Things You Should Know About Cruising Solo
Have you ever tried cruising by yourself? The experience can actually be quite fun and relaxing. In fact, you might be surprised that a solo cruise isn’t as lonely as you might imagine, you can actually meet lots of fun, like-minded people. Here are some of the things you should know about cruising solo.
There’s a difference between cruising solo and singles cruising
As its name suggests, single cruises are aimed at unmarried people looking for love. Cruising solo, on the other hand, is just that—cruising by yourself. You can be married and cruise by yourself; likewise, you can be single and cruise with or without friends.
Take note that if you’re hitched, you may want to skip the singles cruises; they’re designed for eligible people meeting other eligible people and have activities like speed dating events, games, shore excursions and all sorts of social gatherings.
People will keep asking why you’re by yourself
If you’re cruising by yourself for the first time, expect people to ask why you’re alone when you tell them you’re solo. Some would even exhibit puzzlement over this, but ignore it. There have been many people cruising solo and have been enjoying it.
Ship activities are perfect for starting conversations
If you want to meet other people while cruising solo, you should participate in the ship’s activities. There are actually specific events for people cruising by themselves. These include dancing, rock climbing and scuba diving classes; wine tasting gatherings; and cocktail parties, which are an excellent means to break the ice. Some activities might seem boring to you, but there’s really nothing to lose in attending them. You can even use the lack of excitement to start a conversation!
Onboard clubs are great for meeting people
Like regular clubs onshore, the ones aboard are a great place to meet other people. It’s also a terrific place to drink, dance and listen to music. If you’re lucky, you might even get to watch a live band perform, which is way more fun than the usual recorded music. Just remember to smile and be friendly, and you’ll have a great time.
Not sharing a cabin with anyone is pretty great
Did you know that it’s fun to have a cabin all to yourself? You won’t have to worry about cleaning up after yourself or bother sharing a space with anyone. You can even watch as much television as you want in the wee hours of the morning. Best of all: you decide the wake-up time the next day.
Crewmembers can't fraternise with passengers
Is your cruise on an overnight stopover? Then you can try out the local clubs and see what they’re like. Take note, however, that crewmembers go clubbing too, and this can happen on overnight stopovers as well. The problem here is that crewmembers aren’t allowed to fraternise with passengers, and doing so can get them fired. If you must go clubbing onshore, go ahead but try to steer clear of crewmembers to avoid any possible complications.
It’s easy to stay unnoticed
Some people actually go on cruises to be alone. If this is what you want to do, you can stay virtually unnoticed for pretty much the entire trip. All you have to do is hang out in places where not a lot of people go. This includes the library, promenade, a cabana, spa, out-of-the-way salons, or your cabin. If it’s time to eat, you can always order room service.