Richard Okill - Answered a Question by mcgowan (22 Aug 08 15:21)

I'm surprised. I went on a Fred Olsen cruise up the Amazon a few years ago and was travelling as a single because my wife had prior commitments. I was sat on a table for 8 with six single/unattached ladies and one other guy(who didn't say much and didn't drink). I had a ball and was fully occupied, when not sight seeing, with femail company. It's the only good experience I had with Fred Olsen. Go again and enjoy yourself. Richard .

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MORRIS - Answered a Question by mcgowan (22 Aug 08 17:08)

Hi Richard. I know what you mean, its so unfair to penalise us singles as they do!! I was lucky enough to come across a "supplement sale" on Island Cruises and got a single outside cabin on Diamond Deck (deck 9) on Island Star for only 250 pounds extra for a 2 week cruise which, in supplement terms is brilliant! However, thisis an informal cruise and at the lower end of the market although personally I think Island are a good company, and the lack of formality is more comfortable for those sailing alone as the more formal cruises do tend to be full of couples gazing into each others eyes!! Anyhow I would suggest ringing the various companies, starting with Island/Ocean Village and ask them if they are intending any special offers - they do tend to be off season though if you are a massive sun worshipper this may not be for you. I am going this October 11-25 but have been before this time of year at it can be very warm although nothing is guaranteed! Anyhow I wish you luck and hope you find something reasonable.

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Miller - Answered a Question by mcgowan (22 Aug 08 18:17)

I agree with Richard Okill. I have cruised many time with Fred. Olsen, often alone and have always had a great time. Any cruise can have problems which leads to missing ports, just read about ships being diverted because of hurricanes and the troubles in Georgia. I have always found Fred.Olsen ships very comfortable and friendly with excellent staff and many like-minded passengers. Give them another try. I am sure that your first encounter was very much a blip.

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