I know you wanted to leave a bit earlier, but would you be interested in the Aug 8 QM2 transatlantic crossing from New York to Hamburg? I am a 55-year old divorced gentlemen who is looking for a travel companion (strictly platonic) to share expenses and to have some companioship for dinner, shows, etc. I too am well travelled, having been on 12 cruises and visited 28 countries so I have lot's of interesting stories to tell.
I'll be staying in Europe for a couple of months to visit family and friends (I'm originally from Italy), so you could do some travelling with me if you'd like. The cruise final destination is Hamburg, but the ship stops to Southampton on the way, so you could disembark in England if you wish.
Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you my email address.