I just found out that my travel buddy had death in his family and will not be able to make the cruise with me at the end of this month. Has any one travelled alone to Rome (or anywhere else) on the Graunder of the Seas? What is the atmosphere? Is it families and couples? Or, are there a fair number of individuals travelling alone? Are there activities and special events for folks traveling alone.
Although not specifically on that ship, I have taken cruises "flying solo" and have never regretted it. Most cruise passengers are very interesting people who enjoy making new friends and welcoming all comers to events and activities. If you show up for activities, you will make plenty of new friends. You probably also will find plenty of other "solo" travellers -- especially if you go to the "singles" gatherings -- which are for people who are travelling alone, even if they have an "attachment" back home.
When travelling alone, I usually do try to sign up for tours -- especially on my first visit to foreign ports. Not only are tours a great place to meet people, but you also have the safety of travelling with a group under the care of a knowledgeable guide who can assist you to navigate the possible pitfalls of cultural differences. I have also found that most tour guides do explain local customs that are different from our own, thus sparing us potential major embarassment.
I can only add to what Norm has already suggested. Just pack a positive attitude along with your cruise wardrobe. Get out and mingle. And don't worry if there aren't any other singles onboard. Everyone is there to have a good time, and married couples are fun to hook up with for sightseeing and going to shows with, etc. And even if you are on the shy side, make a real effort to be outgoing and push yourself to be a "joiner."
Good luck, and when you return, please post here on the Singles Message Board and let us know what a wonderful cruise you had.
Pat Hagan, Singles Editor, Cruisemates.com
Pat, Maybe you can help me. I want to take aeuropean River Cruise sometime next year. I need a cabin mate. I am a active healthy 70 year old female, non smoker. I do not necessarily need a companion. But I would like someone who was compatible and easy to get along with.