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5 Best Cruise Lines for the Retired Couple

Updated: Jul 12

Seabourn Cruise Line
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Once you retire the world is your oyster! This is the time in your life where you really can see the world and enjoy experiences you haven't before. A cruise will help you do just that, allowing you to enjoy far off destinations that include food, activities, and entertainment...all with very little planning involved.

There are many brands in the industry, so picking the right cruise line is very important. Here are 5 brands that offer an incredible product that will give you the chance to relax, learn more about the destinations you are visiting, and enjoy delicious food and elevated service throughout your whole cruise vacation.

Viking Ocean Cruises
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Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking has always been about the destinations, and learning more about the places you will be visiting. Their ocean ships offer relaxing spaces, from the pool deck where you can enjoy a quick dip and some sun, to the beautiful Wintergarden where afternoon tea is served daily.

Viking invites guests lecturers and entertainers onboard. You will dive deep into the destinations you will be visiting, and learn more about the history, culture, and cuisine of the region. There are also destination-themed entertainment shows with performances that represent the arts of the areas you are traveling to during your cruise. In addition there is an onboard cooking school where you can hone your culinary skills and learn to make traditional dishes of that country.

Viking also curates some of the most incredible shore excursions from the fascinating insights of local life wherever you are in the world, to exclusive access to some of the worlds most treasured cultural landmarks, museums, and palaces. Enjoy learning about wine and food through culinary tours, where you can dig deep into the flavors of the region, and try some delicious food all along the way.

Princess Cruises
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Princess Cruises

Princess offers a classic and elevated cruise experience for guests looking for a relaxing time while onboard. Enjoy leisurely onboard activities such as mini golf, the golf driving range, ping pong, and shuffleboard.

Princess also offers educational activities from dance classes, to culinary demonstrations, as well as wine tastings. Princess has a partnership with several prominent Napa wineries to provide a unique onboard experience that includes chef-designed multi-course meals paired with incredible vintages from California.

The entertainment on a Princess ship will keep you enthralled. Onboard games such as Deal or No Deal will give guests an interactive and fun experience, and the diverse entertainment offered ranges from jazz bands, to stand-up comedy acts, to broadway style productions and musical numbers.

Oceania Cruises
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Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises is all about small-ship luxury, offering a relaxing product that is all about experiences, relaxation, and personalized service. With only 1200 passengers onboard, there are 2 staff members to every 3 passengers, which provides an extraordinary level of service. The staff are trained at the finest hotels and restaurants across the globe, so you can experience wold class service throughout your entire cruise vacation.

Enjoy exclusive production shows and other entertainment while onboard your Oceania cruise. Each Oceania ship features a lineup of world-class performers to ensure their guests stay entertained all vacation long- from string quartets, to comedy, to musical performances.

While onboard you will be able to experience a number of enriching activities. Oceania offers the Artist Loft, where you can take painting classes, and learn more about art throughout history. In addition the Culinary Center provides cooking classes and demonstrations that teach guests more about the cuisine of the region the ship is visiting. This allows guests to dig deep into the culture of area, and connect with the locals through food and art.

Seabourn Cruise Line, Seabourn Cruises
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Seabourn Cruise Line

For the couple desiring an all-inclusive luxury experience, Seabourn Cruise Line is the way to go. Their beautiful ocean ships are designed to feel like private yachts, with polished wooden decks, white washed walls, and comfortable spaces for relaxing all throughout the ship.

As an all-inclusive cruise, guests will have world-class dining, premium spirits, top-notch entertainment, and a passionate staff providing personalized service- all included in your cruise fare. It's the perfect way to sit back, relax, and vacation worry-free, knowing you will be fully taken care of during your time onboard.

Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Cruises

For the couples seeking out a luxurious experience with incredible inclusions, Crystal Cruises is top of the list. From the elevated included dining, to the refined entertainment, to the lavishly designed suites and staterooms, it won't be hard to get romantic on one of these beautiful ships.

The inclusivity of a Crystal Cruise extends to the dining. There are elevated everyday options such as the The Tridents Grill, Tastes Kitchen & Bar, and the Waterside Restaurant. Guests will also be given complimentary seating for one or more nights in the fine dining restaurants such as Umi Uma- delightful Japanese-Peruvian cuisine; and Osteria D'Ovivio for a taste of Italy.

Crystal provides an array of engage onboard activities to keep guests entertained throughout their time onboard. From pickleball, to arts and craft workshops, wine-tasting, and wellness classes, Crystal makes guests relaxation and well-being their top priority.

The service on a Crystal ship is world-class. Onboard you will have your own personal butler service. Your butler will help you pack and unpack, draw a bath, set up in-room dining, and offer personalized touches throughout the whole cruise. You will be greeted by a warm smile at every turn while onboard, with highly-trained staff ready to help with your every need. From the room attendants, to the waitstaff, to the incredible bartenders, you will be fully taken care of while on a Crystal Cruise.

Booking Your Cruise

Now that you are ready to book your cruise vacation, reach out to the experts at Harr Travel. We know the spaces inside and out, and have an amazing relationship with the cruise lines. Our advisors will craft the cruise vacation of a lifetime for you and your partner at an incredible value, and get the Harr Travel signature service every step of the way.

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