Kennedy - Answered a Question by smith (26 Oct 08 18:55)

Hi Smith - you don't say if you are male or female. I have been on 10+ cruises on my own starting when I was 35. It is the greatest holiday for singles you will find (as long as you manage to get reduced single supplements which can add a lot to the basic cost of your cruise). The reason I cruise is that I cannot drive so cruising allows me to see many wonderful places all in the one holiday. As a single female I have two problems only - the first is that I tend to get adopted by older couples who think I am very brave going on holidays on my own and the second is that I find women of a certain age think I am on a cruise to pull - specifically their husbands. They resent the fact that a single woman has the means and the ability to travel alone. On almost all of the cruises I have been on there has been a singles get together - usually lunch on the first day after sailing. I avoid these like the plague as there will be singles on board who are there to pull or who don't have the confidence to do their own thing. However I usually meet other singles throughout the cruise and without the organisation of an event for singles I have found a lot of people who are good fun and whom I don't mind having a drink with in the evening. However I don't want to go on excursions with another single and I certainly don't want to have them think we will meat up every evening for dinner and drinks and the show. A single cruise makes it easier to meet with other single people but in other respects is no different to other holidays. I am not a "single" cruiser. I just happen to be a dedicated cruiser who is "single". If you adopt that attitude then you will be fine. Don't be the one who people look at and say "poor xxx they are on their own" but be "xxx its great that he/she came on their own". On a cruise last year the UK comedian for the second week said in his show "I hear there is a red headed Irish woman on her own on the ship - is she in the audience". I was not in the audience but when I was told of the remark I could not work out whether I should be flattered by the fact I was noticed or embarrassed that I was noticed for being single. Enjoy your cruise.

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smith - replied to Kennedy (27 Oct 08 07:54)

Hi and ty im going with my friend on the cruise we are going on the 30 nov this yr and its a singles cruise on the balmoral to the canary islands .

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Rum Runner - Answered a Question by smith (23 Oct 08 20:12)

You dont say which cruise line or ship you will be going on however most have a singles meeting every day where you will have the opportunity to meet other like minded people to socialise with. There is a constant stream of activities to take part in every day whether you are single or not and you will find most other guests are very sociable people who will not mind at all if you join their company on an excursion or when relaxing on board whether outdoors or in. Making friends in this way can have benefits especially for single ladies who may feel more at ease going ashore in company rather than alone. Enjoy.

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Johnstone - Answered a Question by smith (24 Oct 08 11:17)

I've been on my own on most of the cruises I've been on and always have a great time. Dpending on what ship you are on and how many singles they have onboard that speak English, there may or may not be a singles meeting at the start of the cruise. It doesn't matter if there are specific singles events or not. You will be seated at dinner with other people (if you are on a cruise that does fixed allocated dining), and there are so many things going on day and night, you will always have plenty to do. my first cruise was a last minute booking on my own and I worried that I might be on my own a lot with little to do - it turned out to be the exact opposite. Of the 8 people at my table, 6 of us really hit it off and ended up meeting for other meals and going ashore together. As for not havng enough to do, there was just so much that after 7 days of constant activity I was exhausted but very happy. Cruising is by far the most suitable type of holiday to do alone. Have a fantastic time.

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