I’ve just come back from an ocean cruise with my husband, who has vascular dementia, and my sister came to give a helping hand! We have not considered river cruises, because of the stress of flying to the starting point. It was not a ‘holiday’ for me, in that I was on duty all the time (except when my lovely sister took over so I could have a swim, or a sleep!), but it was enjoyable for us all in that we got to see beautiful places. My husband was the same as @Duggies-girl ’s father, in that he was not relaxed enough to explore the places we stopped at. He likes to be within sight of the ship, and I was very limited in what I could do on board, as it had to be something my husband wanted to do, so I missed interesting talks and things...but it was about HIM taking a holiday, not me. Having said that, it was an easy way for us to take a holiday, and the company we travelled with specialises in holidays for the over 60’s so insurance is included.