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Old August 19th, 2008, 02:59 PM
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Default traveling solo from Miami - what's most fun cruise for singl

I am gonna be out in Florida for a job and thought Id go for a cruise while I'm out there. It would be a cruise in mid Nov - fixed dates so I couldn't take an actually advertised "singles cruise". But the worst thing I think would be to get stuck on a cruise ship catering for families, couples, and older people. It sounds like Carnival in general is the "party cruise line" and I've heard that Royal Caribbean is more the family type; but I've recently heard that Royal might be the better cruise ship for singles. Ammenities and quality are not that important to me in the end...having a good time with other young travelers is the most impt.
Any advice on the lines and cruises out of South Florida area would be great.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 01:03 PM
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We are doing the Carnival Triumph on Nov. 30. There is a pretty large singles group going?? Hope this helps!!!
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Old August 20th, 2008, 06:46 PM
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ahh man...singles cruise Nov 30th? Bummer I'm just gonna miss it. I've pretty much only got mid Nov available.
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Old August 21st, 2008, 09:17 AM
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I always cruise solo. I, too, am leaving on a cruise out of Miami on Nov. 17 to Nassau and Grand Turk Island on Carnival's Destiny. I have been on one Royal Caribbean cruise and will stick with Carnival. It is the best. They have singles parties and lots of activities. I never get bored. And every time I've gone on Carnival I have been lucky to have lots of singles on the ship. So my suggestion is the original Fun Ship!!
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Old August 21st, 2008, 08:37 PM
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Carnival would be good if you want to have fun. I go solo all the time and I have a great time. I don't go there to meet people, I go to have fun in the sun and escape work and dreariness of a landlocked province!!!!!

I love the Western route to Grand Cayman and Jamaica, but I also love the exotic Eastern to Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk....Half Moon Cay is sheer paradise and fun, fun, fun!

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Old August 21st, 2008, 09:03 PM
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When I am smart, I cruise solo.

I have done two Royal Caribbean cruises as a solo and RCCL just does not cater to or make provisions for solo cruisers like Carnival.

The longer the cruise, the older the passengers, especially that time of the year. There will be far fewer children on board which is a plus for a solo/single. Most 3-5 day cruises will have the largest number of 20's -30's and anything 7-8 days will be mostly 30's - 50's. There are many family, friend, organizational groups that will include single adults. Just because someone gets on the ship with their family reunion/co-worker/platonic friend does not mean they are unavailable to interact with other passengers. Quite the contrary, they are usually the ones looking to be rescued from their travel companions and are eager to meet cruise buddies to pal around with (or other things )

From my exprience the 8 day Liberty/Freedom eastern itinerary was very nice with a very nice passenger mix. The 3/4 day to Nassau out of Miami is a huge party with a young (but well-behaved) passenger load.

As a single who likes to party as well as take in the shows, I found RCCL to be rather dry and uninviting for a solo passenger. The activities, deck/ship layout and dinner seating is not conductive for someone on a RCCL ship alone. However, when I took the RCCL cruise, I did pal up with another woman who was on the ship with her sister and niece, neither of whom were interested in staying up much later than 9 each night. She was glad to meet me and we shut the ship down every night at around 3 a.m

Cruising solo and cruise with a singles group are two totally different animals. If you like one, you probably won't be happy with the other. You should eventually try them both to see what is your fit.

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Old August 22nd, 2008, 11:26 AM
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IB, good points about RCCL and singles. I like the cruise line but Carnival does seem the way to go if you are cruising as a single. Bob
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RCCL Enchantment out of Ft Lauderdale is a good bet for singles. Less families and more professional adults.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 03:32 PM
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Just my opinion based on past cruises in November and December.

You don't need the cruise line to offer single's events.

When you arrive at the dock and look at your new address for the next week, you'll be totally amazed how people change that smile to a big grin, because they know there going to have fun.

Carnaval, RCCL and Princess are great cruise line to meet singles, if you cruise during thanksgiving there will be tons of families with young kids.
The 7-day cruises are the best value and allow you the ability to meet more people.

Go with the largest and newest ships that sail during the week you choose.
If you go on a ship with 3000 passengers you will have greater odds of meeting singles, just because of the numbers.

Remember, if 1% of the passengers are between 21- 26 years of age, that is 30 females for you to meet in 7-days.
Thanksgiving week will have a greater number of single college girls, because of school vacation.

The important part of meeting a gal between 21-26 is having your own cabin, this works in your favor, because most singles girls travel together or with family and that leaves a problem, no place to go.

I would assume the percentage of single woman would be greater as the age group goes up, being single women between 45-53 would account for the largest group of singles woman wanting to enjoy the company of a companion for dining, drinks and dancing.
The two weeks prior to Thanksgiving, will have the highest number in this age group.
The cruise lines offer better rates during these two weeks in general.
This is also just before high season in Florida on hotel rates.

Woman between 45-53 are dealing with that age thing, there bodies are not what they used to be, kids are older, there careers are at there high point in earnings, they have paid vacation always on the books, there vacations evolve around food and they tend to want to relax and most of all, they would love to have a gentleman that listens to them and compliments them in every manner. 8)
What make them so dangerous is they know what they like and they know how to get it.

One of the best ways to get exposure is to get tons of pictures posted in the photo gallery, hit the gym in the morning at first, hang out at the pool during mid after noon forward, dine at the second seating and wear a black TUX on formal nights, cruise the casino and bars after dining, hit the night club every night and keep your drinking under control unless your buying drinks for your new friend.

You will do fine as long as you smile and flirt at everyone, you'll have a blast.
Remember, if you do spend the night with a guest that has mutual feelings, she will be expecting to dine and play every day and the ship only has so many places to hide.

One reminder, don't waste your time hitting on the entertainment staff, dancers and casino staff, the cruise lines have new rules for the staff that is in there contracts, they can be removed off the ship if they get cought in your cabin.

Good luck

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Old August 29th, 2008, 01:09 AM
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Good info Danny! Thanks. Bob
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Old September 25th, 2008, 09:37 PM
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Wuts up man..! U are going to the right place (Miami) and at the right time (Nov rates goes down, not too many hurricanes) Carnival is indeed the ship if you jus wanna have fun with no restrictions..! the girls are plentiful...(Ratio is abt 5 girls for each guy) Im from chicago...i've been on 12 carnival cruises and one Imperial Majestic cruise....there is a huge difference in the clienlel..! Miami people party more and stay up all nite..! Im closer to new orleans and mobile AL ports....but I prefer to take a ship out of miami becuz of the people..that why i said RIGHT PLACE..!!
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