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    cruise for big beautiful women and admirers

    Me too, Kevin!
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    I have sailed aboard the Disney Wonder in Oct 2012 for a 7-day California coastal. While the concern about the abundance of young ones is understandable, Disney ships have large youth activities staff that really knows how to keep kids busy, keeping any disruptive behaviors to a minimum. If memory serves me correctly, there are also adults-only spaces, which are enforced so that adult passengers can have their peace and quiet. Compared to the cruises I've had with Carnival and Holland America, Disney was definitely a different vibe. Some have mentioned no casinos aboard. No problem for me since I don't gamble. It also feels like an afloat Disney park, with the costumed characters aboard. If you are a Disney fan, you will have opportunities to take pictures with the Disney characters aboard. Unlike other lines, the photographers will be more than happy to take pictures with your personal cameras along with theirs. Customer service was also top notch. The fact that I was a solo passenger had no influence in how the crew treated me. As far as they were concerned, I was part of "the family." At dinner, I was seated with five other solo passengers, most who have sailed Disney previously. The dining experience will also be like no other because you and your table will rotate to different dining rooms each night. There are three dining rooms with different themes, with the food, waiter uniforms, and shows that correspond to the different themes. I found the Animator's Palate dining room the most interesting because while the walls start off as black and white drawings, they transform into colorful pictures with lighting. There is probably more that I can post, but I wanted to make sure that I answer your questions. I enjoyed the cruise tremendously. Would I sail Disney again? Sure, but I would have to consider price and itinerary since Disney cruises cost more than many others. Have fun!
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    I'm no longer doing the 12-day Sea of Cortez, so for now, it's just the Caribbean B2B in Feb 2015.
  4. Truth be told, I would have booked at the rate you quoted. That offer was just too good to refuse. I'm just happy that I got a really good rate, I'm available to take this cruise, and I will be spending a lot of time in the Caribbean.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    Dec 3, 2014: 12-day Sea of Cortez (Mexico) aboard HAL Statendam sailing from San Diego, CA. Feb 9, 2015: 21-day B2B Southern/Eastern Caribbean aboard Carnival Triumph sailing from Galveston, TX to San Juan, PR, then returning to Galveston, TX.
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    Post CRUISE LINE Single Supplement/Solo Bargains HERE

    Last night, I booked the B2B that rich60 posted about for $739. I was able to save on the second leg by using the military rate.
  7. Thanks for the 411, Colonel! I just booked this very B2B for $739, no single supplement for interior. For the second leg, the military rate was better than the 35 hour sale rate, and I was able to get an "interior" room with portholes.
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    Piano Bar Schedule (updated)

    I was on the ship with Aruba, and I concur with his observation. After dinner, I would pass by the MIX on the way to the show, and Jamm always had a full house. I would return after the show to hear Jamm close out before I retire to my cabin.
  9. This Friday, Oct 3, HAL Statendam.
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    Which "dam" ships have you been on?

    I sailed aboard Oosterdam (twice), Zaandam, and Veendam. I don't have a favorite yet, but I enjoyed the longer cruises aboard the smaller ships. I will be boarding the Statendam soon for a 30-day trip to Hawaii and French Polynesia.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    That would be a trip of a lifetime for me. Have a wonderful cruise.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    Thanks! I'm really excited about this trip. I had lived in Hawaii for a few years and was very enthralled with the local Polynesian culture there. I had wanted to visit Tahiti then, but work and school commitments would not allow. Looks like you had a very interesting itinerary for your South Pacific cruise. HAL has a 45-day "Tales of the South Pacific" cruise that sets sail Oct of next year aboard the Amsterdam. In addition to the ports visited during the standard 30-day itinerary, the cruise will call on all Hawaiian ports as well as Samoa (both American and Independent), Tonga, Fiji, and a few other island destinations. A few members from my roll call are also on the roll call for this cruise.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    HAL Statendam, 10/3/14, 30 days to Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas. Soon to be my longest cruise, my first equatorial crossing, and my first Halloween at sea.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    Aboard the Carnival Glory 5/24/14 sailing the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya). Like my recent Sunshine cruise, this cruise was part of the zero single supplement promotion.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    Having sailed the HAL Veendam to Hawaii last December, I can honestly say that I love cruising small ships too. They're easier to get around and I found it easier to get to know my fellow passengers and the ship's crew because I kept running into the same people throughout the cruise. One of the highlights of this cruise was that I shared a table with a group of the ship's musicians and a cover band that played Beach Boys music during late snack at the lido immediately after their show performance. Seems like small ships foster a more relaxed and friendlier atmosphere. Hope you have a wonderful cruise aboard the Paul Gauguin.
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    Fear of Cruising alone

    My answers are as follows: How did you make that first step in going solo? Just do it. I got fed up with waiting for family to be available for a cruise or financially secure to afford one. Though I can understand that it can be difficult to synchronize a myriad of schedules and that bills need to be paid, but if I waited, i'd stand a better chance of boarding a casket before I would a ship. My motivation to cruise solo can best be described in four words: you only live once. Consider this, YOLO rhymes with SOLO. Did you have fears of never leaving your cabin/room? No. I prefer to be outside of my cabin, usually at the lido deck. Where did you cruise to? Mexican Riviera. What ships cater or like having solo travelers? Seems that NCL ships with studio cabins are popular with solos, though I've never cruised with this line. Carnival is running a zero single supplement promotion for cruises from February through May 2014. See the thread started by member Sarah@Sea for the link. At ports did you stay on the ship or adventure off? I do try to explore different ports, although I may stay on the ship if I have visited a certain port a number of times. Ensenada comes to mind for me. How did you pick your excursions? I stick with the ship excursions when I am unfamiliar with ports and I want to be assured that the ship will wait for me when the excursion is running late. Otherwise, I will explore familiar ports on my own. Hawaii ports come to mind for me, but that was because I have lived there before and I felt safe going on my own. How long was your first solo cruise? 7 days aboard the HAL Oosterdam. My longest (solo) cruise was 18 days to Hawaii aboard the HAL Veendam last December. Dinner, I don't even want to go there. That is #1 fear. Eating by yourself in a packed restaurant EEKKK! Help needed on this one. I'm not sure if I can help here, but I guess it depends on how social you are or how social you want to be. Eating by myself at the lido doesn't bother me, but I have also shared my table with others. Normally, I am not very social, but I am quite the social butterfly when on a cruise. I prefer a late fixed dining schedule so that I have the same table mates and serving staff. I've had tables with families, group of friends, and other solos, and my experiences have generally been positive. If you opt for a fixed dining schedule, you can check with the maitre 'd if, for example, your table will be occupied with other solos. That's exactly what I did on my recent cruise to Hawaii.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    The link from the post before mine was what I used to locate my cruise and book it. In my case, it was an e-mail notification from Carnival that alerted me to this promotion. I had to scroll down the e-mail to find it because the title of the e-mail did not mention anything about single supplements, only that the sale was extended through Sunday.
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    Solo Cruiser's Roll Call

    I'm finally getting out of the West coast and sailing the waters of the South Caribbean aboard the Carnival Sunshine on 4/6/2014 for 11 days. Carnival is running a zero single supplement promotion, and $569 for an inside cabin was an offer I couldn't refuse.
  19. Wished I had the chance to sail her as Destiny, but I've been stuck on the West coast. Finally got around to liking John Heald's FB page so that I won't miss out on stuff. I'm really glad that Carnival can do this sort of promotion for solo cruisers. I hope other cruise lines can do something similar.
  20. The above statement is true. I booked my upcoming cruise under this promotion.
  21. Didn't know about the zero single supp list until I got the e-mail from Carnival earlier today. I was able to score an awesome deal for an 11-day South Caribbean cruise aboard the Sunshine.
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    Miss Carnival Breeze Contest????

    Carnival, request implementation of this contest format fleet-wide, ASAP! :D
  23. I like those eggs too, with hot sauce. :)
  24. I started my last cruise with 23 days and got the gold card since I will have passed 25 days during that cruise. Check both of your sons' documents. Their boarding passes should show their VIFP status as gold.
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    unusual things to do on sea days

    On sea days, I like to take my video camera and shoot video as I walk around the ship. I do this during the day and night to capture ship activity during different times of day. It's a great way for me to relive the cruise when I'm bored at home waiting for my next cruise.