Posted October 9th, 2012, 11:22 AM
I am 62 and have travelled solo (land vacations) for the past 4 years. I got used to solo travel on business and my husband cannot do flying so I travel in Europe (from NYC) alone.
Having done Rome/Florence on land solo I think that a solo cruise to Med ports would be a great idea and am planning 7/07/13 from Barcelona on the Epic (studio)
I was thinking that perhaps the solo age would be younger on this cruise cause many older women would not want to fly to Barcelona etc alone.
What do you think? I like the idea of eating with other solos cause that is the only thing I dislike when travelling solo--also gets a little loney on day 4 or so --planning on booking ship excursions so that I meet others on excursions as well.
Also I have cruised before many times so I know the drill but never solo.
Thanks and happy travels!
My first commercial flight back in the "dark ages" was from Winston-Salem, NC to Memphis, TN on Piedmont Airlines to see my family. The flight had stops in Spartanburg, SC, Atlanta and Birmingham before arriving in Memphis. I was 22 and went alone. I've done lots of solo flying since then, sometimes on business and sometimes on holiday. I've flown across the US more times than I can count, to the UK and mainland Europe. I am a savvy traveler so think nothing of flying alone even though I'm now 71. In fact, I'm flying alone to Norway in March although I'll meet a friend once I'm there.
I've not done a land trip alone on mainland Europe, but I have to Scotland where I even drove for several days once and had a great time seeing places I love.
I realize not everyone is comfortable doing such things, perhaps especially not older women, and if a woman has always relied on a husband or good friend to navigate it might be difficult. But I seem to be fearless about such things and will not let being widowed keep me from traveling on land and sea.
January 2016 NCL Dawn - Western Caribbean December 2013 RCCL Freedom of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean, March 2013, Hurtigruten Polarlys Norwegian Coastal Voyage;
November 2012, RCCL Brilliance of the Seas - Repositioning from NJ to San Juan;
May 2011, Carnival Fantasy – Bahamas; January 2011, Celebrity Eclipse – Eastern Caribbean; August 2008, RCCL Radiance of the Seas – Alaska; April 2008, Louis Cruise Lines’ Cristal – Eastern Mediterranean;
January 2008 – HAL’s Westerdam – Southern Caribbean; October 2007, Celebrity Galaxy – Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea; November 2006, RCCL Brilliance of the Seas – Transatlantic;
August 2006, Norwegian Dawn – Bermuda and Bahamas; November 2005, Norwegian Majesty – Western Caribbean;
February 1998, Windjammer Barefoot Cruises’ Fantome (RIP) – Eastern Caribbean Solar Eclipse Cruise; January 1995, Windjammer Barefoot Cruises’ Flying Cloud – British Virgin Islands
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