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Five Reasons Cruising Was Made For Boomers

Five Reasons Cruising Was Made For Boomers

By Paul Marshman  

Cruising is a great way to see the world. And with new, innovative cruise ships joining the fleet each year, it’s no wonder it’s gaining popularity with travellers both young and old. But cruising is especially suited to baby boomers: in fact, you might say it was made for us.

Here are five reasons cruising is ideal for travelling boomers:

It’s affordable: Cruising isn’t cheap, to be sure, but if you want to see more than one destination on the same trip, it’s the best deal going. The cost of transportation, hotels and meals on a multi-leg trip adds up to far more than the cost of a cruise to those destinations. And since there are several classes of cabin, you can choose how much you want to pay.

It’s low-impact: Dragging your bags through airports and train stations on a long trip can be a real strain, especially if you’re moving a little slower than you used to. Yes, you have to travel to your cruise port, but once on board, you unpack once and you’re home for the next seven or 10 or 14 days. You can be as active as you want to, and there’s lots to do. But if you just want take it easy, that’s fine too. There’s even free room service if you can’t get to the dining room.

It’s fun: Cruise ships have a nautical feel to them, even if they’re floating hotels. And while the cabins are small (you’re on a ship, after all), they’re ingeniously designed, and in some cases beautiful. Watching the ocean go by as you sip a drink in the bar, or standing on the top deck as the huge ship slides into port, is a great experience.

It’s sociable: Cruise ships can be great places to mingle with new people and make new friends. Comparing notes at dinner every night is a great way to get to know people. Cruising can also be a great chance to spend time with your family. Parents, siblings, kids, grandkids — the ships can accommodate everyone, and you’ll all be together for several days.

It’s convenient: Since cruise ships are like great big hotels, just about everything you might need is available on board. In many cases, you can even have it delivered to your cabin. There’s laundry service, a medical centre if you get sick, and the kitchen will make a special meal for you if you have a yen for something. You even have a room steward — how’s that for personal service?

Cruising’s not perfect, of course: some things aren’t included in the basic price, like alcohol and soft drinks, there’s a daily gratuity added to your bill, and Internet access is expensive and slow. And if you hate crowds, it might not be for you. On the other hand, some people just spend their cruise watching the sea go by from their balcony, leaving the crowds behind.

If you want to find out more about cruising, Cruise Critic provides a wealth of information, much of it contributed by passengers who’ve seen it all first-hand. In many cases, they’re boomers like you. And once you read their stories, you may want to cruise along with them.

Paul Marshman is a Travel Blogging Specialist.  Being both a Boomer and a world traveler himself, Paul shares travel tips and stories on his popular blog – The Travelling Boomer. You can also follow Paul on Twitter at @Travel_Boomer.

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Paul Marshman is a writer, photographer and traveler living in Toronto, Canada. Paul is semi-retired from a 30-year career as a reporter, editor and photographer on Canadian newspapers and magazines where his travels have taken him to 50 countries. Paul’s articles have been published everywhere from the Toronto Star to Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel and Paul now shares travel tips and stories on his popular blog – The Travelling Boomer.

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