My cousin and I are planning on going on a cruise at the end of the year. We're both single women in our early 40s. I've read a lot of the postings on this web site and also looked through the Singles Cruise Calendar. We're currently trying to decide between the 10-night Christmas and New Yearís Singles Cruise on RCIís Voyager of the Seas and the 7-night New Yearís Singles cruise on RCIís Enchantment of the Seas. The other decision we're struggling with is whether to go with a Singles Group or just by ourselves. We don't know how easy it would be to meet other single people on the cruise if we went by ourselves.
Although we're not heavy drinkers or party girls, we do enjoy the night life, dancing, and having fun. So, we'd like to go on a cruise that would be most appropriate for that. I know that going on a cruise during the school break means having lots of families onboard. We wouldn't mind that so much as long as there were also fun activities (especially in the evening) for single people.
I'm hoping someone here can give us some guidance to help us with our decisions. We need to decide what we're going to do very soon (most probably the week starting on November 1), so any help would be greatly appreciated! And if you think Royal Caribbean would not be the best cruise line for what we're looking for, please suggest a couple of other ones!
I'd like to add that I've found this web site *very* helpful. Thank you very much for making it available to us!
I saw your post and just wanted to mention to you that there are three women who have met on these boards who are traveling on the Carnival Spirit on December 27th out
of San Diego. (The other "cruisemates" are Lyn and Tammie.) If you consider this cruise, we'd love to meet you onboard.
We'd aren't "wild" either, but certainly want to have fun! It's amazing the nice people you can meet when you step outside of your "comfort zone."
We started this all by posting replies, then personal e-mails and phone calls.
Thank you very much for replying to my message to let us know about your plans to go on the Carnival Cruise with Lyn and Tammie. Unfortunately, my cousin and I are planning on leaving out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, so we won't be able to join your group this time.
I hope the three of you have a wonderful time on your cruise!
I wouldn't worry too much about whether to cruise with a singles group or by yourselves -- either way you will be just fine.
I've cruised several times all by myself and never had a problem meeting other singles. You will find that on the second day they will have some sort of singles get-together (look for it in your daily).
Another tip: as soon as you've settled into your cabin, go and pay a visit to the dining room maitre d' - he will have your table assignments, and you can take the opportunity to have him place you both with other singles (if he hasn't done so already). You can usually find him set up just outside the main dining room. They are always happy to accommodate such requests.
As far as cruiselines, you should be just fine with RCCL. As for cruising during the holidays - are you really sure all those kids won't bother you? It sure would me! In any event, I suggest choosing the late dinner seating; most families with kids like the early seating, whereas singles (for the most part) prefer the late seating.