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Old September 23rd, 2009, 03:57 PM
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I'm 42, single female, going on first cruise for 14 days some time in late Nov or Dec 09. I've looked at Celebrity, Carnival, and RCI as I heard HAL and Princess are primarily older people. I am only interested in cruises out of San Juan, since I want to salsa dance and explore there a few days prior to cruising, and want my own balcony stateroom, since I like my own space and quiet for sleeping. Since price is not an object and itinerary/ports are virtually the same, I am wondering which line is best for meeting people and doing lots of activities. I am not a big drinker or hot-tub user, don't gamble and was thinking of Celebrity because I heard their balconies are non-smoking now and I'm allergic to cigarette smoke, however, I don't want to just knit and eat either. I like working out, swimming, trivia, languages, and tons of dancing. I have traveled mostly in 3rd world countries so don't need lots of room, Egyptian cotton sheets or special shampoo, though I can appreciate good food. Mostly I am afraid of encountering only people who are already in groups, ie newlyweds or families. I have nothing against kids, I have one who is not coming this trip. I have not found any singles cruises out of San Juan. I've heard Carnival is very single-friendly, but I don't necessarily want a bunch of 20-somethings running down the hall at 3am and throwing up in the pool either. I've been to a couple of all-inclusives and really like the nightly shows. Anyone know if more men go to any particular line? Just that there seem to be a lot of women cruisers and I prefer to dance with men. I don't care if they are attached, I am very happily single and not looking to hook up and real dancers can do just that - just dance. I am also interested in lots of ports and excursions, either on my own or with others or cruise-led.
Potential cruises are: Carnival Victory, Nov 29, Dec 6 or 13,
Celebrity Millenium Dec 7, or
RCI: Adventure of the Seas, Nov 29, Dec 6 or 13 or Serenade of the Seas Nov 28, Dec 5 or 12.
I can't book yet as I am waiting for a surgery date and have to heal before I can go in the water (whole point of Caribbean, right??!) I also might try one line for the 1st week and another for the 2nd.
Any help would be very much appreciated!!!
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 05:23 PM
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I have not traveled on any ship other than Carnival. My husband and I love to cruise. We are going on our eighth cruise in Oct. I love the entertainment and food on Carnival. Adult comedy at night is always fun.I nam thinking og going onb Celebrity next year to Alaska. Some of the doctors I work with have been there in Celeb. and said it was first class.I actually think you will enjoy your cruise either way you go When you cruise you get the most of everything for your money. Welcome new member. I joined today also
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Old September 24th, 2009, 02:05 AM
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Hi, thanks for responding. Actually, you raise another interesting question - I am a lawyer. You mention "doctors" going on Celebrity. Do you think there is a difference in lines respecting financial status (for lack of a better term)? For example, I could afford to go on Regent, Cunard or whatever but I would choose to go on a line that had lots of activities, and wasn't too young or too old, regardless of income. I had been looking at the bigger ships too for more chance of singles. Any thoughts?
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Old September 24th, 2009, 03:54 PM
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I cruised solo on the Victory out of San Juan about six months ago. I'm 41, and while I'm not a big dancer, I'm pretty active, and I LOVED getting to all the ports and trying something different in each one. I never felt like I was overwhelmed or surrounded by people all travelling in groups. I think lots of people that travel together split up onship anyway, with there being so much to do that appeals to so many different people.

I never had an issue with smoke (except in the casino, but that's ok... less money to lose then), which is a real problem for me too. I had a wonderful time, and met lots of people, and there was always something to do, or just "me" time to lounge in the sun up on deck.

Finally, you COULD go on ANY ship, but I think Carnival offers a large enough range of activities to keep anyone as busy as they wish to be.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 03:57 PM
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thanks, good to hear from a non-smoker, always wondered about that.
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I've taken 3 cruises solo this year. All 3-4 nighters on RC and had a blast each time. The key to this is you! If you are out going and can easily engage a stranger with a 'Hello-that is a great bathing suit' or something similar to get the ice broken you will have fun. Remember though that you are going to - in all likely hood, be meeting couples. So who cares right? It's all about meeting new people and having new experiences.

There are always going to be people that you can find online either here or at other cruise sites that you can engage prior to sailing and then casually meet up on board. I've meet great people both by just starting a conversation and that I've met online prior and they are all still great friends.

Keep an open mind, a smile and a kind word for everyone and you will have a blast not matter which line you choose!
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I am a 44, single male and have cruised on Carnival, NCL, Princess, Celebrity and RCI. My recommendation would be Royal Caribbean. You can cross Celebrity off the list as it is an old person's cruise line. I was on the Solstice in January, and thank goodness I was with a singles group because the pools closed at 8 pm and the decks rolled up after late seating. That leaves Carnival and RCI. My two Carnival cruises were on Conquest class ships, of which the Victory is a close cousin. I really dislike the design of this class of ship, and the main problem was that wherever you go on the ship, you are funneled through a smoking area.

Pools:
Big advantage to RCI. The pools are larger and they have a solarium adult only area - and they enforced it. It was a nice relaxing area that allowed you to escape the kids. The pools are also well spaced which makes the pool areas seem less busy than on Carnival.

Carnival had adult hot tubs at the back of the ship, but this was not enforced on either ship.

Activities:
Tie - RCI has more physical activites - AOS, will have ice skating (I just had to try it once, to say I skated in the Caribbean, but after leaving snow for sand - once was enough), both AOS and SOS will have a rock climbing wall.

Carnival had more games, such as Hairy chest contest. They do have a large water slide, but times were limited.

Shows:
Slight advantage RCI. The ice skating show was the best I have seen at sea. The theater shows were even, but Carnival has an late night adult comedian that was a howl.

Food:
Slight advantage Carnival. The main dining room was better on Carnival, but the buffet was slightly better on RCI.

Bars/lounges:
Advantage RCI - The Carnival Conquest class ships have all the bars stuck inside the ship on the middle decks, which crowd everyone into one area, and all were smoking. The piano bar was nothing but a blue haze. The disco, which was the most popular, was situated right beside the kiddy arcade, so the teenagers would stand outside the bar hoping someone would put down a half finished drink.

RCI has a lounge/nightclub at the top of the ship where you can look at the sea and stars while having a drink. The other lounges are scattered throughout the ship, making it seem less crowded. Some were non-smoking. Bands were about the same on both lines.

Ships:
Advantage RCI: The Royal Caribbean ships were a step above the Carnival ones, in both design and appearance. The Carnival ships have god ugly bright colors throughout - you either love it or hate it. I hated it, but it definitely catches your attention.

Cabins:
Equal - I would highly recommend a balcony. Once you have had one it would be hard to go back to an inside or oceanview.

A 14 day cruise would likely have few singles, I have heard that the longer the cruise, the older the crowd, and the fewer singles would be on board. My guess is Carnival would have a few more singles on board than RCI and they would be younger in age.

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thank you so much guys! I am fairly outgoing, and I'd love to do a singles cruise for extra people to hang with/share excursion costs, but it looks like all the singles cruises in Dec are out of Florida. (I've found 8 nite out of Ft Lauderdale on Carnival Miracle with singlescruise.com to St Martin, St Lucia and ST Kitts, 7 nite Jimmy Buffett cruise out of Pt Canaveral on Dec 12 to Belize, Roatan and Costa Maya, allsinglestravel.com 7 nite Dec 13 out of Tampa on the HAL Ryndam to Belize, Guatemala and Costa Maya, and VTG Celebrity Solstice Dec 13 40+ cruise out of Ft Lauderdale to San Juan, St Kitts, St Martin. Any thoughts on which of those might be best? Anyone going on them?
I could easily do a cruise out of FL (I have friends and family in Tampa, Ft Lauderdale and Miami) but I've been there 6 times and have never been to San Juan. Strange why nobody's launched a singles cruise out of San Juan!! I've been reading up on Puerto Rico and it sounds so interesting, and I'd like to practice my Spanish. I could just fly there separately as an add-on before or after the cruise, I suppose.
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i have sailed six times solo on both carnival and RCI. both were excellant. as for other singles onboard it really depends on the week you go. count on mostly couples/ families though, with some singles mixed in. either way go and enjoy yourself. KC
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