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I want a holiday! Sounds easy? not for me.
I'm 29 single female in the UK and would like to go on a big holiday, the thing is all my friends have small children. Short European city breaks are all they can manage to do with childcare issues and so on, which is great but I want a holiday that feels like a holiday not just a long weekend away.
So is singles cruising the answer?
I'm an easy going chatty person that can get on well with people of all ages so I feel that this is my ticket to seeing the world.
I thought coming on here and chatting to a few of my fellow solo cruisers would be a good place to start.
I'm looking to cruise the Caribbean in Feb/March next year, I'm open to suggestions on the best cruise or ship.
I'd love any of you experienced solo travellers to give me any tips or just say Hi so next year when I go I might already know a few of you.
Welcome to the big world of cruising!
There is no one cruise line, cruise ship, or cruise itinerary that is best for everybody. Each cruise line has its own style and personality, which caters to a particular segment of the population. You will have the best experience if you choose a line that's a good match for your
style and tastes. That might or might not be the line that I would prefer. To use a set of euphemisms that appeared in one travel guide, do you prefer (1) "champagne and caviar," (2) "wine and cheese," or (3) "pretzels and beer?" Do you prefer a wild "frat party" scene or something more mellow and relaxing? Do you like to dress "to the nines" for formal dinners or do you prefer something more casual? And also, what is your cruise budget?
For people who are considering a first cruise, I recommend buying a travel guide to cruise lines and cruise ships (all of the major series of travel guides have them) and reading the descriptions of all of the lines to get a sense of which lines seem to be the best match for you. If there is not one line that stands out as the right choice for you, chances are that you'll at least narrow it down to two or three lines that are reasonably good fits. You can then look at those lines' itineraries to see what itineraries meet your schedule. At this point, a reputable travel agent who specializes in cruise bookings can help you to clarify your interests and then to fnd a good match.
Having said that, I would avoid choosing a cruise line because
it has a reputation for drawing a lot of single passengers. Most modern cruise ships have over a thousand cabins, so it does not take a very large percentage of single occpancy to add up to enough singles to have a good time and perhaps even to meet that right someone. On the other side of the coin, however, you will have a much better chance of meeting other singles with whom you will connect
-- whether for the cruise or beyond -- if you book on the line that's the best match for your preference of style and interests because that's the line that will drwa other singles with similar prevferences of style and similar interests.
In the same vein, it's important to remember that most cruise lines draw a very broad spectrum of ages. A cruise line that has a median age in the 40's or 50's will have adult passengers from their 20's to their 80's. If the median age is around 80, well... then you might want to think twice unless your idea of a good time is hanging out with your grandparents' generation because the spectrum of ages will be much narrower.
Have a great first cruise, whatever you decide!