Posted August 7th, 2010, 12:31 AM
I’m surprised no one has answered you yet, so I will start off the responses! I’m sure you will end up with a few? (For reference, I’m a 40-something married mom, whose husband hates to travel, other family can’t always go with me, and friends either can’t afford or aren’t interested in cruising.)
I’ve done 4 solos – 1st on Crown Princess & the rest on RCL (Radiance & Independence) – had a fantastic time on all of them. I celebrated my birthday on embark day of the 1st solo – was a bit weird at first, but by the end of the day, I was very comfortable.
Regarding dining, did Anytime on Princess, Assigned table of 6 (main) on Radiance, and both cruises on Independence, Assigned table for 2 (main) – by myself. Advantages & disadvantages for all of them, but I think the table for 2 was my favourite? There was a nice balance between chatting with the people at tables on either side of me, but when I felt like a quiet meal after a crazy port day, it was nice not to be obligated to chat much (which you would need to at a shared table).
On all of the cruises, it was amazing how many times I was "adopted" by others on excursions, in various line ups, and while waiting for shows. If you have a smile, and feel somewhat comfortable chatting with those around you, you will have a great time.
There were a number of times I had a book with me, ready to be left alone, and it seemed to be a magnet for friendly people who insisted I join them, OR, if it was at the buffet or dining room, staff members would find another solo to join me. I didn't even ask!
I hope this helps, enjoy your cruise!
2002 Voyager of the Seas W Caribbean, 2003 Explorer of the Seas E Caribbean, 2004 Mariner of the Seas E/W Caribbean B2B, 2005 Vision of the Seas Alaska North/South bound B2B, 2006 Radiance of the Seas Alaska North/South bound B2B, 2006 Mariner of the Seas E Caribbean, 2007 Radiance of the Seas Alaska North/South bound B2B, 2007 Voyager of the Seas W Caribbean, 2008 Grandeur of the Seas Canada New England, 2008 Zuiderdam S Caribbean Panama Canal, 2009 Serenade of the Seas Alaska, 2009 Crown Princess Canada New England, 2010 Radiance of the Seas Mexican Riviera, 2010 Independence of the Seas W/E Caribbean B2B, 2010 Splendour of the Seas Greece-Croatia, 2010 Majesty of the Seas Bahamas B2B, 2010 Navigator of the Seas W Caribbean, 2011 Celebrity Infinity Antarctica/S America, 2011 Jewel of the Seas W Caribbean, 2012 Victoria Katerina Yangtze River, 2012 Diamond Princess Asia, 2012 Disney Wonder California Coastal, 2012 Disney Wonder W Caribbean, 2013 Azamara Journey Singapore to Mumbai, 2013 Disney Dream Bahamas, 2013 Oasis of the Seas E Caribbean, 2014 NCL Epic W Mediterranean, 2014 Seabourn Quest Antarctica S Georgia Patagonia, 2015 Allure of the Seas E Caribbean, 2015 Disney Dream Bahamas, 2015 Seabourn Quest Antarctica S Georgia Patagonia, 2016 Veendam East Coast, 2017 Carnival Magic W Caribbean (Next for 2017: Grand Princess West Coast & Noordam Alaska)