The Best Senior Cruises

senior couple enjoying a cruise

Choosing the Right Cruise for You

With so many senior travel cruising options available, finding the right one for you can take a while. That’s why we’ve shortlisted some of the best cruises for seniors to help save you some time on your research and provide some insight into what they can offer.

But first, it helps to consider what kinds of experiences you’re after and how you want to cruise.

Types of Cruises for Senior Travel

From river boats to ocean cruise liners, there’s a wide range of cruise ships that each offer different opportunities. A smaller boat may be able to get to more ports along a river, while a larger ship can cross oceans and take you to contrasting locations.

Cruise lines all offer different itineraries too. Would you prefer slow days relaxing in the sun, exciting shore excursions every day, or a balance of both?

Important things to consider include:

  • Length of stay at ports
  • Onboard activities
  • Climate and season of each destination
  • Accessibility of cruise ships for seniors

There isn’t one best cruise for seniors; rather, there are hundreds of cruises that each provide their own unique hospitality and approach to adventure. Listed below are several cruising options we’d recommend for you.

Princess Cruises

Discover a palace on open water with Princess Cruises. The royal experience they offer will treat you to beautiful ships and remarkable service. They also showcase world-class entertainment including music performances, magic shows, and art history lectures.

At particular destinations, you can interact with an onboard expert who will provide live commentary about the area. In addition to the enriching life on board, Princess Cruises also offers a vast range of itineraries across the globe.

  • Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible cabins
  • Large elevators
  • Gangways
  • Some wheelchair-friendly shore excursions

Sight and Hearing

Service dogs are welcome on Princess Cruises and their ships have been designed to help anyone who is hard of hearing or visually impaired. Elevators feature braille call buttons, and extra packages are available that include visual smoke detectors and telephone amplifiers.

group of seniors having a drink on a cruise

Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises and their Destination Immersion® Experiences provide a slower pace to cruising. This gives guests more time to embrace and enjoy the culture of each port they call into.  

Their smaller ships have a homely feel and are designed to access ports that larger ships can’t reach. This means you’ll be stepping deeper into countries and into less crowded ports. You’ll also be able to engage better with other passengers, which makes single senior cruises a warm and energising experience.

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible staterooms
  • Boarding and departure assistance
  • Scooter access
  • Accessible casino Blackjack tables

Sight and Hearing

Aboard their fleet, any service animal is welcome to assist you. Azamara Club Cruises goes above and beyond for their senior cruises by providing qualified readers to read the shore excursions and the daily Pursuits. Early boarding for orientation tours are also available.

APT Cruises

APT will take care of everything for you, letting you gently ride the river currents of the world without any worries. With local guides on sight-seeing expeditions and remarkable itineraries, your travels will be planned and led by professionals.

Although it’s famous for its European cruises, APT also offers incredible cruises for seniors in Australia. Journey on their intimate MS Caledonian Sky for an adventure with new friends. The smaller ship size and welcoming social spaces make it great for a single senior cruise experience.

Accessibility

Due to the remoteness of some docks, a medium level of mobility is suggested for any senior travellers. Wheelchairs are permitted; however, cabin halls and doorways may make wheelchair navigation difficult.

Holland America Line

Each ship on the Holland America Line lends a classic elegance to senior travel. Unearthing the charm of older styles, these ships are perfect if you appreciate live music – from hearty blues to classical piano.

From the shores of Alaska to the waves of Hawaii, Holland America Line provides some of the best cruises for seniors. And with knowledgeable guides for your on-shore activities, you’ll be able to learn about the different cities as you travel them.

Single Senior Cruises

For any senior travelling on their own, a Single Partners Program is available. This will match solo travellers by gender to share a double cabin, which is a great way to meet someone new and add to your senior travel experience. These types of programs make Holland America Line itineraries some of the best cruises for single seniors.

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible staterooms
  • Scooter access

Sight and Hearing

Any service animal is more than welcome, with some dining rooms specially designed to cater to you and your animal. For any visual or hearing impairment, stateroom kits for tactile alerts and assistive listening systems for public spaces are available on request.

seniors enjoying the view on a cruise

Norwegian Cruise Line

From transatlantic endeavours to Caribbean expeditions, Norwegian Cruise Line can take you on any type of trip. Offering more of a casual and relaxed cruising experience for senior travellers, you’ll be part of a friendly atmosphere.

On board, there’s a wide range of mouth-watering dining options and ongoing entertainment, like professional music and theatrical performances.

Single Senior Cruises

For rewarding solo cruises for seniors, the Norwegian Jewel includes individual studio cabins. These are perfectly designed for cruises for single seniors. There’s also a private lounge for meeting other travellers in a natural setting.

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible staterooms
  • Scooter access
  • Limited wheelchairs available
  • Pool lifts

Sight and Hearing

For those who enquire in advance, a personal embarkation meeting with onboard staff is available and assistance will be provided. Service animals are also welcome and staterooms feature hardwired (or portable) visual alert systems.

RACV Cruises and Tours

As an RACV member, you save 5%* off your next cruise or tour, or receive a special member benefit. Sometimes both!

To claim this benefit RACV members must book through RACV Cruises & Tours – Ph: 1300 850 884

Some of the free offers we provide with our cruise partners include flights, cabin upgrades, and complimentary shore excursion credit. Discover your exclusive cruise offers here[PB1] .

We want you to have reliable cover when you travel. That’s why our benefits also include 15% off Travel Insurance for all RACV Members.

Cruise Travel Insurance for Seniors

Preparing for your trip also includes planning for scenarios that may occur off-shore or in different countries. RACV’s Travel Insurance provides a range of covers designed to fit your trip and budget. And with access to 24/7 support and an international network of medical experts, you’ll have a reliable team that’s there for you when you need them.

The products available also cater to over 60 and senior travellers. Whether you’re going to be travelling on single senior cruises or as a group on larger vessels, RACV can provide a secure solution to your insurance.

If you’ve decided on the cruise that’s perfect for you, it might be time to think about packing. See our guide to what to pack for a cruise to get your essential checklist.

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Conditions: RACV member discount excludes port charges, taxes, gratuities, some upgrades, airfares and other non-discountable amounts.

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