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Old May 25th, 2014, 08:40 AM
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Default Is Brilliance a senior citizen cruise?

We have this cruise booked for April with my daughter, husband & family...We are in our 50's my daughter 30's. We have sailed 3 x on Liberty loved it very much but this year we opted Brilliance for cost & time frame. We have been reading reviews from many sites and noticed guest making comments about many walkers & wheel chairs being present. This post is no way being disrespectful to the elderly. I just want my kids to have an awesome cruise! If this is not a good match for our ages now is the time to switch. Please share your thoughts if you have sailed this ship in April.
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Old May 25th, 2014, 02:33 PM
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It really depends on when in April you're going. If you're going during Spring Break, then the ship will be crowded with families and younger people. But if you're going outside of Spring Break time, then yes, the crowd will not include alot of families or school-age people.

Basically the same can be said with any cruise.

However, two things that make this slightly different; 1) it leaves out of Tampa, and 2) it's a Radiance-class ship.

Lots of seniors like to travel out of Tampa, especially when good deals are being offered. And seniors tend to really like the Radiance-class ships more than the Voyager-class, Freedom-class, or Oasis-class ships, me included. The reason being is that the ships are very well laid out and don't have all the fancy amenities of the larger ships that attract the younger crowd.

Sorry for not giving a simple yes-no answer to your question, but there are alot of things that impact the type of crowd you encounter on any ship. So those who post on some of those other sites making definitive statements may not be taking all this into account.

Hopefully, you have a good agent and they can do some research for you so they can provide you with more detailed information about your specific cruise and what you are most likely to encounter.

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Thank you for you reply we are booked for April 6th 2015
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Would this be considered spring break? we are going with some younger guest as well...
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Old May 25th, 2014, 03:54 PM
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Looks to me like you may have missed it - which is a good thing/bad thing. Prices are better when you're going, which is the day after Easter, so you also missed Easter Break.

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I've sailed on Brilliance 5x and I'm 35 years old. It's got a much more mid-aged crowd; but by no means is it a "senior citizen" cruise. She's an awesome ship; actually one of my favorites. If you're sailing a typical caribbean route; you'll have a good mix of people. Now, I've sailed on her and other ships to Norway and Iceland; which was extremely much more of a senior cruise; but we knew that going into it as those more exotic destinations tend to get an older crowd. But I can tell you that there is is ALWAYS a core group of "younger (i.e., 20's & 30's)" that congregate and hang/become friends and have fun.
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Yes we are sailing 5 night (Cayman, Cozumel ) from what I have read and heard we should be fine with a good mix of ages. If it was a longer cruise or a TA yes most folks agree this would tend to be older. Thank you all for your reply's we are booked and are looking forward to it so many people say how beautiful the ship is cant wait!!!
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spring break runs about three weeks. schools in the south differ from those in the north. california goes year round, so they may be on break during April. you will always find young 20-30 year olds on every Royal Caribbean cruise. just look for them at any bar where they serve beer
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