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Nhmtt November 5th, 2012 11:35 AM

Oasis Holiday Cruise
 
I'm going in my first cruise and traveling alone. Any tips for single travelers? Is anyone going on this cruise? How does my time dining work for single travelers? Am I eating with different people when ever I book it or am I always at the same table?

storybookcruises.com November 5th, 2012 11:48 AM

Your agent will be able to answer all your questions and assist you with any of your arrangements.

But to answer your questions you've asked here, My Time dining is similar to going to a restaurant. You show up when you're ready to eat and they will seat you at a table with other passengers. While normally you'll have a different waiter and different tablemates every night, you can request a reservation if you find a table and time you like.

When you show up for dinner, if you have a particular table request like one near the window, small table, large table, etc, it could impact on the amount of time you wait to be seated.

As for tips for single cruisers, check your daily newsletter for all the events planned and definitely participate in as many as you want as there is something for everyone. Often, they will have a get-together for singles at some point during the cruise.

But the Oasis is an amazing ship with alot of activities and amenities unlike any other ship out there - I know you will thoroughly love the experience.

Pete

Nhmtt November 5th, 2012 11:53 AM

Thanks Pete,

I pre paid the gratuity fee but I know there are something's that are not included for that and I can tip above that if needed.

Is there a place to go for a daily planner or is that something that is provided after you board?

Matt

aerospace November 5th, 2012 12:36 PM

It will be given to you by your room attendant each evening so you can plan your next day on ship/in port.

storybookcruises.com November 5th, 2012 08:05 PM

When you first get in your cabin, there will be one showing all the times and activities for the first day.

Then, as aerospace stated, each evening your cabin attendant will leave another one on your bed for the next day.

This newsletter has some invaluable information in it, including the contact information for the port. I always tell my clients to insure they take the newsletter with them when going into port. Should anything happen and you need to get in touch with the ship, you'll need this information. Plus, the newsletter will show you the departure time from port, which is always useful.

But it's full of everything you want to know about what's happening on the ship; when each of the dining venues are open, the dress code for the evening's meal in the main dining room, when the bars are open, what the show times are, etc, etc.

Each evening, we lay in bed and mark all the things for the next day that we don't want to miss, and then make sure we have it with us pretty much all the time.

Also, since I mentioned going into port, make sure your watch is set to the ship's time as on some ships it can be different than local time.

Pete

Paul Motter November 6th, 2012 03:38 PM

I suggest you tell the Maitre D' that you are traveling solo and would like to be seated with (whoever you want to be seated with--- but I assume) other non-married people cruising - whether they are sailing solo, or perhaps you could say "any ladies dining alone" or something like that.

A tip will help.

Or - if you are walking through the open dining room and you happen to see a couple of ladies traveling alone (or one) you might ask politely if she minds if you join her.

Don't get discouraged if she says no. They are a number of reasons why that could happen and cruising is not always for people looking to meet new people.

Nhmtt November 8th, 2012 05:54 PM

This is very helpful, thank you. I'm a rather shy guy and going on this cruise is for me to step out of my element a bit. I travel to DC alone a lot and know the city well but this is all new to me. Newly single and going to other countries on my own it becoming more exciting than scary.

Thank you.

Mtt

carolynswift November 9th, 2012 06:25 AM

Good luck on your first cruise! I have never traveled alone before, it is always with my family and friends. So I did not know about a lot of things which I came to know after reading your suggestions in the thread. Everything is usually taken care of by my family.Thank you.

beachbum13 November 13th, 2012 10:07 PM

One thing I love about cruising is meeting other people. My GF and I just went on our first cruise without kids on Oasis. We met a few people traveling alone. There is a bulletin board in guest relations area and there are un planned (by RC) events that people post. AA, card games and single events. Oasis also had a few singles only events too.

We had my time dinning. Our first night our waiter was excellent. Second night not so much. More of a case of first waiter hitting it off with us. So every night after that we requested him. A couple times we had to wait a few minutes but never very long. They will ask you on My Time if you want to sit alone or with others. We choose alone but often ate meals with others.

You're going to love Oasis !!!

Nhmtt November 14th, 2012 05:38 PM

I already set up the my time dining, should I cancel the times and wait till I get on board or can I make adjustments as I go. I preliminary scheduled all of the entertainment and dinning because I am on my own. Is it easy to adjust? What about the excursions. I already booked mine and paid for them but 'what if' I meet some one and want to move things around?

storybookcruises.com November 14th, 2012 06:17 PM

Booking your time is one thing, but booking the table is something else. So if you want to eat at the same time every night, then keep your time. If you find a table you like, you can request the same one every night. If you don't like it, then request a different one the next night. You can change or stay as you like - your choice.

Pete


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