Nice article, Paul. I pray I never have to cruise solo, but I know several people on this site and another site, with whom I think I could cruise.
My suggestion to solo cruiser's would be to become a member of CM's and/or another dependable cruise site. Get to know people!
Besides the women who sail solo, there are even men I've "met" here that I think I could cruise with (platonically).
"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."
Excellent article Paul. The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) is sailing solo for her Med Cruise, and Repositioning next year, so we know exactly what you're talking about. (I'm unable to take that much time off to sail with her on those B2B cruises) It's "eye opening" to say the least to see what the "penalty" is, for sailing alone.
It would be nice to see single rooms on all cruise lines; In fact it may bring more business. Think of the people who would like to go on a cruise with a group but don’t really want to share a cabin with others or for, us we sail as a party of three and would like to book the wrap around balcony but you can only have two people in the cabin we would then book the single cabin as well. I think it would open the door for many people who would like to try cruising with or without the second person.
The article is great. I enjoyed reading it very much. I too travel single and hate paying outrageous supplements. I looked into the "singles" rooms on the Epic. I really would like to sail on the upcoming CM group. I find that those rooms are unacceptable for me. I was mortified at the bathroom parts being scattered all over the room. The little tube where the toilet resides is absolutely unacceptable to me. The idea of a lounge where the singles meet was not a drawing card for me either. As an older woman I could imagine all the young singles coming back there after hours and continuing their party there. No thanks. Still this cabin is priced higher than any other "per person" rate for any inside cabin on the ship. So why does anyone think there is no single supplement here?? It is just hidden.
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