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Is Holland America for older people? Help with cruise decision.

Is Holland America for older people? Help with cruise decision.

Mar 1st, 2011, 11:22 AM
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I have said a number of times, solo, on HAL in my late-thirties and early-forties. Yes, there are a lot of seniors, and yes, they move more slowly than I do. However, when I'm on a cruise, it's about me and not the other guests. I wanted to go on those dates to those destinations and I had a great time talking with my dinner tablemates, etc.

HAL is a quality line with great service and its ships still retain that classic nautical feel, even with the addition of all the modern day necessities. Enjoy!
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Mar 1st, 2011, 12:42 PM
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chictransvetista wrote: <> YIKES! What a shallow thought.

I see old people in a wheelchair while on a cruise and it fills my heart with joy and inspiration to think that age and condition barriers can be overcome when the human heart wants to have fun and see the world.
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Mar 1st, 2011, 01:23 PM
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What a great outlook you have. The glass is half full not half empty sort of attitude.
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Mar 1st, 2011, 04:57 PM
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Just wait until you or your loved one or spouse is the one in the wheel chair. You will wish people are kind to you. Also, some of the people I've met in the wheelchairs certainly still had all their wits and were smart and funny and interesting. Some worked all their lives and could not travel when they were young and in good health. I am so glad there is a way for them to travel. One day, probably not too far in the future, it will be me.
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Mar 2nd, 2011, 06:01 AM
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Just my opinion, but I think HAL and CCL are saddled with reputations they no longer deserve- CC being a "party" ship and HAL being for those of a certain age. Never been on HAL but we are considering their FL to Montreal cruise one of these days. Glad to hear such good things about them. We have sailed with CCL several times, and have been really happy with them. I think these days most lines have a variety of ages, people with varied interests. It's more about when you travel, how long the cruise, the itinerary, than about the line itself. Spring break to the Caribbean vs. an Oct. sailing in the Mediterranean-there'll be more very young adults on the spring break cruise than the Med. in Oct., no matter the cruise line. But I've never had a cruise spoiled or even impacted much by the ages of fellow travelers.
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Mar 2nd, 2011, 03:11 PM
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Agree with above. Often reputation way outlasts reality. CCL had its onset as a cheap, party line but obviously has gone way beyond that. Look at at all the lines they own. Actually our 1st CCL cruise was on 2003 on the Destiny and as this was only our second cruise we knew nothing about their past reputation so in a way our minds were open or not clouded by this party ship rep. We thought it was better than out 1st trip a yr. earlier on the Splendour of the Seas. We sailed CCL again too w/o any issues. I would avoid their older ships however. Beyond that no problems. Sail with whatever line suits your style. JM2C.
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Mar 7th, 2011, 07:46 AM
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I have yet to sail either line (taking Carnival in June), but I've done a lot of research for both myself and my 83-year-old father, who wants to take a cruise to Bermuda, but was thinking Royal Caribbean, mostly since he was waylaid by one of their reps at a travel show. Carnival looked good for us, but I was thinking HAL was a good match for him, since it appeared to be much quieter and relaxed than RC or Carnival and I thought he would complain that Celebrity was too glitzy.

Now, 30 years ago I would probably have thought HAL was a better match for him, so I think it may just correlate to personality as much as age.
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Mar 18th, 2012, 03:19 PM
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considering a HAL cruise but wondered about the decor of the 1993 Maasdam versus a ship that has even been refurbished. I've not seen anything that indicates there have been any updates?
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Mar 21st, 2012, 08:49 AM
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You are adding on to a tread started two years ago. You might want to start a new topic with specific Maasdam questions.
Anyways, cruisecritic indicates this ship did have a refurbishment in April 2011.
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