Neil and Ida Down - Answered a Question by Anderson (23 Jul 08 23:49)

Sweetheart this is one of the best ways of having a great holiday, no one will think that you are forcing your attentions on them, people will make friends with you all the time and you will fit in like a hand in a glove. There will almost certainly be a meeting of other unaccompanied people with whom, if you wish, you can dine and go ashore and generally enjoy the company of without feeling obliged to anything more. Well done you. The weather, by the way should be about the same as you would expect here in the UK maybe even better ... Ida.

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Jones - Answered a Question by Anderson (24 Jul 08 09:53)

Firstly sorry to hear of your loss, going on holiday is always a problem for people in your position. But I fully agree with the comments below, a cruise is the best way I know to meet like minded people who I'm sure will make this an enjoyable holiday for you. This ship has some 1400 passengers capacity and there is bound to be people you will enjoy the company off. Fred Olsen ships will suit you just fine. Have a good holiday !!! PS - I'm on it a later that month, so why not do a cruise review to tell us how it was?

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Stone - Answered a Question by Anderson (24 Jul 08 12:05)

I am sorry to hear of your recent loss. Having been in a similar situation myself a few years ago I know how difficult it is contemplating a holiday alone. You have made the right decision to try a cruise as I'm sure you will have a wonderful time. Although I'm a very outgoing, sociable person, I too felt very nervous when I took my first cruise as a single person. I can honestly say that my initial fears were unfounded as I met some lovely people, single, married and families. I have now taken 25+ cruises, the majority on my own, with many different cruise lines and in my opinion a cruise is an ideal holiday for a single traveller. Fred Olsen ships attract a very friendly crowd and the staff always do their best to ensure you have an enjoyable holiday. If you haven't already requested a large table for dinner, I would suggest a table for 6 or 8 is ideal, as you almost certainly will find that you have been seated with other single passengers. In the first couple of days there will be a meeting for passengers travelling alone; you will find details on the news sheet delivered daily to your cabin. I travelled on Balmoral earlier in the year and the 'singles' meeting attracted about 50 people. The entertainment staff and male dance hosts introduced themselves and it gave us a chance to meet them, and for them to meet us. After a few free drinks the gathering was very sociable with everyone chatting like old friends. I met another single lady and we subsequently went on shore tours together and met up in the disco most evenings. If you are fairly active try to join in some of the activities; the salsa classes on Balmoral were good fun and the gym was always busy. Balmoral is the largest ship in the Olsen fleet with a choice of evening entertainment and several bars. If all you want to do is read, there are many quiet areas, and a spacious library with comfortable chairs. The internet room is available if you wish to contact your family back home. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time and your forthcoming cruise will be the first of many. I did the Baltic last year and I can recommend the private evening tour and concert at the Hermitage. Great to enjoy the museum when it was closed to the general public and to be able to browse at leisure with only 120 other people, instead of a crowd of thousands! The sea plane trip over Oslo was another highlight; some great photos. I'll be on Braemar in September and this will be my eighth cruise with Fred Olsen. I hope you enjoy their cruises as much as I do. Happy cruising! Best regards Jan .

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Wilcox - Answered a Question by Anderson (23 Aug 08 17:37)

Having previously been on a cruise with Fred Olsen there were many single people or like yourself widows who went with a friend or on there own. There were plenty of people and staff about and it is not long from boarding before you re making friends and enjoying yourself. If I remember right there is a means of putting your name on a list at reception and like minded people who would like to have someone go on an excursion/visit in port can meet up an do so if they want. Hope this answers your question. You should love a Fred Olsen cruise as they make you feel very special and an individual.

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