Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > People > Singles
Register Forgot Password?

Singles Talk to other single cruisers about cruising in groups or cruising solo.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old June 3rd, 2010, 04:03 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 6
Default First Solo Cruise (have cruised before) over Christmas/New Years?

Hello Everyone.... I am planning my first solo cruise this year over the Christmas and/or New Year holidays. This will be my 3rd cruise - I always took my mom.

Since my mom passed last Nov, I have no family and last year's holidays were uneventful even spending them with great friends. I thought a Christmas and/or New Years cruise would be festive. Last cruise, even though I was with my mom (we enjoyed different activities), I hung out with the entertainment staff most of the time even getting invited to staff parties and exchanging Christmas gifts! First cruise, I met a couple on their honeymoon during the muster drill and they wanted to hang out with me (goal to find me a mate - did not happen) - taught me how to salsa dance.

Needless to say, I am not shy or introverted and I have no problem starting a conversation with anyone. I travel a lot for work and don't have a problem entertaining myself if need be, no fear of visiting new places (not stupid tho - any ports I should stay away from or make sure to take a ship excursion). I like the idea of not being on anyone else's schedule.

Here is what I have narrowed it down to so far (although open to others I like the larger ships):
Carnival Dream - 9 day W.Caribbean 12/23 - 1/1 (like the itinerary - loved Cozumel) Contemplating if I should splurge on a balcony?

NCL Epic - 12/25? - 7 day Have heard questionable things about the food quality on this line except for the surcharge restaurants. - Like the idea of the studio with no surcharge but it seems really tiny.

RCI - Oasis or Allure - would love to try either of these ships but may be cost prohibitive.

I am also debating the question of should I splurge on a balcony. I had one my last cruise but I have heard that getting an inside room will encourage me to be out and about.

Any thoughts or comments would be very appreciated. If anyone has cruised solo over the holidays, let me know about your experiences. Thanks! Tina
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2010, 01:44 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Chicago Suburb
Posts: 67
Default

Go on a singlescruises.com cruise and they will match you with a roomate and you will have lots of people to do things with - they are a blast.
__________________
RCL-Song of America 1992
NCL-Norway 2004
RCL-Empress of the Seas 08/15/04
NCL-Norwegian Spirit 12/17/04
CCL-Valor 05/08/05
CCL-Valor 04/30/06
CCL-Imagination 09/10/07
RCL-Sovereign of the Seas 12/10/07
RCL-Liberty of the Seas 03/01/08
CCL-Pride 09/14/08
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old July 1st, 2010, 11:01 PM
Dannyboy's Avatar
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: A Southern Gentleman (Southern California)
Posts: 528
Send a message via Yahoo to Dannyboy
Default

You may want to look at Celebrity, I personally think the Carnival Dream was a nice ship, but does not compare on a overall with atmosphere and food.
Chow
Daniel
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old July 2nd, 2010, 02:27 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 228
Default

I've looked at those studio cabins on Epic, but don't know if I can handle a 100 sq. ft. cabin, especially since the bed arrangement is for 2 people and it's not bunks.

Shelby
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old July 13th, 2010, 10:29 PM
Junior Member
Familiar Face
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 10
Default

Tina, I will be on Epic for the whole holiday from December 18 thru January 1st. I think the idea of the Studio for one person is great and the idea of the Living Room where people can get together if they want and make plans with each other based on their individual interest is great. I like the idea of the cruise for the holidays for similar reasons as yours. I hope you find the trip you want.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
christmas, cruise, exchanging, gifts, ideas

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Christmas-New Years Cruise? mellowmanca Seeking Cruise Companion 4 October 28th, 2011 01:48 AM
Solo cruising over Christmas/New Years questions tinaky1114 All Things Cruising 12 June 3rd, 2010 08:51 PM
Christmas/New Years Cruise GravyBoat Holland America 2 November 16th, 2007 10:00 PM
Christmas or New Years Cruise? LINDEE Seeking Cruise Companion 8 August 23rd, 2004 07:16 PM
Have you cruised solo while not on a planned Single's Cruise CruisinDenise Singles 6 November 20th, 2002 07:54 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:45 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1