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Old September 23rd, 2009, 03:08 PM
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hi all: Could you see my post in general cruise forum, "1st time single cruiser - best line?"? I would appreciate your feedback, RCI vs other lines for solo traveller.
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hi all: Could you see my post in general cruise forum, "1st time single cruiser - best line?"? I would appreciate your feedback, RCI vs other lines for solo traveller.
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I don't know your age but if you are a younger cruiser (under forty), from what I have seen Royal Caribbean might not be for you. On my cruise this past April on Royal it was almost all families, the night life was a little dull. I think a shorter cruise like a five nighter on Carnival would be best to meet and mingle if you are single.

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hi all: Could you see my post in general cruise forum, "1st time single cruiser - best line?"? I would appreciate your feedback, RCI vs other lines for solo traveller.
thanks!
I don't know your age but if you are a younger cruiser (under forty), from what I have seen Royal Caribbean might not be for you. On my cruise this past April on Royal it was almost all families, the night life was a little dull. I think a shorter cruise like a five nighter on Carnival would be best to meet and mingle if you are single.

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I've been on quite a few solo cruises on Royal Caribbean and the night life has never been dull. I just came off Freedom (9/13-20/09) and had a fantastic time, especially at the "dancing/music" venues. I guess it's all about who you are and what you are looking for. I have a very strong personality so I guess that's why cruising solo works so well for me. Good luck in your choice and no matter what you choose, have fun.
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Old September 25th, 2009, 12:14 AM
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hi all: Could you see my post in general cruise forum, "1st time single cruiser - best line?"? I would appreciate your feedback, RCI vs other lines for solo traveller.
thanks!
I don't know your age but if you are a younger cruiser (under forty), from what I have seen Royal Caribbean might not be for you. On my cruise this past April on Royal it was almost all families, the night life was a little dull. I think a shorter cruise like a five nighter on Carnival would be best to meet and mingle if you are single.

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I've been on quite a few solo cruises on Royal Caribbean and the night life has never been dull. I just came off Freedom (9/13-20/09) and had a fantastic time, especially at the "dancing/music" venues. I guess it's all about who you are and what you are looking for. I have a very strong personality so I guess that's why cruising solo works so well for me. Good luck in your choice and no matter what you choose, have fun.
There was never more than a handful of people in the night club on Royal.On Carnival the night club was rockin all night. The Casino seemed to be at least half empty at night

There was one night in the Irish pub when it was a full house and everyone was singing along to the songs. It turned out it was mostly people that all came together in two busses. They were a good twenty years older than my wife and I but a lot of fun(we are 37 and 38 respectively).

The night time pool parties were fun. There was one night they tuned the solarium pool area into a club, not a huge turn out but it did pick up later.

We saw two jazz bands the first was good instrumentally but the vocals were not up to par. There was my wife and I and and one other table in the entire Viking Crown lounge. The other jazz band was phenomenal and it was a full house.

The karaoke drew a big crowd and was a lot of fun

One thing I noticed was everything seemed to die out by 1am or so.


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Dave what time of the year were you on the Explorer?

My Explorer cruise the disco was packed and alot of fun. However it was empty before 12:30am. It picks up in the wee hours.

I think it all depends on the sailing and who the fellow cruisers are. I was on Celebrity one year in March with an 80 plus year old crowd and mostly everyone went to bed at 9pm. The ship was like a ghost town in the evening and the disco each nite had about 10 or so people. Now if I did this cruise during another week it would have been a different story.



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Dave what time of the year were you on the Explorer?

My Explorer cruise the disco was packed and alot of fun. However it was empty before 12:30am. It picks up in the wee hours.

I think it all depends on the sailing and who the fellow cruisers are. I was on Celebrity one year in March with an 80 plus year old crowd and mostly everyone went to bed at 9pm. The ship was like a ghost town in the evening and the disco each nite had about 10 or so people. Now if I did this cruise during another week it would have been a different story.



This Cruise set sail April 17th, 2009. I thought all the kids would be just back to school from Easter break but as it turned out it was a school holiday in the Boston area. There were mostly Families with young children. I met so many people from Boston including the two couples that were our table mates(teachers from Boston).

I did not meet one other long Islander! I was the only one who clapped when they were asking people where their from at the welcome aboard show. Boston got the loudest cheer by far.

I think a lot of these people were more interested in the day time activities And getting there kids and their self to bed at a fairly early hour. Especially when pulling into port the next morning.

But like you said the next cruise could have been a different story although it was a 13 nighter. I read somewhere the longer cruises usually draw older crowds.
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I agree with CQ, depends upon the makeup of the guest for that particular week..on the Jazz cruises no one goes to bed before 4 am and during the early morning (except for port days) the ship is quiet so it is the opposite of what a 'normal' cruise is...on my river cruise in southern France, everyone but my friend and I had "retired " by 9 pm
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Dave I'm surprised being April I would think there would be a good crowd.
East Coast cruisers are soooo much fun. Everyone on my sailing was from Jersey/New York and the surrounding areas.

Venice you Jazz cruisers are party animals 4am
Salsa cruisers call it a night between 2am and 3am.

Also remember everyone...Never judge a book by it's cover!!
Sometimes the older cruisers are alot more fun then the younger ones. 8)
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CQ...you are right on target about not prejudging a cruise crowd based upon age demographics...on 50's-70's theme nights onboard us over 50's can teach the younger under 40 crowd how to party doing the dances we loved from those era's (I can still do a mean 70's Hustle)

the reason why Jazz cruisers are up late every night is that the best part of our cruise is the midnight (and sometimes all night) allstar jam sessions which are impromptu..jazz musicians are by nature night owls..very often these jam sessions allow the guest who brought onboard our instruments to play with the jazz allstars (I once was able to jam with Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun and Gerald Albright as my horn sectionwith Rochelle Ferrell and Maysa as our back up singers, needless to say that has been the highlight of my cruise experience, my cabin mate forgot to take pictures so needless to say, she has not been invited on any cruises with me since ) ...and since it's a full charter there are no concerns about "distubing' other guest or restriction of facilities...we usually have pizza at 4 am and then turn in as the sun comes up and sleep thru noon

at home I am normally in bed by 9 pm..on the cruise that's about the time that I am just getting cranked up for the evening..funny thing, on jazz cruises the disco is usually empty most nights
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Dave I'm surprised being April I would think there would be a good crowd.
East Coast cruisers are soooo much fun. Everyone on my sailing was from Jersey/New York and the surrounding areas.

Venice you Jazz cruisers are party animals 4am
Salsa cruisers call it a night between 2am and 3am.

Also remember everyone...Never judge a book by it's cover!!
Sometimes the older cruisers are alot more fun then the younger ones. 8)
We still had and amazing cruise but I was a little surprised too.

Don,t get me wrong, I am certainly not trying to take a shot at older people in fact as I stated in an earlier post one of the best nights we had was at the Irish Pub with a group of much older people. They were a blast!

We also spent a lot of time hanging out with our table mates who were much older than us, on and off the ship. DW and I have older friends and I hope I did not come off sounding like I have something against older people. I'm not exactly 22 anymore either(38 ).
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right-o, I agree, age is not determinative of fun. I went to Mexico with a Globus bus tour in March, most people were older couples. However, there were a couple of single men, 60s, 70s, maybe 80, and they were well-traveled, fun, personable, and the oldest guy, with a cane and a hump, hiked all the way up Coba ruins in 100 degree weather, whereas I was wiped out. I've no problem with people older than I, especially if they can dance, which can be a lost art in guys my age (40s) sometimes. My dad was an excellent piano and banjo player, joke-teller, swing dancer and tennis player til his 70s. My mom is 82 and went on a Med cruise and hiked around Europe by herself last year, takes care of 7 grandkids.
I like to go to bed around midnight and get up at 7 or 8 to make the best use of the port. I'm not a big drinker, because if I drink I can't dance! Also, isn't that where the ships make their money off you?
If I am solo traveler, will they seat me with other singles for dinner? Different or same table each night?
When I decide which cruise to take, how do I find others? What is this "roll call" I hear about?
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hi guys,

I also will be traveling with you on that very same dates. It's my first cruise and I'm very excited to go aboard this ship. I only hope we have lots of sunshine and plenty of drinks! and by the way, I hope we have calm seas.

As I am traveling alone I hope to meet fun people on board the ship to hang out with.

All the best,

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I go out to Vegas a few times a year and go to the clubs and pool parties there so maybe I'm not comparing apples to apples.

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Ok, I'm booked! Leave San Juan Nov 1 on Adventure of the Seas, 2 back to back 7 day cruises to Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, St Maarten, St Croix, Aruba, Curacao, Dominica, St Thomas. Anyone else going? Tips?
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