6 Best Cruises for Federal Retirees

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Having the time and resources to take a cruise by yourself or with a loved one is one of the best perks of retiring from your federal job. But with so many cruise lines available today, it can be hard to know which one is right for mature travelers.

The following cruises cater to adults, offer inclusive pricing, and feature activities for seniors as well as families. Many also offer longer itineraries with a focus on cultural immersion.

Check out these six best cruises for you and your family this year.

Viking River and Ocean Cruises

Viking Cruises focuses specifically on accommodating the needs of travelers over 50 who are interested in culture, cuisine, art, history, and science. All of the line’s ships are adults only (18 and up), complete with inclusive pricing that covers all meals, many drinks, internet access, and shore excursions at every port. Starting in 2019, cruisers can enjoy combination ocean and river cruises, with exciting new excursions on award-winning ships.

Two cruise options are currently available for travelers who want the best of both worlds: the Rhine & Viking Shores & Fjords cruise and the Grand European & Viking Fjords. Tickets begin at $6,498 for the first and $9,198 for the second. The Rhine cruise lasts 15 days and tours six countries, while the Grand European is a 22-day cruise with 17 tours across six countries. Third parties such as FedCuise offer special deals and extras on Viking River Cruises just for federal government employees and retirees.

Regent Seven Seas Cruise

If you want extended cruise itineraries, all-inclusive pricing, personalized services, a 1:1.5 staff to passenger ratio, and accessible suites for passengers with disabilities, consider a Regent Seven Seas Cruise, now offering up to 75% off select vacations. Regent will match any price you find on competitor’s sites, and already works with major cruise lines across the globe to bring you the lowest prices. Regent Seven Seas offers destinations all over the world, from Asia to South America.

Regent Seven Seas has many different itineraries, including a Grand Voyage that can last from one to three months. At least once per year, it offers a World Cruise. All-inclusive ticket prices include airfare, all meals, beverages, excursions, and accommodations. Some excursion options come at discounts, such as the Gourmet Explorer culinary tour from the Seven Seas Explorer ship. This tour takes you to Master Chef restaurants and world-famous wineries. The cruise line has five ships, all with five-star ratings.

Bahamas Paradise Cruises

For federal retirees looking for a quick trip to the islands, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line offers year-round great deals on cruise tickets, such as the Triple Play which offers five free drinks, $25 in onboard credit, and $50 casino match play credit with a ticket purchase. Two-night cruises to the Bahamas offer ocean view staterooms and suites for as low as $159 per person. Book a cruise on the Grand Classica, destination Grand Bahama Island, on any of the dates available to receive this amazing price on an ocean view room.

The Grand Classica is a new ship, debuted in 2018, with incredible amenities, 10 passenger decks, and lots of entertainment.

Extend your vacation by taking advantage of the Cruise & Stay package. This deal combines the two-night cruise with a two-night stay at one of four luxurious hotels on Grand Bahama Island. This four-night getaway starts for as little as $469 per person.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruises also offers seven-day cruises for under $500. Additional perks are available such as free internet, specialty dinners, and a third and fourth person sailing for free. Norwegian offers a seven-day Caribbean cruise sailing out of Miami with rates starting at $400. Speak to an agent about ongoing deals throughout the year.

This 7-day adventure sails on the Norwegian Getaway – the world’s 9th largest cruise ship at the time of its christening. It has a passenger capacity of 3,969. It has an entertainment venue dedicated to magic (the “Illusionarium”) and one that has a Grammy Awards theme. It also has numerous food venues from award-winning chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Norwegian ships are accessible for people with disabilities, complete with cruise professionals with specific training to meet your needs.

Royal Caribbean

This popular cruise line offers reduced senior prices for guests 55 and older, as well as special rates for military personnel, police officers, and firefighters. The best price cuts through Royal Caribbean occur in January and February. If you book in these months, you can find a seven-day cruise for as little as $500 per person.

Cruise to Florida, San Juan, Baltimore, New York, or Alaska on one of the line’s accessible cruise ships. All of its ships have spacious corridors to accommodate wheelchairs, and most decks have automatic doors. The cruise line offers wheelchair assistance and rentals onboard.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises has ships departing to exotic destinations in 79 countries, including the Bahamas, the Galapagos, Asia, Europe, France, and the South Pacific.

All ships are highly accessible for passengers with disabilities or mobility limitations. Many staterooms accommodate wheelchairs, and the cruise line will help with assisted transportation and boarding, if needed. You can even benefit from customized accommodating excursions for all mobility levels.

Book Your Discount Cruise Today

With these six great cruise choices, you have no excuse not to book a relaxing trip in 2019. You and your loved ones can enjoy four, seven, or even more nights at sea for a reduced price. FedCruise offers a 5% rebate off all cruises to current and former federal employees. Just book your cruise on their site and you’ll get your rebate at the conclusion of your cruise.

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