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2 minutes ago, Judyrem said:

I was a cerified diver but have not been diving in quite a while, so snorkeling has become my love now.

 

I don't know if you know this, but your Royal Caribbean ship does have a PADI dive shop with instructors on board.  They certify new divers, but they also have the Re-Activate program for certified divers who have not dived in too long.  The ABC islands are a really nice place to dive and or snorkel.  Snorkelling is specially spectacular in Bonaire, the marine park is stunning.

 

Also, though nobody is as well organised for solo cruisers as NCL (they have it down to a science!), RCCL are getting better.  In november on the Symphony OTS the solo cruisers meetup were very well attended.

 

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4 hours ago, NotThePest_Too said:

I did a 49 day South America Cruise on the Royal Princess, my second ever cruise.  My first one I went with a group from the Rec Center I go to (an exercise class) I hated it because of the "group" I was with.  Thank God I hadn't "roomed" with anyone and had the room all to myself.  After sorting out that my dislike was not because of the cruise or ship but the folks I had chosen to cruise with.  I booked the S.A. cruise 12 months out with the understanding if I didn't start to feel comfortable with what I was getting ready to do, I would cancel before final payment.  I'm glad I didn't cancel and went.  I had a blast.  I had became a Certified Group Exercise Instructor within that year and was able to teach a Chair Aerobics class, my speciality, on the cruise.  No payment, it was open to anyone who wanted to join in and I made friends with the Cruise Director, the Port Expert and a lot of other cruisers.  I had a BLAST!  

Hi Ramona!  Happy New Year!  Your story is very good for people to hear. I remember when you went on that cruise.....in Feb or March. It is great that you discovered the first cruise wasnt so hot because of the people you chose to go with, not cruising itself.  Then you bravely booked the South America one.

Again, all the best for 2020!

another Brooklyn girl.  JoseyP

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1 hour ago, Pat.D said:

 

Oh no don't miss it!!!  Specially if you're an avid snorkeler.  The ABC islands are a paradise for divers and snorkelers.  Heck, Bonaire is such an amazing snorkelling place that you can literally walk off the ship, walk 100ft and jump in the ocean and snorkel right there. (no I'm not kidding!  I did it!)

 

I attached a few underwater photos I took literally next to the ship when I was there last year hoping it encourages you to go!

 

Pat

 

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Your pictures are gorgeous;  thanks for sharing them. Amazing how much is under there!

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2 minutes ago, JoseyP said:

 

Again, all the best for 2020!

another Brooklyn girl.  JoseyP

 

Hey Josey P.

All the best to you also.  Here's to New Adventures.  Yep I loved that cruise so much I'm saving up for a longer one.  Hopefully a repositional cruise again.  Didn't even know what that was when I booked, LOL.  

 

For the "new" apprehensive solos for the two weeks it took me with my self-talk of "Are you crazy; You could spend that money on something else (What, just exactly what); Who do you think you are (negative self-talk from my childhood);  What will people think (Came to the conclusion that's their problem); What will people think on the ship (Again their problem - there were a few solo men who thought I might be hooking - again their problem and I knew where to tell them to go  To Jesus, their mother, to hell, etc.)    Each and every time for those two weeks when I had wrestled with to go or not to go, there would be someone behind me, beside me, in front of me who I didn't know and wasn't talking to  me nor I to them but, in their conversation to each other would answer my questions! 😮   Gpd was that you?    My granddaughter who was 6 tracked all my ports using Google Earth and asked for pics of animals I came across along the way.    She even warned me to watch out for whales and then I sent her  pictures of the Royal Princess (at that time the largest cruise ship to circumvent South America) against other ships at port which were mostly cargo.  Go find you Roll Call for your ship and try to get in on excursions (all the companies --- some I booked through my travel agents partnering companies, mostly all I booked with well healed cruisers who were known to the tour guides and companies and guaranteed  back-to-ship on time or we would be driven to the next port.   I think I did only three Princess excursions one being a home hosted meal (there was only 10 folks on that one and there was only one), a roof top barbecue in Buenos  Aires.  The food was fabulous cooked by one of that city's famous chefs.

 

All the best and happy new year

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Ramona, you are funny!  And you inadvertently taught your granddaughter geography, that was great. I told you, I think a "round South America" cruise I'd find fascinating. People I made friends with on a Canada cruise a few years ago had done one, and they loved it too.

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8 hours ago, Pat.D said:

 

Oh no don't miss it!!!  Specially if you're an avid snorkeler.  The ABC islands are a paradise for divers and snorkelers.  Heck, Bonaire is such an amazing snorkelling place that you can literally walk off the ship, walk 100ft and jump in the ocean and snorkel right there. (no I'm not kidding!  I did it!)

 

I attached a few underwater photos I took literally next to the ship when I was there last year hoping it encourages you to go!

 

I'm sailing the NCL Breakaway solo again next week and I'll be snorkeling and scuba diving in every port.  I am FAR from being a social guy, but I always meet people and make new friends on solo cruises.

 

Pat

 

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Love the pictures Pat - heading off on Epic 6 Feb to Bonaire etc so here's hoping I get to see similar.
Also, on Bliss Panama Canal trip in April so that should see some good trips too 🙂 

 

Fiona

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23 hours ago, squick64 said:

I don't normally want to eat in the buffet, anyway, so I don't fight it too hard. I was on a cruise once where we set our things down on a table and went to get in line, and a busperson had whisked it all away when we returned. The buffet line was like half an hour long, very badly managed, and he figured it'd been there so long, it'd been forgotten.

 

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Perhaps it's not a good idea to  expect to hold up a table for 30 minutes. Other people who have already been through the line , and are walking around looking for a table might find that a bit selfish on your part.    Same as hogging a sunlounger, then going in for breakfast. Those folks are not called chairhogs for nothing.

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One thing I've experienced as a solo traveler is that the crew seems to give me extra special attention and takes such good care of me! I've gotten to know many of them personally and all about their families and their lives. ☺️

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I am 6 days away from my cruise.  My nerves are up, I think because it is a new cruiseline for me, so don't know what to expect in a few areas.  But hey it will be a cruise, if I don't like my dinner mates, I can go eat in the buffet or ask to switch tables. Not sure why this makes me nervous, I have never had an issue, I have always had great tablemates!

 

At least the snow threat for my flight looks minimal!

 

Melissa

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6 hours ago, barefoot cruiser said:

I am 6 days away from my cruise.  My nerves are up, I think because it is a new cruiseline for me, so don't know what to expect in a few areas.  But hey it will be a cruise, if I don't like my dinner mates, I can go eat in the buffet or ask to switch tables. Not sure why this makes me nervous, I have never had an issue, I have always had great tablemates!

 

At least the snow threat for my flight looks minimal!

 

Melissa

I too will be on my first MSC cruise in a few days.    I am nervous as reviews seem evenly split between splendid and horrible.   We shall see what the sea holds for this trip.   Good luck,  I'm sure you will have a fantastic time.

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56 minutes ago, skipperanne said:

I too will be on my first MSC cruise in a few days.    I am nervous as reviews seem evenly split between splendid and horrible.   We shall see what the sea holds for this trip.   Good luck,  I'm sure you will have a fantastic time.

    

Please let me know how your cruise went and if you liked MSC.  I'm doing my first solo on February 1st but on Carnival.  Hope both of you have a great time.

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I'm very excited to be going on my first Viking Oceans cruise--the Viking Sky's transatlantic on March 6 2020.  I will definitely let everyone know my experiences as a solo on Viking when I get back.  I've been trying to book a cruise on them for ages, but as they rarely have a solo price less than 200% it's taken a while to find a deal I thought was reasonable enough to pull the trigger.  Can't wait!  🙂

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10 hours ago, bottomfeeder said:

I'm very excited to be going on my first Viking Oceans cruise--the Viking Sky's transatlantic on March 6 2020.  I will definitely let everyone know my experiences as a solo on Viking when I get back.  🙂

My friend loves Viking, but she goes with her husband.  I would love to know how it is as a solo cruiser!

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11 minutes ago, Judyrem said:

My friend loves Viking, but she goes with her husband.  I would love to know how it is as a solo cruiser!

Do they have solo only cabins like they do on their river boats? With those cabins, they can't charge double since there is only room for one person! What was the supplement percentage on this voyage?

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8 hours ago, skleeb said:

Do they have solo only cabins like they do on their river boats? With those cabins, they can't charge double since there is only room for one person! What was the supplement percentage on this voyage?

They do not have solo cabins--on any of their ocean liners as far as I know.  I believe the solo supplement was like 175% but it also included $99 airfare and an upgrade from V to DV class, so it was worth it to me since I've been wanting to try them for so long.

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5 hours ago, bottomfeeder said:

They do not have solo cabins--on any of their ocean liners as far as I know.  I believe the solo supplement was like 175% but it also included $99 airfare and an upgrade from V to DV class, so it was worth it to me since I've been wanting to try them for so long.

I understand! Safe travels! Let us know how it all worked out. 

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