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#41
Indiana
63 Posts
Joined Oct 2017
Originally posted by Johaz
I did a lot of solo traveling all over the world during my 20s, including several transatlantic sailings. I now only do long cruises, and have met some great, interesting and fun people. On my next cruise I'll turn 73, and plan to continue solo travel, not only on ships, as long as I can.


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#42
25 Posts
Joined Aug 2015
Thanks for sharing! I would like to try it at least once but I'm so nervous. I'll be 28 this December and I look really young as well. I guess that leads in to my insecurity going alone. I may get the stares and the "What are you doing looks". Who knows one day I would like to take the risk!


Originally posted by PrettyPenny7
I've been traveling solo since I was... 27 lol. Just turned 35.

I just get fed up traveling with people who constantly want to do stuff that I don't want to do. Grew up taking family vacays like that, and of course when I got to college half of my Spring Break would be doing stuff with friends I didn't care to do... and traveling with my now ex was nice at times but also annoying because he was more of an extrovert who wanted to show off for everyone... or not go at all because he couldn't show off.

At 27 I said, "I want to travel and I want to ENJOY it!" Hopped on a cheap flight to Daytona Beach out of the blue one day. Had a great time. Started doing more solo travels since then... I have a goal to visit all 50 states (Hawaii and Alaska will be challenging, but ONE DAY!) and finally took a cruise this month for the 1st time so I've officially been outside of the country, at last

I still travel with other sometimes, but I no longer wait if I want to take a trip alone either. I've found it makes for a better balance. I sincerely hope you decide to try it sooner than later - even if you start with a short, close trip where you just drive somewhere and spend it solo. I think you'll enjoy it, but if you don't at least you'll know for sure if it's not for you.
#43
Scotland
382 Posts
Joined Sep 2012
Originally posted by travelchick989
Thanks for sharing! I would like to try it at least once but I'm so nervous. I'll be 28 this December and I look really young as well. I guess that leads in to my insecurity going alone. I may get the stares and the "What are you doing looks". Who knows one day I would like to take the risk!
I felt like that at first. I was 26 when i did my first solo cruise and I also look young for my age.... Im 30 now and I still get ID'd when buying alchohol! 😂

My first time I completely panicked about the thought of people looking at me funny - like 'who is that loser, going on holiday on her own' kind of thing, especially when eating. But what i found was that nobody stared, nobody looked at me funny and in fact I found that people were very accepting, extremely friendly and thought i was incredibly brave for doing it on my own.

My first cruise was on a Thomson ship... much smaller than ships like NCL epic etc.... and i found that i was almost immediately adopted by the cruise director staff and the bar staff (i sat at the bar most nights).... and through them i got to know so many people, including other solos and couples (and subsequently I was adopted by them too!).

Its an amazing experience, you just have to find a ship that is right for you and you wouod no doubt have an amazing first solo cruise!

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#44
Indiana
63 Posts
Joined Oct 2017
Originally posted by travelchick989
Thanks for sharing! I would like to try it at least once but I'm so nervous. I'll be 28 this December and I look really young as well. I guess that leads in to my insecurity going alone. I may get the stares and the "What are you doing looks". Who knows one day I would like to take the risk!
I totally understand. I've always looked "young" for my age; if I wasn't so tall they'd still be assuming I was barely 21
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#45
NE MO
300 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
I am getting these AMAZING casino offers from Carnival right now and my husband is being kinda "wishy washy" on pulling the trigger on one of them I am tempted just to book one and go solo (these price CANNOT be beat)!!!! I am not afraid to go solo but I feel guilty because I would be leaving my husband home for a week with our 2 kiddos (12 & 16). Should I just do it? Or stay home and not feel the guilt?
#46
Indiana
63 Posts
Joined Oct 2017
Originally posted by Christine in MO
I am getting these AMAZING casino offers from Carnival right now and my husband is being kinda "wishy washy" on pulling the trigger on one of them I am tempted just to book one and go solo (these price CANNOT be beat)!!!! I am not afraid to go solo but I feel guilty because I would be leaving my husband home for a week with our 2 kiddos (12 & 16). Should I just do it? Or stay home and not feel the guilt?
I'd say go for it - the kiddos are older. Not like you're leaving him with toddlers
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#47
California
42 Posts
Joined Jan 2017
All my travels by land or sea are solo. I love it. I have meet people from all over the world. Yes I pay double occupancy price, but I like certain cabins, so I pay. I find that there are plenty of people to talk to. Most of my cruises are 10 days and more. Often people ask it I am afraid to cruise by myself. I tell them know. As even cruising with someone else, you still have to be aware in different ports you visit. Many of the people will invite to dine with them, tag along with their group if we are on the same excursion. The craziest group was from Canada. They were a fun group to hang out with. Go solo, have fun.
#48
87 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
I took my first solo cruise at 27. I also look very young, am female, and a minority so I felt like I had so much going against me. However, I was tired of living life on friends' time, budget, vacation allowance, and interests! My first solo was amazing, I told a few people (mostly women) I was alone and they expressed shock that I was able to do at 27 what they couldn't do until 50/60 and encouraged me to keep living life with courage and confidence and on my own terms! Second solo was not so good but it hasn't stopped me - third solo booked for Sept 2018!

For me the "scariest" part is embarkation, not dining. If you are on a cruise line that has traditional dining, you will be seated with other solos or a table of women in your age range. Embarkation is a group activity and it is very obvious that I'm in line alone. I usually put headphones in and bop along to my favorite jams until its my turn at the desk. Once on the ship, no one knows anything, ha!
#49
409 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Originally posted by travelchick989
Thanks for sharing! I would like to try it at least once but I'm so nervous. I'll be 28 this December and I look really young as well. I guess that leads in to my insecurity going alone. I may get the stares and the "What are you doing looks". Who knows one day I would like to take the risk!
A saying that has served me well in my life is "You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."

If you cruise or vacation with others, have you ever walked down to the shops to get something, or split up to run back to the room for a forgotten item? Anybody spotting you then could assume you were solo, but just as likely might have thought you were hurrying to rejoin your party. And either way you probably didn't think anything about it. Traveling solo is the same way. Dining alone could be stressful if you've never done it at home, but maybe give it a whirl some day near home. You've probably run to the mall by yourself -- ever grab an ice cream or a quick meal in the food court? It's really no different.

And there's something really amazing about closing the cabin door and having all that room to yourself, with no one to answer to about whether you sleep in, or turn in early, or get up ridiculously early ... and you can change your mind about it every day.
#50
Toronto, Canada
52 Posts
Joined Jan 2015
Originally posted by travelchick989
I'm just curious what is the age range of those of you that travel solo? And if you traveled solo do you feel awkwardly alone?
I’m going to be 40 next Tuesday and not looking forward to it LOL. I have done a fair amount of solo travelling, so guess it was only natural that I book a solo cruise for my next trip.

I’ll be honest with you: I did not have a lot of friends growing up, and I still don’t as an adult, but I enjoy my own company. I do a lot of things on my own, i.e. travel, go to the movies, sporting events, concerts, conventions, dine, etc. If I was reliant on the company of others, I would never be able to enjoy doing the things that I love. And, besides, I always meet and chat with people whenever I’m solo, that definitely includes cruising

So, to answer your question, no, I don’t feel awkwardly alone as you put it. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the company of my family and friends, but really prefer travelling alone as I get to travel on my own itinerary. Mother is taking me to Vegas for my 40th next month, that should be rather interesting

Best wishes to you, travelchick! I think you should definitely consider solo travel whether it be a cruise or land-based travel. But that’s JMHO
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Disney Magic, 5 night Western Caribbean from Miami (03/26 - 03/31/2017)
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#51
Toronto, Canada
52 Posts
Joined Jan 2015
Originally posted by Christine in MO
I am getting these AMAZING casino offers from Carnival right now and my husband is being kinda "wishy washy" on pulling the trigger on one of them I am tempted just to book one and go solo (these price CANNOT be beat)!!!! I am not afraid to go solo but I feel guilty because I would be leaving my husband home for a week with our 2 kiddos (12 & 16). Should I just do it? Or stay home and not feel the guilt?
Whattup, fellow Christine! *waves hi* If you have the vacation time, and can afford it on your budget, you should definitely book the cruise Also, totally jelly of your casino offers; obviously the cruise gods are telling me that I should gamble more?
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Previous cruises

Disney Magic, 5 night Western Caribbean from Miami (03/26 - 03/31/2017)
Disney Wonder, 5 night Western Caribbean from Miami (04/12 - 04/17/2015)
Sovereign of the Seas, 4 night Bahamas from Miami (02/18 - 02/22//2008)
#52
25 Posts
Joined Aug 2015
Originally posted by Greg4502
All my travels by land or sea are solo. I love it. I have meet people from all over the world. Yes I pay double occupancy price, but I like certain cabins, so I pay. I find that there are plenty of people to talk to. Most of my cruises are 10 days and more. Often people ask it I am afraid to cruise by myself. I tell them know. As even cruising with someone else, you still have to be aware in different ports you visit. Many of the people will invite to dine with them, tag along with their group if we are on the same excursion. The craziest group was from Canada. They were a fun group to hang out with. Go solo, have fun.
Yes I would pay double occupancy was well! And I've some how always have meet other people even though I was with other people. I'm just tired of waiting, and every time I ask my friends there's just no response really lol.
#53
25 Posts
Joined Aug 2015
Originally posted by pink317
I took my first solo cruise at 27. I also look very young, am female, and a minority so I felt like I had so much going against me. However, I was tired of living life on friends' time, budget, vacation allowance, and interests! My first solo was amazing, I told a few people (mostly women) I was alone and they expressed shock that I was able to do at 27 what they couldn't do until 50/60 and encouraged me to keep living life with courage and confidence and on my own terms! Second solo was not so good but it hasn't stopped me - third solo booked for Sept 2018!

For me the "scariest" part is embarkation, not dining. If you are on a cruise line that has traditional dining, you will be seated with other solos or a table of women in your age range. Embarkation is a group activity and it is very obvious that I'm in line alone. I usually put headphones in and bop along to my favorite jams until its my turn at the desk. Once on the ship, no one knows anything, ha!
Thanks for sharing! I am of a minority (african-american) as well, and that is something to that I feel could adding to my insecurity of traveling alone. When I cruised with Norwegian, there wasn't any embarkation parts that I remember. I've always said to myself if I dine, Im dinning buffet for breakfast lunch/dinner. lol Enjoy your next solo trip!
#54
Michigan
11 Posts
Joined Sep 2017
I'm 35 and single, and will be going on my first cruise (38-day Voyage of the Vikings) next year with my parents. However, I have travelled all over the USA, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and even Ghana by myself. I figured I might as well enjoy life and do as much as I can, even if it's by myself.

I had looked into solo cruising before, but never found any real good deals. I'm sure I'll be looking again after I finish this cruise.
#55
flushing, ny
6,223 Posts
Joined Oct 2004
Originally posted by robk1982
I'm 35 and single, and will be going on my first cruise (38-day Voyage of the Vikings) next year with my parents. However, I have travelled all over the USA, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and even Ghana by myself. I figured I might as well enjoy life and do as much as I can, even if it's by myself.

I had looked into solo cruising before, but never found any real good deals. I'm sure I'll be looking again after I finish this cruise.
Congratulation's! That is an incredible 'first cruise' to be going on! Is on my 'bucket list'...
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#56
ExPerth, Now Melb Aus
657 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
Originally posted by travelchick989
Thanks for sharing! I am of a minority (african-american) as well, and that is something to that I feel could adding to my insecurity of traveling alone. When I cruised with Norwegian, there wasn't any embarkation parts that I remember. I've always said to myself if I dine, Im dinning buffet for breakfast lunch/dinner. lol Enjoy your next solo trip!
Consider yourself a majority - utterly no need to refer to yourself as a "minority" (specially since its probably some old white mans terminology in the first place). There are dark skinned people all over the world enjoying their travels.

People come in all shapes, sizes and colours. It doesn't change their desire to see the world.

Empower yourself and just keep in your head that you are awesome - and people judge your awesomeness before they even notice your colour.
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#57
Jacksonville, FL USA
48,772 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Great post..........maybe some folks can actually learn from it.

"Empower yourself and just keep in your head that you are awesome - and people judge your awesomeness before they even notice your colour"
#58
273 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by Lois R
Great post..........maybe some folks can actually learn from it.

"Empower yourself and just keep in your head that you are awesome - and people judge your awesomeness before they even notice your colour"
So very true!! I took my first for pleasure solo trip at age 27 for many of the same reasons others have stated. No boyfriend/significant other and/ or tired of waiting on others schedules and budgets. I had a blast and have not looked back since. I mix it up with land based and cruises and have always had a good time. Do other traveling people and sometimes cruise and resort employees say ignorant/ hurtful things on occasion? Sadly, yes. But the majority of people are genuinely supportive and in some cases envious because you are doing something they know they never could. Have a land based trip next year in March coming up and another cruise for my 50th later next year to look forward to.
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#59
Germany
1,662 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
It depends a bit on where and how you travel as well. Back packing alone through south east Asia common sight. Going solo to a typical honeymoon Ressort probably not so much. I felt the longer the cruises and the more interesting the itinerary the less stupid questions you get. Probably one of the worst is the typical cheap transatlantic repositioning westwards. Eastwards I often had backpackers using it as a cheaper than flying way to get to Europe (when the cruise prices were lower a couple of years). My first cruise was such a transatlantic when I was 26 I think. Same with the countries to visit. I am in Norway post cruise at the moment and no one in a restaurant ever wonders if you go here by yourself.

There is just one risk most completely underestimate and that is injuries and accidents. Had it a couple of days ago, just a 45 minute port stop, dark night, walking fast to cover some ground and using google maps to get some orientation. Out of nowhere there was a stone block in my way and I bruised both my legs pretty severely. No fun when being on your own.
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#60
1 Posts
Joined Nov 2017
I have been on One cruise by myself but I’m shy so I didn’t talk much to any one. I’m trying to choose a Cruise on the east coast. I’m going to put myself out there. Any suggestions on where to go for a 7 to 9 day cruise? How do I find out if they have solo rooms?