First timer/Solo Cruiser. Need some tips😁

Hey hey heyyy! I'm officially  going on my first cruise in 9 days!!! I'm going to the Bahamas  on Carnival Elation. (A birthday present to myself)

I need some advice on when it comes to what to expect! Ahhh so excited!.. I have questions... hopefully  you guys have answers!😏 Also please any tips for first-time cruisers/or solo travelers, I'm will Allllll Ears!😁


1. How can I meet single travelers? Do they have events or meet ups for ppl traveling alone?

2. I'm trying not to over pack, what are the top 10 items that are must for a cruise?

3. What are the best excursions for the Bahamas.... Nassau and Half moon cay?  I'm very adventurous and love history/culture!! 

4. Who else is going on Carvinal Elation Feb5 ?looking to make friends!!


Thanks everyone!🤗



5 Answers

You will love Half Moon Cay

Following...I too am toying with a solo in September...let us know how it goes.

As for #2: I always bring some disinfectant wipes for the room, and a light wrap for the dining room and cool breezy nights on deck, even when I'm travelling to warmer climates.

Have a great time and good cruising!

Cruising solo is fine to do. Some of us like it. You need to be a social person and not afraid to say "hello" to people.

1. Check in your daily "fun times", they have a singles meet and greet every night.

2. Your going on a Short Carnival cruise, it will not be to fancy even on "Cruise Elegant" night. I dress nice that night but no suite, on the short cruise I have done nice dark jeans and a long sleeve button down shirt, maybe a neck tie with Dockers. Pack comfortable shoes with good grip, ship deck can be wet and a bit slippery. The ship may be a bit cool inside at night, a light sweater may be useful. Pack sun screen for pool and beach day. pack mix and match so you can get more outfits with less clothing.

3. Half Moon Kay is a private island just for the cruise line, very safe and clean with as much or little as you want to do on it. Everything you do will cost $ and be water sports.

Nassau has some history and culture or water sports. I would not explore solo there, book a ship excursion. Before or after excursion do not wander town alone stay on the main street and in a group. Nassau has some beautiful things to see but it is not the safest place to be.

4. to meet people sign up for "Roll Call" on Ship Mate app for your smart phone to see who else is going on your cruise and post that your looking to meet other singles on the cruise.

Have a great cruise and we look forward to reading your review when your back.

I usually meet nice people in one of the lounges that are not to noisy.

I prefer solo travel ... you'll love it. On Carnival there are always groups meeting in the casino at night at the bar. I like the way Carnival has the casinos set up with the bar at the center of the casino ...that's one good place to meet... Also they do have singles get togethers but I've had as much fun meeting couples. Trivia games have a group of regulars who meet up a few times per day and that is a way to make friends (you don't have to know the answers just take part) you might even win a 24k ship on a stick.(inside joke you'll soon get).. You'll also make friends at dinner...or on any excursion.

And if you have fun solo...there are now ships like the NCL Breakaway that have solo cabins which are a real blast with their own lounge. Enjoy yourself HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I know it might be tight but since this is your first cruise I'd suggest you get the seasick patches only a doctor can prescribe...just have them in case. I've never needed them but they don't make you tired like the pills do.


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