Talk Travel: Going around the world via boat might be just the ticket for a senior traveler


The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts: 

Q: I would like to know if you have a recommendation on a company that specializes in around the-world travel for older people. I am nearing 65 and have limited lung capability, but I still want to travel. In my younger years, I traveled extensively to Europe and Asia. I am thinking that there is one last big trip in me.  

A: If health is a consideration, I would recommend an around-the-world cruise. Most of the major cruise lines offer one or more of these epic trips. For example, Cunard's 107-day trip from Southampton visits ports in Samoa, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, Tonga, Namibia, Seychelles and so many more.  

If you prefer flying around the world, you might have to patch together several group tours. I am not aware of one tour operator that plans it from end to end.  

- Andrea Sachs  

Q: We have an upcoming trip in early June to New York City with a 4.5-year-old (he insists on the half) and a one-year-old baby. We'll be arriving via Amtrak and staying near Penn Station for three nights. Other than Liberty Island and Ellis Island, our itinerary is open. What attractions should we consider given the kids, plus our transportation will probably be limited to walking and the subway?  

A: How about a trip to Central Park? There's the Tisch Children's Zoo, playgrounds everywhere and performances for kids at the Swedish Cottage's Marionette Theater.  

- Carol Sottili  

Q: In 2017, the Saudi Arabian government announced that the country would soon open for tourism, but I haven't seen any tours advertised. Do you know if tours will start soon?  

A: I am waiting for the country to start issuing tourism visas with bated breath! Until then, I have only received a slow trickle of tours there, including this one:  

Wild Frontiers is launching an eight day Inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia tour with departures scheduled for November and December 2018 and January, February 2019. Rates start at $6,951 (land only).  

Similar to Cuba, I imagine that once the idea of going there is a reality, more tour companies will start planning trips there.  

- A.S.  

Q: Besides TripAdvisor is there a resource that lists luxury resorts in the US including Hawaii?  

A: I like www.luxurytravelmagazine.com.  

- C.S.  

Q: Can you help me find hotels with handicapped showers and elevators with no steps to reach them in Vienna, Prague or Budapest? Ideally, I'd like to be near the center of town, on a hop-on/hop-off bus route and a 3 1/2 or 4 star hotel between $100 and $250. 

A: I have a partial answer for you. Consult a qualified travel agent who belongs to The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH). They'll have access to a full list of hotel and can assist you with a booking.  

- Christopher Elliott


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