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Solo cruising is an option that may be the answer for many people who are not sure about traveling alone, espeically to far away places alone. The down side of this way to travel is that there is always a single supplement which may be quite steep. Many cruise lines charge you for two people even if you are alone, but they do not charge the taxes, etc for the 2nd person. Some cruise lines charge you 50% more. One way to avoid this charge would be to watch for the rare, but occassional, ‘2 for 1’ pricing. If you are comfortable traveling in an inside cabin, which many people are, then you will be able to find many deals on that in which paying for both people will be less than a balcony cabin per person. So do not rule out cruising because of the single supplement, it may be quite possible to find the trip of your dreams that is affordable. I was recently told that there are river cruises in Europe that are available to solo travelers without a singles supplement, so that is another desirable option. These are a wonderful way to see beautiful towns and villages along some of the major rivers in the world!
Putting the single supplement aside, cruising can be a wonderful, safe way to see the world solo! There are many advantages of having this home away from home! You arrive to the ship and unpack once! On most cruise lines expenses onboard are limited to the extras. You can cruise quite comfortably on the ‘all inclusive’ benefits. Food at the regular restaurants and much entertainment is included. You will pay extra for soft drinks, drinks and specialty restaurants. Remember that cruise lines make a great deal of their profits from the sales of drinks and from the casinos. The cheaper rates are offered to get people on the ships, knowing that they may spend a significant amount of money once onboard. The best way to cruise economically is to know this ahead of time and budget what extra money you will spend so that you aren’t surprised by a big bill when leaving the ship.
This all being said, the benefits are tremendous in cruising alone. Some people wouldn’t cruise any other way! All decisions as to what to see are yours! No arguments over which tours to take or where to have dinner on the ship. There are many ways to meet people so that you can only be alone when you choose to be! Princess cruises have 2 choices for dining. You may choose to sit at the same assigned table each night which is a nice way to develop some friendships so that you have someone to talk to in the evening about your day, and you might even enjoy their company for the evening shows or appreciate their suggestions for tours. You may choose the ‘anytime’ dining in which case you may go to the dining room at any time and be seated with new people. With that option you can also make a standing reservation if you meet people you would like to dine with again. The variety of people you meet dining this way is an advantage of cruising alone too. Being single, one tends to chat more with different people and find others to connect with. Some cruise lines have only assigned seating and some have only the open seating so that may not be a choice for you to make, depending on the ship you choose.
Most cruises also have several ‘solo’ meetings where you can go to get to know others that are traveling alone. The fact that this is a planned event tells you that there are many others who have made this choice of a way to travel. You will find that traveling solo is a wonderful way to meet people! On a cruise many people are happy to be out of their routine and quite open to meeting and spending time with new people. There are many lifelong friendships formed on a ship! And people with quite diverse backgrounds and from all over the world travel that way so meeting interesting people is the advantage too.
Whatever your interests, you may be able to pursue them onboard. People think that they might get bored on a ship on the sea days, but just the opposite is usually found to be true. There are so many activities offered, intellectual and physical and entertaining, that is may be a challenge to choose which to participate in! There are usually gyms and exercise and nutrition classes. There are computer classes which usually do charge a bit, but there are a variety of options to choose from. There are games to play, art shows to attend, pools to relax by and entertainment to enjoy. And that is just the list of free activities. Some cruise lines have begun charging for previously free activiites so there may be no way to know for sure ahead of time what will be offered on each ship.
If you would like to check out some available cruises and their prices you may go to www.vacationstogo.com to get an idea of what deals are avaiable. Most of the time you can get the same prices through the actual cruise line and it may be easier to plan with a ship’s representative than the Vacations to Go consultants. There are people who prefer each way so you can make the decision yourself as to how to book. In most cases it seems that it is more economical to purchase your own flights to the departure port if it is domestic and if it is international the cruise lines usually have contracts that make it more affordable to arrange air travel through them. If your air travel is booked through the cruise line you do have a guarantee they will get you to the ship so if there are any flight delays that mean missing the ship, they get you to the next port. This fact may make it more desirable for you to purchase the entire trip though the cruise line.
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