You have morning, noon, and night to do exactly as you please, for one. Secondly, there are singles locations and activities onboard ship for making new friends. Lastly, cruising has a comforting level of safety that other types of travel do not have. Let’s examine each benefit to see if solo cruising is an adventure possibility for your next vacation.
Do as you please
The choice to lounge in the sun all day; rock climb; take cooking classes; party all night; or hundreds of other shipboard activities begins with picking your cruise. If you’re a fitness nut, a wine connoisseur, a foodie, a culture hunter, photographer, or even a fan of disco or zombies, there is a themed cruise for you.
Book your next voyage based on your interests and the whole trip will be packed with ‘doing as you please.’ Also, be sure to check the shore excursion options; another opportunity to explore when and where you want without coordinating schedules. If you prefer to join a group onshore, cruises offer organized activities that will give you the chance to make new friends with similar interests.
Nice to meet you
If you are not necessarily interested in a ‘single’s cruise,’ there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people on all types of voyages as a solo traveler. You can even get acquainted with folks on your exact vacation via online ‘roll call’ threads. After boarding, most ships have a welcome party the first night at sea (which might just have complimentary champagne). Everyone is new onboard; the perfect time to make introductions.
Once underway, find the piano bar (a traditional single’s hangout) and the single’s lounge. The latter might be a private access area for solo cruisers, accessed with your keycard. Finally, for those who like to avoid dining alone (which, by the way, is not a circumstance to be frowned upon), ask the maître d’ to seat you at the single’s table for meals in the main dining area.
Perhaps the greatest hesitation about traveling solo is the thought for personal safety. Unlike other modes of travel though, a cruise vacation is uniquely situated for safety due to strict boarding procedures, the nature of the vessel, and opportunities to interact with staff and fellow shipmates.
If you’re in need of assistance on a cruise, all you have to do is ask. Also, if you are staying in a single’s cabin, talk to those around you during the muster drill. This is a required attendance event; and the fellow cruisers you see will likely be staying in a cabin close to yours. So your nervousness simultaneously presents an opportunity for the greatest reward – confidence to navigate the world on your own terms!
If you can board, find your cabin, decide where to spend your time, and remember to enjoy yourself, then you’re an accomplished solo traveler. Bon voyage!
Angela is a professional freelance travel writer and published indie author – AngelaMinor.com