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Old 11-24-2007, 11:05 AM
 
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Considering a vacation by my self (all my friends are married, with kids, or without the finances to go) -what are singles cruises really like - I don't want to end up in a 20 something meat market, seeing as I am in my mid 30's...

Thanks for insights...
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Old 11-24-2007, 12:00 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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The organizer would know best about the specific cruises you're interested in. I've never been on one but I've seen several ads that mention specific age groups. You may want to consider one of those as opposed to one billed as a a generic singles cruise.
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Moving this to travel, since you'll get more info there...

For the record, I've been on many cruises, but never a singles one. Though I have a feeling you'd be just the right age, as it doesn't seem like a 20-something type of activity (they wouldn't generally spend that kind of money alone).
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Old 11-24-2007, 05:48 PM
 
Location: NC
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I have looked at singles cruises as I too am in the same situation as you have stated. I have chose not to go as the supplement for a single room is a bit much.. I have found that they often room you with another single. That is not my idea of a relaxing vacation to room with someone I do not know.
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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I took a singles cruise when there was a company called "Singleworld". Basically, the travel company booked a single person into his/her own cabin and offered special gatherings of singles in different lounges onboard. The company went out of business and I'm not aware of singles cruises. I know for specialized single Gay & Lesbians its a big business. Cruising on most of the big ships is very "couples oriented". The tables in the dining rooms are designed for two or four. Even if you go alone you will be forced to sit at a table with strangers. I think singles can do better on tours where you don't feel like such an outcast. My advice is to get someone to travel with you on a cruise.
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Old 05-06-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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Singles Cruises are offered today by about six major players! You can find them in the search engines. The most professional of these will tell you how many are in their groups. The larger the group, the more word has gotten out that they are really good ones. If you don't want to pay extra (A Single-Supplement) for your own cabin, share with someone through the company's share program. Usually these Singles group Cruises are affordable, just a bit over the normal rate .... plus being in the group, you will receive complimentary cocktail parties, free dance lessons, special karaoke group night etc etc. Being with a group of Singles is like being with a family aboard ship. Rather than sailing alone .. not knowing if there will be ANY singles aboard a ship, I would definitely choose to join a (Professional, experienced) company's Singles Group Cruise. My experience is that they are really fun .. and the right ones offer the atmosphere to meet that special someone, a REAL BONUS! The larger the group, the more chance that ALL AGES will be a part! I don't know why, but Halloween usually attracts the MOST SINGLES!

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Old 12-26-2017, 03:27 PM
 
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Its like an adult summer camp - I never thought I would but I went on a singles cruise a few years ago, it was a Halloween one, and it was actually fun - it was a definite experience. they do have age range cruises, 20's, 30-50, all ages, etc.. most people who do this tend to be out of their 20's, but the Halloween is the biggest number of people and its a huge variety of ages, people kind of shake down to their age range naturally, but you meet all types and ages. be prepared to do things, corny things sometimes, not be shy, and basically just be like a bunch of adults in camp - there will be drama, cliques and all that stuff. just like the first week of camp. only the cruises are usually only a week and romances can die and fade and be reborn with someone new in that time frame. some people meet right away and basically act like they've been a couple for years. It is a kind of fantasy land, but there's a big community of repeat single cruisers to connect with and learn from . I only went on one, and I guess I would go again, not really in the cards right now. People are there from all over for all reasons and backgrounds - widows, divorcees, crazies, vacation with a single friend, recently single, lonely, - you name it. And yes, a few people I know have gotten married to someone they met on a cruise, but more likely they met someone, spent the week or a few days together, maybe visited after back on shore and that was that. either way, its an adventure, and a cool way to push your envelope and have a fun time traveling as a single. PS: I have been on cruises without a singles group there and they are SO boring by comparison.
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Old 12-26-2017, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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Its like an adult summer camp - I never thought I would but I went on a singles cruise a few years ago, it was a Halloween one, and it was actually fun - it was a definite experience. they do have age range cruises, 20's, 30-50, all ages, etc.. most people who do this tend to be out of their 20's, but the Halloween is the biggest number of people and its a huge variety of ages, people kind of shake down to their age range naturally, but you meet all types and ages. be prepared to do things, corny things sometimes, not be shy, and basically just be like a bunch of adults in camp - there will be drama, cliques and all that stuff. just like the first week of camp. only the cruises are usually only a week and romances can die and fade and be reborn with someone new in that time frame. some people meet right away and basically act like they've been a couple for years. It is a kind of fantasy land, but there's a big community of repeat single cruisers to connect with and learn from . I only went on one, and I guess I would go again, not really in the cards right now. People are there from all over for all reasons and backgrounds - widows, divorcees, crazies, vacation with a single friend, recently single, lonely, - you name it. And yes, a few people I know have gotten married to someone they met on a cruise, but more likely they met someone, spent the week or a few days together, maybe visited after back on shore and that was that. either way, its an adventure, and a cool way to push your envelope and have a fun time traveling as a single. PS: I have been on cruises without a singles group there and they are SO boring by comparison.
Thanks for bringing the thread back. I did my first one last year for New Year's Eve and it was AWESOME! However, had I not been with a singles group, I wouldn't have enjoyed it since I'm not an extrovert. I'm going again in March I think.
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:04 PM
 
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I took a singles cruise when there was a company called "Singleworld". Basically, the travel company booked a single person into his/her own cabin and offered special gatherings of singles in different lounges onboard. The company went out of business and I'm not aware of singles cruises. I know for specialized single Gay & Lesbians its a big business. Cruising on most of the big ships is very "couples oriented". The tables in the dining rooms are designed for two or four. Even if you go alone you will be forced to sit at a table with strangers. I think singles can do better on tours where you don't feel like such an outcast. My advice is to get someone to travel with you on a cruise.
Singles are NOT forced to sit with strangers. Just ask for a table for two and eat alone.
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Old 01-07-2018, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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The tables in the dining rooms are designed for two or four. Even if you go alone you will be forced to sit at a table with strangers. I think singles can do better on tours where you don't feel like such an outcast. My advice is to get someone to travel with you on a cruise.

Having cruised on 6 cruise lines, if anything, people would like to see more tables for 2 or 4 as there aren't as many. I cruise alone, choose traditional dining, ask for a large table. Yes, strangers the 1st night but with 30 cruise, I've only changed tables once. I enjoy meeting people from other countries, different states, it isn't a bad thing. On a recent Baltic cruise, there were 10 of us at a table. 4 singles and 3 couples, it was great. The other singles and I did some tours, met before dinner for drinks, went to shows together, it was nice.

Yes, I'm older but I've been doing this 35 years and over 2/3's of my cruises alone. The thing with cruises is homework, check out the cruise lines, search for travel companies that may have group cruises, make sure the ship suits you. With the size of ships these days, there will always be people traveling alone, I can guarantee it.

I didn't read above, didn't realize I was responding to an old post. I'll let this stand because it still applies.

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