Posted January 26th, 2008, 03:16 AM
Being a fairly independent type who has traveled to a few European cities on my own, cruising was way down my list of vacation possibilities, other than expedition sailings like Lindblad (and I generally don't have that kind of disposable income). The kinds of activities I usually gravitate toward seemed pretty opposite the spectrum from belly flop contests and climbing walls
Going solo adds an extra dimension of "Hmmm... doesn't look like a lot of fascinating activity options for a somewhat shy, non-sun worshipper on her own."
The last 6 months, however, have been absolute h*** and I decided I needed some low-key, low-hassle R&R pronto. After looking at a lot of different options, cruising seemed to offer the most relaxation bang for the buck. I spent a lot of time researching the different lines and ships here on CC and went ahead and booked my first cruise for the end of next month. Though my top choices for itineraries and ships tended to be out of my price range and/or available travel dates, I'm optimistic about the RCI sailing to Mexico I ended up booking. (And the fact that there's a big friendly group from CC--including a bunch of solos--on the same trip sounds like a lot of fun.) We'll see!