By Antonio Morales
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!!
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