Laulie
Contributor Level: Purser

What can I expect

Hi,

I am a first time (Cruiser) heading on the Western Mediterranean Cruise (Allure of the Seas) next Month with some friends all of whom have partners, what can I expect? Is the cruise for mainly couples and families? I haven't a clue what to expect, and I know its seems silly to even ask will I be bored? any information would be great :) 

 

Thank you 

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glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

First of all, Welcome to the World of Cruising.  Thanks for posting here.  Luckily you are traveling with friends so you will not feel alone.  There will probably be a get together for singles on the cruise.  Try to attend that if you can so you will meet many other singles and make friends with them.  Mostly there will be couples on the cruise and families but there will also be singles like yourself.  The way to meet others who are single is to be friendly and open to talking with others.  You will be amazed how a smile on your face and a willingness to chat will help you make friends. Also, do be hesitant to do your own thing.  When you are alone, others will also feel more comfortable approaching you. 

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Welcome to cruising. There is always a variety of mixers on board. Check you daily paper to see what is happening. Some cruise lines have events that encourage all to participate, like cooking, wine tasting, dance classes. As Glo said, be open to meeting all sorts from different countries and cultures. On our last cruise, my son met some great folks travelling as a single. I hope you have fun... let us know how it went.

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

What they said, and prepare to be pampered.

Laulie
Contributor Level: Purser

Thank you all, looking forward to my first cruise :) 

SimonCommunity
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

HI Laulie,

If you haven't already, check out our guide for first time cruisers:

http://cruiseline.com/advice/first-time-cruise-guide

Welcome to cruiseline.com! Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you might have. We're happy to help!

 

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Laulie,  First welcome to cruising.  I hope you enjoy it as much as us cruise addicts do.  WOW   what a first cruise,  one of the largest ships in the world and the Mediterranean.

1.  Europeans tend to dress a bit more then us Americans do.   Lots of men in Tux on formal night and ladies in dresses.

2.  Great time to be in Europe as the Euro is almost on par with the USD.

3.  Be ready to be pampered a bit.  

4.  Check the Daily Compass paper for singles activities (it will be on your bed each night at turn down service)

5. If your like architecture the "Gaudi" tour in Barcelona is a must do.   If you do not book an excursion in Barcelona it is nice to just get a cab to "La Rambla" to walk around and shop. (should be about 10 Euro)

6. Pack light so you have room in luggage for any clothing you may buy in Europe.

7. It is cheaper to drink wine at a European cafe then bottled water. (it is more fun also)

8. It is a long drive from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome.   If your not on a ship excursion the train station is near the ship and drops you in Historic core of Rome. Share a cab to the train and travel with friends. 

9. If your late back to the ship from port,  the ship will leave without you!!!  and you are on your own to get to the next port to get back on the ship.  Make sure to set your watch to Ship time.  

10. All ports will have Cafe's with free internet if your having lunch there. 

11.   Your in Europe,  have lunch in port each day to try the local food, wine and beer.

12. Have a blast,  I'm sure you will.

14.  Watch your wallet and ID,  lots and lots of pick pockets and purse picking in Spain and Italy. (yes,  I skipped,  did not want anything to tarnish your trip)

15. Down load the SHIP MATE app to your phone,  it will give you ideas of what to do in port and excursions to book that the ship may not offer or at a better price. It also has a Roll call where you can post yoru traveling single and looking to meet other singles on the Cruise.

I hope you can extend your vacation with a few days to a week pre or post cruise.  I did not think I would like Rome until I went,  it is now one of my favorite places.  Have a fun and safe trip.

P.S.   Please review the Cruise when you get back.

Laulie
Contributor Level: Purser

Thank you Jusme very informative thank you so much :) I'm not American I'm from Ireland I've a lot of clothes purchased already lol I will update a post when I get back thank you for your view it's very helpful 

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

I really can not add anything, expect to say welcome to Cruising! 

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