Taking advantage of wave season

January marked the beginning of this year's wave season, or the time during which cruises offer significant discounts and gift packages to individuals booking through the rest of the year. According to the 2014 Virtuoso Luxe Report, cruise travel is set to be one of the emerging trends of 2014. Now is the best time for seniors to consider taking a cruise, whether they're looking for a fun vacation idea for the family or just searching for an excuse to embark on an exciting journey.

Wave season discounts
For passengers booking between early January and the end of March, there currently exist several packages available for incredibly discounted prices. Popular cruise lines, such as Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises and Paul Gauguin Cruises, are offering deals that not only knock off anywhere from 10 to 50 percent of the original ticket price, but also provide onboard amenities, including redeemable cruise credit or comped room packages.

Seniors looking to venture on Mediterranean, Caribbean or European cruises this season should consider booking during the first few months of the year in order to take advantage of all wave season has to offer.

Cruises that stimulate your mind
Passengers looking for cruises that will help to maintain a healthy lifestyle for seniors should consider the Chicago Tribune's list of retirement cruises that stimulate your mind. This list compiles cruises with rich educational value or those that provide activities to keep you on your toes. 

One such cruise line, the Crystal Cruises Creative Learning Institute, allows passengers to enroll in onboard courses in areas such as sculpting and painting, as well as take part in personal wellness seminars. Taught by industry professionals, these classes engage participants in activities to keep them active and entertained throughout the course of their cruise. In addition, this cruise line also features a lecture series in which professors, authors and scientists speak to passengers.

Traveling with the entire family
Cruises also provide the perfect opportunity to travel with the entire family. The 2014 Virtuoso Luxe Report emphasized that the No. 1 trend of the upcoming year would be multigenerational travel, or vacationing with grandparents, parents and young children. Cruise lines feature a wide range of age-specific activities, such as adult-only workshops and meeting areas, senior recreational activities and designated areas for teenagers or children. 

Disney Cruises, for example, boasts a variety of family activities geared towards all ages, including movie or karaoke nights, live theater shows and rotational dining that offers food options for adults and children.