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Solo1959 June 15th, 2007 10:38 PM

Has anyone cruised Solo on Disney?
 
I love cruises. I love Disney. But I am alone. I have cruised by myself before and I also went to Disney by myself and had a great time. Would I be out of place if I were to take a Disney cruise by myself? Has anyone else gone on a Disney cruise solo? Did you feel comfortable? I am not looking for a singles cruise, just a vacation at sea with Disney.

Archie June 16th, 2007 12:53 AM

If you are fine with the fact that there will be tons of families and tons of children then I say go for it. I am new to disney myself but from what I gather it is a great cruiseline. Just keep in mind that it does not have as much of the party atmosphere that you will find with other cruiselines. It all depends on what you are looking for in a cruise.

Shelby June 16th, 2007 04:12 PM

Disney would be my last choice for adult solo cruising.

Shelby

Solo1959 June 17th, 2007 09:27 PM

Thank you for your thoughts. I was afraid to take a Disney Cruise alone, much as I like Disney and cruises. I was asking if anyone had taken this cruise alone, no one answered that they did..... so I guess that in itself is an answer.

I was looking a little more carefully, seems like much of the ship is dedicated to teen and child activities so there might be little for a solo to do, and few places on the ship that I might feel comfortable.

I have been cruising since the late 1960's, most recently on Carnival. I don't gamble, I don't drink much... I was looking for an alternative, but honestly, Carnival and Princess have so much to do and so many alternatives that I would be happy going back on one of them.

It was just a passing thought.

Thanks again.

Kathleen Templeton June 18th, 2007 08:55 AM

Hi,
well I have not `cruised solo, however I have visited on board with people who were cruising solo on disney before.
They loved it but they were looking for some quiet relaxation instead of a party atmosphere.
we have gone as a couple many times. We had an AWESOME time.

adult pool
2 adult hot tubs
awesome spa (cost extra)
work our center
Bingo (cost extra)
shows every night, great performances
great food and wonderful table mates to visit with. ask for late dining if you want less kids around.

3 clubs in the evening to choose from,a ll adult only. One is a piano bar, one is music and dancing, the other is a sports bar.
also live music on the Promenade lounge each evening, but it is for alla ges. it is open air to a main passageway.

Palos adult only restaurant, reservation only. $10 fee for gratuity.
adult only galley tour
Art of Entertaining tour adult only, on the Magic.

The people I talked with and met ha dall posted on crusie meets threads )roll call threads_ for their crusie and made many friends before the cruise so they knew other adults on board before they cruised.
many had made friends with single parents on board and hung out with them while their kids were in the clubs.

Also on the Magic they had a singles meet the second day for a few minutes. anyone who was 18 and older, was single or a single parent was invited to come and get aquainted with each other as wel las crew members.
There was plenty of events during the day for all ages. ice carving, trivia games, chip it golf, arts and crafts, animation drawing, etc...

so there is plenty for a solo cruiser to do, but it is NOT a party atmosphere, but it was a FUN atmosphere.

Just depends on what you are looking for.

Kathleen

katluc June 18th, 2007 09:49 AM

Hi Solo1959,
I have been on 2 Disney cruises with my kids, but would have no problem doing it on my own. There is a lot to do on the boat, with or without children. Go for it and have a great time.

Have fun,
Kathy

Paul Motter June 18th, 2007 10:13 AM

I know it is just me, but while I am comfortable doing many things alone, going to Disneyland or on any cruise is not really one of them. Especially a Disney cruise. Maybe it is different for a woman because strangers will be more likely to talk to you, but a man sailing solo on a Disney cruise just because "he likes cruising" would looked upon pretty suspiciously, in my opinion.

I know I once took a solo cruise on a major "premium" cruise line (not Carnival, NCL or Royal Caribbean) and hence not a lot of singles were on board, and I did not enjoy it much at all. No one really wanted to talk to me. The few singles there were were not my age.

To me cruising is better when you have someone to share it with. Get a roommate and share a cabin & save money. Or if you are going to pay the singles supplement anyway - then take a friend! A free cruise, who wouldn't want one?

IBCRUZIN' June 18th, 2007 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Paul Motter
I know it is just me, but while I am comfortable doing many things alone, going to Disneyland or on any cruise is not really one of them. Especially a Disney cruise. Maybe it is different for a woman because strangers will be more likely to talk to you, but a man sailing solo on a Disney cruise just because "he likes cruising" would looked upon pretty suspiciously, in my opinion.

I know I once took a solo cruise on a major "premium" cruise line (not Carnival, NCL or Royal Caribbean) and hence not a lot of singles were on board, and I did not enjoy it much at all. No one really wanted to talk to me. The few singles there were were not my age.

To me cruising is better when you have someone to share it with. Get a roommate and share a cabin & save money. Or if you are going to pay the singles supplement anyway - then take a friend! A free cruise, who wouldn't want one?

I cruise solo almost exclusively. I would not do a disney cruise because of all the children and children-oriented family groups. Even if there are single parents aboard to hang out with, the schedule would be worked around children and their doings. Not my idea of fun.

I have never done Disney World solo but have known some people who have and they loved it. Hmmmm, I may have to look into going one day for a short visit.

As far as cruising solo in general, I would say if you are going for fun and interaction with other passengers, any cruiseline but Carnival is a crapshoot. I did a NCL America to Hawaii solo and felt out of place a lot. Something that I never felt before. I did a RCCL cruise with my ex-hubby and saw that the one or two solos on the ship were isolated a lot of the time. On Carnival most of their activities are designed for major interaction among the passengers which means that solo cruisers do not stick out and are just one of a crowd.

Cruising solo and cruising with other people are two totally different vacation experiences.

If you are not extroverted or are looking to a quiet relaxing vacation, cruising solo can be very isolating. If you are up for non-stop fun and adventure, cruising solo is the ultimate in self-indulgence.

Happy Cruzin' and good luck.

MarkM June 18th, 2007 12:44 PM

Since you said you went to Disney theme parks solo before, I assume that you don't mind (or enjoy) seeing kids, and the who "Disney Experience". If that's the case, then I think you'd enjoy the cruise. We went as a family this past April, and while almost all of the people there appeared to be travelling with someone, there were plenty of activities where people split up when not everyone was interested in it.

If you're wanting to party with other singles in the bar until 3am, it's not a smart choice. But if you want a classy atmosphere with that "Disney Magic", and you get a kick out of seeing Mickey Mouse, and watching the faces of the kids, then you'll have a great time.

Solo1959 June 18th, 2007 05:08 PM

I believe deep down inside, everybody loves the Disney idea. Yeah, yeah, I know, many people have their gripes about Disney the business, but we are all kids inside, and Disney just means fun.

Last year I stayed solo at a Disney resort. The rooms were beautiful, service was friendly, food in the restaurants was exceptional, it could not have been nicer for me unless I was 8 years old. And I met so many really nice people there, all were looking for a great vacation, and I think we all found one. There were plenty of adult activities. I can't say enough good about it.

I also love taking cruises and have been doing so for many years. Usually by myself. I meet nice people, I enjoy the shows, eat good food, see interesting ports, rest, relax and have a good time.

My thought was to combine the two and take a Disney cruise. Every review I have read gave Disney Cruises excellent ratings, never read a complaint about food, service, cleanliness, etc. I just didn't know if a single man would be comfortable taking this trip. I travel "during the school year" so too many kids is not a problem. I assumed mostly couples, single parents, families would be on the trip. I didn't know if solo travelers would also be there. As I said, I don't go to the casino, I am not a big drinker or partier, I'm not looking for romance or "cruising," I have always been comfortable on Carnival and Princess.

I am getting conflicting opinions (which is what I thrive on!). No one posted yet who has cruised Disney solo. I think I am going to have to think about this choice for a while before I make my decision.

Thanks again to everyone

letsgocrusin July 20th, 2007 07:10 AM

funny you asked that question. I have not "cruised" alone yet.

But I have one booked on August 23rd alone. My DH just passed and I want to just go on a cruise, so I booked one. I'll have the room to myself so that will be great.

I'll be cruising more alone in the future also - or I want to - we'll see what happens.

I know a lot of the CM's so that part will be the same - in a nutshell, I guess I won't be alone in that sense.

TheTexasKid October 4th, 2007 07:28 PM

I suppose I should answer this.

Has anyone gone on a Disney cruise solo?

Yes. Six times. Bahamas, eastern Caribbean, Mexican Riveria, southern Caribbean, western Caribbean, and my last cruise in May of this year, the trans-Atlantic.

Did you feel comfortable?

Yes. Comfortable enough to take a seventh cruise in May, 2008. This one will be the trans-Panama Canal.

Solo1959 October 4th, 2007 08:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheTexasKid
I suppose I should answer this.

Has anyone gone on a Disney cruise solo?

Yes. Six times. Bahamas, eastern Caribbean, Mexican Riveria, southern Caribbean, western Caribbean, and my last cruise in May of this year, the trans-Atlantic.

Did you feel comfortable?

Yes. Comfortable enough to take a seventh cruise in May, 2008. This one will be the trans-Panama Canal.

Hey!
I think we chatted on another board. I wanted to take that same trans-canal cruise, but they were booked solid and no rooms :-(

YOU are the one who talked me into it, but I couldn't get space. I'm definately going to give this a try when I get a chance. It just sounds perfect.

Thank you.

TheTexasKid October 6th, 2007 01:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Solo1959
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheTexasKid
I suppose I should answer this.

Has anyone gone on a Disney cruise solo?

Yes. Six times. Bahamas, eastern Caribbean, Mexican Riveria, southern Caribbean, western Caribbean, and my last cruise in May of this year, the trans-Atlantic.

Did you feel comfortable?

Yes. Comfortable enough to take a seventh cruise in May, 2008. This one will be the trans-Panama Canal.

Hey!
I think we chatted on another board. I wanted to take that same trans-canal cruise, but they were booked solid and no rooms :-(

YOU are the one who talked me into it, but I couldn't get space. I'm definately going to give this a try when I get a chance. It just sounds perfect.

Thank you.

Yes, I do remember. it's really a small world out there, for us cruisers, isn't it?

If you don't get your chance this time, then maybe next time. Either with DCL or another cuise line. While I have been any number of places by cruise ship, this will be my first time traveling through the Panama Canal, and I'm looking forward to it.

And you're welcome.

Dianeteach68 October 6th, 2007 04:44 PM

Disney Solo
 
Everything that Kathleen Templeton explained to you is correct. There are all these things available to you.

However, here is the glitch - Disney makes them available (adult or not)
to all the children on the ship - that is correct - all adult bars, etc.

I sailed on Disney in July, 2006. I know first-hand.

I cannot imagine what it would have been like if I had sailed solo.

This was my first cruise, so I guess everyone is entitled to make a very costly mistake!


Diane

Never again, solo or otherwise!

edongzkisiete October 25th, 2007 12:50 AM

Im not sure if Im able to do it alone.

Solo1959 October 25th, 2007 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by edongzkisiete
Im not sure if Im able to do it alone.

Although I'd like just to come out and say, you can do it alone, that is a personal decision. You know yourself best.

I travel alone regularly. My best solo trips are on a cruise. But I think is has to do with my expectations. I enjoy the pampering. I enjoy the entertainment. I enjoy being on a ship at sea. I like the smells, the scenary, the food, the sensation of being on a the ocean. I love the shows. A cruise is the perfect vacation for me.

I also love Disney. I can't think of any entertainment that is better than Disney. It is a fantasy world of fun, candy, music..... You might say it's a "Wonderful World, of Color," lol. At Walt Disney World, I had one of my best vacations. They really know how to do vacation. It's a science with them. Couple that with a cruise and it should be an amazing experience. I so much want to try it.

I am most comfortable being around other people... by myself. I talk to people where I am. There are people at the pool, people at dinner, people at the shows, people at the beach.... All of them have been friendly, most have been looking to meet others on the cruise, most are looking to talk to me and other people. That's the nature of a vacation. I do not look for life long eternal friends, nor do I necessarily look for people to hang out with for the rest of the cruise. People are friendly, I try to be friendly. My expectation is to be friendly where ever I am. And I always find nice people. And I'm definately absolutely not looking for a romantic partner on a cruise. Not into the stress of it, even if it "just happened," I'd probably run away from it. But that's me.

And that's the answer. You bring yourself on a cruise. You do not change. You are who you are where ever you go. If you are comfortable being by yourself at home and other places, you should be comfortable being alone on a cruise. You won't change who you are. If you need to be with somebody at home, you will still need to be with somebody on the cruise. The only thing that changes is the scenary, not your personality.

If you are alone because that's what you like, what you prefer, and who you are, great, you will enjoy the cruise. If you are alone because you had difficulty making friends and developing relationships at home, you will find that you are the same person on the cruise. You know yourself best.


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