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  1. I was on the Anthem of the Seas in January, and splurged on a solo cabin balcony. It was fantastic! There are only 6 such cabins on the ship, but are a number that are virtual balcony rooms. Not the same, though in a pinch. Good luck!
  2. Way to go Owen's team (Lucan?)!!! What a way to start a vacation. I'll be following.
  3. Following, I've booked the Brilliance for June 2020 so will be interested in seeing the ship from your perspective.
  4. I've learned many of the tips that were posted, over the years, but learned two more today from this post. Thank you! I've placed an order for bottled water for my upcoming cruise (Mar 17/Crown), and checked out the cruise deck plans website. I, like others have mentioned, love being near the Terrace pool. Since I travel solo most often, and in an inside cabin, it's awesome to be near the outdoors for early morning pics. Definitely my favorite place to hang out for a drink as well. I've wracked my brain for something new to add but I've got nothing. Happy cruising everyone!
  5. Booked another solo cruise while on the Anthem in January. This one is on the Brilliance of the Seas, out of Amsterdam on June 12, 2020. A long way off but at least I have another cruise booked in the meantime. I'll be on the Crown Princess out of Fort Lauderdale in just under 6 weeks.
  6. I've sailed three times in an NCL studio cabin and used the studio lounge regularly. I will say the lounge on the Breakaway was incredibly tiny, but the area on both Epic and Escape were much larger. It's hard to say how old the group would be, it depends on the cruise, but in my experience we had mid 20's up to 70's+. I don't need to be "herded to dinner" but enjoyed the opportunity to have my meals with other solo cruisers. It is a great way to meet others. On the first cruise I met a great group and sailed with two of them again a couple of years later. As for the size of the cabin, I think they are plenty adequate for one person. There is lots of storage, two small closets, shelves, and cupboards. What I like best is these are not like inside cabins with no light. The porthole window with its blinds allows for diffused light to come in from the hallway. I don't feel like I'm locked in a cave at night. Also, I don't spend a huge amount of time in the cabin, sleeping, showering, changing clothes, etc. Don't need much more than that, and while I love a balcony, the cost is generally prohibitive for this solo.
  7. I've heard great things about the Brilliance - I'm definitely looking forward to a smaller ship experience with RCI. The Anthem was terrific so if it is half as good, I'll be thrilled.
  8. Thanks for the great review! I'm just off the Anthem (Jan 18) and booked the Brilliance for June 2020 (British Isles) so the info on the ship you've provided is very helpful.
  9. Wow! A world cruise sounds marvelous, and as another poster has said, by the 180 days I'm sure you'll have found many friends.
  10. I also travel solo most of the time, NCL is great for that if you don't mind the studio cabins. I don't because I love the diffused light from the hallway (never as dark as an inside), I enjoy meeting other solos in the lounge, and I really don't spend much time in my cabin. I can grab a seat outdoors somewhere when I feel the need to watch the ocean. There are some cruises though, Alaska comes to mind, where I would only book a balcony so it will remain on my bucket list for time being. My suggestion is to watch the websites - I booked my RCCL cruise about 18 months out because the price was right and I got the cabin I wanted (a studio with a balcony). Also keep an eye on this site, an unannounced sale of inside cabins on Princess (no single supplement) for a Canada/New England cruise was found by another CC member who shared the info - I scooped that one up in a hurry! Good luck! And share any great deals you find....after you book of course. 🙂
  11. Oh my, I love this thread! My cruise isn't until March but I'm looking forward to several of the items already mentioned. The goat cheese souffle is my absolute favorite - on the last cruise I had one for an appetizer and a second one for dessert! I also the burgers at the grill when I need a quick lunch. I'm not sure if they still have them but there was a breakfast sandwich at the I.C. Yummy!
  12. Following, I'll be on the Breakaway in just 19 days! First time in NOLA and so looking forward to it.
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