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Old September 19th, 2007, 08:46 PM
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I'm cruising on the Inspiration 10/27 - 11/01. I've never been on a cruise and although I've read a lot about cruising single. What is the real deal?

I'm 26, single and very independent, but I've never traveled entirely solo. I picked Halloween weekend because I thought it would keep the kiddies at a minimum. Will it?

Will the cruise do a Halloween party?
What is the night life like?
What can I expect on board for post sunset entertainment?
Club atmosphere or just the casino? I'm the type who likes to sleep outside in the sun by day and party by night. I've already decided my off shore excursion in Grand Cayman will be one of the string ray tours and ATV jungle tour in Calica... Unless anyone has any other suggestions....

Any feedback ideas anything in general would be appreciated! Thanks so much!
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Old September 19th, 2007, 10:42 PM
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Short cruise, maybe some kiddos, probably younger. Would expect a party or costume contest, at the least. Right line for younger partying. The rays are cool, but it may be a zoo out there with all the cruise chartered shore excursion folk. The turtle farm is also cool, but cooler still is snorkeling and diving with the critters. 8) Can't speak for post weathered Mexico, but use bug spray, bring a few bottles of water and a hat. Nice price for the cruise, check around on your flights.

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I'm cruising on the Inspiration 10/27 - 11/01. I've never been on a cruise and although I've read a lot about cruising single. What is the real deal?

I'm 26, single and very independent, but I've never traveled entirely solo. I picked Halloween weekend because I thought it would keep the kiddies at a minimum. Will it?

Will the cruise do a Halloween party?
What is the night life like?
What can I expect on board for post sunset entertainment?
Club atmosphere or just the casino? I'm the type who likes to sleep outside in the sun by day and party by night. I've already decided my off shore excursion in Grand Cayman will be one of the string ray tours and ATV jungle tour in Calica... Unless anyone has any other suggestions....

Any feedback ideas anything in general would be appreciated! Thanks so much!
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Old September 20th, 2007, 10:32 AM
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You will have a great time all day and all night!! I am psychic!!!
You are young and full of energy and will have a great time!!!
Yes, there will be a Halloween costume contest?
Carnival is the PARTY SHIP and the Inspiration is a beautiful ship too. I have cruised on it many years ago.
Halloween is the best time to cruise. Take lots of photos.

Stay away from using the Spa facilities. They are con artists and like to sell you with high pressure their expensive products. They don't work for the cruiseline. It's a private company that works on the ship.
BEWARE!!! I was charged for something I didn't buy. I had to wait until I got home to get my credit card to take off the $50. they charged me on my bill. Check your bill for errors in advance on the day before so you don't get some extra charges on your bill. Keep track of all the receits sp . This information is for everybody that cruises on any ship or cruiseline. They do make mistakes on your bill. Angelgal
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Old September 20th, 2007, 10:48 AM
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Angelgal - shouldn't that be ANYTIME is the best time to cruise! Or, in my case, anytime I am not diving is the best time to cruise.

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Old September 21st, 2007, 04:22 AM
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Hey Cruiser guy, when you are 26 yrs. old you need to choose the best cruise because most young ones are on a budget and have to be careful what is best for them in spending their yearly cruise money.

People like you and me are happy to cruise anytime, anywhere, any ship, any ports, any ocean, and...... with any friends that want to cruise.
We have a tough life cruising from ship to ship. 8) AG
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Old September 21st, 2007, 07:56 AM
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Young people on a budget? No way - credit cards, car leases with residual payments, interest only home loans, no payments the first year, and equity rich parents solved the need for budgets.

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Old September 21st, 2007, 10:29 AM
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Yeah, Sadly we can all see what interest free home loans and or Variable rate loans have done.

Anyway back to cruising, Solocruiser have a great time. I thought I read somewhere that in Inspiration is being totally redone right now so it should be very nice for your cruise if that is the case. Apparently Carnival is going to do major refurb's on that class of ship throughout their fleet in order to bring them up to date.
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Hey Diver guy, I have a young gal 25 yrs.old neighbor who is related to the Rockerfellows sp. Her parents bought her a condo and a new car but they put her on a budget. She is still a college student at the private expensive USC- University of Southern Calif. #1 univ. for rich kids and kids on scholarships. She is a yuppy who likes expensive modern furniture in her condo.
Most singles in their 20's in Calif. have to watch their money because it is so expensive to live in L.A. area.
I think that most singles in their 20's are taken on cruises by their parents and friends of the family. Graduation from college is another option for young singles to go cruising with a cruise gift from their parents.

Hey Vince, I am happy that Carnival is fixing up their old ships because their hallway carpets are all tatered and look old. I have cruised on several ships like that with Carnival. Plus, they will get some nice bedding like the new ships. Angelgal
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AG:

If neighborgal is old New York Society, she might be kin to kiddo and we may have her in the family records. 8) And watch knocking USC, you never know who you will run into who attended there in the early '70's. :wink

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Hey Diver guy, I have a young gal 25 yrs.old neighbor who is related to the Rockerfellows sp. Her parents bought her a condo and a new car but they put her on a budget. She is still a college student at the private expensive USC- University of Southern Calif. #1 univ. for rich kids and kids on scholarships.
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Hey Diver guy, USC is #1 university. An easy University to graduate from as compared to UCLA.

I will be leaving on my cruise this coming Sunday, Sept.23rd.
Talk to you later. AG
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No university is easy to graduate from when you are a young kid working full time since 15 and and going to school. 8) Kiddo wants to start working part-time as a life guard when he turns 15. Hmm...watch the pool cuties all day, work on your tan and get paid for doing so. Who said that all the good jobs are being outsourced to India and China?

Have fun cruising as we poor folk work.

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Hey Diver guy, USC is #1 university. An easy University to graduate from as compared to UCLA.

I will be leaving on my cruise this coming Sunday, Sept.23rd.
Talk to you later. AG
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hey cruisin, this will be your best vacation. going solo will be a bit scary to start with, but after a few days you'll relax and have a great time... enjoy
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My first cruise I ended up going solo because my son had a family emergency and couldn't go. I was nervous at first. Embarkation was intimidating - there was just so MANY people who all seemed to be with somebody. But then I started chatting with folks around me and found out there were lots of other solo travelers who were as nervous as I was. And the ship was so large - much larger than I thought it would be. But it was so much fun exploring that huge boat. About 3 minutes (maybe less) after the ship left the dock, my nervousness vanished and the weight of the world was lifted from my shoulders. Now I always cruise solo by choice because I loved it so much -- even if I go with a group, I'm solo cause I don't take anybody with me.

You'll do as much or as little as you want -- the only limits to the amount of fun you'll have are the limits you set yourself. You're going on a Halloween cruise for the very reason I cancelled the one I was booked on -- a young party hearty crowd. Smile at people who cross your path; don't just join in conversations, but start them (a nice ice breaker is "is this your first cruise" or "have you cruised before" -- you'll be off and running in no time). Read Carnival Capers (Carnival's daily newsletter) to find out what's going on and join in the fun, even if it's something that only mildly appeals to you (how many line dance lessons can you go to in a lifetime, but each and every time is FUN because of the people you'll meet) -- I had never been to kareoke (is that spelled right?) until I got on that ship and after going once, I was a regular spectator every night; my only complaint was that kareoke wasn't long enough and for some reason they put it in one of the smallest lounges. Don't spend a lot of time in your cabin. If you want to read or listen to music, go up on deck where there are other people. Don't be afraid to go into the clubs alone -- you're a solo traveler so walking into places alone is a given, but remaining alone is almost an impossibility. There's just too many opportunities to meet other people. And if the music moves you, don't be afraid to get out there and dance alone -- the floor will be so crowded nobody will know you don't have a partner. Besides, who cares what they think -- you don't know them and will probably never see them again anyway. I don't know about the costume thing -- I hate costume parties so I avoid them like the plague. But take at least a mask and if the ship has some type of costume thing going on, join in even if it's only for a little while. Think about it this way -- have you ever gone to a mall alone; even when shopping alone, you talk to others, might ask some stranger their advice about how a dress or shoes look or ask somebody what cologne they're wearing, and if you stop at the crowded food court you might sit at a table with a bunch of strangers and start chatting. My point is, that being on the ship will be no different that going to the mall alone. You'll be friendly and outgoing and will have a wonderful wonderful time.
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My first cruise I ended up going solo because my son had a family emergency and couldn't go. I was nervous at first. Embarkation was intimidating - there was just so MANY people who all seemed to be with somebody. But then I started chatting with folks around me and found out there were lots of other solo travelers who were as nervous as I was. And the ship was so large - much larger than I thought it would be. But it was so much fun exploring that huge boat. About 3 minutes (maybe less) after the ship left the dock, my nervousness vanished and the weight of the world was lifted from my shoulders. Now I always cruise solo by choice because I loved it so much -- even if I go with a group, I'm solo cause I don't take anybody with me.

You'll do as much or as little as you want -- the only limits to the amount of fun you'll have are the limits you set yourself. You're going on a Halloween cruise for the very reason I cancelled the one I was booked on -- a young party hearty crowd. Smile at people who cross your path; don't just join in conversations, but start them (a nice ice breaker is "is this your first cruise" or "have you cruised before" -- you'll be off and running in no time). Read Carnival Capers (Carnival's daily newsletter) to find out what's going on and join in the fun, even if it's something that only mildly appeals to you (how many line dance lessons can you go to in a lifetime, but each and every time is FUN because of the people you'll meet) -- I had never been to kareoke (is that spelled right?) until I got on that ship and after going once, I was a regular spectator every night; my only complaint was that kareoke wasn't long enough and for some reason they put it in one of the smallest lounges. Don't spend a lot of time in your cabin. If you want to read or listen to music, go up on deck where there are other people. Don't be afraid to go into the clubs alone -- you're a solo traveler so walking into places alone is a given, but remaining alone is almost an impossibility. There's just too many opportunities to meet other people. And if the music moves you, don't be afraid to get out there and dance alone -- the floor will be so crowded nobody will know you don't have a partner. Besides, who cares what they think -- you don't know them and will probably never see them again anyway. I don't know about the costume thing -- I hate costume parties so I avoid them like the plague. But take at least a mask and if the ship has some type of costume thing going on, join in even if it's only for a little while. Think about it this way -- have you ever gone to a mall alone; even when shopping alone, you talk to others, might ask some stranger their advice about how a dress or shoes look or ask somebody what cologne they're wearing, and if you stop at the crowded food court you might sit at a table with a bunch of strangers and start chatting. My point is, that being on the ship will be no different that going to the mall alone. You'll be friendly and outgoing and will have a wonderful wonderful time.
Oh Born, you bring tears to my eyes sniff . . . sniff You are a cruiser after my own heart.

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My first cruise I ended up going solo because my son had a family emergency and couldn't go. I was nervous at first. Embarkation was intimidating - there was just so MANY people who all seemed to be with somebody. But then I started chatting with folks around me and found out there were lots of other solo travelers who were as nervous as I was. And the ship was so large - much larger than I thought it would be. But it was so much fun exploring that huge boat. About 3 minutes (maybe less) after the ship left the dock, my nervousness vanished and the weight of the world was lifted from my shoulders. Now I always cruise solo by choice because I loved it so much -- even if I go with a group, I'm solo cause I don't take anybody with me.

You'll do as much or as little as you want -- the only limits to the amount of fun you'll have are the limits you set yourself. You're going on a Halloween cruise for the very reason I cancelled the one I was booked on -- a young party hearty crowd. Smile at people who cross your path; don't just join in conversations, but start them (a nice ice breaker is "is this your first cruise" or "have you cruised before" -- you'll be off and running in no time). Read Carnival Capers (Carnival's daily newsletter) to find out what's going on and join in the fun, even if it's something that only mildly appeals to you (how many line dance lessons can you go to in a lifetime, but each and every time is FUN because of the people you'll meet) -- I had never been to kareoke (is that spelled right?) until I got on that ship and after going once, I was a regular spectator every night; my only complaint was that kareoke wasn't long enough and for some reason they put it in one of the smallest lounges. Don't spend a lot of time in your cabin. If you want to read or listen to music, go up on deck where there are other people. Don't be afraid to go into the clubs alone -- you're a solo traveler so walking into places alone is a given, but remaining alone is almost an impossibility. There's just too many opportunities to meet other people. And if the music moves you, don't be afraid to get out there and dance alone -- the floor will be so crowded nobody will know you don't have a partner. Besides, who cares what they think -- you don't know them and will probably never see them again anyway. I don't know about the costume thing -- I hate costume parties so I avoid them like the plague. But take at least a mask and if the ship has some type of costume thing going on, join in even if it's only for a little while. Think about it this way -- have you ever gone to a mall alone; even when shopping alone, you talk to others, might ask some stranger their advice about how a dress or shoes look or ask somebody what cologne they're wearing, and if you stop at the crowded food court you might sit at a table with a bunch of strangers and start chatting. My point is, that being on the ship will be no different that going to the mall alone. You'll be friendly and outgoing and will have a wonderful wonderful time.
Hi borntocruise, I've cruised 3 times already and I love it. Love also your post. It's so true. I feel very comfortable walking around and going into the lounges and listening on your own. You do almost always meet somebody and it really is comfortable. Nobody watches over you and wondering where you're going next. I love the freedom of it. Mary49
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