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523 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Very first solo/single cruising on NCL Gem April 28, 2018. 44 yo female from NYC here!
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NCL Sea 9/03
Celebrity Zenith 6/04
Celebrity Constellation 4/05
Celebrity Century 4/06
Celebrity Galaxy 3/07
RCI Liberty of the Seas 3/08
RCI Majesty of the Seas 5/08
RCI Enchantment of the Seas 9/08
NCL Gem 11/08
NCL Dawn 3/09
RCI Explorer of the Seas 4/10
NCL Gem 12/10
Princess Crown 4/11
RCI-Allure of the Seas 3/12
NCL EPIC 3/13
NCL Breakaway 5/13
NCL Gem 9/13
NCL Pearl 04/2014
NCL Breakaway 05/2015
NCL Escape 11/2015
NCL Gem 4/2018
126 Posts
Joined May 2004
Originally posted by Solitarycruiser
I am on Silver Wind 6 April 2018 transatlantic to Barcelona. I am a young 72 and am looking forward to this cruise.
I'll just miss you. I'll be disembarking from the previous voyage in Fort Lauderdale. Have a great time!
Germantown, MD
103 Posts
Joined Jan 2002
Will be sailing on the Grandeur of the Seas to New England and Canada on August 2. Should be a nice escape from the hot and sticky weather here in the DC area in the middle of summer. Looking forward to seeing the extreme tides at the Bay of Fundy!
47 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
Originally posted by Kimberlyr22
Doing the solo thing for the first time on the Carnival Sensation October 18th, a 4 day to Key West and Cozumel. Every two years I do a 3 or 4 day with my sister and her husband and some friends, but if I’m flying to Florida I want a little more cruise than a 3 or 4 day, so I threw this 4 day on Carnival in front of the group’s four day on Celebrity. May swing a day at Disney in the middle just for kicks! Leaving the husband at home with the puppies.


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I’m on a 16 day Panama Canal solo right now. We left on the 4th. Having a great time and meeting lots of people. You will have a great time. Heading off ship now. Tata


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Peoria, IL
43 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
Hello I have a spa balcony booked April 7th 2018 on the Escape through CAS. My wife and I have more recently decided to part ways and she is on the reservation and does not want to go. I am 49, I have been on ten cruises (the escape twice) all with her and am trying to talk myself into still going alone...I definitely have concerns as I won’t know anyone, I have drink package, dining package and just cannot wrap my mind around walking into Cagneys or le bistro, alone. We always got the vibe and I would want that for social I guess. I am just not sure at all...the singles have the lounge I think to meet people...any opinions out there on all of this?
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Celebrity Eclipse January 2011,Carnival Triumph May 2011,Norwegian Epic January 2012,Celebrity,Reflection April 2013,Carnival Dream August 2013,Carnival Dream January 2014,Carnival Breeze August 2014,Norwegian Getaway January 2015,Celebrity Reflection January 30 2016,Norwegian Escape March 2017,Norwegian Escape August 2017, Norwegian Escape April 2018, Norwegian Getaway September 2018
11 Posts
Joined Jan 2018
Go!! I just got back on Friday from the Norwegian Sun. (which has no Vibe or solo studios) I was in the same situation with a boyfriend who bailed last minute. I had a blast! Everyone is super friendly, and the drink package makes everyone one on the boat friends. I never went to dinner, as I was mortified to eat alone. That was my only negative about being solo. I didn’t miss any meals though. It’s empowering to take the trip that you planned. I got off at the ports as well. I hope that you have a blast!!


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AZ
242 Posts
Joined Mar 2014
Originally posted by stockton111
Hello I have a spa balcony booked April 7th 2018 on the Escape through CAS. My wife and I have more recently decided to part ways and she is on the reservation and does not want to go. I am 49, I have been on ten cruises (the escape twice) all with her and am trying to talk myself into still going alone...I definitely have concerns as I won’t know anyone, I have drink package, dining package and just cannot wrap my mind around walking into Cagneys or le bistro, alone. We always got the vibe and I would want that for social I guess. I am just not sure at all...the singles have the lounge I think to meet people...any opinions out there on all of this?
After my DH died 8 years ago I finally tried a solo cruise 4 years ago. I had the best time. I've been on 8 solo cruises since then . I'll be heading out in May for a 10 night solo. I invited a relative to go with me on one cruise last year and kinda felt weighed down. I discovered I really perfer going solo now. I guess I've become kind of selfish as I want to do what I want when I want and there's no one else to consider.
It's pretty easy to meet lots of people. Go and have a great time!
52 Posts
Joined Jan 2017
Hi I'm currently on my first ever cruise and going solo was the best decision ever! I'm on P & O Britannia doing Caribbean from Barbados. There are around 15 other solo travellers and solo meet ups were on the itinerary so I met everyone on the 2nd day . Also I chose docs dining on a table of 8 and they had put solo travellers together for this so I had dinner with the same crowd each night. I have found everyone is so friendly and I have met literally hundreds of people and loved every moment. Still 3 days to go! I chose Britannia as they have single balcony cabins and I have booked same again next year. If you are worried about solo cruising - please don't be! it's amazing!!!!


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13 Posts
Joined Mar 2017
I join Arcadia tomorrow Hong Kong to Dubai on my own. Love travelling alone so much more freedom. When you separate you have to brush yourself down and show the world you can do it and enjoy it. It's a new phase of your life grab it with both hands.
523 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Originally posted by stockton111
Hello I have a spa balcony booked April 7th 2018 on the Escape through CAS. My wife and I have more recently decided to part ways and she is on the reservation and does not want to go. I am 49, I have been on ten cruises (the escape twice) all with her and am trying to talk myself into still going alone...I definitely have concerns as I won’t know anyone, I have drink package, dining package and just cannot wrap my mind around walking into Cagneys or le bistro, alone. We always got the vibe and I would want that for social I guess. I am just not sure at all...the singles have the lounge I think to meet people...any opinions out there on all of this?
Hey Stockton111, I am in similar situation. Been on 20 cruises all with my husband (now soon to be officially ex). Been with him more than half my life, i am younger than you. I recently booked my upcoming first solo cruise on a whim and freaked out right after. But you know what? Look for your "roll call" and make friends on cruise critic so you have some people to meet up with when you get on the ship. I know you are probably broken hearted and dont want to feel lonely. Neither do I. But if you make friends on here, and you are an outgoing person, maybe you wont feel so lonely. I hear you on not wanting to sit in the dining room alone. Ive been eating in restaurants, etc. alone for a little bit now and to be honest, its not unheard of, its not so bad. Again, if you are an outgoing person, usually waiters or waitresses will talk to you for a bit. Hey, you dont even have to share your food LOL LOL kidding!! Im just saying that sometimes life throws curveballs at you that you would have never imagined but no matter what, you have to keep going, keep moving and most importantly....KEEP CRUISING!!! Good luck to you.
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Celebrity Zenith 6/04
Celebrity Constellation 4/05
Celebrity Century 4/06
Celebrity Galaxy 3/07
RCI Liberty of the Seas 3/08
RCI Majesty of the Seas 5/08
RCI Enchantment of the Seas 9/08
NCL Gem 11/08
NCL Dawn 3/09
RCI Explorer of the Seas 4/10
NCL Gem 12/10
Princess Crown 4/11
RCI-Allure of the Seas 3/12
NCL EPIC 3/13
NCL Breakaway 5/13
NCL Gem 9/13
NCL Pearl 04/2014
NCL Breakaway 05/2015
NCL Escape 11/2015
NCL Gem 4/2018
Oconomowoc, WI
154 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
NCL Epic April 7th transatlantic. First solo cruise with NCL; 6th solo cruise out of 27 cruises. I am looking forward to the solo experience in the studio cabins. I have always tried to sell cruising to my friends who never have set sail but to no avail. That does not stop me! I will be retiring this year and I have 3 more solo cruises booked for 2018-2019. All aboard!
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Barb
RCCL Radiance of the Seas 2020
RCCL Jewel of the Seas 2019
Carnival Horizon 2018
HAL - Rotterdam 2018
NCL - Epic 2018
Carnival Glory 2017 B2B
Carnival Miracle 2017
Carnival Conquest 2016
Celebrity Millennium 2015
Celebrity Summit 2015
Carnival Liberty 2014
Carnival Victory 2013, 2016
Carnival Freedom 2012
RCCL Serenade of the Seas 2011
Carnival Spirit 2010
HAL Veendam 2009
RCCL Empress of the Sea 2007
Norwegian Star 2004, 2006

Carnival Destiny 2006
Norwegian Wind 2003
Regal Princess 2002
Celebrity Mercury 2000
HAL Westerdam 1998
HAL Noordam 1996
Oconomowoc, WI
154 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Originally posted by Flip2cruise
Jewel OTS March 29,2019 14 Night Transatlantic Miami to Rome in a studio
Will probably also book MSC Seaview 4/13/2019 Barcelona r/t in a few weeks.
Your 2019 cruise was the option RCCL gave me when they canceled and changed ports for the transatlantic cruise on the JOTS. I took them up on the OBC and booked the Jewel for 10 day Southern Caribbean in February. Disappointed that I will not see the Canary Island now.
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RCCL Radiance of the Seas 2020
RCCL Jewel of the Seas 2019
Carnival Horizon 2018
HAL - Rotterdam 2018
NCL - Epic 2018
Carnival Glory 2017 B2B
Carnival Miracle 2017
Carnival Conquest 2016
Celebrity Millennium 2015
Celebrity Summit 2015
Carnival Liberty 2014
Carnival Victory 2013, 2016
Carnival Freedom 2012
RCCL Serenade of the Seas 2011
Carnival Spirit 2010
HAL Veendam 2009
RCCL Empress of the Sea 2007
Norwegian Star 2004, 2006

Carnival Destiny 2006
Norwegian Wind 2003
Regal Princess 2002
Celebrity Mercury 2000
HAL Westerdam 1998
HAL Noordam 1996
Michigan
3,463 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
Booked ncl Jewel Vancouver to Tokyo, 19 days. Anyone else??
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Live/love to cruise!!

SeaEscape, Big Red Boat, Carnival, Holland, RCCL, DCL, Princess, NCL

So many cruises, so little time.....
Laurel, MD
658 Posts
Joined Aug 2015
Originally posted by Lv-to-sail2
After my DH died 8 years ago I finally tried a solo cruise 4 years ago. I had the best time. I've been on 8 solo cruises since then . I'll be heading out in May for a 10 night solo. I invited a relative to go with me on one cruise last year and kinda felt weighed down. I discovered I really perfer going solo now. I guess I've become kind of selfish as I want to do what I want when I want and there's no one else to consider.

It's pretty easy to meet lots of people. Go and have a great time!


I agree. I love cruising solo. I feel so free. Have a good time and be open to meeting people.


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Past Cruises

Crown Princess Southern Caribbean, November 2017 (Thanksgiving)
Anthem of the Seas Bermuda and Caribbean, May 2017
Celebrity Silhouette Bahamas, January 2017
Norwegian Breakaway Bahamas and Florida, November 2016 (Thanksgiving)
Norwegian Escape Eastern Caribbean, May 2016
Star Princess West Coast Getaway, November 2015 (Thanksgiving)
Carnival Paradise Western Caribbean, May 2015
Carnival Victory Western Caribbean, August 2014
Majesty of the Seas Bahamas, August 2013
Carnival Glory Cruise to Nowhere, May 2013

Upcoming Cruises
Norwegian Epic Western Mediterranean from Barcelona, May 2018
Symphony of the Seas Western Caribbean, November 2018
Celebrity Solstice, Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord, May 2019
Celebrity Edge, Western Caribbean, November 2019
Laurel, MD
658 Posts
Joined Aug 2015
Originally posted by stockton111
Hello I have a spa balcony booked April 7th 2018 on the Escape through CAS. My wife and I have more recently decided to part ways and she is on the reservation and does not want to go. I am 49, I have been on ten cruises (the escape twice) all with her and am trying to talk myself into still going alone...I definitely have concerns as I won’t know anyone, I have drink package, dining package and just cannot wrap my mind around walking into Cagneys or le bistro, alone. We always got the vibe and I would want that for social I guess. I am just not sure at all...the singles have the lounge I think to meet people...any opinions out there on all of this?


Hi. Even though you are going alone and not staying in a solo cabin, you should still participate in the solo activities. You’ll get a chance to meet other solo travelers and participate in solo activities organized by a special coordinator. You don’t have to participate every night but it at least gives you the opportunity to meet others so you’re not alone. Once you meet others you can plan to do things together when you want.


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Past Cruises

Crown Princess Southern Caribbean, November 2017 (Thanksgiving)
Anthem of the Seas Bermuda and Caribbean, May 2017
Celebrity Silhouette Bahamas, January 2017
Norwegian Breakaway Bahamas and Florida, November 2016 (Thanksgiving)
Norwegian Escape Eastern Caribbean, May 2016
Star Princess West Coast Getaway, November 2015 (Thanksgiving)
Carnival Paradise Western Caribbean, May 2015
Carnival Victory Western Caribbean, August 2014
Majesty of the Seas Bahamas, August 2013
Carnival Glory Cruise to Nowhere, May 2013

Upcoming Cruises
Norwegian Epic Western Mediterranean from Barcelona, May 2018
Symphony of the Seas Western Caribbean, November 2018
Celebrity Solstice, Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord, May 2019
Celebrity Edge, Western Caribbean, November 2019
854 Posts
Joined Apr 2013
Originally posted by Lv-to-sail2 After my DH died 8 years ago I finally tried a solo cruise 4 years ago. I had the best time. I've been on 8 solo cruises since then . I'll be heading out in May for a 10 night solo. I invited a relative to go with me on one cruise last year and kinda felt weighed down. I discovered I really perfer going solo now. I guess I've become kind of selfish as I want to do what I want when I want and there's no one else to consider.


Lost my DH 9 yrs. ago; we'd cruise for years. Now, I've done 4 or 5 solo cruises and 2 w/friends. I really enjoy the freedom of soloing!
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My future: Caribbean Princess (Aug. 2019)

My past: Princess (Dawn x5, Crown x4, old Royal x2, Ruby x2, Emerald x2, Star, Golden, Grand, Sun, Diamond, Sapphire; NCL (1967); Sitmar ('74, '78, '79, '81, '82, '85. '88); Commodore ('75); RCCL ('80, '83, '99); KD on the Rhine ('83); American Hawaii ('85, '87); Celebrity ('98); Premier ('99); American West (2000); HAL (2014)