We are just wondering what the average age of cruisers are? We are both 43 and this will be our 3rd cruise and for the most part the cruises we have been on have been filled with mostly older cruisers.. We are not complaining as we are cruising again but it would be cool to be on a cruise with people closer to our age lol.
I really think it depends on the length of the cruise and the line. If you want to see more people your age, go on the shorter less expensive cruises. Older couples tend to have more money and can afford the longer cruises. Families also pick shorter cruises because of money.
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i cant say i ever remember noticing the ages of people lol. I tend to get along well with people older than me, well and younger for that matter lol.
I love that there are so many "circles of life" going on during the cruise, everything from infants to the very elderly. I love em' all!
I will say that i've only done 2 and the longest 7 nights...i could see the longer cruises (pretty much any longer than 7 nights) having an older generation, due to work constraints, children at home/school etc. The retired folk get more oppurtunities to cruise for longer periods.
Its why i love being a nurse, no big deal getting 2 weeks off or more at a time i remember those days of 1 week off or 2 weeks off a year and being afraid to use them all up at once.
Like Kuki said, the 7 day or less Caribbean cruises have the best mix of ages.
Alaska is a bit older with a few families thrown in. Not so much a cruise that the "under 40 and ready to party folks" are usually drawn to.
European cruises are older still because of the additional airfare cost since often you are leaving from one city/country and debarking at another. That can get very expensive. Also European cruises tend to be longer in length with less emphasis on the fun excursions that the younger set may be drawn to.
Anything over 9 days will draw an older passenger load because of the additional days/cost.
Hawaii is an interesting vacation spot. Whether doing a cruise to Hawaii or enjoying a land vacation, you will see a decidedly older collection of tourists with some honeymooners thrown in. This is in part because of the cost involved. Hawaii is a very expensive place to vacation with much of it having become so commercialized that just about everything comes with a hefty price. Unlike the Caribbean or Mexico where you can go and enjoy for just a few days, because Hawaii is so far away from the mainland, most people go for at least a week and many times longer.
Generally, the rule is the shorter/cheaper the cruise, the younger the passengers.
In short, anything 9 days or less are a good best for a nice mix of passengers, with the passengers' median age going up after 7 days with each additional day.
Most Carnival 7 nighters has a median age of 35-40. That is my guessimate.
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