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Old 06-08-2011, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Queens THE REAL international city
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Default Traversing alone and cruises

Hey, I decided to post two subjects in one thread because I didn't want to make one thread after the other who I wanted to ask about traveling alone and cruises/boat carnivals.

For all of you who are well traveled, have you ever done so alone? Like, just pack up and go on your own adventure, stay at a hostel or couch surf, meet people along the way and have just as much of a good time alone on your own journey?

I've always dreamed of traveling with a bunch of friends and going off into some country and adventuring, doing fun stuff, hitting of fun social places and having a time to remember. However, that honestly doesn't seem like something that will happen in my future because most my friends just aren't ambitious enough to really journey and I personally feel they are pretty scared. For them, staying at a hostel is too risky and they prefer to have a package for them to do something instead of traveling and really explore an area on their own. They rather have something American and comforting around them like a McDonalds.

Me on the other hand, I haven't traveled extensively like many of you have. I have traveled all 4 coast of the U.S. and been to Canada and Mexico alone. I usually am the journeyman type of person and choose to stay at relatives, friends, hostels or in cars, buses where I can sleep. I'm used to it because I can never afford posh hotels. I just never really been over seas and explored a culture that's TOTALLY different from mine. Which is what I am all about. I am all about getting lost, getting immersed in the people and their ways, whether I'll love it or hate it, for me its all about the experience, the journey, the adventure. I'm all about having stories to tell and share.

So, let me know those of you who have traveled alone. How is it like? Is it as fun, not as fun, more fun? What are your experiences? Made any friends are connection?

Now, for cruises. My friends and even family, prefer to go on a cruise....Now, cruises I am sure I can go in and have a good time but it's really not my thing. It's "too safe" and I feel it doesn't really let you explore a culture. You're on a boat with a bunch of the same people who you left the country with and it's not very different or foreign. You get dropped off at a tourist friendly spot, swin around, eat, have some drinks but then you have to depart and move on to the next spot. My friends and I don't seem eye-to-eye on this and I'm not going to force them into doing a more adventurous travel, even though it bugs me how much they really want to explore other countries and cultures.

Anyhow, what are your thoughts?
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:24 AM
 
Location: Spring/The Woodlands area
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I personally haven't had to cruise alone, but my husband died in December, so I might be forced to since my son and dil will not be able to make every cruise with me. I LOVE to cruise. I would not have the slightest problem cruising alone. The only draw back, is the price. Most cruises are booked on double occupancy.

I think taking a cruise is a great way to explore! For example, if you have never been to Hawaii, cruising the Islands is a great way to experience them all and find out which one you like best, and then you can go back for a land vacation. Same thing with Europe.

I would not hesitate to cruise alone, as I said, I love a cruise! Dot
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Personally, I wouldn't really want to cruise alone...or do ANY 'vacation' alone, for that matter! While I have no trouble talking to others, most folks, while friendly, are in their own social group....it's simply more fun to have a friend or partner to share the vacation with!

Yes...cruises are priced differently than hotels.....so whatever quote you get....double it...and you'll be close to the single person rate!
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:56 AM
 
Location: WA
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Lital,

Elderhostel, now Road Scholar, are you aware of them? How about Rick Steves travel agency. Ask a travel agent
for singles traveling alone. The two I mentioned are usually small groups and Road Scholar will help you find a roommate.

Thank you for this Thread as when I do travel, if I do, it will be solo.
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:33 PM
 
Location: The Old Dominion
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I always travel with friends BUT we each like to have our own cabin so it's a task but it IS possible to find reasonable single-supplement fares. Some cruise lines permit it and some don't.. check CruiseCritic for more detailed information. I've never had to pay more than 150% and more often it's 125%. The luxury of having a stateroom or suite to yourself cannot be overestimated!
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:14 PM
 
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Cruises are expensive but your are getting a five star experience and then you did say cost no object. Travelling in cruise can be very different from any other vacation and it can be a wonderful experience.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:30 AM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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Cruising alone, you get to do what you want, when you want to do it, with who you want, without having to aquiesce to anyone else's tastes. You will, however, pay for this priviledge
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:38 AM
 
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One thing that has always surprised me about cruise lines is that they don't waive single supplements to fill cabins after final payment is due (generally 60-90 days before sailing.) It seems that this would be a great way to encourage solo travelers to consider cruising and fill berths that would otherwise go empty. Pure profit.

My husband and I became friends with a solo cruiser on our last trip. His travel partner had to cancel due to illness at the last minutes, and he decided to go along anyhow. We spent a lot of time with him on board and ashore, although he was careful to give us our space as well. We're looking forward to cruising with him again in about 16 months and have met him for dinner a few times since the cruise ended.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:43 PM
 
Location: New York, New York
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Now, for cruises. My friends and even family, prefer to go on a cruise....Now, cruises I am sure I can go in and have a good time but it's really not my thing. It's "too safe" and I feel it doesn't really let you explore a culture. You're on a boat with a bunch of the same people who you left the country with and it's not very different or foreign. You get dropped off at a tourist friendly spot, swin around, eat, have some drinks but then you have to depart and move on to the next spot. My friends and I don't seem eye-to-eye on this and I'm not going to force them into doing a more adventurous travel, even though it bugs me how much they really want to explore other countries and cultures.

Anyhow, what are your thoughts?
I used to feel pretty similar about cruises. I've been around Europe with a couple friends, and we did our own thing, staying in hostels, going where we wanted, and a cruise seemed like the exact opposite of that.

This past March my (now ex) girlfriend and I went on a cruise aboard Norwegian from New York City and I had an absolutely great time. I just enjoyed the fact that my day could be as busy or relaxed as I wanted and I didn't have to worry about a thing for a week.

In fact, just a few hours ago, I booked a studio aboard the Norwegian Epic for a 7 day cruise around the Carribbean from Miami in April. Norwegian is the only large cruise line that has studios, which are rooms designed for single travelers. I'm single now, and most of my friends are not in a financial position to go with me, but it's going to be my birthday, so I figured why not. The area of the ship with the studios has its own private lounge with 2 for 1 drink specials in the afternoon, so from what I hear it's an excellent way to meet people.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:39 PM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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I used to feel pretty similar about cruises. I've been around Europe with a couple friends, and we did our own thing, staying in hostels, going where we wanted, and a cruise seemed like the exact opposite of that.

This past March my (now ex) girlfriend and I went on a cruise aboard Norwegian from New York City and I had an absolutely great time. I just enjoyed the fact that my day could be as busy or relaxed as I wanted and I didn't have to worry about a thing for a week.

In fact, just a few hours ago, I booked a studio aboard the Norwegian Epic for a 7 day cruise around the Carribbean from Miami in April. Norwegian is the only large cruise line that has studios, which are rooms designed for single travelers. I'm single now, and most of my friends are not in a financial position to go with me, but it's going to be my birthday, so I figured why not. The area of the ship with the studios has its own private lounge with 2 for 1 drink specials in the afternoon, so from what I hear it's an excellent way to meet people.


Now that's my type of cruise! If your on Cruise Critic please do a trip report!
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