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Old March 28th, 2003, 05:20 AM
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Hi Everyone, I am taking my first solo cruise (trip, vacation,etc.) on April 6th on carnival Destiny. According to the boards-no one but I will be on this ship! I am a young single, outgoing girl, basically traveling alone to prove to myself that I can do it-a confidence booster kind of thing.I need advice on what to do on board, off ship, after dinner,etc, so that I am not sitting alone in my cabin (inside), looking at 4 walls. Any advice would be welcome. Thank you, Margo
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Hi Margo,
I'm sure you will meet plenty of other young singles on Destiny, be sure to attend the "singles" get togethers once onboard.

You may also want to post in the "meet on board" here at Cruisemates to see if you can find any cruisers before you go:

http://www.cruisemates.com/CF/MOB/

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Old March 28th, 2003, 07:44 AM
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Margo

There are lots of singles around the pool too. Hang out there. Don't be afraid to start conversations. Mingle Mingle Mingle

Have a great time!
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one of the easiest ways to meet people is to request a large table for dinner, tablemates are great cruise friends. Attend the singles get-together, go to the production shows, participate in pool games, book shore excursions. you might even find yourself getting "adopted" for the week by a nice couple or group who will show you around and inclued you in their activities. Just relax and have a terrific time.
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Old March 28th, 2003, 09:53 AM
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Good ideas Lisa! We also unknowingly adopted a single person at one of our ports of call so it is done. We were just getting off the ship walking along the pier to town and we were side by side with this woman and got to chatting and she asked if she could hang with us and we said sure. We had a great time and saw her several times on the ship and exchanged email addresses. So Margo don't be afraid. I think you are very brave in taking the 1st step to do this yourself. You go and have a great time!
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Old March 28th, 2003, 11:48 AM
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Hey Margo, I'm also going on my 1st solo trip April 11th on the Majesty. I think Lisa gave great advice. I have planned a shore excursion while in port ,as well as shopping. I usually shop alone anyway, so doing it alone while in port won't bother me. By the time I finish shopping & my excurision, it will almost be time for dinner. I plan to spend some of my spare time in the Casino & other times in the clubs or at the bar. They may have a Karoke(sp) bar on board, which is always fun to watch. They also have activities & games you can participate in. You can always sit by the pool & just relax (if you can get a chair). The last thing you want to do is sit in your cabin the entire trip, & this is coming from a young single and shy woman. I don't mingle much, but there's a 1st time for everything, plus you will never see anyone on board ship again so let your hair down & enjoy. You can go to the single cruiser board & read a post about cruise safety for single cruisers. I found it to be helpful.
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Old March 28th, 2003, 12:44 PM
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You can be proud of yourself as this does take courage! Be safe, be yourself, and have a positive attitude -- you'll have a great time!
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Old March 28th, 2003, 06:30 PM
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Thanks to all of you who responded. I am feeling much better now. If all the cruisiers on board are as open and willing to converse all you folks, I will no problem whatsoever!
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Margo - you have received some great advice here. The only thing I can add is to talk to the crew on board (waiters, bartendes, bar servers, etc.) They can give you tips on what to do in ports, etc. Also, do attend the singles parties, participate in group activities (ie: at trivia games look for someone to join with to form a team - you can even ask the cruise staff person who is there to help you do it.) There are so many great people to meet on cruises! I have cruised 3 times out of my 8 times solo - and number 4 is coming up if I can't find a roommate.

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Old March 29th, 2003, 07:48 AM
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Lisa, I'll be your roommate : )
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