I'm a single 41 year old woman and I took a solo cruise last Sept. on The Rhapsody of the Seas and I will NEVER cruise solo again. I love the ship and the itinerary was great. But I didn't find one person on the ship who was traveling solo. I only saw groups and couples. And if you think that people will include you in their group ... forget it! It won't happen. And don't even think about being friendly to a couple. You won't believe the number of poison looks you'll get from other women. People don't take the time to make new friends anymore. Cruise with a good friend our a group of friends. But cruising solo is a no-no.
I had a blast when I went cruising solo.... Within the first night , I meet a couple that was about my age.. we went to all the bars and clubs together for the rest of the cruise.
Then being a gambler I meet some friendly people, and by the end of the cruise, I had amassed a group of about 15 people, going to bar to bar.
Also I meet one nice guy one night, and then next day we went on an excursion and he was there with his family... him, his wife, his son, and his daughter in law... They were also very nice, and we all looked out for each other.
Now I know I am an easy going guy, and I can approach people easily. PLus maybe it helped that I was a guy? I am not sure.
But if I had to do it again, I would cruise solo again.
ALthough it seems times have changed since, and I might have a cruising partner.
I feel bad for ERenee. felway17 and I have had similar experiences. I either meet up with other singles, groups let me join in and yes, sometimes couples let me be a third wheel. I know when not to be obtrusive. I'm a SBF and I remember one cruise where this Italian guy just insisted that I join him and his family. no hanky panky. I think he just saw that I was traveling solo and wanted to help me out. they were a lot fun. I am a very friendly person (not saying that you aren't) and love taking to people. ERenee don't give up. just maybe next time you have to pick a cruise where you are more apt to get singles on board or at least some party people who don't care if you join in. shorter cruises, spring break cruises, choose Carnival as opposed to HAL or the Love Boat. Just so your chances are better at meeting more singles or people who are (and nobody get mad at me) not so stuck up. One RCCL cruise I went on I noticed the people were much more reserved than some of my other cruises. but I loosened them up some and we all had a good time. Sometimes I realized that it was all in what I made it. ERenee never give up on traveling solo because of one ship full of "unfriendlies". Try, try again....
Usually travel alone - and heading out again at the end of October. While there are some ackward times, (those "turn to the person you are traveling with ..." moments), but I love doing what I want, eating when I want, enjoying the company of a variety of other travelers, etc.
I want to take a singles cruise...but they all seem to be geared to meeting that special someone. I just want to go on a cruise, not find love. The prices are way too high alone, so I need a roommate. But it seems all the singles cruises assume romance is the goal. I'm 57, divorced for many years, need a break from all the family, work and stress, so just want to take a cruise. I've been on a number of cruises with family (neice, sister-in-law, both of my sons, mother, etc), but I want to go alone this time.
Can someone suggest a ship or line that would work for me?
I am finding that more and more singles cruise organizers are realizing that the main goal of many single cruisers is not to find romance but to have a good time with other singles. I'm working on the 2005 singles calendar and will try to mention those who put an emphasis on something other than finding a special someone.
This has been a good thread. Loved reading about others solo cruise experiences...
I've cruised solo a few times and found cruising the best way to travel solo. I think Carnival is a good ship when you travel alone. On my 5 night cruise from NY-Canada I Iucked out with a great singles table. Loved the casino, late night comedy, and the crowd was pretty friendly.
I am thinking about doing a singles cruise next year on the Pride. I really like the idea of cruising with other solo cruisers.
Well I just want to say that I LOVED cruising solo!!
I would do it again in a heartbeat!
I've been back in holland for about 6 weeks now and still talk to allot of people i met on the ship!
As i am a woman ( 26) and made lots of friends really easy I don't think it's matters if you are a guy or a girl..It's just if you are open to other people...
I miss the navigotor of the seas every day and can't wait to go back again!