Taking a cruise alone? Relax. It’s not as strange as it seems. Increasing numbers of single travellers are considering cruises as an affordable way to meet people, have a relaxing vacation and see a variety of places all at once. In many cases, taking a cruise alone can also be a lot more fun than going with others, especially if you know a few cruise secrets. So, here are 10 insider cruise secrets to keep in mind before you leave the port.
10 Cruise Secrets For Solo Travellers
1. Pick The Right Ship
Generally speaking, the smaller the ship, the easier it will be to meet people. The larger ships can be overwhelming and there is nothing more frustrating than meeting someone you get on with only to never see them again.
2. Research The Solo Activities
A lot of lines offer programmes for solo travellers and while they can be great, some of them can also be a bit of a bore. You don’t have anything to lose by checking out the programme but don’t feel obliged to stick around if you’re not feeling the vibe. There is more than one way to enjoy yourself.
3. Get A Solo Cabin
Before you buy your ticket, keep an eye out for solo cabins. A lot of cruise companies these days will offer special packages for solo travellers often at rock-bottom prices during the off-peak season. This means you could get a great cabin as well as exclusive access to a “solo lounge” where you’ll be able to mix and mingle with other fellow solos.
4. Find A Cruise Buddy
If cruising solo is too intimidating for you or if you’re new to the experience, you can always consider teaming up with someone. Some liners offer a partnering programme that will put you together with another cruiser of the same sex. There are also organisations such as Cruisemates that help match solos together.
5. Plan Your Dining
It is important to have a dining strategy and this will all depend on your personality. There will be buffet options where you can just sit on a larger table with anyone but you also have the choice of a seating arrangement that puts you together with other singles on the trip. Have a think about this before you eat and you will take a weight off your shoulders.
6. Join The Roll Call
Roll calls are designed for the active cruiser who likes to share information with other cruisers embarking on the same ship. Seriously, sign up for one. You will be able to exchange information with your fellow cruisers and it is hands down one of the best ways to meet people. After you board, there will be a roll call where everyone can get to know each other.
7. Try Something Different
It pays to be social. You don’t need to be the life and soul of the party but while you’re on the cruise ship, why not take a chance and do something you’ve never done before? Shy about singing? Try karaoke!
Cruise ships attract a wide range of people from different backgrounds, ages, social classes and all with diverse interests. That’s why they put on a range of activities to cater to every taste.
Remember, you’re there to have fun and you’ll find that most passengers are up for the same thing.
8. Grab Your Dancing Shoes
Follow the beat of the ship and check out the after-hours party. Most ships have some sort of nightclub or disco on board, which is great for dancing and meeting other solo travellers. You’d be surprised at how many interesting people of every demographic you can get to know at these events.
9. Solitude Is Fine Too
If partying isn’t your thing, that is cool too. A lot of ships will have lounges and quiet areas where you can stay under the radar such as libraries, laid-back lounges and Internet cafes.
10. Take An Excursion
They can be a little pricey, but excursions are a great way to meet people. You spend a good chunk of the day with your group and if you get on, maybe you could arrange to meet up again to do a private excursion?
Have any of these cruise secrets tempted you to go cruising on your own? What are your thoughts about cruises? Please share below.