
Special Needs Cruisers having mobility impairments, or other special needs such as sight and hearing impairments are entitled to accessible cabins at no additional cost.
Selecting the right cruise ship is key to getting the most out of any cruise experience. In addition to the usual considerations of destinations and budget, ship size and cabin accommodations need to be chosen carefully.
A number of mid-size to smaller ships cater to mature cruisers. These ships offer music, activities and entertainment that appeals to cruisers 55+. Fine dining and exceptional personal service are hallmarks of these cruises.
Amenities such as complimentary beverage packages and specialty dining packages increase the value of the cruise. On board credit enables cruisers to choose purchases, which further reduces the cost of the trip and enhances the value of the trip.
If you are interested in cruises that cater to mature cruisers, call me at 800- 388-8781. I can help you choose a ship that meets your interests and is within your budget. My services are complimentary.
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