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Paja October 22nd, 2007 08:13 PM

first time cruiser with elderly parents advice?
I just found this wonderful website. We are recently retired and are planning to go on a cruise with my elderly parents. They have cruised once before, we have never cruised. We are thinking about the Panama Canal. My parents are still mobile, but move slowly and tire easily. They are very opposed to the idea of a wheelchair or a scooter, but we are concerned about them getting around the ship-to meals, etc. Also, we are wondering what the shore excursions would be like for them. Does anyone have any experience with cruising with elderly people and have some advice for us?? Thanks so much!

Trip October 22nd, 2007 08:50 PM

I think this will be a memorable cruise for all or you...I have not done a canal cruise, but know there is so much to see as you go thru the canal. If you book a balcony they can see it at their pace, in the comfort of their cabin. I would also make sure to do excursions, like an island tour, where you can walk off the ship and get a tour bus, or maybe hire a cab just for the 4 of you..This will allow, doing things at your own pace, and if you need to make a pit stop, it's an easy thing to do with a personal driver.

For dinner, I would arrive a bit after the doors open, as to allow your parents no crowds or the occasional rush to get in..Aft pools are usually less crowded, as I have found.

I hope you all have a wonderful time!

LisaK October 23rd, 2007 11:21 AM

a Panama Canal cruise will be an awesome memorable experience. Since the ultra-large mega cruise liners can't fit thru the locks you will going on a smaller ship which will be just fine for you and your parents. Book a cabin close to the elevators for convenience. We did our transcanal cruise on Princess and loved it. As for shore excursions, i agree with Trip book a tour bus type excursion that involves minimal walking.

colorcrazie October 23rd, 2007 01:45 PM

Even though I'm not quite elderly yet, I have mobility problems and I have found that the mega ships are just too much for me. I go by number of passengers. If over 2,000, I know I can't handle it very well. Even using elevators, you still have to walk back and forth, so I would also recommend a cabin midship.
Have fun, it will be a great thing to do with them!

Paja October 24th, 2007 12:34 PM

Thank you all so much for your advice and encouragement. We will definitely use your ideas!

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