Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Special Interest Cruising > Solo Cruisers
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Notices

Solo Cruisers Do you leave your cares -- and everyone -- behind when you cruise?
Don't Miss Cruise Critic's Best Cruises for Solo Travelers and Cruise Welcome Mat for Solo Cruisers

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21  
Old February 20th, 2012, 10:13 AM
travelnap's Avatar
travelnap travelnap is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 825
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by eightofninekev View Post
I am thinking of going on a cruise with royal caribbean .What are they like for solos? can anyone give me information on what kind of things they do ?
I did a TA solo on the Navigator a few years back and it was fine. I would agree with the other posters, join the roll call, and partake in the trivia and other events aboard ship to meet others. I enjoyed the trip. I would go with the traditional dining as it will give you some people to connect with aboard the ship. Sometimes you end up at a table that is not the most enjoyable but other times you end up with a great table. Our table connected very well and we participated in the trivia as a team and we were a very diverse group. Two of us were solo's, one couple was an older couple from the UK and another couple was from Alaska. I did not attend any of the single functions aboard the ship because as others stated, either no one was there at them or had other conflicts, Happy sailing and I hope you have a great trip.
Reply With Quote

  #22  
Old February 20th, 2012, 07:42 PM
Virtopia's Avatar
Virtopia Virtopia is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,412
Default

My last cruise was solo on the Explorer and I had a great time; it was my 2nd solo cruise and although I did get lonely at times because it was 9 nights (plus 2 nights pre cruise in New Jersey), I'm so glad I opted to go by myself.

I joined my Roll Call early and I'm glad I did; met great people from there and even joined an excursion with a few of them; I also loved having my own room and being able to do my own thing and not have to worry about anyone else. I was at a 8 top table and after the first night, I was highly questioning who made the seating arrangements, but it got better and now I miss my table companions. We had quite a few singles' events that were planned in the cruise compass, but I didn't attend any of them; just wasn't that interested to do so.

I recommend trying it; I'm already looking into my 3rd solo cruise for April 2013 and I can't wait to start all the planning all over again.
__________________




Previous Cruises

Mar 2014 - 8 Night Bahamas Cruise (4th solo cruise - RCCL Explorer)
Sept 2013 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise (3rd solo cruise - RCCL Jewel)
April 2013 - 4 Night Bahamas Cruise (RCCL Enchantment)
Sept 2012 - 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise (RCCL Allure)
Jan 2012 - 9 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise (2nd solo cruise - RCCL Explorer)
May 2011 - 4 Night Bahamas Cruise (NCL Sky)
Sept 2010 - 4 Night Bahamas Cruise (1st solo cruise - RCCL Majesty)
Sept 2009 - 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise (RCCL Liberty)
Reply With Quote

  #23  
Old February 20th, 2012, 07:52 PM
barbyj barbyj is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Georgia
Posts: 626
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jjb415 View Post
Hey barbyj,

I see that we are on the same itinerary. See you onboard.
Hi Jack,
Will see you at the sailaway party. Are you on both legs?
__________________














Over 100 cruises, Princess, NCL, RCCL, Cunard & many cruise lines that no longer exist
Reply With Quote

  #24  
Old February 21st, 2012, 06:42 PM
jjb415's Avatar
jjb415 jjb415 is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 4,001
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by barbyj View Post
Hi Jack,
Will see you at the sailaway party. Are you on both legs?
Yes, both legs and looking for a possible reduction in price to Singapore.
Reply With Quote

  #25  
Old April 29th, 2012, 06:55 AM
Pushka's Avatar
Pushka Pushka is offline
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: South Australia
Posts: 5,912
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by westcoasttech View Post
Just got back from travelling on the Radiance (14 day Aus/NZ) as a solo.
My recommendation - definitely sign on to the rollcall, go and check out any "singles" or solo get together listed in the Compass (you can always leave if you feel uncomfortable). Attend the trivia games - there's always room for one more in a trivia team, and you might win something (managed to win a T-shirt and a cruise wallet)! Go for breakfast/lunch at the main dining room and just chat to the other people at the table - you'll meet people from all over the world!
You could be my twin. I have just booked this for 2013. Solo. I can't actually believe I have done it. I am married but hubby isn't into cruising. I am really looking forward to doing this cruise where I can make my own decisions about what I want to do. Nap. Have a snack at midnight. Play bingo. Trivia. I have just been on QM2 for four nights with my mother and this opened my mind to possibilities. I have no desire to travel with mum again, it was nice but enough, but now I know I can do it on my own. I am doing mtd but will ask for a larger table. Or take my kindle!
__________________
Oriana 1980
Princess Dawn 2013
Queen Mary 2 2013 and 2014
Liberty of the Seas 2012
Celebrity Equinox 2014 and 2015
Alaska 2016 Landtour.

Last edited by Pushka; April 29th, 2012 at 06:56 AM.
Reply With Quote

  #26  
Old April 29th, 2012, 09:31 AM
tontok tontok is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 58
Default

I am an RCI newbee but have sailed solo before on DCL. Will the table assignments for Tradional dining be all solos? I have a fear of showing up and being the only person at a table.
Reply With Quote

  #27  
Old April 29th, 2012, 12:01 PM
PamelaRic PamelaRic is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 581
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tontok View Post
I am an RCI newbee but have sailed solo before on DCL. Will the table assignments for Tradional dining be all solos? I have a fear of showing up and being the only person at a table.
I don't think RCI does "solo" tables in the dining room. When I sail solo, I always put down that I want to be seated at bigger tables. I've never shown up to be the only diner at the table. I do remember one time that the whole table (including me) went to one of the specialty dining venues so that the whole table was empty. We did let the waiters know ahead of time though. I like set time dining because I like to get to know my table mates. I've also been included in port excursions by table mates. Just my opinion. :-)
Pamela
Tucson
__________________


Scheduled Cruises:
Aug 30, 2015: RCI - Navigator of the Seas - Western Caribbean (Cozamel, Roatan, Belize City)

Bucket list includes the Panama Canal, Alaska and round trip to Hawaii

Past Cruises:
Nov 24, 2013: Carnival - Magic - Mexican Riviera
Nov 18, 2012: Carnival - Splendor - Mexican Riviera
Jan 2, 2011: RCI - Mariner of the Seas - Mexican Riviera
Nov 30, 2009: RCI - Radiance of the Seas - Mexican Riviera
Oct 14, 2009: RCI - Radiance of the Seas - Baja
Sep 18, 2009: RCI - Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas
Sep 14, 2009: RCI - Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas
Apr 26, 2009: RCI - Radiance of the Seas - Chile to San Diego
Dec 14, 2008: RCI - Vision of the Seas - Mexican Riviera
Oct 13, 2008: RCI - Monarch of the Seas - Baja
Sep 15, 2008: RCI - Monarch of the Seas - Baja
Dec 15, 2007: Holland America - Oosterdam - Mexican Riviera
Mar 26, 2007: RCI - Splendor of the Seas - Western Caribbean
Reply With Quote

  #28  
Old June 24th, 2015, 10:58 AM
Annamic1 Annamic1 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1
Smile Solo Cruising with Royal Caribbean

I just completed a 9 night cruise with Royal Caribbean in June. This was a solo trip and although I was hesitant at first, I couldn't have anticipated all the fun I had. I met a lot of fun and nice people and even a few solo travelers. The Compass had a 9:00 (self led) meet place for solo travelers.

All in all, I am going to do this again. What you do doesn't depend on others traveling with you. If you decide to stay on the ship when docked at an island, you don't have to get off because everyone else in your party will.

I can't wait to go again!

If you are considering this, you won't be sorry if you do!
Reply With Quote

  #29  
Old June 25th, 2015, 09:30 AM
mrobstad's Avatar
mrobstad mrobstad is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NY and MA
Posts: 2,162
Default

I've had two different experiences on RCCL as a solo. The best experience was on a Mediterranean cruise. I met another solo on CC roll call, and she managed to get us re-seated at a larger table with other CC members. My other experience, in a studio cabin, was awful. The room was cramped and the solo gathering was non-existent. I couldn't tell who were the afternoon drinkers and who was there for the gathering. Second day, same thing. So, sadly, I now travel mostly on NCL.
__________________
02-18-2013 Norwegian Epic
02-15-14 RCCL serenade of the Seas
04-12-14 NCL Getaway
2-13-13 RCCL Adventure of the Seas
2-13 NCL Epic
2-12 NCL Epic
7-28-12 serenade of the Seas dream Med 12 day cruise
4-18-11 Majesty of the Seas
4-12 Princess
4-13-09 Majesty of the Seas
4-21-08 Majesty of the Seas
3-31-07 Radiance of the Seas
4-8-06 Jewel of the Seas
4-12-03 Radiance of the Seas
4-12-03 Radiance of the Seas
2-02 Carnival Paradise (billed a no smoking ship!)
Reply With Quote

  #30  
Old June 25th, 2015, 05:04 PM
JoePatNYCT JoePatNYCT is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NYC & CT
Posts: 347
Default

I've done RCL solo a couple of times. I, too, have had mixed experiences. Looking back it was probably my fault. I took a B2B on the Oasis during holiday time and it was kid central-- my bad.

On the other side, I took a November transatlantic from Southampton to Miami on the Adventure OTS and met lots of age appropriate solos and had a fabulous time.

While I agree that NCL makes more of an effort in the solo department, I'm happy as long as there are enough other solos cruising. One way or another, we'll find each other.

But there's no substitute for planning the right cruise.

Joe
__________________
- Sun 6/29/15 & 7/6/15 - Alaska
- Millennium 4/26/15 - Asia/Transpacific
- Jade 2/14/15 & 2/25/15 - Mediterranean
- Journey 1/10/15 - S. America/ Antarctica
- Silhouette 12/7/14 - Eastern Caribbean
- Quest 3/27/14 - Transatlantic
- Reflection 2/25/14 & 3/1/14- Caribbean
- Silhouette 12/1/13 - Transatlantic
- Adventure of the Seas 11/4/13 - Transatlantic
- Mariner of the Seas 4/21/13 - Transatlantic
- Oasis of the Seas 1/5/13 - Western Caribbean BTB with
- Oasis of the Seas 12/29/12- Eastern Caribbean
- Navigator of the Seas 11/3/12 - Transatlantic
- Adventure of the Seas 4/15/12 - Transatlantic
- Silhouette 2/10/12 - Southern Caribbean
- Millennium 4/18/11 - Panama Canal
- Millennium 11/27/09 - Caribbean
- Constellation 7/25/09 - Baltic Sea
- Symphony 9/27/08 - Canada/New England
- Symphony 12/8/07 - Panama Canal
- Explorer of the Seas 5/25/07 - Bermuda/Carribean
- Millennium 10/29/06 - Mediterranean
- Constellation 2/25/06 - Southern Caribbean
Reply With Quote

  #31  
Old June 25th, 2015, 08:23 PM
Truluv Truluv is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Fort Mill, SC
Posts: 489
Default

Taking my first solo this weekend on RCL. It was a last minute decision, so I couldn't get assigned dining. I did make a reservation in the dining room for 3 nights using MyTime dining, and I'll see how it goes if I ask to be seated with others. (I'll bring my Kindle, just in case I end up behind a potted plant next to the kitchen at a table for two.) I will be going to the Windjammer on formal nights.

My last cruises were with my kids when they were in college and grad schools, and I seldom saw them except at dinner time. I figure those vacations were "solos with training wheels," getting me ready for trying solo by myself. Sometimes I met other friendly people whose families were off doing something else, and I'm hopeful the same thing happens on this trip.

I'll report back - wish me luck!

Last edited by Truluv; June 25th, 2015 at 08:25 PM.
Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:14 AM.


© 1995 - 2015, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.