top cruise destinations

There’s no better time to take an ocean or river cruise holiday than your ‘golden years’, and whether it’s on your own or with your spouse, there’s a wealth of stunning landscapes just waiting to be discovered in Europe. Not only will you be able to meet new and interesting people, but it’s a chance to explore parts of the world you’ve never had the chance to! Take a look at our 5 best senior citizen cruise destinations below and see what you think.


Barcelona is a quirky and unique city with a number of beautiful landmarks, and as a result attracts millions of tourists every year. Try heading over to Spanish Plaza Sarria or visiting the famous architect Gaudi’s fountain in Las Jardins de la Ciutadella, which are both well worth leaving the crowded hubs for. Barcelona also has plenty of parks and gardens to experience so why not pack a picnic and spend a day relaxing in the beautiful weather.


Whether you’re looking for a Europe cruise or a Europe river cruise, a trip to Athens is a must as it’s one of the world’s most loved and romantic destinations, with many artistic masterpieces to see. From the iconic Parthenon temple to the marvelled Hadrian’s Arch, Athens draws millions of tourists every year. Furthermore, the city is experiencing something of an urban renewal of late, rejuvenation which hasn’t been seen since 2004 Olympics.  Not only have the Greeks cemented their place in history by producing some of the most glorious food and architecture on the planet, but Athens will certainly remain one of the world’s archaeological greats, and most adored cities for many years to come.


When it comes to European getaways, there’s nowhere better to start your vacation than Rome. In a city so rich in history, no cruise vacation would be complete without a tour of the Colosseum, and dating back to the Roman Empire, this colossal building is still largely preserved. You can even see where gladiators and criminals came up against lions to fight for their lives, in what was once the largest amphitheatre in Europe!


Famed for its romantic architecture, millions of people travel to the French capital to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this European metropolitan hub. From beautiful bridges to shaded boulevards, there are a number of attractions for senior citizens to see in Paris, not least the Eifel Tower, one of the most iconic monuments in the world. Additionally, at the North West corner of the Place de la Concorde you’ll find a statue that was built to mark the city of Brest – and also the spot where Louis XVI’s head was dismembered by guillotine!


Copenhagen is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the world, and it is home to world-famous bicycle paths as well as gorgeous parks dotted all over the landscape. The inner city is simply stunning, and many bridges, tunnels and walkways connect the various suburbs together. Characterised by waterfronts and promenades, Copenhagen is an excellent destination for a river cruise, especially for seniors.

This guest blog post is brought to you by Viking River Cruises UK.