Just got back from my single cruise on the Ecstasy (Art was not up for another cruise so soon, the rate was too good, and he watched my real estate business while I was away).
Just wanted to post here (and on Chit Chat, too) what were the up and down-sides of cruising single:
* A breeze to pack with only yourself to think of
* Those inside cabins really start to feel bigger
* You get up when you want
* No "what do you want to do?" conversations
* You are more likely to strike up conversations with folks on the ship
* Time to plan, think things over, etc
* Meeting other single-travelers at dinner (they seem to group you at the same table). I had drinks after dinner with a wonderful woman I met at our table, and had a wonderful evening with her.
* My single supplement was only about 20 percent because the ship was so empty.
* The heart does grow fonder with the absence.
* Yep, you really do miss your partner ... one night I even talked to the air to say, "I am hurrying" when running late for dinner. (Art always gets on me to hurry up.)
* If the TV sucks, you are outta luck. I saw "Veggitales" more times than I wish to count late at night.
* Port stops by yourself are not quite as fun with no one to share your adventures with. I would recommend hooking up with some other people traveling alone, or take a group tour (I did this in Catalina)
* You do find yourself wandering the ship more, asking yourself, "You wanna do this?" (For some reason, I was not up to staying up late for the shows, and am not much of a bar person on board)
* Your cell phone bill is higher ... this was a savings grace when I was missing Art ... could check in, tell him what I had been doing, etc
Anyway, these were my experiences. Hope they enlighten some of those thinking of going it solo. It really was a neat experience.