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Hossa18
March 28th, 2008, 12:26 PM
Hey all,

After at least three and a half years of pondering and consideration, I'm finally diving in. I'll be voyaging for New Year's on Carnival Destiny, and it'll actually be my first cruise ever. I wanted to get some friends to go along, but it looks like they probably won't be able to do so. Though the word in the forum is that going solo is almost the ONLY way to go. I love meeting new people and having my own schedule, and not having to answer to anyone. I'm looking forward to a memorable time!

Teej

dnice1979
March 28th, 2008, 04:23 PM
Hey all,

After at least three and a half years of pondering and consideration, I'm finally diving in. I'll be voyaging for New Year's on Carnival Destiny, and it'll actually be my first cruise ever. I wanted to get some friends to go along, but it looks like they probably won't be able to do so. Though the word in the forum is that going solo is almost the ONLY way to go. I love meeting new people and having my own schedule, and not having to answer to anyone. I'm looking forward to a memorable time!

Teej

You will have a fabulous time in fact December was the month that I took my first solo cruise I had an awesome time. I forgot Home, Work and School. I partied like a rock star.

You will have the time of your life I guarantee it.

Hossa18
March 28th, 2008, 05:17 PM
You will have the time of your life I guarantee it.

I don't doubt it for a second! At first the thought of going alone was a bit shaky for me, and I really haven't told many people about it yet (seeing as it's nine months off), but after reading numerous forums, the general consensus is that it's going to rock. The thought of having my own time to do things is very appealing to me, and I can't wait for the experience.

As far as partying like a rock star, I plan to have lots of fun, but also the thought of being at sea in December where I can kick back is just as appealing to me!

dnice1979
March 28th, 2008, 07:21 PM
I don't doubt it for a second! At first the thought of going alone was a bit shaky for me, and I really haven't told many people about it yet (seeing as it's nine months off), but after reading numerous forums, the general consensus is that it's going to rock. The thought of having my own time to do things is very appealing to me, and I can't wait for the experience.

As far as partying like a rock star, I plan to have lots of fun, but also the thought of being at sea in December where I can kick back is just as appealing to me!

I got some pretty crazt comments from friends and family once they found out I was going on a cruise by myself. I must admit that at first I was really scared once I got aboard I really was kicking myslef because I felt so alone and out of place. It seemed as if everyone had a traveling partner except for me.

But I will never for get that once I had a talk with one of my friends should told me to be myself and start converations with people and after that I would be just fine. I did just that while getting lunch I started a conversation with a lady that was traveling with her friend I ate lunch with them in fact she promptly let every one know that I was traveling alone so after that everyone was like where are you going to be once we get off the ship u could hang with us if you like.

I made so many new friends in fact I am going to visit one friend next month and the other in May. I did sp much stuff that I would not normally do if I was home like singing karokee for example.

I will be on the Destiny in december this will be my second cruise I am not going solo this time because my god mother wanted to come but that is not going to stop me from partying til dawn.:D

WalterQ26
March 28th, 2008, 07:55 PM
Oh you will love it. So relaxing and an experience. Great for networking with many ppl.

anaslile
March 28th, 2008, 08:39 PM
Have a great time, solo *is* the only way to go! Now only if the cruiselines would recognize that and charge usless!

Hossa18
March 28th, 2008, 08:42 PM
I think a lot of people get put off a little bit if someone mentions they're going alone, and I think it's because they may be insecure about themselves that they "need" the company of their own friends if they go somewhere. My take is that you go on vacation to get AWAY from what's normal, and it's a chance to expand your horizons and network with new people, as the previous poster mentioned.

When you're with your group of friends, you're kinda obligated to spend time with them and it can hold you back from meeting new people (not always, obviously, but sometimes). To me, everyone on a cruise should be in "vacation" mode anyway and in a very good mood and is up for striking up conversations.

Hossa18
March 28th, 2008, 08:43 PM
Have a great time, solo *is* the only way to go! Now only if the cruiselines would recognize that and charge usless!

I agree. Though going solo, I only need the smallest cabin possible, which is the 1A stateroom and I think they only charged 125%, rather than 150-200%.

anaslile
March 28th, 2008, 09:02 PM
I love those 1As, but for anything else, it's double. Plus very few lines outside of the CCL brand ships have a single rate.

I'd love to try a variety of different ships, but I can't justify spending 200% for a similar cruise on RCL or its sister ships.

Hossa18
March 28th, 2008, 09:08 PM
I love those 1As, but for anything else, it's double. Plus very few lines outside of the CCL brand ships have a single rate.

I'd love to try a variety of different ships, but I can't justify spending 200% for a similar cruise on RCL or its sister ships.

Yeah, it's outrageous. I know Windjammer used to cater to solos and have singles themed cruises but from what I gather they are in dire financial straits and a lot of people that sailed are being screwed out of their money for canceled cruises.

kitty9
March 28th, 2008, 11:39 PM
Hey Hossa18. By any chance are you a Penguins fan? I'm a huge fan of the Pens, so much so that my sister and I are flying into Pittsburgh on Tuesday so we can attend the final regular season home game on Wednesday night. Been a Pens fan for a long time.

You will absolutely love cruising solo. It's so liberating and you can do as much or as little as you want. I've got my 53rd cruise coming up at the end of April, and I can't wait. I probably should live on a cruise ship.

Hossa18
March 29th, 2008, 12:03 AM
Hey Hossa18. By any chance are you a Penguins fan? I'm a huge fan of the Pens, so much so that my sister and I are flying into Pittsburgh on Tuesday so we can attend the final regular season home game on Wednesday night. Been a Pens fan for a long time.

You will absolutely love cruising solo. It's so liberating and you can do as much or as little as you want. I've got my 53rd cruise coming up at the end of April, and I can't wait. I probably should live on a cruise ship.

I'm a die-hard Penguins fan! :D I've been a fan ever since moving to PA in 1990, so I've seen my share of good times in the 90s and not-so-good times after 2001 BC (Before Crosby). I went with two friends to this past Saturday's 7-1 rout of the Devils, what an incredible atmosphere. Me and about nine other friends are looking into going to one of the opening round home games (but holy hell, the going rates on eBay and StubHub are insane! Then again, the Pens are the most exciting team in hockey, hands down).

Enjoy the Penguins/Flyers next week. The Atlantic Division should be ours for the taking.

And thanks for the well-wishes on the cruise! :)

dnice1979
March 29th, 2008, 01:02 AM
Have a great time, solo *is* the only way to go! Now only if the cruiselines would recognize that and charge usless!

I would love that too but it I guess it's in our dreams!

dnice1979
March 29th, 2008, 01:03 AM
I agree. Though going solo, I only need the smallest cabin possible, which is the 1A stateroom and I think they only charged 125%, rather than 150-200%.

Hey I would take a broom closet if it meant I could pay less:D

Hossa18
March 29th, 2008, 01:22 AM
Hey I would take a broom closet if it meant I could pay less:D

Yeah, I don't plan on doing anything in the cabin other than dressing, sleeping or bathing.

anaslile
March 29th, 2008, 10:25 AM
Yeah, I don't plan on doing anything in the cabin other than dressing, sleeping or bathing.

I'd live in crew quarters if it meant being in the ship and sailing someplace!

Hossa18
March 29th, 2008, 11:06 AM
I'd live in crew quarters if it meant being in the ship and sailing someplace!

I'm really looking forward to the experience. My only concern is finding people close to my age (I am 25 years old). Though I'm confident I'll be able to mingle with everyone.

anaslile
March 29th, 2008, 11:21 AM
yeah there should be. i've personally found that singles meet and greets are empty. I'll be sailing in about 22 days so I'll be interested to see how the singles scene is on this cruise. And hopefully I won't be ready to crash by that time either, since I'm flying in the night before

I've had luck just talking to people of all ages on the deck or waiting in line or whatever.

Hossa18
March 29th, 2008, 11:35 AM
yeah there should be. i've personally found that singles meet and greets are empty. I'll be sailing in about 22 days so I'll be interested to see how the singles scene is on this cruise. And hopefully I won't be ready to crash by that time either, since I'm flying in the night before

I've had luck just talking to people of all ages on the deck or waiting in line or whatever.

Have a blast, let me know how your cruise goes!

kitty9
March 29th, 2008, 12:30 PM
My sis and I are insane Pens fans. When they had the auction of the Christmas stockings, the ones that the guys decorated, I purchased three of them, Max, Danny Sabourin and Marc Andre. My sister got Sid's. So how much are those tix going for? We're hoping the Pens make it to the Stanley Cup finals against the Red Wings because that's just a hop for us to Detroit. How cool would that be?

Back to your cruise, you shouldn't find it tough to meet up with people in your age bracket. New Year's should be a blast. The Destiny is a lovely ship---I've sailed on her two times, both out of NY. You will love the ship.

Hossa18
March 29th, 2008, 01:14 PM
My sis and I are insane Pens fans. When they had the auction of the Christmas stockings, the ones that the guys decorated, I purchased three of them, Max, Danny Sabourin and Marc Andre. My sister got Sid's. So how much are those tix going for? We're hoping the Pens make it to the Stanley Cup finals against the Red Wings because that's just a hop for us to Detroit. How cool would that be?

Back to your cruise, you shouldn't find it tough to meet up with people in your age bracket. New Year's should be a blast. The Destiny is a lovely ship---I've sailed on her two times, both out of NY. You will love the ship.

We just got 10 tickets for Game 2, at $140 apiece, and they're all in the E balcony... though it's where the Pens shoot twice, and the opposite end for some reason, tickets were going for even more, so we thought this was a better deal. Igloo Club seats are going for over a grand. But I'm just happy we got our tickets locked up! The only other game we'd go to this year would be the Finals if they make it that far, and Pittsburgh/Detroit would be a hell of a matchup. They could even go the full seven games. But we'll see what happens. I live in central PA, so Pittsburgh is about three hours from here, not too bad.

New Year's should definitely be a prime time. That's one thing I'm absolutely looking forward to is capping off 2008 with a bang! And just being in warm tropical weather will be so refreshing. I'm sure I will be able to find something to do at all times of the day!

dnice1979
March 29th, 2008, 05:53 PM
Yeah, I don't plan on doing anything in the cabin other than dressing, sleeping or bathing.

Thats all I do in the cabin any way. I was hardly in my on my last cruise I only averaged about 3 and half hours of sleep each night on the cruise so I know I don't require a lot of space and room.

Hossa18
March 30th, 2008, 01:41 AM
Thats all I do in the cabin any way. I was hardly in my on my last cruise I only averaged about 3 and half hours of sleep each night on the cruise so I know I don't require a lot of space and room.

3 and a half hours? Wow... if I only slept 3 and a half hours after drinking and partying a long time, I'd be in rough shape... hehe, but then again, I'm probably going to be energetic and in a good mood anyway so I think I may be okay here! :)

BARBARA J.W.
March 30th, 2008, 03:12 PM
Cruising Dec is a great time to cruise.........
I enjoy cruising around Christmas & New Years...
Have a great cruise..............
HAPPY CRUISING..........

Nanny5
March 30th, 2008, 04:49 PM
Thats all I do in the cabin any way. I was hardly in my on my last cruise I only averaged about 3 and half hours of sleep each night on the cruise so I know I don't require a lot of space and room.

dnice1979>>>I know that you would have a fantastic time with a friend who I met on my 11-day cruise. He is a gay in a relationship, but generally cruises solo. When we went on our cruise in December, he flew from Albuquerque just so he could meet me and fly to SJU for our cruise. I talked to him for 2 months prior to the cruise here on CC boards. We had a blast, although he never slept. He was always meandering here and there and doing anything that was fun for him. We are possibly going on another cruise together, this time sharing a cabin (since he isn't in it half the time, I don't mind). He goes on cruises at the drop of a hat! :D

anaslile
March 30th, 2008, 07:14 PM
3 and a half hours? Wow... if I only slept 3 and a half hours after drinking and partying a long time, I'd be in rough shape... hehe, but then again, I'm probably going to be energetic and in a good mood anyway so I think I may be okay here! :)

Good for you! I'd love to be ontop of my game on only 3 1/2 hours of sleep, but I'd be dead.

dnice1979
March 31st, 2008, 01:28 AM
3 and a half hours? Wow... if I only slept 3 and a half hours after drinking and partying a long time, I'd be in rough shape... hehe, but then again, I'm probably going to be energetic and in a good mood anyway so I think I may be okay here! :)

I will tell you that once I got home I was so tired and delusional that I thought I was still on the ship I was just that tired.

But Hey come December I will be doing it all again. First thing when I goet onboard is to get a Miami Vice I am craving them like crazy :rolleyes:

dnice1979
March 31st, 2008, 01:31 AM
dnice1979>>>I know that you would have a fantastic time with a friend who I met on my 11-day cruise. He is a gay in a relationship, but generally cruises solo. When we went on our cruise in December, he flew from Albuquerque just so he could meet me and fly to SJU for our cruise. I talked to him for 2 months prior to the cruise here on CC boards. We had a blast, although he never slept. He was always meandering here and there and doing anything that was fun for him. We are possibly going on another cruise together, this time sharing a cabin (since he isn't in it half the time, I don't mind). He goes on cruises at the drop of a hat! :D

We are going to have to exchange email adresses. I love crusing I wish I would have started crusing sooner I would already be platinum by now !!

dnice1979
March 31st, 2008, 01:33 AM
Good for you! I'd love to be ontop of my game on only 3 1/2 hours of sleep, but I'd be dead.

I was on reserved energy I am the type of person that as long as I hear music I am okay you turn the music off and its all over for me,

Lets just hope the nest cruise I get to see at least one sun rise.

Hossa18
March 31st, 2008, 12:26 PM
I was on reserved energy I am the type of person that as long as I hear music I am okay you turn the music off and its all over for me,

Lets just hope the nest cruise I get to see at least one sun rise.

I'm sure you will. I'm looking forward to seeing an ocean sunrise, something I haven't seen in over seven years. I'll be on board mostly for the experience and time to myself, something I always enjoy no matter what. Though I won't be able to resist a nearby bar/happy hour... :)

dnice1979
April 1st, 2008, 02:40 PM
I'm sure you will. I'm looking forward to seeing an ocean sunrise, something I haven't seen in over seven years. I'll be on board mostly for the experience and time to myself, something I always enjoy no matter what. Though I won't be able to resist a nearby bar/happy hour... :)

ahhh

What I would do to get a Miami Vice at this very moment!!!! Calgon Take me away:D

***fairydust***
April 1st, 2008, 07:12 PM
Hi there, I booked my first cruise ever, and I am going solo, I also booked an xmas cruise, but this one I will be doin with my 17 year old daughter.

I am really looking forward to it, I'm not anxious about cruisin solo at all, I think it's going to be fantastic, I too thought a long time about doin it, my niece tells me 'you cant go on a cruise on your own', oh yes I can.

Best wishes

Hossa18
April 2nd, 2008, 12:10 AM
Hi there, I booked my first cruise ever, and I am going solo, I also booked an xmas cruise, but this one I will be doin with my 17 year old daughter.

I am really looking forward to it, I'm not anxious about cruisin solo at all, I think it's going to be fantastic, I too thought a long time about doin it, my niece tells me 'you cant go on a cruise on your own', oh yes I can.

Best wishes

Awesome. I'm sure you'll have a great time solo. I hope to come back home after making good connections with new great people on the cruise! Thanks for the wishes. :)

Nanny5
April 2nd, 2008, 05:58 PM
We are going to have to exchange email adresses. I love crusing I wish I would have started crusing sooner I would already be platinum by now !!

Any time....proos at ptd dot net:)

I need to win a lottery or something. Getting antsy to cruise anywhere, even for a long weekend.

dnice1979
April 2nd, 2008, 06:37 PM
Any time....proos at ptd dot net:)

I need to win a lottery or something. Getting antsy to cruise anywhere, even for a long weekend.

I know the feeling I don't cruise until December I swear it feels like I am going to lose my mind.

I sent you a email!!!

Nanny5
April 2nd, 2008, 08:54 PM
Hmmm! I've already lost my mind, but I have an idea. I will just confiscate our rebate checks and just tell him his was lost in the mail...hehehe! I have always gone on RCCL, but the food last time was pretty horrid and I am up to trying Carnival to compare the two more or less. Heck, I'd even be willing to take a slow boat to China at this point. I'm ready to go, but my pocketbook isn't, but I will get it done one way or the other.

Nanny5
April 2nd, 2008, 08:55 PM
Is Destiny the ship with the etched glass Dolphin on the side of it?

dnice1979
April 2nd, 2008, 10:20 PM
Hmmm! I've already lost my mind, but I have an idea. I will just confiscate our rebate checks and just tell him his was lost in the mail...hehehe! I have always gone on RCCL, but the food last time was pretty horrid and I am up to trying Carnival to compare the two more or less. Heck, I'd even be willing to take a slow boat to China at this point. I'm ready to go, but my pocketbook isn't, but I will get it done one way or the other.


lol!

I was supposed to go in Royal Carribean for first cruise but they rasised the rates at the last minute so I went with Carnival.

whiteway906
April 2nd, 2008, 10:55 PM
I'm really looking forward to the experience. My only concern is finding people close to my age (I am 25 years old). Though I'm confident I'll be able to mingle with everyone.

Hi...take my word for it, having an attitude to mingle with everyone is the right one. I have met people from all over the world, from every age group, a lot of variety.

On my last cruise, I sat at a table with 6 other people. Between us we spoke English, Italian, Spanish, Slovak, German, and French. Every conversation was held in a 3-way of English, Italian, and Spanish. We cracked up explaining to one of our tablemates American slang. I learned how to say quite a few things in Italian. It was one of the highlights of my trip. Andiamo!

Hossa18
April 2nd, 2008, 11:16 PM
Hi...take my word for it, having an attitude to mingle with everyone is the right one. I have met people from all over the world, from every age group, a lot of variety.

On my last cruise, I sat at a table with 6 other people. Between us we spoke English, Italian, Spanish, Slovak, German, and French. Every conversation was held in a 3-way of English, Italian, and Spanish. We cracked up explaining to one of our tablemates American slang. I learned how to say quite a few things in Italian. It was one of the highlights of my trip. Andiamo!

Wooooo!!!! That's awesome. I love meeting new people, and that's really what life is all about.

Just want to thank everyone for their stories, advice, and input since I started this thread; looks like I've got some good connections already. Let's keep the thread going!

Hossa18
April 3rd, 2008, 12:06 PM
Out of curiosity, how many people are normally seated per table during lunch/dinner/formal nights? And how are the seating arrangements assigned?

kitty9
April 3rd, 2008, 04:18 PM
Most ships have tables for 2, 4, 6 and 8. They generally try and seat solos at larger tables with other solos. If you don't like your tablemates, DO NOT hesitate to go to the maitre'd and ask for a change. You NEVER have to be unhappy with your table. Assignments are basically a crapshoot, done by the maitre'd or at the cruise line's head office.

BTW, we had a blast in Pittsburgh !!!!!! Went to the Dapper Dan dinner on Tuesday night and saw Sid and Mario close up. Then the game last night was awsome. Our tickets were in the front row, right next to the Pen's bench. If you watched on TV, we were sitting right behind the O in the Geico sign on the boards. I hate the Flyers, and it was great seeing them get beat.

Hossa18
April 3rd, 2008, 05:21 PM
Most ships have tables for 2, 4, 6 and 8. They generally try and seat solos at larger tables with other solos. If you don't like your tablemates, DO NOT hesitate to go to the maitre'd and ask for a change. You NEVER have to be unhappy with your table. Assignments are basically a crapshoot, done by the maitre'd or at the cruise line's head office.

BTW, we had a blast in Pittsburgh !!!!!! Went to the Dapper Dan dinner on Tuesday night and saw Sid and Mario close up. Then the game last night was awsome. Our tickets were in the front row, right next to the Pen's bench. If you watched on TV, we were sitting right behind the O in the Geico sign on the boards. I hate the Flyers, and it was great seeing them get beat.

Thanks for the info. They must have each passenger's particular situation on hand when they arrange the table seating. I'm hoping I can get along with everyone (then again I've gotten along with everyone here!) :)

Scott Hartnell is a joke. He pretty much single-handedly might have cost his team a playoff spot. I loved Sid's vindication after scoring...twice.

We'll be at Game 2 of the first round, me and a bunch of friends. We'll have the Pens caravan riding all the way from Happy Valley into Pittsburgh. I'll have to get some good pics. That building will cave in when we go deep into the playoffs.

GO PENS!!!

Hossa18
April 3rd, 2008, 06:07 PM
If you watched on TV, we were sitting right behind the O in the Geico sign on the boards.

Just watching the Rewind broadcast now... and yeah, you were all in blue.

Lois R
April 3rd, 2008, 06:14 PM
Hi, another solo cruiser here:) and just want to say it is the
only way to go for me:D
I just returned from a 10 nighter for my 50th birthday and it
was FANTASTIC:D

I agree with Darcie's comments about your dinner table.
IF by chance ya'll don't "click" and you want to change tables,
go see the Maitr'd after dinner that first evening. They
are usually very helpful!

Wishing you smooth sailing in all the ways that count the
most:)

Hossa18
April 3rd, 2008, 06:43 PM
Hi, another solo cruiser here:) and just want to say it is the
only way to go for me:D
I just returned from a 10 nighter for my 50th birthday and it
was FANTASTIC:D

I agree with Darcie's comments about your dinner table.
IF by chance ya'll don't "click" and you want to change tables,
go see the Maitr'd after dinner that first evening. They
are usually very helpful!

Wishing you smooth sailing in all the ways that count the
most:)

Where did you end up going? I'd do ten nights, but I probably couldn't cruise again for another five years if I ended up doing that. :)

Lois R
April 3rd, 2008, 06:49 PM
Where did you end up going? I'd do ten nights, but I probably couldn't cruise again for another five years if I ended up doing that. :)

5 years?:eek: I would go into withdrawls after 1;)

I sailed out of San Juan with stops in Tortola, Barbados,
St Lucia, Aruba, St Martin, Grenada and Curacao. It was simply
wonderful.:D

This was a special cruise for the BIG 50 birthday:). Normally
I do 7 nighters and I try to cruise twice a year. Sometimes
I can find a way to stick a 3rd one in there too.

Hossa18
April 3rd, 2008, 07:12 PM
5 years?:eek: I would go into withdrawls after 1;)

I sailed out of San Juan with stops in Tortola, Barbados,
St Lucia, Aruba, St Martin, Grenada and Curacao. It was simply
wonderful.:D

This was a special cruise for the BIG 50 birthday:). Normally
I do 7 nighters and I try to cruise twice a year. Sometimes
I can find a way to stick a 3rd one in there too.

Happy belated Birthday. I'm halfway there...lol. If there's any people that I wouldn't mind taking on a cruise with me, it'd be my dad and my stepmom. They love traveling and I'm sure they'd have a kickass time on a cruise, and they are just as outgoing as I am (albeit my dad has a personal curfew for himself...lol) ;)

Button39
May 12th, 2008, 03:30 PM
I am scheduling a solo cruise in July for myself. I am really scared to go alone. Stepping on that ship by myself is going to be overwhelming. I am a very shy person by nature and tend to keep to myself but anxious to come out of my shell. Any advice?

Lois R
May 12th, 2008, 05:50 PM
Hi:)

Did you check the roll call board for your sailing? That is a nice
way to meet other people on the same cruise:) You can get
to know folks from these boards and many times people set up
gatherings on the ship to meet one another live and in person:)
Most cruisers are very friendly:D

There are alot of threads on this forum about solo cruising so
you might take some time and read through them.
I have been cruising solo for 5 years now and I love it:D