BLYTH - Answered a Question by Cole (28 Jul 08 14:40)

You paint a picture that could do with a little sparkle in it and on a cruise ship you will find this. The staff and mosts guests are very friendly and I am sure you will find several other passengers to chat to about your experiences and theirs as well. Some cruise lines have gentelemen hosts and they might encourage you to try and dance or two. [Cunard; Crystal are two]. Given your age some insurance companies might only issue a policy for a high price so you may need to get help there to sort this out. We have not long returned from a cruise around Australia and New Zealand and to us it is very much like Scotland, a lovely country and I am sure you will find many friendly people there, apart from your own family.

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Cole - replied to BLYTH (29 Jul 08 18:40)

Oh dear! Insurance?? Any recommendations?

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muir - replied to Cole (15 Oct 08 12:55)

Rbs royalties gold have to pay extra for up to 90 days cover of £85 on top of 12.95 per month but being scottish and for a family cover all year round and 5star cover beleive me best deal around i tried virtually all of them spent days on it. hope that helps. david muir.

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Barker - replied to Cole (29 Jul 08 22:17)

Try Saga - quotation hotline no. 0800 056 5464 - they don't have an upper age limit (I'm almost 68) and base their premiums, which I have always found reasonable, on destination and your state of health. This is my suggestion, for what it's worth - other cruisers may have other (and better!) ideas. Enjoy your cruise! Regards - Janet PS - I get all my posh frocks at the charity shops!

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Blyth - replied to Cole (30 Jul 08 08:32)

We use a company called Perry Gamble, Broadway House, 112-134 The Broadway, London SW19 1RL Tel 0870 3669366 we found through the cruise specialists on 0800 091 1629 who run this site. So long as you have had no serious illness within 5 years there is no excess. We normally take out not just cover for the cruise but for a whole year. There are others, when I post this reply on the site it might produce some more responses.

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Cole - replied to BLYTH (30 Jul 08 09:52)

This is not just about Blythe - I would like to thank all of you for taking the trouble to help me! The whole concept of a cruise is alien to me so any advice is very very welcome! I last went on a big ship in 1951 coming home from Ceylon ...

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Bradley - Answered a Question by Cole (28 Jul 08 17:00)

P&O (and many other lines) organise regular get togethers for solo travellers because, believe me, you won't be the only one travelling alone. As for the dancing, you may not be able to dance now but, after the regular dance classes, you will be able to by the time you reach NZ. Oriana has regular quiz nights where teams are always on the look out for someone to join them so watch out for those. I strongly advise that you request a large seating dining table (at least 8 persons). If you sit at a table for 4 you may end up with 3 other passengers who are just not your type. At least on a table for 8 you lessen that chance. Fellow passengers are more than willing to give advice on where to go at the various ports or talk about what they did at the last one so you will never be short of a topic of conversation. The ship organised tours can be expensive so ask for advice on what to do in the upcoming ports of call and go to your local library and read up on them in advance, including local transport and what to see. If you have any questions in advance then post a question on this site. I've been on many cruises by myself (but not a world one) and have never spent a penny (or dime) in the casino so I guess we are both as mean as one another. It never stopped me from having a great time. Oriana also has a very good library . Forget about a range of posh frocks, you can't go wrong with mix and match of black and white (although being a male some female contributors may contradict this bit of advice!) and there are plenty of sales on at the moment. The ship also has washing machines and irons should you get really bored although I have to say I've met some very nice people in the launderette! Your biggest problem will be controlling your weight gain so buy clothes with a bit of room to spare. So overall, you won't be lonely and you won't be bored. Have a great time.

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Burrows - Answered a Question by Cole (28 Jul 08 17:04)

So long as you are clean, well mannered and good humoured, then there is absolutely no reason why you should be lonely! Cruising is a very friendly and relaxing way of travelling, giving people both the time and opportunity to mix and talk as much or as little as they wish. You certainly don't have to dance or gamble to be socially acceptable amongst your fellow cruisers. Dining is one of the main social events on a cruise where you often meet people that you socialise with throughout the cruise. The evening quiz is also a great place to make friends. Then there are shows, bars, library and of course the open deck where people will always pass the time of day with you. I am sure that you will have a very enjoyable journey on the Oriana, and what a fantastic way to visit your Brother? Just one point. Since when did people with not much money start going on World cruises? There's hope for me yet! Happy cruising.

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Guy - replied to Burrows (29 Jul 08 12:24)

Maybe she doesn't have much money now she's paid for the cruise?

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Freemantle - Answered a Question by Cole (29 Jul 08 14:23)

My I suggest that you opt for a table of 8 in the restaurant. You will then meet other people and get to know them over the period of the cruise. We have always opted for a table of 8 (6 cruises) and never had any problem. We've met some lovely people.

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