You are never too old to go on a Cruise!
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|Reviewed By: Wildman, Truro on 20th Mar 2012|
|Cruise Line: Cunard Cruises||Times cruised before: 0|
|Cruise Ship: Queen Elizabeth||Sailed: May, 2011|
|Destination: Norwegian Fjords||Age: 65+|
I was 86 years of age when I went on my first cruise with my daughter. I can recommend this type of holiday to everyone regardless of age and I certainly hope to be able to go again soon.
Having booked the cruise and sorted out travel insurance all that remained was for me to treat myself to some new dresses for the Formal Evenings on board ship. My daughter ordered lots of different dresses for me online and I tried them on in the comfort of my own home. This was all very exciting.
Our Voyage was with Cunard on the Queen Elizabeth to Norway for seven nights. We had booked a Britannia Club state room, we had a balcony and ate in the Britannia Club restaurant. We booked this so we could have flexibility in the time we ate. However, this didn’t work out as well as I hoped because instead of being on a table of two as requested, we were on a table of eight. Everyone else chose to eat late, so to fit in with the rest of the table we ended up doing this most nights and then I was too tired to go to the Theatre. One night we ate in The Verandah Restaurant – this was really very nice and we were made most welcome!
I am a little wobbly on my feet so I had wheelchair assistance when arriving at Southampton. This was a great help, as everywhere was so busy I think if I’d have had to struggle to walk on board ship and it would simply have been too much for me. I was taken by wheelchair all the way to our room, so that was wonderful. During our voyage I walked with just a stick and holding on to my daughter’s arm. This was fine, but I was not confident enough to go very far on my own because of the movement of the ship and also I would probably have got a little lost.
I enjoyed all the meals very much. When we ate in The Lido for lunch some days, I sat down and my daughter went to get my food for me as again I was too wobbly to do this myself. Again this arrangement worked very well.
We went on a number of Cunard tours, namely the ones with Leisurely in the title. These were coach trips with only a small amount of walking. This was a good way for someone elderly to be able to see the Country and to visit some of the local shops.
I enjoyed going to the Bridge classes on board, even though I already play Bridge, it was still most enjoyable. I also enjoyed having the extensive library on board ship that had all the latest books for me to read. I also had a shampoo and set in the hair salon on board.
I felt very safe on board and was treated with respect by all the crew. I felt also that knowing there is a medical centre on board is really useful for someone of my age.
This all goes to show you are never too old to try something new!
|Quality of Food|
|Britannia Club Restaurant|
|Most enjoyable was a Shakespeare Playlet|
|All the staff were amazing!|
|Yes, for someone of 86, it was perfect.|
|Bathroom a little small, but other than that it was lovely.|
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