1st time cruising and doing it alone

Has anyone cruised Royal Caribbean in August to the bahamas? Im alittle concerned about hurricanes.. I love to travel alone, but this is my first cruise and my first time in the bahamas Alone, I get mixed comments about safety in Nassau... I already booked a snorkel excursion for Nassau rainbow reef snorkel, has anyone experienced that excursion? I booked through RC. I am super excited but alittle nervous. 

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I've cruised a couple of times solo and both times to the Bahamas and I did snorkeling in Nassau. I was in the water long enough to look down, see the reef and fish and returned to the boat within ten minutes because the water was cold. It was in December when I went snorkeling and it was my first time. 

I will snorkel again only during the warmer months.

Don't be nervous have good time.

Safety?  You're in a group going off to your excursion and I would stay with your group if you are concern about it. The Frog bar is in the port area and so are shops. Be aware of your surroundings. I haven't had any problems in Nassau. 

The only downside really to cruising alone is you are charged more. Many upsides including double day count for your cruise. If you take a 7 day cruise you get credit for 14 days.  As for  concerns about hurricanes, really a non issue. yes they do happen, but you will not be cruising into a hurricane.

 

Lets face faces here Royal ships are not design for hurricanes they are design for  cruises. So Royal will not place the ships in the path of a hurricane force storm.  What that means for you is the cruise ports may change. you are on a Eastern Caribbean cruise, if weather is bad in that area you may find yourself on a Western or Southern Caribbean Cruise. 

 

So don't worry about weather Royal will take care of it for you. Just have a great cruise and understand most people cannot stop at just one cruise.... Welcome to cruising.

Welcome to cruising! 

Once you become addicted... I mean enthusiastic about cruising, perhaps you'll be able to hook... I mean entice... maybe interest, others to join you.  I've not sailed solo, but we have passed our addiction on to others.  Big Smile

Just keep your wits about you but most of all have fun. I will be going on my first solo cruise (don't have it booked yet) next year. But I'm going on my first cruise in 10 days with my father then another one in September then an Alaskan cruise in May. 

Welcome to the site & welcome to cruising. I have never cruised alone but I make many new friends while cruising. Just be friendly and open to meeting people & you will not be alone for long. Usually ships hold get together for solos - be sure to attend. All the olos are probably wanting to meet other. No one really can predict hurricanes so just go and put that out of your mind. If a hurricane hits the Bahamas, the ship will reroute. You will be safe. The water in the Bahamas may be cold at that time of the year, unfortunately. Be sure to write a review upon your return letting us know how your cruise went.

I cruise single and it’s the number of cruises on your record that are doubled, not the number of days.  I know Princess and Celebrity for sure do this for solo cruisers.

 

Your one cruise counts as two towards loyalty points. 

 

This allows you to move up the loyalty status ladder faster and you can enjoy loyalty status perks sooner.

 

Royal Caribbean is even better if you book a Junior Suite or higher as a solo traveler, you get triple travel credits.

 

I mostly sail with Princess and it hasn’t been too difficult to meet older couples that will let me hang out with them.  Sometimes even on excursions if we happen to be booked on the same one.  

 

Organized excursions with the cruise line are very safe.  Just follow what the people in charge say and you can always ask the leader questions if your unsure of anything.

 

Bon Voyage! 

I think cruising solo will be fun!  You will have plenty of opportunities to meet other solo cruisers.  Try to eat with a different group every night--some of the most interesting people I've met have been dinner mates that were strangers to us.  We were good friends by the end of the cruise.  As for hurricanes and the weather...well, all you can do is keep an eye out for such things before you leave.Before you leave, the worst thing that can happen is that hurricanes or severe weather damage some of the ports you plan on visiting...in that case then  your itinerary may change, but there's nothing you can do about that--just roll with it.  If severe weather should hit while you are on board, your itinerary may change but the ship will simply sail towards calmer waters.  You will be fine and will have a great time regardless of the weather!

 

Enjoy.

I am looking forward to my next cruise as a single. I want to explore more on the ship than just stay in the cabin and watch TV as in the past (her choice - her passion).

 

So much more to life than watching TV. Happy cruising to all (singles, couples, families)!

I have cruised Solo and had a great time.   Lots of nice people to talk to.   I would suggest assigned seating at dinner so you have table mates for dinner.  I have also enjoyed the piano bar when cruising solo to talk to people.

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