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Because of various family circumstances, my wife will not be able to sail with me on our August cruise. She encouraged me to go solo as she knew how much I wanted to go on a cruise.This will be my first solo cruise. To you experienced solo cruisers out there, I ask for some guidance on how to do this. We've been on many cruises, but always agreed on activities or met up afterward. I enjoy hot tubs and sitting on the balcony reading. I'm not much for sitting at a bar. I enjoy wildlife and sightseeing and have been to these Caribbean islands before.

 

Any advice would be welcomed.

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53 minutes ago, rsail203 said:

Because of various family circumstances, my wife will not be able to sail with me on our August cruise. She encouraged me to go solo as she knew how much I wanted to go on a cruise.This will be my first solo cruise. To you experienced solo cruisers out there, I ask for some guidance on how to do this. We've been on many cruises, but always agreed on activities or met up afterward. I enjoy hot tubs and sitting on the balcony reading. I'm not much for sitting at a bar. I enjoy wildlife and sightseeing and have been to these Caribbean islands before.

 

Any advice would be welcomed.

Make sure you also sign up on your Roll Call. Maybe there will  be plans for some people to meet up for sail away. 
 

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Meals might work different for solos.Depends on the ship and your dining plan. 

 

In Aquaclass  you may be alone but tables are close and people  are usually friendly.  In MDR you will have more  choices ...even if you pick Select. Specialty dining might be lonely... no romantic dinner for 2.

You can always try the buffet restaurant or room service.

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I sail solo frequently and always enjoy it.  I usually opt to dine solo, but tables (pre Covid) were always close enough to talk to other people if you wish.  I have an iPad mini that fits in my purse so I generally have it with me - I use it often if I choose to dine in the Windjammer.  Plenty of activities on board don’t require a partner so you can still enjoy shows, music, lectures, etc.  Casino usually has friendly people if you feel like playing.  My next three cruises are with friends, but I have a solo booked for February.

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The majority of the time, I cruise solo-sometimes in a Sky Suite and sometimes in Aqua. In a suite, Michael's Club/The Retreat offers a great opportunity to socialize, and perhaps dine with others. I realize that can be pricey as a solo.

 

In Aqua, the tables are close enough to have a conversation with nearby tables. I remember one night, when I was seated, seeing two ladies at the table next to me. By the time we got to the min course, our server, with the help of another server, had moved the tables together. For the remining three nights of the cruise, we dined together.  

 

People are friendly on a cruise. I rarely encounter people who won't chat with you. 

 

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