That being said, I too have traveled many places alone. Land tour in Spain, land tour in Brazil (Rio, Buzios, Salvador) cruiseed all the caribbean, land tour of New England, land tour and cruise of Italy, go to Mexico often, etc. I love to travel. You are correct, being a single lady traveling alone, the world opens up to you.
For me, cruises are a great "sample platter" to see many places. Then you can pick one to go back to on a land trip. It's just at night on cruise ships, I'm not into the shows (I find the boring) and I don't gamble. During the day, lido deck is a blast. Meeting lots of people, participating in the fun ect. I like taking the tours with the "local folks" as well. You ge more bang for the buck plus you help them feed their families. My feeling they need the money more than the cruise company.
Thanks for the reply. I'm dreaming of going on an NCL cruise in October to Istanbul, Egypt and the Greece. keep traveling and maybe our worlds will cross some day. Peace