Singing Solo

On the "Library" thread of comments, Jusme mentioned traveling solo - I've always been curious as to just how that works. Do you just pay double? Take a risk with strangers (surely not in this day and age)? Any negative aspects of being "odd man out" at assigned seating? Other?

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Lots of people are single and choose to travel that way. The days of needing a partner are long gone. Yes, with Carnival cruises, a single person pays double, unless there is a promotion going on.

That doesn't sound much like a deal to me... at the lower end I'd be paying suite prices for an inside cabin - at the higher end, I'd be paying for a Volkswagon...

Some of the new ships have solo cabins. NCL even has a lounge area for all the "Studio" cabins.

When I cruised Solo I was on a short Carnival cruise, they put the solo people together at one dining table so you met other people.

A lot of the time you do pay almost double for a regular cabin, other times cruise lines have specials for solo travelers. If your single and want to get away and no friends have the time or $ to go, why let that hold you up ?

Cruising alone can be very relaxing and fun. I will do it again.

Some tour groups like Vantage River Cruises also have solo cabins and they get a lot of people traveling alone (this tends to be older folks). There are some travel companies that specialize in going solo.


Thanks - I'm smarter than I was.

I travel single and have to pay double. I'm very introverted (a social leper is what I'm called I suppose) and used to being by myself. I don't care at all what people think when I'm sitting in a specialty restaurant by myself. I have no intention of letting what others think effect my enjoyment of life. I sail in two weeks on the Grand by myself and am looking forward to the trip.

I cruised solo from Vancouver to LA and had a wonderful time by myself ... My son was joining me in LA after being in Skagway for the summer. It was cheaper for me to fly to Bellingham, WA , shuttle to Vancouver and cruise 3 days to LA than it was for me to fly to LA at the time ... go figure. I got a terrific "deal" on the cruise and received credit for two cruises - my total cost was less than $100.

Whether you call it a "cruise to nowhere" or call it a "repositioning" cruise was cheap....

I don't think people really notice nor care if you are alone or not ... couples often do different activities when on board so it's often hard to tell when someone is with someone. And again, who cares!

As far as travelling solo, there is a website that lets you "hook up" with other solo travelers so you don't have to pay the premium. Nothing like sharing a cabin with a total stranger you just met on the innerwebzNervous.

Otherwise, traveling solo or as a couple, the line charges the same for the cabin. The PP rate is therefore (generally) doubled for a solo as compared to a couple.

Ships are just beginning to provide solo cabins, which is great for those traveling by themselves. Generally they are inside cabins. Ships always have parties for singles so you will get to meet others traveling solo.


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