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Old October 1st, 2000, 01:20 PM
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How about a new topic on your people boards. There are many ships that are excellent for seniors. We seek unusual destinations, good lecturers, our kind of music, good food, and less noise along with the usual shipboard activities and entertainment.
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Old October 1st, 2000, 02:15 PM
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Here's something else I saw in today's wonderful NYTimes cruise related travel section. There is an article about Grand circle Travel and their senior cruises. Grand circle Travel can be reached at (800) 221-2610. The article referred to a Scandanavia/Baltic cruise on NCL.

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Old October 1st, 2000, 08:07 PM
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SeagoingJLW & Carole Dunham,

I think another category for Seniors is definately in order under the "PEOPLE"message area. In addition to "CruiseMate Cruises" it would be a great help to have a forum where we can exchange information on which cruies lines have specials for seniors. On board lectures or interesting cruise destinations would be good additions to the cruising experience.

I too, am looking for cruises that are more than just a "party boat". Partying and socializing are great, but I need a bit more intellectual stimulation on my vacations to keep those "grey" cells alive and well. I seek out cruise itenaries with interesting ports-of-call to add to my cruise experience. I would like to hear others experiences to assist me in planning my own cruise vacations. If we develop this topic and gather enough interest, maybe we can cruise as a "block" and get some good cabin rates as well. All you seniors out there, chime in on this topic and add your comments to this message. I don't know what age constitutes a Senior, but since AARP considersd a senior anyone 50 yr. or older, lets hear from anyone who has reached the "Good..'ol 50.
I am glad this issue of Seniors section has come up. I hope CruiseMates gives this some thought and adds it to the "PEOPLE" category.
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Old October 1st, 2000, 08:17 PM
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SeagoingJLW & Carole Dunham,

I think another category for Seniors is definately in order under the "PEOPLE"message area. In addition to "CruiseMate Cruises" it would be a great help to have a forum where we can exchange information on which cruise lines have specials for seniors. On board lectures or interesting cruise destinations would be good additions to the cruising experience.

I too, am looking for cruises that are more than just a "party boat". Partying and socializing are great, but I need a bit more intellectual stimulation on my vacations to keep those "grey" cells alive and well. I seek out cruise itineraries with interesting ports-of-call to add to my cruise experience. I would like to hear others experiences to assist me in planning my own cruise vacations. If we develop this topic and gather enough interest, maybe we can cruise as a "block" and get some good cabin rates as well.

All you Seniors out there, chime-in on this topic and add your comments to this message. I don't know what age constitutes a Senior, but since AARP considersd a senior anyone 50 yr. or older, let's hear from anyone who has reached the "Good..'ol Five.. 0.

I am glad this issue of Seniors section has come up. I hope CruiseMates gives this some thought and adds it to the "PEOPLE" category.
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Old October 2nd, 2000, 05:24 PM
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Hi Frank,

I took a Clipper cruise a couple of years ago. Clipper is an American line with 4 small ships that sail in all parts of the world. This cruise was on the Nantucket Clipper through Maritime Canada and New England. We had a historian and a naturalist on board. The cruise attracted many very bright people, almost all seniors. We had the national head of the Audobon society (he spotted a life bird!) and a group from the California Academy of Sciences. Everyone lectured and was available for questions. Since the ship only carried 100 passengers, we all got to know each other. We spent nights in port and the only entertainment onboard other than the lectures, videos and movies of the area we were in, were local entertainers who came onboard. My rather was born in Saint John, NB in the latter part of the nineteenth century. He was from a loyalist family and so was our historian. I learned a lot about how to research my family. In Maine we had a whale expert come onboard so he could help us when we whale watched at Stellenbach Bank outside of Boston the next day. Now I admit I love all cruising, but that one was SO special. Plan on sailing Yorktown Clipper in Alaska in the summer of 2002. Along with the historian and naturalist they should have a native totem carver onboard. I think many ships carry guest lecturers but you need to search them out. I highly recommend Clipper though.

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Old October 2nd, 2000, 06:31 PM
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Carole,
Thanks for your information on the Clipper cruise. That must have been a great experience for you. That sounds like the type of cruise I would be interested in. So far, I have stuck with the cruises in the Caribbean. I am scheduled for my third Caribbean cruise in Feb. 2001. I select my cruises by the itinerary so this is also the third cruise line I will have been on. I enjoy cruising, but I had to allow a number of years between my previous cruises ('93 was the first). The last one was almost two years ago and I'm dying to get on board again. I am thinking about scheduling them about once a year now, so my interest in cruise sites such as CruiseMates has peaked my interest. I plan to keep on top of new cruising information and access the internet sites devoted to cruising on a regular basis. After the Feb. '01 cruise, I will have stopped at 12 separate Caribbean Islands, all in the eastern and southern Caribbean. I will be looking for more interesting cruise itineraries soon.

Your experience on the Clipper is the kind of cruise I am looking for. Also, I am looking at cruise itineries for the MED. and the Aegean Sea as my possible next cruises. I would like to hear, from other cruisers, their experiences on ships that offer more than just "party-time" experiences. Thanks for sharing you Clipper experience on this site. I hope more seniors also share their interesting cruise experiences.
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Old October 3rd, 2000, 12:55 PM
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Hi Frank,

For your information, Clipper cruises extensively in the Caribbean with two of its ships in the winter. They go to islands I've never even heard of. Since the ships are too small for a pool, they have swimming platforms off the side of the ship. One itinerary they do starts with a train trip through Mexico's Copper Canyon, then a sail through the Sea of Cortez. You can get in the water and swim with sea lions and you stop at totally deserted beaches for nature walks. The photos of it were so absolutely beautiful. And of course with a historian and a naturalist along you would end up knowing so much about this fascinating part of the world.

Carole
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Old October 7th, 2000, 12:33 AM
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I agree Frank! I too am a "young" retiree, who loves to cruise. With so many of us now "jumping ship" on our careers, or maybe just using retirement packages as a springboard for changing careers....to something that allows us more freedom to travel and stimulate those "cells" while we still have them..... I am very seriously considering a 14 day Alaska cruise on the S.S. Universe of World Explorer cruises this summer in early June. I have been on many cruises and, like you, enjoy the nightlife, fine dining (? well, semi-fine these days!), etc. but I also enjoy a departure from the norm. I have checked out the ship and, although far from the ritz & glitz of the new launches, it appears to be in good shape and has had high sanitation marks, reportedly good food (features fresh Alaska sea food I am told), and emphasizes a cultural and intellectual experience, along with encouraging friendships among passengers. Local guides, lectures, cultural and sociological emphasis, and much wider and more in-depth excursion offerings are supposed to be the strong points of this curise. I think I am going to give it a try. They even have a limited number of single cabins. This is a plus for me. I lost my husband in 1995. We both enjoyed cruising so much and I hate to give it up, but the single supplements are just out of sight on many ships. I did get a great rate on the Zaandam this past May! Hope this board goes....it would be great to get a group to travel together!
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Old October 14th, 2000, 06:33 PM
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We are ready to go with a group of seniors anytime and there is someone out there who is anxious to get groups of ten or so couples, and/or, single seniors, together who will work to get these types of groups together. I know that the agency from whom we purchase about four cruises each year on the net would give us a great price, but we should be able to put a little clout in to get those who prefer single supplement rates that are not astronomical, some decent prices. The big problem is the decision of which cruise, time of year, etc. Since transatlantics or repositioning cruises are usually well priced under any circumstances, why don''t some of you put some of your possible choices on this board and see if others will agree, and I will take it to the agency that I deal with, or some of you could do the same with your suppliers and see what happens. We have not been able to get together with other seniors as a group up until now.
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Old October 20th, 2000, 12:36 PM
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seagoingJLW wrote:> > How about a new topic on your people boards. There are many> ships that are excellent for seniors. We seek unusual> destinations, good lecturers, our kind of music, good food, and> less noise along with the usual shipboard activities and> entertainment.
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we are takeing the nov 27 rccl mexican cruise on the viking we are in 56 and 52 any one out there coing if so e mails us at lludynju aol.com
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Hi Louis,
You may want to post on the "meet on board" here at Cruisemates. Its a great tool to find other cruisers on the same cruise as you, enjoy.

<http://www.cruisemates.com/persin.cfm>

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Old November 19th, 2000, 03:16 PM
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Our experiences on Holland America Cruises(Westcoast thru Panama Canal, Alaska) were excellent for seniors. Movie Theater, Lectures about the prospective Ports of Call without emphais on Commercialism, lectures about the flotra and fauna which might be encountered, teatime in mid afternoon, a library of sorts.
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