Hi everyone. Complete newbie here

Hello all. I've never been on a cruise before and think I need to soon :). I am on my own now and wondering how that works if I don't want to go on a singles cruise. I guess I will ask questions about that later and for now, just say Hi.

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Welcome to the forum. A few of us cruise solo. I tend to like older ships so I get a regular cabin by myself. When I have looked for single cabins I have found regular inside cabins to be less expensive when they are on sale.

For dinner you can take an "assigned" table and be assigned to one table with the same people every night. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your table mates. You can also get "Anytime Dining" where when you feel like eating you go to the dining room, get in line and tell them "One person to share a table", this way you get different table mates each night so your not stuck in a bad table for the full cruise. You can also go to the buffet for dinner.

I have found the Piano Bar is a nice place to meet other people, People on vacation are more relaxed, I talk to people everywhere on the ship.

Cruise lines have "Single cocktail time" posted in your daily schedule that is left in your cabin each night when your bed is turned down.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask, one or a few of us will have an answer for you.

Yeah the best strategy for reasonable cruise prices for singles is to focus less on a single cabin and more on cruising when the kids are in schools-very late August-September is one example where the same cruise could cost 50% of the cost of the same cruise during the summer/holiday prices and so its still pretty reasonable even paying double.

Welcome to the group. One of the first thing you should do is seek out a top notch travel agent. There are many chances to get singles rates using their knowledge. On many ships they have singles get togethers for all demographics. I truly hope you enjoy cruising. We do enjoy cruising a very much a,d we hope to cruise more when retirement calls us.

Welcome Aboard. I've done 20 cruises. 19 of those have been as a solo traveler. I love it. Comradery is built into the cruise experience so you can be as involved as you want. As an introvert, I'm fine with my alone time, but I always have opportunities to engage with others and could at any point have regular interactions throughout the cruise if I wanted. In my opinion, NCL ships with solo accommodations are the best option. Those ships put you in the vicinity of other solo cruisers and the single's coordinators arrange daily activities for those that opt to participate. In absence of the coordinators, passengers have a lounge and sometimes arrange their own events. NCL also has the most solo cruise friendly rates. You can occasionally get decent rates on other lines, but for the most part, the rates will be double if booking a double occupancy cabins.

Thank you John. I will check with the agent I used to use. Dealing with my dog's health issues at the moment :(

Thank you Kat. That's good to know. I have a friend who would like to come now but the timing is all off with the magazine I publish. It goes to press the same time a the October cruise to Hawaii from Vancouver (which would be ideal). I am thinking I will have to leave it until next year now.

Welcome! Don't worry about being by yourself. I did not care for my cruise mates last time and spent a lot of time on my own. Cruisers are so friendly and happy to be there. I was invited to join in a "name that tune" group

had a blast!

Hello! Welcome aboard!

Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas offers single fares.

Nic, good to see you here. I miss your words of wisdom! Pete R

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