hava
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Solo traveler needs suggestions/tips on traveling.

Traveling on Norwegian Jewel June 20th, any suggestions for me about cruiseline, ports, packing would be very much appreciated!

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JusMe
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Congrats on your first Cruise.  Good choice on Alaska and round trip from Seattle. My suggestions are:

1.   Get the Ship Mate app for your smart phone,  this will let you sign up for roll call and post on the board that is just for your cruise ship and date.   You can put out that your a solo traveler and looking to talk to other solo's on your trip.  The app also has suggestions of things to do in each port posted by prior visitors and even has some excursions you can look into.

2. Every night you will get a ship paper in your cabin that tells you everything going on the next day.  Here you can look for the ships singles events to meet other single travelers and plan your evenings for entertainment and meals. 

3. NCL has "Free style" cruising so your not assigned a dinning table or table mates.  You may want to meet some people on board to have dinner with,  if not you will get a different table each night in the main dining room or a single table in the buffet.

4. Pack so you can dress in layers for Alaska so you can adjust your comfort level through out the day.

5. I always pack an extension cord as most cabins only have one or two plugs,  I need more for my phone, camera, tablet or lap top. I also pack a flash light. If you booked an inside cabin it will be pitch black when lights are out.

6. Most of all have a great time and welcome to cruising.   Please post a review when you get back.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

You should have stated your age.  That would help. Thanks.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

If you are going on a cruise ship, your ports are dictated to you.  I suggest you either book shore excursions or try to get around independently once you are on shore.  Pack cold weather clothes and rain gear.  You will encounter rain.  If your ship has a dome, pack swimwear, too.  Go to the single meets so you can meet up with other singles.  Have a great cruise and be sure to post a review open you return.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Congrats on what I hope will be a new addiction to cruising. Previous comments are dead-on recommendations so I won't restate them here but I have a couple more for you to consider...

1. Learn to properly pack a suitcase. Not overpacking is an art in and of itself, but so is learning how to pack a suitcase to maximize its usability. These two videos (see links) offer an ingenious method for packing. I tried this approach on our last cruise and it works perfectly.  These are You Tube videos so be sure to have sound on. Either https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlLxQzR8axM or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPb9tLKoKN0. 


2. Housekeeping on board does a great job but I usually throw a few lysol or clorox wipes into a ziplock bag and give common surfaces I have contact with a wipe down. I'm not dissing the stateroom attendants, but it's an extra level of self-protection that gives me some peace of mind.

3. If you plan to bring an extension cord or power strip with you, pack it along the side of your checked suitcase. Although we have never (I repeat NEVER) experienced a problem, I have seen others comment that their power strip was confiscated. Packing it along the side of your suitcase makes it less obvious to the scanner. 

4. If you have a mobility issue, be sure to contact shore excursion onboard staff to reserve a front row seat on tour bus.  Simply hoping for an upfront seat is not enough.  Even when you reserve, other passengers with disabilities will see the sign and assume it is ok for them to sit there so ask that the reserve seat tag have your room number written onto it.

5. Check the community announcement board (usually in the vicinity of Guest Relations desk) for single mingle announcements. Although these often show up in the Daily Guest Newsletter, sometimes that is not the case and special interest groups post a postcard sized announcement on this board.  If there is not one posted, take the initiative post one yourself.  There are blank postcards either on the board itself or ask for one at the Guest Relations desk.

Most importantly, have a great time!!

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

CruisingCM.  Thanks for the great packing tip video's,  I will have to try that next time.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

JusMe - I spent years as a road warrior and would have killed to know this technique earlier in life.  It really worked well.  Also, if you are pathologically organized, use it to organize "dirty" clothes in a way that will make doing laundry easier (e.g., separate layers for darks, colors, whites). That way you just pick up the bundle from the suitcase, bring it to your washer, unfold, and let the clothes washing begin!

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

We put our dirty clothes in 1/2 of the largest case, in a vacuum bag. We borrow our stewards vacuum to suck it down to fit. I separate it at home.

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Pace yourself and don't try to do everything.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

 

 

Aaaaaaand, this is why we need software that will purge outdated threads.

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