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Best Cruises for Seniors

There are many things older adults look for in a cruise. Cruises are appealing to seniors because they offer them the chance to visit many destinations while keeping their belongings in one place onboard the ship. Senior travelers appreciate good service, food, and entertainment options. If mobility or medical concerns are a problem, your senior loved one can choose a cruise equipped to meet his or her needs. 

Some aging adults who have limited mobility or a medical condition often require assistance to accomplish their daily duties. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Sacramento families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide dedicated and compassionate in-home caregivers who are trained in our holistic Balanced Care Method, which was designed to encourage seniors to exercise often, eat nutritious foods, maintain strong social ties, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity.

1. Alaska

Spectacular scenery and the chance to see native wildlife are some of the reasons seniors enjoy venturing to Alaska. While some seniors may prefer to stay onboard and take in the views from the deck, others can visit the wilds more closely via a trip to Glacier National Park or by boarding a smaller boat, which takes guests for close-up encounters with glaciers and wildlife. Meal options on these ships include a variety of meats and seafood obtained locally. 

2. Hawaii

There are cruise ships that sail to Honolulu year-round. While in Hawaii, many seniors like to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, and the USS Missouri. These destinations are particularly important to anyone who served or has a family member who served in the military during WWII. While on board, ships also frequently sail to Kauai and Maui during the evening to see the spectacular display by the Kilauea volcano. Many seniors prefer “freestyle cruises,” which offers passengers the chance to dine and stay on the port for longer. 

3. Norwegian Fjords

During a one-week adventure, seniors can visit dozens of ports as the ships make their way through scenic fjords. This is the chance of a lifetime to experience local culture and cuisine. The Hurtigruten cruise offers the opportunity to tour a town and get transportation to join the ship in another port. 

4. River Cruises

River cruises are quite popular throughout Europe. Smaller boats feature sleeping quarters and dining options. Some cabins also offer the convenience of seeing the sights via private cabin balconies equipped with sliding glass doors. 

5. Multiple Exotic Destinations

Some cruises sail to different countries, giving seniors the option to experience many cultures and see a variety of sights. One such cruise begins in Australia, then continues to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Stops include the Horizontal Waterfalls in Talbot Bay, the Islands of the Torres Strait, the McMurdo Sound, and the Ross Sea regions. 

6. Paris/Normandy

WWII veterans often enjoy venturing back to the destinations once occupied by Allied Forces. In addition to the many typical tourist attractions, sights to visit here include the D-Day Museum, the Gold and Omaha Beaches, and the American Military Cemetery. 

7. Vietnam

This country is significant to Vietnam War veterans and continues to attract modern-day tourists. Angkor Wat, Ho Chi Minh City, and Phnom Penh are some of the popular points of interest. Seniors may also enjoy excursions along the Mekong River to see the famous floating markets. 

Some aging adults are unable to go on a trip because of medical conditions that limit their mobility. Sacramento, CA, senior care professionals can be a wonderful boon to aging adults. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers.

If your loved one has a serious medical condition such as Alzheimer’s, consider hiring a trained caregiver who specializes in working with seniors with this condition. Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who do not have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. For trusted Sacramento Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives. Call 916.706.0169 and speak with a Care Manager to learn about our services and schedule a free consultation.