Posted November 22nd, 2013, 07:10 PM
This will be my first holiday cruise and i will be traveling alone. I dont have any family and find this time if year rather painful. What will christmas eve be like onboard? I am not afraid of socializing but wonder how others, particularly families view older solo cruisers during the holidays?
Christmas day the ship will be in Melbourne and i have already paid for a tour but worry much will be closed. Is there likely to be special meals? A church service? How about New Years Eve?
I normally travel with my parents, brother, husband and 3 boys and we have done several Xmas New Year cruises.
The best thing about a cruise during this time is you are part of a big family with people from all over the world. Everyone has different reasons for being on a cruise during the festive season.
There are church services, decorations, tours, activities during this time.
Being a solo cruiser you can ask to share a table with other cruisers who are dining. This a great way to celebrate and get to meet new people.
I'm sure there will be many others also solo cruising who you may meet.
Roll calls are a fantastic way to meet people prior to your cruise so the ice is broken and connections are made.
I have met some wonderful strangers my age and older who have become special friends to me thanks to cruise critic roll calls and cruises.
We have been on tours on Christmas Day and it has been special. Try to pick a tour that doesn't have a big shopping period as Melbourne may not have many shops open during this time. We did the Dandenong ranges, train and farm visit it was a fantastic day.
In Rotarua on Christmas Day we went on a full day excursion so was able to have a 3 course lunch and a Maori dance experience. We then returned to the ship to take the kids to see Santa and have Xmas dinner on the ship.
This year we will be in St Thomas and have opted for a 3 hour tour and beach so that we are back on the ship for lunch.
They call it more Happy Holidays so that was different for our first Xmas onboard but there are many decorations etc so it really does feel like Xmas and is beautiful!
As far as being a family and how I view solo cruisers I think it's fantastic that you have decided to do a cruise during the festive season and you are in the best place. Feel confident that you will meet others and have a truly wonderful experience.