The idea of traveling alone might keep you from exploring the world if you let fear steer the ship! What if I get lost? What if I need help getting around? Need some tips on traveling solo on a cruise? You’ve come to the right place.
What if there’s an emergency at home and I need to return quickly? And the nervous questions go on and on, creating a dizzying and self-doubting cloud in your mind. If you have these thoughts, write them down and read them aloud.
I’ve found that it can take the voltage out of fear to give it a name, particularly when it’s a situation that may or may not happen in the future.
Half the battle is won with advanced planning; and the other half will fall into place by paying attention as a smart, savvy traveler. After all, a cruise ship is inherently one of the safest environments for solo travel.
Tips for a safe journey on your solo cruise
Familiarize yourself with the currencies and languages in your ports of call before boarding. You can also download street maps, and choose your target destinations at each port prior to leaving.
Join the cruise-led shore excursions. You’ll be with your fellow shipmates for all activities.
Carry your money, passport, and phone close to your body (not in a backpack or bag) when on land.
If you wander alone, stay in public places while on shore. You might also want to familiarize yourself with the public transit system, and ask the ship’s crew for their recommendation on transportation.
For assistance in ports, ask a shop owner rather than a random person on the street.
Leave extra money and/or credit cards secured in your cabin. You may also want to stash a few bucks somewhere on your person, away from the other bills.
Load your phone with helpful apps, such as a flashlight, compass, maps, phone locator, and a Wi-Fi finder.
While this may sound obvious, it must be said: Jot down the name of your ship and the pier name/number when in port. You can imagine why you need this info!
Plan days and times to talk to friends and family back home. This will help their comfort, and keep you loosely in-touch.
Avoid going ashore at night alone. Rather, join a group of new friends who are interested in the same nightlife experiences.
Purchase travel insurance. This can protect you before and during the cruise, including medical care and emergency travel. Carefully read the policy details to buy what you need.
If you have limited mobility, choose a smaller ship and request scooters and other aids from the cruise line ahead of time.
Trust your intuition; be polite; and walk with confidence.
Finally, do not hesitate to ask any of the ship’s staff for assistance should you have any sort of issue during the cruise. They are more than willing to help, and are keepers of the knowledge on any resource you might require.
Use these tips, and your next voyage will be fun-filled and fearless. Don’t be afraid to travel solo on a cruise. Bon Voyage!
Angela is a professional freelance travel writer and published indie author – AngelaMinor.com