There is something very glamorous about setting sail for a cruise. Whether it is the exclusivity of being one of a limited number of guests or the promise of having everything you could possibly want right at your beck and call, a cruise is an ideal getaway. Vacation planning can take a lot of effort, especially if you plan to travel internationally. While it is thrilling to see all the sights, it can also be exhausting hauling yourself across the world. But with a cruise, you get to kick back, relax and quite literally enjoy the ride.
Many retirees love the ease that a cruise offers. You don’t need to worry about mapping out your trip, you don’t have to plan sightseeing or arrange for evening entertainment, and you’ll enjoy some of the best meals you’ve ever had without having to compete for a reservation. This all-inclusive feel takes the stress out of vacation planning. And if you play your cards right as you plan for your future, retirement incomes like annuities and life insurance can help cushion your pockets during your golden years so that you have time to enjoy the finer things in life.
Conftrably Getting Through your Golden Years
Because cruises have become so popular, there are countless options when looking for your dream vacation. You can opt for an all-inclusive package, stay stateside or roam the seven seas. Whether you want to stay near or go far, these 5 cruise destinations are ideal for the change of the seasons.
- New England to Canada – With ports right in New York and Baltimore, a Northeastern cruise is an easy getaway if you live on the east coast and if you don’t get to experience the change of foliage where you live, New England has some of the most beautiful changes of color in the autumn. As you cruise up the Atlantic, you will see awesome limestone cliffs, picturesque lighthouses and wade in iconic whale watching spots.
- Alaska – The Alaskan cruise season lasts until September, so be sure to get your trip planned before the ships are packed away for the winter. Because the season is so short, crowds can feel like a hassle on many ships. Give yourself a more luxurious experience by booking during the tail end of the season. That way you will be able to view glaciers, get close to whales and bald eagles and get the full experience without feeling crowded.
- Hawaii – Autumn in the Caribbean runs the risk of storms and heavy rains, but if you still want to lounge poolside and have an exotic getaway, Hawaii is your spot. Hawaii is usually out of the way from major tropical storms and has plenty to offer throughout its 8 islands. The volcanic islands make for breathtaking sites.
- European Rivers – Calm river cruises are ideal in the fall. Just like in North America, many European cities offer vibrant autumn colors. Set sail along the Danube, the Rhine or the Seine for an intimate European experience. You will get stunning views of quaint cities and an opportunity to experience the laid-back life that the residents enjoy.
- Mediterranean – Summer in the Mediterranean is gorgeous, but is also grossly overcrowded. If you want a chance to see any of the major sights, you will have much better luck travelling in the fall. Whether you are a history buff, foodie or are looking to live the luxe life, you will find exactly what you are looking for along the Mediterranean Sea.
Wherever you are itching to go, a cruise can help you get there with ease. Let someone else figure out the details so all you need to worry about is remembering to pack your sunglasses and flip flops. As you pack your bags and set sail, you will be a picture of the dream life for a retiree.