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DisGirlAllie
10-21-2010, 07:23 PM
I don't mean high school seniors: I mean ages 65+.
How did you like doing DCL? Would you recommend it for people 65+?

And no, I'm not 65. I'm asking because my mum and I are most likely going on DCL next Christmas and are thinking of bringing my grandpa with.

txtwins2000
10-21-2010, 07:40 PM
My parents LOVED DCL! They did the 15 night Panama sailing and it was amazing. Sometimes they would join us, other times they would do their own thing. They've already booked 3 more cruises! They enjoyed the adults only pool, watched movies at the theater, and took part in the various activities onboard, including Bingo.

Good luck with your decision! I'm sure he would have a great time!!!

PoohJen
10-21-2010, 07:47 PM
My mom loves it!!!:thumbsup2 She is 68. On her first DCL 4 years ago she went parasailing on CC! She loves: walking and lounging on the deck chairs on Deck 4; renting bikes for a leisurely ride on CC; chilling in an inner tube on CC, going to lunch at Serenity Bay; seeing the shows; reading her book at an early Topsider's breakfast on the deck; reading her book in the afternoon enjoying coffee at Quiet Cove; reading her book on a lounge chair by the deck pool; a massage and Rainforest Room time at the spa...

She's been on 4 DCL cruises now in 4 years! Our next is next summer for my Dad's 75th birthday. His favorite part of the cruise is just eating his way thru the counters by the pools -hot dogs at Pluto's, pizza at Pinnochio's...:rotfl: He can "take it or leave it" re: the cruise, but enjoys having dinner with the family (grandkids - we don't live close to my folks) every night, catching up with them during the day. He likes to hang out on the loungers on Deck 4 with his book. He and my brother may head to the casino at Atlantis in Nassau on our next cruise.

Hope this helps!:flower3:

iloverags2
10-21-2010, 07:49 PM
I took my mom on the Disney Wonder last October, a few weeks shy of her 68th birthday. She's not a Disney freak by any nature (in fact, she has been to WDW only twice in her life!), but it was a mommy/daughter weekend so she agreed. Well, she had the best time! We took it easy...did quite a bit of relaxing. She was so impressed with the top-notch service and just the overall beauty of the ship. Mom now wants to do another cruise on DCL!

DisGirlAllie
10-21-2010, 08:03 PM
Thank you for all of your responses!
I'll pitch the idea to him: it's going to be a surprise for my mum (she hasn't been on a vacation for six years). I might even tell my aunt and uncle about it: make it a reunion trip!
Seriously, thank you!

paraflier
10-21-2010, 08:09 PM
My mom will be 67 for our first cruise in April.:rolleyes1 She has mobility issues so she'll be limited in what she can actually "do" but is looking forward to seeing the ship, shows, possibly leaving the ship at port or enjoying them from her verandah.:thumbsup2

LindaBabe
10-21-2010, 08:10 PM
I'm 62. My roommates on the upcoming PC cruise are 71, 75 and 79. Any questions?

mmouse37
10-21-2010, 08:30 PM
My parents went in their 70's and really enjoyed it!!!

MJ

Edd
10-21-2010, 10:11 PM
I am a senior and I have been on the Magic and the Wonder three times. It's okay but the ships are small and there are a lot of kids running around. I went on it with a GS, but don't think I would enjoy it as much without one. Also it lacks the casino and the good production shows that are aboard the other ships. The Disney shows are okay, but not all that entertaining, unless you are really into the characters.

For seniors if you have grandkids it is a great cruise as the kids provide most of the entertainment. Without the grandkids I think I would have been pretty bored.

jilljill
10-21-2010, 10:38 PM
My parents went with us on several DCL cruises and loved it - they were early to late 60's. They absolutely loved the shows in the main theater and found them to be very entertaining. They would have watched them twice each night if given the chance.
My dad was a gambler and he was a bit bummed with the lack of a casino onboard, but found other things to enjoy onboard. My parents were never bored and didn't find the ships over-run with kids running all over the place.

sabrecmc
10-21-2010, 10:55 PM
My mom and aunt both love the cruises. They find plenty to do and like the family atmosphere.

DrHug
10-22-2010, 12:33 AM
I don't mean high school seniors: I mean ages 65+.
How did you like doing DCL? Would you recommend it for people 65+?

And no, I'm not 65. I'm asking because my mum and I are most likely going on DCL next Christmas and are thinking of bringing my grandpa with.

I am 65, and it is awesome. Of course I am not as old as some of the others mentioned....LOL. The shows are the top rated shows in the Cruise Industry, If you want a casino, go to Vegas, There is plenty to do to keep you busy. With the kids and grandkids it is great, and without the kids and grandkids, it is great. 11 Disney Cruise and I am still not tired of them. I won't cruise any other cruiseline.

And for the fun of it, we have a group called the Geezers. If we happen to be cruising together, or any of the group is aboard, we meet at Cove Cafe for laughs. (FOG; Federation of Geezers), LOL

Wow, these posts make us sound old. :scared1: :confused3:cool1:

MrsMork
10-22-2010, 01:07 AM
I'm the other half of DrHug, a founding member of F.O.G.....we also took my mother on a cruise with us and since we are Geezers you can imagine how old SHE must be!! :rolleyes1 Well, sailaway she was clapping, waving her hands above her head, smiling like a kid. By Pirate Night she was doing the limbo with the servers. :woohoo: Yes, older folks can have lots of fun on DCL!! :dance3:

We just did the WBTA and have 2 more booked. Yes, it is FUN!!!

Tink rules
10-22-2010, 01:22 AM
I am 65, and it is awesome. Of course I am not as old as some of the others mentioned....LOL. The shows are the top rated shows in the Cruise Industry, If you want a casino, go to Vegas, There is plenty to do to keep you busy. With the kids and grandkids it is great, and without the kids and grandkids, it is great. 11 Disney Cruise and I am still not tired of them. I won't cruise any other cruiseline.

And for the fun of it, we have a group called the Geezers. If we happen to be cruising together, or any of the group is aboard, we meet at Cove Cafe for laughs. (FOG; Federation of Geezers), LOL

Wow, these posts make us sound old. :scared1: :confused3:cool1:

Dennis... you organized? Are you union? We need to negotiate your next meeting... more cookies...:thumbsup2

I'm the other half of DrHug, a founding member of F.O.G.....we also took my mother on a cruise with us and since we are Geezers you can imagine how old SHE must be!! :rolleyes1 Well, sailaway she was clapping, waving her hands above her head, smiling like a kid. By Pirate Night she was doing the limbo with the servers. :woohoo: Yes, older folks can have lots of fun on DCL!! :dance3:

We just did the WBTA and have 2 more booked. Yes, it is FUN!!!

FOG.... :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

My mom is going to be 79 this year. She did the 15 night Panama Canal with me (and Angie and Dennis!!!) She loved it... didn't want to get off and is thinking of all the cruises she can go on in the future...

& I am officially a GIT... (Geezer in Training...) :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: (although SOMEONE here told me I was too young... :rolleyes:)

Otimon
10-22-2010, 04:54 AM
Grandpa will enjoy the cruise as well so bring him along and have fun.
Everyone will feel young again!

We are seniors and will be taking our 16th Disney cruise next spring.

Best wishes.

brack
10-22-2010, 07:58 AM
My DW and I are fast approaching "Senior Status" and have been on 9 DCL cruises so far. :lovestruc We love it and plan to cruise on DCL for as long as we can.

Like Angie we took Annette's Mom on a cruise and she is really a senior. :love: She had a great time! :thumbsup2 The crew was really nice to her.

Evil Queen 2
10-22-2010, 07:09 PM
Last January we took the in-laws (86 and 84) on their first ever cruise and now they are hooked. DH and I usually do a cruise every 3 years so they stay "special" and we don't stay too broke. ;)

However we are going again in January with the folks. Dad kept saying "well, I'm 87 now and may not be around forever so we need to go again right away." :rotfl: And they wanted to take the Magic to Europe this past summer and then stay over there until it was time to come back. DH and I had to remind them that they may be retired but we're still working stiffs.

They have already asked if we are going to re-book on board again. :rolleyes:

They liked that they got to go to different places without having to pack and move every few days.

jilljill
10-22-2010, 08:39 PM
Last January we took the in-laws (86 and 84) on their first ever cruise and now they are hooked. DH and I usually do a cruise every 3 years so they stay "special" and we don't stay too broke. ;)

However we are going again in January with the folks. Dad kept saying "well, I'm 87 now and may not be around forever so we need to go again right away." :rotfl: And they wanted to take the Magic to Europe this past summer and then stay over there until it was time to come back. DH and I had to remind them that they may be retired but we're still working stiffs.

They have already asked if we are going to re-book on board again. :rolleyes:

They liked that they got to go to different places without having to pack and move every few days.

This is great. Love their attitude and love they want to keep on cruising and traveling. :thumbsup2

ILoveDisney&Cruising
10-22-2010, 10:16 PM
When we were waiting for our hotel shuttle the morning of our last cruise, there was a group of about 10-15 Seniors who were sailing on DCL. I forget - it was something like their 8th(?) DCL cruise together! They all :love: it!!!

I wanna be them when I grow up!

I say take your grandpa!

:cool1:

PegIra
10-23-2010, 11:08 AM
My husband is 73 and I am 70 and we have been on 5 Disney Cruises. #6 will be the maiden voyage of the Dream. We had never cruised any other line until last spring. We had a good time on Holland America, but Disney wins hands down for us. My husband uses a mobility scooter and since I recently shattered my right leg,I also will need a scooter to get around, but we are still going and will have a marvelous trip.

Peg

orlandothebeagle
10-23-2010, 02:31 PM
Last January we took the in-laws (86 and 84) on their first ever cruise and now they are hooked. DH and I usually do a cruise every 3 years so they stay "special" and we don't stay too broke. ;)

However we are going again in January with the folks. Dad kept saying "well, I'm 87 now and may not be around forever so we need to go again right away." :rotfl: And they wanted to take the Magic to Europe this past summer and then stay over there until it was time to come back. DH and I had to remind them that they may be retired but we're still working stiffs.

They have already asked if we are going to re-book on board again. :rolleyes:

They liked that they got to go to different places without having to pack and move every few days.

These kind of posts fill me with joy.

macm525
10-23-2010, 02:57 PM
Hi,
I'm 60 and my husband is 65. We've been cruising with Disney since 2000, and it is awesome. The cruises get better each time and there is so much for adults to do. There is no other way to cruise.::dance3:

Mrs. Gumdrop
10-23-2010, 03:09 PM
My 60-something in-laws traveled with us on the April Transatlantic. They both enjoyed themselves a great deal, however, my MIL has mild Parkinsons and we underestimated how the movement of the ship would effect her balance. She had a cane, but felt she was slowing us down. We didn't mind moving more slowly at all, but I wish we had considered her needs more carefully.

Just be sure to think through any travel difficulties and plan ahead. Everyone will have a great time!

Surfergirl
10-23-2010, 04:10 PM
I took my 87 year old MIL on her first cruise in May. She loved it.
Now she has booked to join us on our Disney Med. cruise next June. She will be an active 88 then and just wants to join the family and relax on the boat. I say enjoy life and don't let an age number stop you.:thumbsup2

mmmears
10-23-2010, 05:19 PM
I love this thread -- I'm planning on taking my DM with us to Alaska next summer. She's cruised on other lines (mostly Princess) and is interesting in trying out DCL -- I'm going to have to read this thread to her!:goodvibes

Happy Goofy
10-23-2010, 05:25 PM
My husband and I are both retired and we love DCL. Let your mom get on the Disboards before you go and help her to make some friends before the cruise.
Between the activities on DCL and the Disboards she will not be bored.

zulemara
10-23-2010, 05:50 PM
great thread! I'm about to book the DIsney Dream for March 6th with my grandma. She has never been on a cruise and always wanted to. She is 81 and gets around ok. She seemed to be concerned by the size of the ship but e can just take it slow. I can't wait!

MrsMork
10-23-2010, 05:53 PM
I agree, get them involved in the DIS thread.

Tink rules
10-23-2010, 09:49 PM
I agree, get them involved in the DIS thread.

Yup... you don't know WHO you'll end up friends with!!! :hug:

lovethedream
10-23-2010, 11:40 PM
We had two seniors with us on our last DCL cruise on the Wonder. They both loved it.

DisGirlAllie
10-24-2010, 10:20 AM
Thank you all so much!

I will definitely be bringing him! And I'll see what he thinks about the FOG :teeth:

luvalldisney
10-24-2010, 12:09 PM
:cool1: My father who has been at sea most of his adult life REFUSED to go on a cruise with us. (He was in the navy 25 years then aboard a 'floating island' missle tracking ship on and off for another 25 years) :banana:We forced him to go for my parents 60th wedding anniversary. None of the grandkids are kids anymore, we are all adults and they have no great grand children, just great grand dogs and kitties. Even though my father has some mobility and vision issues, he LOVED the cruise:love: !! We were leaving castaway cay and he said "when are we going again?". We are going next week for my parents 63rd anniversary and Mickey Mouse just called to say he cant wait to see them.....both my parents are so excited they have been packed for a weekpopcorn:: His favorite activity is to sit and watch the ocean, relaxing on deck 4 lounge chairs, watching others kids near the mickey pool and enjoying the giant tv!:woohoo: I'm so pleased we can do something together that we all enjoy especially a dcl cruise!:rotfl2:

annmorr
10-24-2010, 12:39 PM
Absolutely bring grandpa! I'm in that "senior" age range, and a Disney cruise is my favorite way to vacation...

MrsMork
10-24-2010, 01:30 PM
Yup... you don't know WHO you'll end up friends with!!! :hug:

Yep, we have picked up some youngsters along the way. :hug::hug:

DisGirlAllie
11-01-2010, 08:16 AM
One more question.

Has anyone taken a cruise in July? We're considering this also and I'm wondering how seniors handle the heat.

PegIra
11-01-2010, 10:59 AM
One more question.

Has anyone taken a cruise in July? We're considering this also and I'm wondering how seniors handle the heat.

Our first 5 DCL cruises were all in July and we didn't have any problems at all.

DisGirlAllie
11-01-2010, 03:53 PM
Our first 5 DCL cruises were all in July and we didn't have any problems at all.

Thank you! Just thought I'd check.