FredOlsenSeniorsCruises

7 of the best cruises for seniors looking for smooth sailings

These cruise lines cater to the needs of travellers 60 years and older.

When you can travel from destination to destination without having to board planes, change hotels and repack, it’s no wonder cruising is a favourite form of travel for seniors.

Each of these ideal cruises for seniors have unique itineraries and activities specifically geared towards different travellers’ interests. From onboard musicals and casinos to onshore excursions guaranteed to get you back to the ship on time, you’ll barely need to lift a finger on your next cruise adventure.


1. Fred. Olsen
With its fleet of smaller and older ships, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines attracts a more mature clientele who seek an intimate journey across the seas.

Fred. Olsen’s ships don’t have the kid-friendly zip lines or rock climbing walls that other lines feature, so children on board are rare. Solo seniors can also rejoice as the cruise line doesn’t charge single supplement.

  • Onboard activities: Shopping, live performances, spa, fitness centre, gaming tables, library and golf nets.
  • Accessibility features: Wheelchair-accessible rooms and select wheelchair-friendly shore excursions. Boudicca is the most wheelchair-friendly ship in the fleet due to its generously sized rooms.
  • Discounts for seniors: No.
  • Best for: Solo seniors.

Go to Fred. Olsen website View coupon codes for Fred. Olsen


Which cruise lines offer discounts for seniors?

Some cruise lines offer discounts for seniors aged 55 and over on select sailings. These lines include Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.

The discounts are not widely advertised, so if you will be 55 or over at the time of sailing, advise the line when booking to see what discount offers they can provide.


Which cruises are best for seniors with disabilities?

Some cruise lines offer more accessible amenities than others, and of these cruise lines, the below five are the ones that stand out the most.

  • Holland America: Wheelchair-accessible rooms on all ships and accessible routes throughout the ships
  • Princess: Minimum of 31 wheelchair-accessible cabins on each ship and offers wheelchair-friendly excursions available
  • Royal Caribbean: Wheelchair-accessible rooms on all ships and select excursions are wheelchair friendly
  • Celebrity: Wheelchair-accessible rooms on all ships and customised wheelchair-friendly excursions are available
  • Cunard: Wheelchair accessible rooms available on all ships and select excursions are wheelchair friendly

Four things to look out for when booking cruises for seniors

  • Accessibility onboard: Depending on your level of mobility, you might like to look into accessibility options on your cruise. Many lines offer wheelchair-accessible rooms and gangways, however it is strongly recommended that you travel with someone who is able to assist you on your cruise. While wheelchair-accessible staterooms may be available, it’s recommended that your wheelchair is collapsible as stateroom door widths vary. Some cruise lines may allow you to pre-reserve a wheelchair on board. It is recommended that you contact the cruise line direct with your requirements so that you can be best catered for while onboard.
  • Port accessibility: Not all port excursions have facilities for those with mobility difficulties. You should discuss with the tour operator prior to booking to find out which excursions you can take part in. Many ports in the Mediterranean have facilities for guests with limited mobility. However, some ports, for example those in the Caribbean and the Baltics, may require ships to anchor off shore. In these instances guests will be taken onshore via a boat or tender. If tendering is required, guests using mobility devices may not be able to go onshore. Some tenders may allow guests who are able to embark with minimal assistance to use a collapsible wheelchair. Contact your tour operator to confirm your options before booking your tour.
  • Port excursions: Many cruise lines offer a variety of port excursions. Seniors may prefer tours that don’t require much physical activity. Look out for excursions and sightseeing tours that utilise a minibus or coach with minimal walking involved.
  • Scenic cruises and destinations: Scenic cruises are some of the most popular options for seniors as they allow you to witness the majesty of the landscape from the deck of the boat. Popular scenic destinations for this include New Zealand and Alaska. Transatlantic and transpacific cruises are also ideal for seniors as they provide guests with ample time to explore the ship.

Importance of cruise travel insurance for seniors

Any holiday comes with it's risks, and when you consider the points above like onboard and port accessibility, shore excursions and the destinations visited combined with the possibility of limited mobility and other pre-existing health conditions that come with age, it's important to make sure that you're covered should anything not go according to plan.

Once you've booked your cruise, make sure to consider seniors travel insurance policies for cruises to find a plan that's best suited for your needs and destination.


Top cruise deals and flights

CruiseAway CruiseAway

Up to $1,000 off + $1,000 OBC world cruises with Princess Cruises

Valid for 2020 cruises. Destinations include Mediterranean, Norway, Iceland, Alaska, Auckland, Tahiti, Honolulu. Bora Bora and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

CruiseAway CruiseAway

Up to 40% off Royal Caribbean cruises

Save on select Royal Caribbean sailings from now until February 2020 in the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

Gate1 Travel Gate1 Travel

Up to $1,100 off European river cruises

Valid on select dates from March 2019 - November 2019. Destinations include Budapest, Munich, Prague, Berlin, Krakow and more. Note: Deposit must be paid by 7 November 2018 to receive discount.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

Fred. Olsen Fred. Olsen

Up to 30% off Christmas and New Year's cruises

Valid for travel from November - December 2018. Destinations include South Pacific, Caribbean and Australia. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

P&O Cruises P&O Cruises

Up to $200 on board credit on last-minute cruises

Valid from October - December 2018. Destinations include Moreton Island, Noumea, Hamilton Island, Vanuatu, Brisbane, Sydney and more. Cruises start from $315 per person for 3-night comedy cruises. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

P&O Cruises P&O Cruises

$49 deposit: short break cruises

Valid for 2 to 4 days cruises departing on December 2018. Destinations include Moreton Island, Noumea, Hamilton Island, Vanuatu, Brisbane, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

Uniworld Uniworld

Up to US$100 off river cruises

Valid on select dates between March - December 2019. Destinations include Vienna, Budapest, Passau, Basel, Cologne, Bucharest and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

CruiseAway CruiseAway

50% off second guest with MSC

Valid for cruise between December 2018 - April 2019 with MSC Meraviglia. Includes free Cirque du Soleil at Sea dinner & show.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

Scoopon Scoopon

34% off New Year's Eve cruise

Valid until 31 December 2018. Includes one ticket to a six-hour New Year's Eve cruise, open bar, canapes on arrival and standing buffet. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

CruiseAway CruiseAway

Up to US$250 OBC + free dinner for two with Cunard

Valid for 2020 cruises. Destinations include New York, Southampton, Singapore, Vancouver and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

CruiseAway CruiseAway

Up to 30% off P&O cruises

Save on select P&O sailings between March - August 2019 in the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

P&O Cruises P&O Cruises

Premium drinks package from just $79

Valid on selected cruises 7 nights or more. Includes bonus onboard spending money and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

CruiseAway CruiseAway

Up to 33% off cruises + US$300 OBC with Holland America Line

Valid for cruise from November - December 2018 and January - April 2019. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Tasmania, Tasmania, Adelaide, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Papeete, Tahiti, Bora Bora and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

CruiseAway CruiseAway

Up to $400 off + $300 OBC with Princess Cruises

Valid for cruise from October 2018 - December 2019. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

Veltra Veltra

Up to 6% off Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve cruise

Valid on 31 December 2018. Includes unlimited drinks. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

CruiseAway CruiseAway

Free double upgrade with Azamara

Valid from March - September 2019. Destinations include Venice, Miami, Hawaii, Barcelona, Athens and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

CruiseAway CruiseAway

Up to US$1,000 OBC + free upgrade

Valid on select 2018 - 2020 cruises with Seabourn. Destinations include Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

Fred. Olsen Fred. Olsen

Fjords cruises from £679 + up to £100 tour credit

Valid for travel on select 2018-19 sailings. Choose from a complimentary all-inclusive drinks upgrade or up to £100 pp shore tour credit. T&C's apply.

Last verified

Let's Ferry Let's Ferry

20% off Super economy tickets

Valid on routes to Mykonos, Greece. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

Let's Ferry Let's Ferry

Greece: €20 passenger tickets with Blue Star Ferries

Valid on select dates of sailings. Destinations include Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Karpathos, Leros, Samos, Lesvos, Kea and more. T&C's apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires

Fred. Olsen Fred. Olsen

No single supplement

Book select cruises as a solo traveller and pay no single supplement.

Last verified

CruiseAway CruiseAway

Melbourne Cup cruise on Pacific Explorer from $2,274

Valid from November 2018 - November 2019. Includes tickets and transfers to Flemington Racecourse. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal expires


Feature image: Princess Cruises

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Related Posts

Top Cruise Posts

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Privacy & Cookies Policy and Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site