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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cmash95 View Post
    Don't forget that the cruise fare doesn't cover everything. It doesn't cover spa treatments and depending on the line, drinks are extra as well and of course except for disney there is the casino.
    This is true. As in any vacation, there are always extras and options. Among those that Cmash95 didn't list are gratuities for the room stewards and dining room staff. Cruise lines these days add this to your on-board bill every day - usually about $10 per person, per day. The cruise staff usually does such an excellent job that some people even leave a little extra for them. Of course, if you get bad service, you can always go to the pursers desk and adjust the amount accordingly.

    They also take professional photos on the ship and sell them to guests who want to buy these.

    Bingo, special exercise classes (like Pilates) , internet usage will also be extra.

    All ships also have shops on board in case you want to buy any gifts and souvenirs to bring back home.


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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    Mom has decided she can not go, she says she is in to much pain and to old to walk the ship or airports this made me very sad. but....... I am going !!! yep I am planning a trip with my daughter and I sooooooo I am trying for the carnival freedom, that looks like an awsome fun ship!! And we have also been look at the excursions for each port. we have not decided when to go, but it will be before June or after October.
    we are so excited!! if all goes right, we both will be sailing on a fun ship doing fun and crazy things ! She wants to rock climb on the ship, I want to things like shuffle board, ( do they do that any more? see the shows, stay up at night, go to the theater and see a movie, Have lobster..... lots of lobster!!! we also want to go to the turtle farm and Rachal wants to do the para sailing.

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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    Karla, make sure you allow enough time to get passports if you don't already have them.


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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hakuna Makarla View Post
    she says she is in to much pain and to old to walk the ship or airports
    That's too bad. She does know that she can use a wheelchair to navigate the airports (and save some time and hassle too) and then just relax on a deck chair once on-board, doesn't she? That's sad to hear that she was so excited to go and now can't.

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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    Sorry to hear your mom doesn't want to go. Maybe once you start planning your cruise and telling her more about it, she'll join you and your daughter.

    Oh, and yes they still have shuffleboard on the ships.


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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Earkid View Post
    Karla, make sure you allow enough time to get passports if you don't already have them.
    thank you, I saw we needed one, I will take care of this come January.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzman View Post
    That's too bad. She does know that she can use a wheelchair to navigate the airports (and save some time and hassle too) and then just relax on a deck chair once on-board, doesn't she? That's sad to hear that she was so excited to go and now can't.
    Yeah, I was so sad, and she was so excited about it. but I realize she has a hard time going to walmart and she is right, she would not be able to do so much walking. my sister would have done a lot to get mom on track and keep her going, but mom said no. I feel so sad since she was so excited.
    Quote Originally Posted by mikeland View Post
    Sorry to hear your mom doesn't want to go. Maybe once you start planning your cruise and telling her more about it, she'll join you and your daughter.

    Oh, and yes they still have shuffleboard on the ships.
    My daughter and I are really excited. we will know more about finances and such come January to plan for excursions, but we are planning now and having fun doing it.

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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hakuna Makarla View Post
    thank you, I saw we needed one, I will take care of this come January.
    Actually you really should get one ASAP. The back-up isn't as bad as last year, but they're still taking a long time. If you plan on going next summer now is a good time to get your application in. Better safe than sorry!

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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzman View Post
    Actually you really should get one ASAP. The back-up isn't as bad as last year, but they're still taking a long time. If you plan on going next summer now is a good time to get your application in. Better safe than sorry!
    I got mine in 16 days last month. I think January is soon enough to start the process.


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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    wow I did not know there was a process. thanks for letting me know. earkid, I can not wait until your trip and pics!! Is this your first cruise? I have alweays wanted to go thru the panama canal, how totally cool. did you get a good deal? like I said, I hope you make an awsome trip report, I love seeing trips thru the eye of a camera

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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hakuna Makarla View Post
    wow I did not know there was a process. thanks for letting me know. earkid, I can not wait until your trip and pics!! Is this your first cruise? I have alweays wanted to go thru the panama canal, how totally cool. did you get a good deal? like I said, I hope you make an awsome trip report, I love seeing trips thru the eye of a camera
    Yes, our first cruise. Since it's a Disney cruise there aren't many "deals" to be found, but Mr. Lightyear999 is handling most of the details for us. It is one of Disney's rare repositioning cruises, 15 days long.

    We will probably be posting reports and pics during the trip since it's so long.


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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Earkid View Post
    Yes, our first cruise. Since it's a Disney cruise there aren't many "deals" to be found, but Mr. Lightyear999 is handling most of the details for us. It is one of Disney's rare repositioning cruises, 15 days long.

    We will probably be posting reports and pics during the trip since it's so long.
    wow thats a long trip, thats awsome!! where all does your cruise go?

    Guess what? I got a call from carnival and they came up with a cruise for RAchal and I for 497.00 per person for the whole 7 days!!! taxes and gas included. I about fell over.
    we are really excited.

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    Re: Cruises for elderly, anyone got tips, tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hakuna Makarla View Post
    Guess what? I got a call from carnival and they came up with a cruise for RAchal and I for 497.00 per person for the whole 7 days!!! taxes and gas included. I about fell over.
    we are really excited.
    $497.00 is really a great deal if it includes all the taxes and fees, but it's probably an inside cabin, so you might want to think about upgrading to an outside.
    Out of curiosity, what ship and date did they offer you?

    I did a Panama Canal cruise about 10 years ago from Ft Lauderdale to Acapulco and it was incredible. Going through the canal locks itself is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives.


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