Industry Experts Pick the Best Cruise Lines for Seniors

Cruise vacations are making a comeback. Find out which five cruise lines cater best to active seniors and why.

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Cruise ships are slowly starting to sail again. It’s been a long time coming for cruise lovers who have been stuck on dry land since the pandemic started. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or considering your first foray on the high seas, the experts at have picked the top five cruise lines for senior citizens.

Considering that everyone has their own vacation preferences – from active and adventurous to cultural and educational – as well as different dining preferences and budgets, this list highlights why CruiseRadio’s travel specialists think these five cruise lines appeal to older Americans. Here’s a quick look at their recommendations and why:

Holland America offers a classy and classic cruise experience. Entertainment includes plenty of live music options along with an Explorations Central department committed to creating onboard activities  designed to educate passengers about the culture, food, and attractions in their ports of call.

Viking river cruises have long been a favorite of mature travelers and the line’s newer ocean ships are also garnering a strong following. Passengers appreciate the port-heavy itineraries and the lack of up-charges with shore excursions, Wi-Fi, drinks, and even specialty restaurants all included in the cost. Onboard entertainment is low-key but there’s plenty to do including lectures by resident historians and intimate shows. It’s important to point out that Viking is an all-adult cruise line (passengers must be 18 or older), so this won’t work if you’re planning a multi-generational trip.

Crystal is the perfect blend of small ship luxury and pampering with big ship programming. It excels with its extensive dining and entertainment offerings. From Broadway-style shows to Irish pub nights there is truly something for everyone as entertainment is a focus aboard Crystal. The dining options are plentiful including an onboard Nobu sushi restaurant and a Brazilian churrascaria. This line also leans toward exotic ports.

What’s not to love about sailing aboard the original “Love Boat”? Princess is the perfect pick for seniors who want all of the big-ship amenities without the crowded and frenzied feel of some cruise lines. You can be as busy or low-key as you want, with plenty of activities and entertainment choices available from sun-up to the wee hours of the night. A fan favorite of Princess frequent cruisers is the Movies Under the Stars, where you can watch a feature flick or the big game while lounging on a deck chair and munching freshly popped popcorn.

Cunard is known for its transatlantic crossings, offering nearly year-round cruises between New York and the U.K. With so many sea days on these itineraries, this cruise line earns high marks for its exceptional shipboard activities that appeal to the senior set with everything from ballroom dancing to watercolor workshops. Cunard stays true to its British lineage, with daily afternoon tea and a classic English pub onboard.  

What features and amenities do you look for when choosing a cruise line? Do you prefer a more sophisticated experience or are you looking for non-stop entertainment with belly-flop contests and ice carving demonstrations? Are gourmet meals on your must-have list or do you prefer a slice of pizza and a burger?  Message The Seniors Trust on Facebook or Twitter and let us know which ship is your favorite and why. Your travel recommendation could help someone else in planning their next cruise.