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  • Tootz, Toytown
    started a topic Newly Widowed. Need advice on best ways to cruise Solo

    Newly Widowed. Need advice on best ways to cruise Solo

    I'm newly widowed. Have cruised extensively with my late husband. Now thinking cruising is something I could maybe do alone. I've looked at lots of websites but finding it all a bit overwhelming. Anybody out there with some help or advice?

    Tootz

  • Bradbury, Coventry
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    The entertainment team on board usually arrange for a singles get together on most if not all cruises. Perhaps you might be lucky and meet up that way. Also the maître D should arrange for singles to be seated together if you have fixed dining.

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  • courgette, Llanrwst
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    I have booked Voyager for an Australia and NZ cruise starting in October. The travel advisor mentioned in passing that a widowed lady from Bradford had just booked--BUT--she wouldn't send her my email address. It was my suggestion and the recipient would not be compromised in any way but I expect--rules are rules. I think they are there to be broken!! If anyone knows a single from anywhere but especially from Bradford, on that cruise, I would love to be in touch.

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  • Topdeck, London
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    Solo is the preferred term as many that choose to cruise alone are not "single"

    The key for those wanting to try solo cruises is to understand what you want from your trip.

    Familiarity can be be beneficial so choosing lines you like or cruises that have people you know.
    Some itinerary attract more solos and groups that are more inclusive if social interaction is important.
    Some lines are better at sharing tables, that would be my weakness I can do some meals alone but on a longer cruise I would crave company dining.

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  • mags, cardiff
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    A further comment from me on this thread. Some have mentioned the idea of singles getting together. It does happen on most ships. Thats fine if thats what you want. The point I made before is that many widow/ers sail alone but should not necessarily feel that they now have to be part of or labelled as single. People we have had the pleasure of meeting and mixing with have been in general company, not forced into any group mentality or activity.

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  • Jocap, Cumbria
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    So sorry to hear your news; we have often met with solo passengers on cruises, and noticed that by the end of the cruise they have made friends and shared outings and meals with other solos they have met at the various activities for single passengers.
    I know that Fred Olsen; Cruise and Maritime; P&O larger ships and Saga all have designated single cabins. I think that on every line we've used, there has been announcements for singles to get together; the last ship we were on had afternoon tea with a special singles table.
    When the time is right for you, do look at some of these lines which sail from the UK.

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by Tootz, Toytown View Post
    Thanks again for everyone who has replied, what a great bunch you are and makes me feel less alone now.

    Have taken all your suggestions and will take my time to decide, my head is all over the place just now, but having something to look forward to will help no doubt.

    Will let you know how I get on, but it may be a while
    Tootz
    May I ask if you have a preferred cruise line??

    Annie

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  • Tootz, Toytown
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    Thanks again for everyone who has replied, what a great bunch you are and makes me feel less alone now.

    Have taken all your suggestions and will take my time to decide, my head is all over the place just now, but having something to look forward to will help no doubt.

    Will let you know how I get on, but it may be a while
    Tootz

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by A Vast Behind, THATCHAM-SUR-MER View Post
    Sorry to hear about you loss. But i have one suggestion to offer.
    NCL Epic have some single cabins in a area for "singles", when i went my Epic cruise i knew some singles of all ages who were in these cabins. They are mentioned here .
    https://www.ncl.com/uk/en/freestyle-.../solo-cruising

    Cruising for solo travellers: tips and advice - Telegraph

    Good luck !!
    I agree all age groups use the studio cabins but I am reluctant to recommend the Epic without some knowledge of the OP's cruising history.

    Alas even with organised activities, some solos felt 'excluded'. That ship does not work for everyone.

    Coach tours can work very well also.

    Annie

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  • BinleyBilly, Binley, Coventry
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    If you are over 50, Saga cruises have a high percentage of single cabins and their prices, though apparently high, include virtually all of the usual extras (but essentials) such as gratuities. They should also be especially helpful given your sad starting point.

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  • A Vast Behind, THATCHAM-SUR-MER
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    Sorry to hear about you loss. But i have one suggestion to offer.
    NCL Epic have some single cabins in a area for "singles", when i went my Epic cruise i knew some singles of all ages who were in these cabins. They are mentioned here .
    https://www.ncl.com/uk/en/freestyle-.../solo-cruising

    Cruising for solo travellers: tips and advice - Telegraph

    Good luck !!

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  • Cooke, Ashby
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    Please accept my condolences. Cruising is probably the best option for a holiday, although it is very expensive solo. We have several friends who cruise as singles and, as they are lucky to be able to travel at short notice they pick up good deals. Few companies have a limited number of single cabins, but the others vary an awful lot on supplement charges. I should be inclined to talk to a cruise consultant who will have the figures readily available. Good luck. Judith

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  • cymrucruiser
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    What a brave but daunting thing to consider. Before cruising I could never have imagined holidaying alone but I would cruise alone. Let us know what you decide and take care x

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  • Yogini, Waterlooville
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    So sorry for your loss, take care.

    I have been cruising solo since 2011. The first experience was so good I continued to book cruise holidays. The first was on QM2. My two experiences on NCL were very different. After a cruise on Jade I said that I would never sail withh NCL again. However, a good deal came up and I did a transatlantic on Epic. The lounge was a sociable space, where passengers would meet for a chat, or meet to go to dinner and shows together. My favourite line has been Royal Caribbean, it depends on how many solo passengers are on board what activities are provided. My recent cruise on Britannia was my first with P&O. That was another transatlantic cruise and they had a get together every morning on sea days. Everyone on my table for dinner was sailing alone.

    Some ships do have single cabins, but sometimes there are better prices on double occupancy cabins.

    I check out a small number of websites that have pages detailing solo deals. This site used to do that, but stopped some time ago.

    I am glad that a colleague persuaded me to book my first cruise. I've had some enjoyable trips and have made lasting friendships.

    I wouldn't necessarily recommend a high street travel agent, but I'm sure that the agents on this site would be able to help.

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  • islandgirl, The Chilterns
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    I am very sorry for your loss. I'm sure the first time you travel alone will be hard. As others have said cruising is a great way to travel in a safe way. I have a couple of friends who are Widows and they cruise and also go on touring holidays where you travel as a group, often eating as a group. Lots of these are special interest ones i.e Art, Gardens etc., We have met several people travelling alone like this, lots of tours have very low, if any single supplements. As someone has said it's a situation many of us will find ourselves in one day. Wish you luck and enjoyable travelling.

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