May 2015 - Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda
Structurally, the cruise was excellent in regard to staff, entertainment and food.
Missing were unstructured options for Seniors!!!! Similarly minded seniors and solo travelers need opportunities and options on and off board, e.g. a quiet place for bridge or other games, a think tank, future planning, problem solving, etc.
Also, many talented individuals would love the opportunity to give back via lectures, demonstrations, etc. Many senior do not know how to operate their cell phones with all their options. Most are not on FACEBOOK or other social net works. Many do not operate a computer and would love more information as to its benefits. Many would like tips on art, maybe impromptu classes, tips on travel, places to go, etc....in other words, opportunities to share their historical experiences with others. Learning does not stop at age 22!!! Enough already with the activities and games that cater to other age groups requiring high energy levels and late night activities. Many seniors want to 'mellow out."
Tours and excursions are fine. Give the seniors opportunities to use their creative juices without a cruise director hovering over them like Mother superior.
Also, seniors only cruises would be a draw as would more efficiency cabins for solo travelers.
These suggestions would not cost anything. Just set aside a little space for brain storming and quiet conversation!. I had to individually approach others for conversation. Usually the result was beneficial for both parties. A lot of time is spent on corralling children. Seniors need a pasture of their own.
All cruise lines should take notice. Carnival only had 1 opportunity for bridge and that was at 9 AM. Hookups with solo travelers are fine as long as there is a compatibility of interests.
Flexible food is terrific; now we need flexible opportunities.
Very truly yours