Posted August 6th, 2017, 05:33 PM
I'm just curious what is the age range of those of you that travel solo?
I'm 58 (will be 59 next week
). I did my firt solo cruise three years ago. I asked my then-19-year-old DD if she wanted to go on our fourth Alaska cruise and she declined, making sure to tell me how grateful she is for everything I do for here. LOL. She encouraged me to do it on my own. After thinking about it, I decided to do just that, but not to Alaska! I booked my first NCL cruise and did an Adriatic cruise. Like others, I love the freedom solo cruising provides. I'm a very independent person and have no trouble venturing out on my own. I've always added on time to business trips and had doneshort land-based travel in China, India, Malaysia, and Europe, so solo cruising was easy for me...especially since I love cruising and have cruised for the past 20 years.
And if you traveled solo do you feel awkwardly alone?
Nope. One of the things I love about cruising is it's so easy to meet people. If I want to be with people the opportunity is always there, and if I want to be alone, I can do that. I love alone time, so it never feels awkward to me. I think that awkwardness is something internal and if a person doesn't like being alone then cruising is actually a great solution for still being able to travel even if no one can go with you. I find that when i cruise solo more people strike up conversation with me. I don't know if it's because I'm alone or if I'm presenting myself in a way that says I'm open to being approached. I especially love it when the roll call is active. I've met a number of people through roll calls with whom I'm still in touch. I usually coordinate the Meet and Greet so that certainly helps with meeting people. On a 10-day cruise last year, we had more than 100 people at the Meet and Greet and i ended up having dinner with different roll call members every evening! That was a new experience for me and I found myself missing my usual dinners alone! LOL. Another way to meet people is to organize tours. I don't enjoy ship's excursions, and I'm a planner, so I often book tours and invite others on the roll call to join in. For a lot of people that creates an immediate connection since we want to do the same thing. I've met people that way with whom I've hit it off.
I've seen videos and pictures about the solo cabins. But perhaps I'm picky but i gotta have my balcony. When I first went cruising I opted for a balcony. Yes people will argue that your not gonna be in the room alot but I like to have natural day light lol. However I do need to save up $$$ every now and then. Who knows I may end up trying a inside/solo cabin one day. The solo cabins do look very nice on NLC. So far every cruise I've been on has been with a balcony. I'd be willing to pay extra for it. Thats one thing I'd wish cruising companies would do is give more bargains for solos who want to cruise, especially if you want a balcony or ocean view.
*And I know Anthem of the Seas has the virtual balcony in the solo cabins but I still like the real thing lol
I was a balcony girl for years. The only time I didn't have a balcony was when the ship just didn't have balcony cabins! But, when I started sailing solo I just didn't fee like I could justify the cost of a balcony cabin for just me. That first solo cruise I booked an inside cabin just to see if I could handle it. I found out it wasn't that big of deal to me, and I didn't miss having a balcony as much as I thought I would. I was happily surprised by that! I also booked the inside so I wouldn't spend too much time in my cabin and I was concerned that with a balcony cabin, I would spend a lot of time in my cabin rather than venturing out. My second solo cruise was on the NCL Epic. It was my first time in a studio and my first time on a mega-ship. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it and not having a balcony wasn't an issue since I had a spa pass an the Epic has a large aft balcony in the spa with several loungers and a couple day beds. I spent a couple hours at a time there enjoying the view and reading. And, I absolutely loved my little studio! It was so well designed. I'm back on the Epic in 52 days, and I can't wait! I'll be spending a week in Rome before the cruise. I'm looking forward to a week of being on my own in a beautiful city!
I know there's at least one RCCL ship that has actual balconies on a few of their solo cabins. I just looked for the video review I saw several months ago. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGEOcHjY7nE