Morton - Answered a Question by Hollis (01 Nov 08 17:08)

Hi Hollis We were on this trip in 2006 on the Spirit and there was a member of crew specifically to meet singles prior to meal time and introduce them to each other.If they wished to dine together they did so. This was a great service for the first few days until they found like minded folks to associate with. Walks around the dech were also as part of a group if you wished. We had a wonderful holiday and Petra was the highlight. The only consideration for you may be the very long days to the various places of interest, some 15 hours but looking at the itinary, I expect that is a given when you book this cruise, since Luxor,the valley of the kings and petra are at the limit of distance from the Red Sea. We had no problems with beggars etc at the pyramids. Lunch was at the Hilton in Luxor - very nice!! The local police have certainly sharpened up their act, even patrolling on camel! A fab itinerary and marvellous sights at all the ports of call. I'm sure that you will love the whole week!

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Hollis - replied to Morton (03 Nov 08 11:11)

Dear Morton, Thank you for your information, it has made me feel more confident about the cruise, and I am looking forward to seeing Petra etc. I did not notice when I booked that the dining was open, but now I'm sure I will be ok. Thank you again C Hollis .

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Dolan - replied to Hollis (04 Nov 08 18:27)

I started cruising solo about 11 years ago but until 4 years ago that was mixed with cruises with friend or relatives where I met the bill for both of us. I then started cruising solo and now cruise mostly 3 times a year. I just adore it and it is so liberating> To have your own room and to be able to do exactly what you want to do is not having to share a bathroomf is just fantastic. I would almost never share again and I travel all over the world with confidence. The dreaded single supplement is the only drawback. I cruise mostly with Celebrity and Cunard on the QM2. There it is fixed dining and I always opt for a large table and for second sitting. I have made so many friends that I still keep in touch with and have never felt awkard or not at home. I join the roll call on Cruise Critic and so have made some contacts even before the cruise starts. They have a get together which Celebrity host for us and this would normally be on the 1st sea day. Celebrity do have a single traveller get together but I have never gone along to this because it is in the evening. Cunard on the other hand have a get together at around 11am and I have always gone to this. On my last cruise I met someone at the lifeboat drill and again at this get together. I found myself on her table at dinner and in the end there were 4 of us who met each evening. I am about to leave on the 17th November flying to Singapore spending 2 nights at the Ritz and then flying to Auckland for 2 nights again pre cruise. I embark on the Millennium for a 14 night cruise around New Zealand and crossing to Australia ending in Sydney on the 7th Dec. I then fly to Perth and will stay with my brother until the 12th January. Am I worried about going on my own absolutely not! I am excited as I prepare to set out on this venture. In March I spent 3 nights in New York prior to a cruise in the Caribbean on the QM2 and 12 nights cruise in the Med on the Summit in August/September. If you are worried about going ashore in the Ports and depending on where you are then do a ship excursion. I don't but if I felt it was unsafe to go it alone or with a group from Cruise Critic then I would do the ships excursion. I loved NY and felt totally safe there even riding the subway. All I say to you is you will enjoy it and never look back. Bon voyage!! Sue.

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Hollis - replied to Dolan (06 Nov 08 18:01)

Thank you for the encouragement, I can see you are well travelled, yes the single supplement is a pain and the last two cruises I paid for one of my daughters to come with me, prior to that I cruised as a couple but sadly now a widow. Why I was concerned is that I have never travelled with Thompson before, and on previous cruises early sitting, on a large table where you meet the same people each evening and friends are made. On this cruise I did not notice that it is open dining, and sitting with the same people may not be as simple. But I have had some wonderful responses to my question and feel more confident. Thank you again kind regards C Hollis .

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Bullen - Answered a Question by Hollis (04 Nov 08 22:04)

Hi there My husband and I did the same cruise in November 2007. The staff are very friendly and we had a single lady seated with us at dinner. She soon made new friends and we often talked to her on the trips. Don't worry, you will be fine.

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Hollis - replied to Bullen (06 Nov 08 18:27)

Thank you for your encouragement. Kind regards C Hollis.

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Stock - Answered a Question by Hollis (04 Nov 08 23:25)

I cruised for the first time on my own, and I was on the Thomson Spirit. A Lovely ship. There is a hostess aboard who holds a lunch for singles on the 1st full day, and I met several lovely other passengers on their own. In the evening I went down to the dining room, and was astounded to be sat at a table of eight. Then the Maitre'd sat az threesome with me, and I am still friends with them, in fact they made my holiday. On the evenings or lunches when we weren't together, other people sat with me, and I made lots and lots of friends. Please go and I am sure you will enjoy yourself and make lots of "friends". The staff were wonderful too. Maddy Stock.

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Hollis - replied to Stock (06 Nov 08 18:14)

Thank you for your encouragement and information, I am now looking forward to the cruise. Kind Regards C Hollis .

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over - Answered a Question by Hollis (05 Nov 08 06:22)

I have sailed on many cruise ships, mainly the Marco Polo, I have made many friends and have had a great time Many of the friends I have made we keep in touch and meet up again. Hope you enjoy your cruise Happy sailing.

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Hollis - replied to over (06 Nov 08 18:25)

Thank you for your encouragement, Kind regards C Hollis.

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