Posted January 24th, 2014, 01:31 AM
How did you make that first step in going solo?
I don't get much vacation time at my work, I'm single, I don't have same-age siblings, and organizing a group trip with my friends is like herding cats. So for me, it was a harsh realization: either cruise solo, or wait... and wait... and wait... until I find someone to go on vacation with. So I did what I knew I had to do: go on a cruise solo. Fortunately, Cruise Critic allayed a bulk of my concerns and reservations I had about going on a cruise by myself.
Did you have fears of never leaving your cabin/room?
Not really. I knew that I'd be better off not sitting in my cabin. The friendly atmosphere I found on the ship helped me overcome that fear. Even if I wanted to sit and read, I did it on the public promenade.
Where did you cruise to?
Key West and Cozumel.
What ships cater or like having solo travelers?
Norwegian Epic has single-occupancy cabins, so that one for sure. But it's a big ship. I, personally, like smaller ships. Since there are only a few food venues, one theater, one pool, and one promenade, everybody does everything in the same places. They're like college campuses for adults
. I find that by the second day, I start seeing familiar faces, and it's really easy to run into people I met before.
At ports did you stay on the ship or adventure off?
I always ventured into ports. Well, I almost stayed on the ship once, when my museum excursion got rained out, but a friendly fellow passenger talked me out of it. So I walked to the same museum on my own, in the rain, and still saw it. Unfortunately, I didn't run into that person again, so I couldn't thank her.
How did you pick your excursions?
I picked them based on what I've been wanting to do before cruising even entered into the equation. For example, I wanted to swim with dolphins for quite some time, so that's what I booked for my excursion. Had the time of my life, and that excursion ended up being the highlight of my cruise.
How long was your first solo cruise?
It was 4 days. I picked a shorter cruise as a precaution of sorts, in case I decide that cruising isn't for me. Well, I was wrong