Cruising is a great choice for older travelers who want to explore new places without the uncertainty that can come with traveling on your own. Shore excursions, as well as cruising itself, are group activities, and there is greater safety and security venturing out in a group than exploring a new place alone.
Of course, you also want to good care of yourself while you’re cruising. Here are our top three tips for mature cruisers:
Mind Your Health. If you have physical limitations or special dietary needs, let your cruise line know; your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert can help with this. The crew will do whatever they can to accommodate your needs.
While you’re packing, double-check that you have all the medications you may need. Bring a little extra just in case your flight home is delayed. Pack them in the bag you’ll carry with you, not in the luggage you plan to check. While you’re on the ship, don’t leave your medications out on your desk or bathroom counter; keep them in closed storage for safekeeping.
When traveling somewhere new, it’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of trying new things, including unfamiliar food. But, many of us are past the days when we could try exotic foods or new spices with no regrets. To help minimize the chance of any digestive distress, be careful about what you eat.
Mind Your Feet. The ship will take care of moving you from one port to another, but there can still be quite a bit of walking involved: not just to the buffet table, but around the decks and during onshore tours.
For daytime, bring comfortable, supportive walking shoes that can handle uneven ground (think cobblestone streets). Evenings on a gently moving ship may call for stylish flats rather than high heels. Being steady on your feet will help guard against an unwanted fall or sprained ankle.
Mind Your Back. Older tourists are a favorite prey of pickpockets around the world; fortunately, there are things you can do to make yourself a less attractive target. Instead of carrying a bag, keep your money and credit card in a neck pouch you wear under your shirt; leave valuable jewelry at home; and, don’t carry more cash than you’ll need that day.
For more tips and help communicating any special needs to your cruise line, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal travel expert.
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