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    Louisville, KY
  • Interests
    Camping and travel
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere in the Caribbean

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  1. I did my first solo cruise on the Epic in the studios. I enjoyed the lounge but since I don't drink coffee or alcohol, I got less use of it than others. Since I tend to wake at weird hours, it was nice to have a cup of tea and a cookie while I read my Kindle. My next cruise after that I got a balcony cheaper than the studio. The only time I could access the lounge for sure was in the early evening when they were organizing the evening meals and group trips to shows and events. I didn't really didn't miss it that much. If it is your first solo cruise then the lounge would let you
  2. Blitzma, It is great that you are looking for a solo cruise. I am widowed too and cruising is one of my great joys now. I have only cruised on Carnival and NCL but NCL was the one that always had a solo host and solo dinners. I prefer the Jewel class ships myself. On the Epic, there were so many solos that I felt crowded. On the Jewel class the solo meetings were usually 5 to 20 people and sometimes we went to sows together too. When one of the group performed at Karaoke, at least some of the group would show up for support. On at least one cruise, our solo group made a ki
  3. GoVolsTB, One of my favorite people I met on solo cruises was a lady in her late 80s from Australia. She had flown to the US for our cruise and had another cruise to Santiago just after ours got back. When someone asked why she was traveling so much all by herself, she said she wouldn't be able to do it at any younger age than she was right then. She had to use a walker to get around but she was all over the ship. So as long as you can travel and want to travel, go for it. Age in itself is not a big factor.
  4. It is a silly question to some and a serious question to others. My personal answer is that I intend to go cruising as soon as I am allowed. If I need to wear a mask and social distance, I will. If I miss a port or two, I will adapt. I have 4 cruises booked between September 21 and February 22. Just hoping I get to cruise again. Others may wish to wait until things return to "normal". Assuming that ever happens. I am now fully vaccinated but if new variants make that ineffective then I will reevaluate and make a decision on the facts and science of that time. Short a
  5. I'm in the same boat as kanadakid. I haven't even had a cold for the last year. Being an introvert means that covering my face and social distancing aren't really tremendous trials either though. In fact wearing a mask means far fewer candid photos or group photos. A double victory.
  6. Olemissreb, I have only cruised on Carnival and NCL so I am no expert but I found plenty to overeat without dressing up. I didn't even eat in the main dining room until after my 7th or 8th cruise. I don't go to the MDR on dress up nights and I only wear a polo shirt and slacks when I do go. The rest of the time I am in tee shirt, jeans and sandals.
  7. DCP, I am so sorry for your loss. After I lost my wife of 46 years, my first few cruises were taking my kids and grand kids on cruises. Since my grand kids abandoned me most of the time on cruises, I found I still had a great time on my own. Then I started taking solo cruises and loved them. On one of my solo cruises, I found a cruise buddy and that is good too.
  8. My best reason for keeping a passport valid is my best cruise deals have shown up too late to get a passport. I have snagged 3 great cruises I couldn't have taken without a passport in hand. Also, if I feel healthy enough to make a cruise, or just visit a foreign country, I don't want any unnecessary roadblocks. A passport is $10 or $12 a year. Cheap peace of mind but your mileage may vary. I say go with the choice that gives YOU the most peace of mind.
  9. Assuming they figure out how to bring back the buffets in some form, you never have to dress for dinner on most cruise lines. I found plenty to eat for my first 5 cruises without ever going to the main dining rooms or specialty restaurants. Besides the buffets, there are pizza places. burger places. delis. some ships have Mexican or BBQ. My last few cruises I found someone to eat with in the main dining room and I just wear slacks and a collard shirt If it is a formal night, I go elsewhere. I am not wearing a suit for anyone.
  10. My wife and I camped in an 85 VW Westfalia for 13 years. We visited at least 40 states and camped for up to 5 weeks at a time. When I lost my wife, I sold the van and now I camp in a tent with my sidecar motorcycle. I don't camp more than 5 days at a time and haven't gone more than 1500 miles on a trip but that suits me now.
  11. I hope you find a good deal on a back to back Polynesian. I had looked at a good price on the Jewel last year but couldn't go. One thing to keep in mind, often the difference in price of the overall air fare will pay for much of the B2B second half. The reason I did a B2B Alaskan last year was that it was cheaper to sail the second week back to Vancouver than fly to Vancouver and then from Seward.
  12. It will start on Sept. 13th. Vancouver to Seward, 7 days. Seward to Vancouver 7 days and Vancouver to LA 9 days. 23 days total.
  13. I did a B2B on the Jewell in Alaska June 2019 and I loved it. I had different Solo hosts for each trip and although their style was different, they both did a great job. I haven't cruised that much but so far the Jewell is my favorite ship. I even scheduled a B2B2B on her next fall.
  14. MamaFej, I hope your land cruises give you great pleasure while you are waiting for safe available sea cruises.
  15. Is Old & Dumb an option? 😉
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