Posted November 25th, 2012, 10:12 AM
Got home yesterday from my first solo cruise. I always judge how something went by my desire to repeat it - well, I opted for the NextCruise program while on board to get an OBC on my next trip
I had a great time, with only a couple of times feeling a bit awkward - nothing to cause any stress though. I opted for Chops on the first night and had a great meal with great service. My Time dining thye sat me at a two-seat table that looked at over the water. They had several couple tables next to each other and I felt no awkwardness. In fact I had good conversations with the table next to me.
No problems in the buffet as I made sure to let the wait staff know I would be returning after getting more food. They made sure I was not cleared - by staff or people. I usually went to the buffet close to opening, so there was not massive crowds and I avoided it during peak times on sea days (which I did when I was not a solo cruiser as well).
I did not make it into Cayman as the tendering process was painfully slow due to water being rough. I finally gave up waiting in line and opted to spend the day on the pool deck. My only real problem came with the excursion in Cozumel...I got stressed about it so I did not go and spent a nice day shopping in Cozumel and then enjoying some beers at Senor Frogs.
All in all, it was a great time. The casino is my usual haunt and all the dealers knew me by name - maybe next time I will win too.
Back to the same ship in about 3 weeks for xmas cruise, with my ex joining me. And back to searching itineraries and deals for my next solo - probably around my birthday in March (sucks having your birthday when the spring break rates kick in)....
For those who are a bit shy, like me, and are on the fence about a solo cruise -- Just Do It...I am glad I did
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." E. Hemingway
Radiance of the Seas, June 6, 2017 (Alaska with pre cruise land tour)