When Jo Castro went on her very first cruise, she didn’t know what to expect, but after 104 nights aboard the Sea Princess, the Lifestyle Fifty, the art of ageing and living the good life editor is a cruising convert! We chat to Jo about her top tips for cruising when you’re a mature traveller.

When my husband Dave and I first started talking about boarding the Sea Princess for its 28,000-mile World Cruise we had a chat to the kids – YOLO they said! You only live once. And they were right. This type of journey, 25 countries, with stops in 35 different destinations was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Whether you want to hop on a two-day cruise to nowhere, sail to the South Pacific for 12 nights or move in for a few months like we did, cruising is a great way to holiday without the hassle.

Here are my top reasons for cruising when you’re on the more mature side of life:

Hassle free

It sounds clichéd, but when it comes to cruising, this is so true. We unpacked once, and that was that! I didn’t realise how much stress that takes out of travel. And it was so lovely to be able to go out on an excursion and not worry about coming back to check into a new hotel. And not having to find somewhere for dinner when you’ve been out sightseeing is bliss.

Health care

Health care is excellent on most ships, and on the Sea Princess, we heard great feedback about how efficient the staff were, and how concerned they were with getting people better swiftly so they could continue their holiday. Cruise ship medical centres can be expensive, so make sure you have insurance before you sail.