If you are interested in booking a cruise, but do not have anyone to go with, don’t worry about it!! Cruising alone can be a wonderful experience. You can do what you want, when you want, and don’t have to worry about your uncle wanting to eat at 6, or your friends wanting to go out all night.
You can meet tons of interesting people from around the globe, literally!! You can meet cruisers from all walks of life, making the week at sea an interesting one.
Here are some tips if you cruise alone:
Get an inside cabin. The only downfall is that usually, when you cruise alone, the cruise line will charge you 150 to 200% extra. Yes, it can cost a lot, but you will have your own cabin. Inside cabins offer the best value for your dollar. An ocean view isn’t really worth the extra money, you can always go out on deck for a nice ocean view.
Try to participate in any single activities, as that is a great way to meet new people. Cruise lines are realizing that people are cruising alone, and try to have singles interact with each other.
Be open minded to different cultures, and be willing to talk to anyone. You are on vacation after all!! You are there to drift away from the real world, and so is everyone else. People are there to have a good time, and you should be too. Ask about what they may be doing ashore, maybe you have the same excursion booked, and can go together.
In this author’s humble opinion, the best cruise I was on was royal Caribbeans adventure of the seas. I sailed October 30, 2005 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and visited Aruba, Curacao, saint martin and saint Thomas. First off, the boat was huge. Activities were limitless; volleyball, basketball, dodge ball, roller blading, and ice-skating. The shows were magnificent. Lavish Broadway shows with singing and dancing. The comedy shows were excellent as well. As for the food, one word: yum! Well prepared and always available.
In closing, traveling alone is a great way to learn about yourself. Don’t be afraid to try it, you may find out that is the only way to travel!!
With summer entering it’s last phase in the northern hemisphere a cruise vacation in the fall and winter will be on the minds of many looking to take advantage of better weather.
The warmer waters in the south seas are a mouth-watering prospect while the seas taking in the Bahamas and Caribbean offer just the right conditions for those looking for temporary relief from harsh winter conditions in the north.
One of the great aspects of taking a cruise vacation during this time is great prices on offer. Let’s face it, it’s not usually peak cruise time and companies as always will be looking to get as many people on their huge ships as possible.
Cruise lines concentrate on re-positioning their ships during this transition phase and one of the big attractions of this is that during this phase, there are some great deals to be had.
The only drawback is the extra time you’ll spend at sea and port calls may be few and far between but ships today are like a virtual resort on water packed with plenty of things to do.
Granted, getting off at various port destinations is a big attraction for many holiday-makers but the advantage of these transition cruises is they are usually available at an excellent price and you won’t just get to sail in one sea but you’ll see two, three and sometimes four. And you’ll have plenty of fun doing it!
The length of these trips can vary. Some will be as short as 12-13 days while others could span up to one, even two months! If you have some extended holiday time coming up they well worth the investment and time.
As usual, your travel agent should be your first stop when inquiring about your fall/winter cruise trip. Depending on where you are in the northern hemisphere, there are a number of cruise vacations to choose from and the destinations will vary.
For example, Europeans have the option of heading to destinations such as Miami, the Caribbean or even ports in South America. Cruise vacations to South East Asian destinations such as Phuket are a tempting experience.
Now is the time to plan and the thought of escaping winter by spending several weeks on a cruise vacation to exotic destinations is hard to beat!
About the Author
For more great tips on your next cruise vacation plus advice on how to prepare for a cruise trip. Get all the latest news and information.
CARIBBEAN TRIP TIP
Click Here to get the 7th Night FREE at Sandals Resorts plus Save up to 50% off !