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#41
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Pro: Doing what I want to do when I want to.

Con: Dh isn't there to help me with my luggage.
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#42
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With regard to eating alone in Specialty (or any restaurant) I've no hang ups regarding this. In fact I didn't realize that many adults felt uncomfortable doing so until I came to this board. It's been very interesting reading other POVs
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#43
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Originally posted by xenagurl
Pro: Doing what I want to do when I want to.

Con: Dh isn't there to help me with my luggage.
Too funny......I don't have anyone else to help me with my
luggage......it is all PRO to me
#44
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Originally posted by xenagurl
Pro: Doing what I want to do when I want to.

Con: Dh isn't there to help me with my luggage.
The only thing that can be problematic for me when traveling solo is that I have no one to whom I can say "You stay with the luggage while I...(buy a magazine, use the bathroom, find a cart)"
#45
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Originally posted by Lois R
Too funny......I don't have anyone else to help me with my
luggage......it is all PRO to me


Originally posted by surfsidemary
The only thing that can be problematic for me when traveling solo is that I have no one to whom I can say "You stay with the luggage while I...(buy a magazine, use the bathroom, find a cart)"
That can be challenging!
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#46
Downers Grove, IL
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Originally posted by Lois R
Too funny......I don't have anyone else to help me with my
luggage......it is all PRO to me
I remember my first job, which was as a meeting planner. On my first convention trip, my boss told me to make sure I could handle my own luggage, because no one else would. I may not be terribly dextrous with it, but it's all mine!

Not that I would mind if someone did help, of course. Especially to be the "watcher" in the airport when you want to dash off for a second. But so be it!
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#47
TN (for now)
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Originally posted by ChiGal1962
Especially to be the "watcher" in the airport when you want to dash off for a second. But so be it!
Indeed, I have juggled many a rolling suitcase + carry-on + purse in a tiny airport bathroom stall. You make do. It's worth it when you get where you're going and don't have anyone insisting that you have to do this thing and that thing that you really don't want to do.
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I'm comfortable eating solo in the MDR at a shared table and at the buffet or any casual eatery. On my HAL cruises I avoided doing the specialty restaurent solo. I tend to avoid formal type restaurants in my real life also. I live in a college town/city and eat out often since most places are pretty informal.

I really enjoyed myself doing the anytime type dining on my last HAL cruise--lots of great dinners with a variety of people. So much so I signed up for it on this year's Princess cruise. In recent cruises I've done half my meals in the MDR and half my meals in the buffet.

In recent cruises I've packed light (a carryon) and I don't do formal dining anymore. Usually on the sea days of the formal evenings I'll do a tea in the late afternoon so I'm not in the mood for a big meal in the evening anyway.

I really like cruising on my own. To me its a great mix of social time and alone time. This next cruise will be the first time I'll be cruising with my new Kindle Touch. No more deciding which two or three books to bring.

For the last few years I've been cruising over the Christmas/New Year holidays. Usually I've met other solo cruisers enjoying a cruise during this time.

Everybody, enjoy your next cruise. Faith
#49
Lake Ridge, Virginia
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Joined Jul 2011
When I first started considering cruising solo (first one is in February) my son pointed out that even when I cruise with family I tend to wander off and do my own thing, so other than dinners I've been cruising solo for years and didn't realize it
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#50
Upstate NY
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My November cruise will be my 4th cruise solo. I really enjoy having room/bed to myself and the advantage of doing the things I like to do without having to compromise my time.

I do not like is eating alone at dinner time and fortunately have had real luck with this. Every cruise I meet folks that I click with and been invited to join them for dinner. I have also requested to be seated at a table with other guests. I love meeting new people and hearing about their cruising experience.

The only other thing is when I see or find something interesting, I miss not having someone share it with right away. But that is such a small thing in the sceme of things when needing some me time.
#51
Upstate NY
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Glad I found this thread. I just booked a Thanksgiving cruise from NYC on the NCL Jewel to the Bahamas. Solo. My friends and co-workers are raining on my parade by giving me weird looks when I answer their obvious question: "Who are you going with?" No one! And I couldn't be happier!

This will be my first cruise solo, but I have taken other (and shorter) vacations alone. It's good to see that there are other people out there who do this and who don't think it's weird.

I'm sure that there will be "lonely times" as some of you have said, but I figure I'll hit a bar/lounge for a drink (which is what I do when I'm not on a cruise) and find people to chat with.

What's good about cruising alone? Actually cruising. I have been trying to get friends to do something fun (a cruise or resort or something) for years and this is completely out of the realm of reality for them. So, continuing to wait for them to commit is time spent not cruising!

Cons to cruising alone? Nothing that could possibly outweigh the Pros.
#52
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Originally posted by JFB2
Glad I found this thread. I just booked a Thanksgiving cruise from NYC on the NCL Jewel to the Bahamas. Solo. My friends and co-workers are raining on my parade by giving me weird looks when I answer their obvious question: "Who are you going with?" No one! And I couldn't be happier!

This will be my first cruise solo, but I have taken other (and shorter) vacations alone. It's good to see that there are other people out there who do this and who don't think it's weird.

I'm sure that there will be "lonely times" as some of you have said, but I figure I'll hit a bar/lounge for a drink (which is what I do when I'm not on a cruise) and find people to chat with.

What's good about cruising alone? Actually cruising. I have been trying to get friends to do something fun (a cruise or resort or something) for years and this is completely out of the realm of reality for them. So, continuing to wait for them to commit is time spent not cruising!

Cons to cruising alone? Nothing that could possibly outweigh the Pros.
Congratulations!! You're going to have a blast, my first solo was so much fun, when I got back I knew I'd go on another, when I went on that 2nd solo this past July it completely confirmed I liked solo cruising better than group cruising.

I'll begin my third solo cruise in 6 days for 9 nights and can't wait! I'll be doing a live cruise report during this solo cruise.


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#53
UK
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Just back from my first Solo cruise had a fabulous time - I agree with JFB2 the most difficult part was the weird looks from others when the ask "Who are you going with?"
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#54
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for me travelling solo has very few negatives due to my being able to still have company when I want and be alone when I want
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#55
New Port Richey, FL
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This has been a great thread and I thank everyone who has contributed. I am going on my first solo cruise the 19th...I am both extremely nervous and excited at the same time. My wife and I cruised together a lot so I am somewhat apprehensive on some things...

I, like some others here, am an introvert and somewhat shy. But I love cruising and cannot live without out...I have already booked a specialty restaurant because I love the food, but will feel a bit self conscious when I am sitting there without something to eat in front of me

Overcoming my shyness will be next to impossible at 53 years old...but I will fend off some of the awkwardness in my comfort zone - the casino. I have also book the royal dolphin swim/manatee interaction for myself. I figure if I pay for it in advance, I will get myself out there

Only those that are a bit shy can related to how it feels...I sometimes envy you extroverts - but am happy with who I am...

I can find no better vacation than a cruise...so my first solo comes next week and I will follow up here. The xmas cruise my wife has decided to go with me (we have been separated about a year), but the xmas 2013 I booked is a solo as well...and if all goes well I imagine booking one for my birthday in March
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#56
543 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Just did my 6th solo last week (and lots of solo land travel)
The pros are: it is all about me
The cons: losing my table at the buffet

One night I ate at the specialty restaurant and it was great. Lovely meal in nice calm surroundings.
I always think look at all the people missing out on great holidays and experiences because they are too afraid to travel solo. They are the ones missing out!
#57
New Port Richey, FL
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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
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#58
Suncoast Florida & Midcoast Maine
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Originally posted by JeffKoz

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
Thanks for the encouragement! I have my first solo cruise coming up later this week and I'm a tad stressed about it...but very hopeful that I'll enjoy it. I tend to be a bit shy and I'm WAY on the introverted end of the scale--which I guess means that if I don't have much company during the cruise I will still likely have fun!

I will for sure report back on how it went.

Glad you enjoyed your solo cruise!
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#59
Florida
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Joined Mar 2005
Originally posted by bottomfeeder
Thanks for the encouragement! I have my first solo cruise coming up later this week and I'm a tad stressed about it...but very hopeful that I'll enjoy it. I tend to be a bit shy and I'm WAY on the introverted end of the scale--which I guess means that if I don't have much company during the cruise I will still likely have fun!

I will for sure report back on how it went.

Glad you enjoyed your solo cruise!
You'll have a blast!! My last solo that lasted 9 days and just got back from a week ago was by far the best solo trip I've been.

For the most part your around like minded people who are cruising to relax, enjoy cruising and travel, and just nice people in general. So it's very easy to say hi or have some type of conversation because for the most part everyone is in a good mood because they are on vacation. Please be sure to come back and tell us about your great cruise adventures!

Happy cruising!


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#60
Florida
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Originally posted by JeffKoz
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
Welcome back! That's awesome that your cruise met your expectations and then some!!! Welcome to your new addiction and many more cruise adventures!


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RCCL - Allure of the Seas "Live" cruise report. Nov 17-24,2013. "Live" report can be found HERE
RCCL - Enchantment of the Seas "Live" cruise report. July 19-26, 2013. Back -2- Back. "Live" report can be found HERE
RCCL - Jewel of the Seas "Live" cruise report. April 13-18, 2013. "Live" report can be found HERE.
RCCL - Monarch of the Seas "Live" cruise report. July 20-23, 2012. "Live" report can be found HERE
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CCL - Carnival Ecstasy. Nov 24-27,2000. Report can be found HERE.

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