There are other ships more suited to your age I would have thought but I don't wish to be thought of as ageist. Certainly there are octogenarians who go on OV and probably enjoy it but the preponderance of passengers are much younger. Anyway. .. Good Luck. .... Neil.
Many thanks to everyone who replied to my recent request. booked to go on oct 23rd looking forward to the trip, .
80+ cruisers are not uncommon on Ocean Village at any time of the year and given that you are looking at the transatlantic run you will not be alone. A friend of ours has done 3 transatlantic runs on OV with her parents (in their 70's) and various aunts and cousins and always has a good time. I doubt there would be many children on these runs given the time of year and duration. There are plenty of places on the ship should you wish to sit and read a good book in peace and quiet but at the same time there is plenty going on. Cabins are comfortable and of a good size and there is a wide selection of food. There is quite a lot of spicy food (indian, chinese, thai etc) but you also get daily roasts, fish and plenty of fruit and salads as well. Being casual dining you can eat when are where you like 24 hours a day. Remember also it is casual attire but people still look fairly smart in the evenings. Book it!
Before you book anything - PLEASE check that you can get insurance to cover the 80 plus person. It is REQUIRED to have full cover (in case of emergency repatriation because of illness) on cruise ships and this one is no different (see page 158 of brochure) It is very difficult to get, especially as people this age are deemed a VERY high risk and for Transatlantic you need european card(used to be E111 form) and worldwide insurance to cover USA/Caribbean. I am going with an elderley relative who is 88. In the end he only got insurance from the one in the OV brochure @ at cost of £750 due to his history. Most insurers will not cover over 80's (even saga/age concern could not help)as the medical costs are potentially so high.
I have been on OV1 twice. I know that he will like the style of entertainment as he is very young at heart. However I anticipate he will miss waiter service to the point where he will dine in Bistro or La Luna and happily pay the extra charge. He will miss a Library for a quiet spot to read as well, which is why we have gone for a cabin with balcony. The ship is aimed at 30's to 40's and the music is therefore 1980's onwards and the shows are not 'feathers and high kicks' but sharp and contemporary. This does not usually suit older people and that is why they often mark down the entertainment. Have a good time whatever you decide. If you go, look out for us, as the same age group often have a lot to chat about and there will be lots of days at sea to do that!
Many thanks for your reply, macro, have been transatlantic before with rci and it was great,but i thought we might try ov this time it seems good value. if we go i will be walking with a three wheel walker. thanks again .green.
I will look out for you. I shall either be holding onto or pushing my father in law ! We are also travelling on the 8.55 London flight to heraklion. Please god there are no hold ups!!
Macro, just a follow up to recent messges. I managed to get worldwide travel ins for single trip thro BMC. British MOUNTAINERING !!!!! Club. You have to join for a year, at the moment half price only £15. The policy is underwritten by Fortis and cost me £80 to cover the holiday. You will be able to locate them on Google. Green. Leeds.
Macro. have just returned from cruise on o/v it was great superb value in every way. will be send a review on this site soon when i wake up. looked for you on the cruise without results. were you there. green.
I have just come back of ocean village infact today the 15th october there was a lot of elderley people on the ship and quite a few in wheel chairs as well all got around ok one elderly lady we met was 86 and she was with her two daughters the day wbefore we left she done the helicopter ride . the ship is very informal and very relaxed and you come and go has you please. go and enjoy yourselfs we did.