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Old June 1st, 2008, 05:32 PM
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I would like some input on singles cruises. I am 50, female, professional, widowed,and travel when I can pull myself away from work. I would love to go on a cruise again, but finding someone to travel with is difficult. I am considering a cruise and wonder if one of the organized singles cruises would be fun. More importantly, would I fit in on a singles cruise? What activities are there to do with the group? How many singles are typically on a cruise? Is it easy to meet people? I appreciate any information you can share with me. I've looked at a few websites that offer singles cruises, but would prefer to hear directly from someone who has actually gone on one. I'm interested in going to the Caribbean or Europe.

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Hi Vagabond:

The other side of the question is whether you would fit in as a solo cruiser. If you are highly independent and a personality type that does not follow the crowd, solo may be an option. There are always solos on a cruise ship, but they mostly do their own thing. More cats than dogs, so to speak.

If you are more a people person, a herd animal more comfortable in a group then a singles cruise is a better option since singles take a singles cruise to meet other singles - not so much the meat market scene as the meet market to find other people to do things with.

The ease at which you will meet people depends on your outgoing nature. Most folks on a cruise are there to have fun (singles) or an adventure (solos). Singles types who go solo really need to find people to hang with.

BTW, met many widows on cruises, but mainly on the last days. My tip would be to get out there meeting people early. Find your other singles who are looking for buddies. Make sure you dine at a table with plenty of folks and make it a point to talk to people.

BTW, I'm more a solo type, but a veteran of many cruises. My boss's boss (female) is more the singles type and does escorted tours and such.

IMHO, women tend to enjoy the social interaction as much or more as the adventure of a cruise, so a singles cruise might be more of a fit? Do know more women than men attend the singles/solos mixers most ships have.

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I would like some input on singles cruises. I am 50, female, professional, widowed,and travel when I can pull myself away from work. I would love to go on a cruise again, but finding someone to travel with is difficult. I am considering a cruise and wonder if one of the organized singles cruises would be fun. More importantly, would I fit in on a singles cruise? What activities are there to do with the group? How many singles are typically on a cruise? Is it easy to meet people? I appreciate any information you can share with me. I've looked at a few websites that offer singles cruises, but would prefer to hear directly from someone who has actually gone on one. I'm interested in going to the Caribbean or Europe.

Thanks!

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Thanks for the information, Divemaster.

I am an independent traveler who enjoys meeting new people. I have traveled quite extensively in the past and my main reason for considering a group cruise would be to have a built-in group of people to talk about travel at meals, etc. I enjoy meeting people from other places and just generally hearing about their past and future travels. I'm quite content and comfortable to explore a new city on my own, but it would also be fun to find some people who like to snorkle, swim or bike if that is on the day's agenda. I like to be on the go and on the move.

I'm not concerned about the ratio of male/female singles on board because I am only interested in meeting/mingling with others as stated above.

Anyway, thanks again for the information. It has given me alot to think about and consider.

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Hi I have gone on 4 singles cruises and love them, even if i am somewhat of a loner. It is nice to have dining companions and their are a number of different shore options as their will be singles going in many directions. In addition most single groups have web sites where it is possible to meet many of the singles going with your group before hand. In most groups you can be a social as you want to. Good luck with your search.
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The great part of chatting with children and teenagers about travel is their perspective of climbing pyramids, etc. is completely different from an adult. I had alot of fun taking my son on trips when he was younger.......

I did check out some websites on singles cruises the past two days. I will likely sign on for one as a vacation in 2009, mainly I like the idea of being able to sit with other singles at dinner and the opportunity to meet other single travelers right away. It seems like an opportunity to pick and choose from another layer of activities on the days at sea with no obligation to participate in activities that are not of interest.

I read quite a few of the other recent threads, some were informative, some were entertaining, and the rest made me wish I was still 25!
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The great part of chatting with children and teenagers about travel is their perspective of climbing pyramids, etc. is completely different from an adult. I had alot of fun taking my son on trips when he was younger.......I read quite a few of the other recent threads, some were informative, some were entertaining, and the rest made me wish I was still 25!
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Divemaster has given some excellent advice as to who should take what type of "unaccompanied" cruise.

I have done one singles cruise. I hated it. It was probably my least enjoyable cruise. More on that later.

I have been on 13 cruises and have two booked right now. Of the 13, 9 were solo, one was with my now-ex-husband, one with a singles group, one with a girlfriend and my last cruise was semi-solo in that I was meeting up on the ship with a woman I had met on the singles cruise who was taking this same ship (separate cabins). Of all my cruise experiences, my solo cruises have been the most enjoyable.

I recommend solo cruising for only two types of personalities. Both of them to the extreme opposite of each other. The extreme introvert cruiser and the extreme extrovert cruiser.

The extreme introvert cruiser are people who really enjoy just being alone, maybe just some time to read, relax and reflect. By going solo this type of personality is not dragged into engaging in activities or socialization that they may not want. If this is you, go solo.

The extreme extrovert cruiser are people who are very sociable, make friends easily, are fun to be around and are not afraid of some adventure. These are the people you meet on the ship who know how to engage in good conversation, are really fun to be around and can become part of any group setting without causing any friction or waiting around for a special invite. They are, in short, the life of the party wherever they go. They are often "adopted" into family groups. They usually end up being invited to dinner, party, shows, excursions, etc. by several different groups, people or couples on the ship and are rarely without company. Meeting a special someone on a cruise is almost taboo to them because that would hamper their free spirit and change their definition during the cruise. Because they avoid romantic entanglements on their cruises, they are easily and warmly welcomed as an additional conversationalist for couples and families. These type of person/cruiser is rare.

I am an extreme extrovert cruiser. The above describes my cruise experience.

However, since a vast majority of cruisers are neither of these extremes but rather somewhere in the middle, group cruising, including single cruises are probably better vacation experiences.

As a solo by choice cruiser, I found my one single cruise experience to be a meet market with many of the cruiser having done their preliminary mate selection via the singles group forum board. With so much coupling, I found attempting to socialize without the group to be too drama filled because so many (most) of the group seemed only interested in "hooking up" and dragging everyone around them into their quest for romance. My mistake was actually trying to socialize within this group rather than spread my social wings throughout the ship. By the time I realized what this "singles" cruise was really all about, it was a bit late for me to change the situation and attempt to create my ship buddies for the week (something I do from the moment I get on the ship). I have never been bored on a cruise before this one.

I will probably never do another singles cruise. It adds nothing to my cruise experience. However, this is just my take on single cruises. There are many, many happy single group cruisers out there.

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Hi Vagabond,
I'm in a similar situation. I'm 51 and widowed. I am open to sharing a cabin, or traveling on a single cruise or...I have traveled on cruises solo. You are right with a singles cruise you get to meet other singles quicker....but It's not always necessary. Solo cruising, you meet people at meals, by the pool, by the bar, on excursions, excetra...... I'm like you and can meet anyone anywhere. In my case they don't have to be single. I enjoy just meeting people. I find traveling on a cruise solo also gives me my space and I can be alone and just read or relax when I want to. Either way...just go have fun.
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i travel solo on the cruise because my friends are to cheap, but also i don't like to share a cabin. when you are over 50 and never lived with anybody, you are so used to doing everything by yourself. the soap cruise that i went on was very expensive compared to a regular cruise. i went on a regular cuise 10 years with a friend. it was horrible. because i am not a barbie type and my friend was, she had no problem meeting guys. the soap cruise that i am going on in january would be the only type of cruise i would go on. you spend so much time with the soap stars, you get very little time to lay out by the pool unless you don't do the excusions. i met a lot of fellow soap fans that i went on the excusions with. i could care less about meeting somebody, but it won't happen anyway. so go a cruise vagabound, i am sure you will love it.
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Becky, I am a big fan of General Hospital. Was wondering what actors if any you met from the show. Bob
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Becky, I am a big fan of General Hospital. Was wondering what actors if any you met from the show. Bob
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BeckySoap, JulieOregon and IBCRUZIN,

Thanks for your input. I am definitely NOT interested in going on a cruise to be in the middle of a "meet market" as described. I assumed it was like that with the 20"s/30's, but never contemplated a singles cruises with mature travelers would be a "meet market". So now, I am leaning toward cruising solo. BeckySoap, you stated you are going on a soap cruise. I'm not a fan of soaps, but how do you find out about the themed cruises?

Thanks again for the helpful information.

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Hello :

After being on 21 cruises and 20 of those were singles Cruises , singles cruiseing is the way to go . You meet the best people from all over the World and they become life long friends . Its allot of fun and you will fit right in .

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I am a 50 year old professional woman too. I decided to take my first cruise in December. I'm afraid and excited at the same time. I've read some of the reviews and just decided to jump in and sing or swim (no pun intended). My kids are grown and I've always wanted to go on a cruise and I can't wait around for someone to take me. Hope this encourages you to take that plunge. (again, no pun intended, lol).
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