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Old March 15th, 2008, 11:24 PM
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I'm a 52 year old female and I've booked a cruise to Alaska on Princess this summer. Although I am apprehensive about how much fun a "solo" cruise will be (all my previous cruises were taken w/others)....I'm now wondering if I may have made a bad decision.

I am feeling worried about my safety on the ship. I'd like to hear from other female cruisemate staff, who've done a 7 day solo cruise...were you uncomfortable in any way? Please pass along your experiences...and any tips I should consider for additional safety. I know not to go out on deck after dark and to use all locks when in the cabin, go on tours with a group...what else? I don't drink and won't be hanging out in bars...except to watch the karoke now and then.

Don't know why the safety concern didn't enter my mind until AFTER I paid for this cruise...but it has and now I don't know whether stay put in my cabin...or can I actually enjoy the cruise?

Please give me your advice and don't hold back on your opinions.

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Old March 16th, 2008, 06:35 AM
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I honestly don't think you need to worry about safety, just be smart, do excursions with groups and have a great time. Most of the ports felt perfectly safe to me.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 11:36 AM
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I'm not a single woman but I can't imagine you would have any problem with safety on a cruise ship. There is staff everywhere and lots of public areas on the ships to hang out in. I would think a trip to your local mall would be less safe than being on a cruise ship.

Like Donna said, you should only need be concerned more with the shore time. This too won't be a problem if you stick to organized group excursions. Especially if you book through the ship for your tours.

Go to singles night on the cruise and you'll likely meet other "solo" travellers you can become friends with.

Go.........have fun. Don't worry because all it will do is sour your trip.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 02:19 PM
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Hi,
Before meeting my husband, I took many cruises solo. I wanted to travel and, after research, decided that cruises were the safest way to do so. Based on my experience, that was correct. I have never had a problem while on the ship. Did some stupid things, like doing tours on my own that almost got me in trouble, but totally secure on board. Book all shore excursions through the ship for peace of mind. Although Alaska is the U.S. (I think I remember you saying it was Alaska....I really need some more coffee.)
Also, ask the maitre d' to seat you at a table with other solo travelers. I have done this a number of times and it was fun. All of us were looking to meet and chat with others. Also, the singles get together. It is not at all like a singles bar on land. Just a place to meet up with people to talk to. But, please do NOT worry. Stay out of crew quarters would be my only advice. You're mature enough that you probably wouldn't do that anyway. And stay out of other peoples' cabins. Other than that, relax and enjoy. I do go out on deck by myself at night. It is one of my favorite things to do. It was when I was solo and it still is. Something hugely relaxing to only see and hear the ocean and sky. Your fellow passengers are not out to get you. The thugs and thieves have stayed in your home town!
Have a great time and forget the worrying.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 04:11 PM
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Just exercise the same care and caution that you do in everyday life and you will be fine.You might even have some new friends by the end of the cruise.
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Mercy, I would volunteer to go with you, but mine is booked for 2009. The anticipation is going to kill me!! You have a great time. As of right now, I don't have a cabin mate, but going with a big family group and they promised they would find me somebody....I hope so. The price alone is kinda high.
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not to worry, eventhough i travel with my husband we are not together all the time on a cruise, i do things on my own as does he, i feel safe walking the public areas at night, going into the casino, going to a show or bar, getting a bite to eat etc. Exercise common sense and you will be fine and will have a great cruise
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I wouldn't worry about going out after dark. The ships decks are lighted and you'll probably see lots of people strolling the decks later at night. I always make it a point around 10pm or so to head on deck and take one walk around and then head on down to chill out in my cabin before I decide to turn in around 11 (I'm up by 7am anyhow).

Locking your doors at night, yes, but I don't think you need to worry too much about the clubs and bars because at a young 52 I doubt you listen to the same music as the 20something and 30somethings listen too....

I've gone twice solo and am booked for a third in September. I haven't had a single problem and I even left my belongings and went swimming, yes, I did keep an eye on my bag, but there weren't many people and most were respectful of others belongings...
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