Before we get too far into this article, let’s make a distinction. Singles cruising and solo cruising are two very different agendas. Singles cruising means you’re on the cruise looking for love on the high seas, while solo cruising just means travelling alone.
So, who would we classify a solo cruiser?
Someone who might be with a group and simply want to get away from the multiple sets of couples you are with (third-wheeling gets old, fast)
Someone who just broke up with their partner the night before the cruise and decided to leave anyway
Somebody who decided to book a trip but didn't have any friends who could afford it or make the dates they chose
Even if you ended up booking your trip because no one else would come, or everyone else bailed at the last minute, who cares? Having a room to yourselves is absolutely worth it. You can leave anything you want out on the vanity, walk around in your underwear, and decide what you want to watch at any time. You have total control.
So whether you’re making the best of cruising alone or simply enjoying flying solo, you can greatly improve your time if you follow these tips:
If you want some alone time and you want to fly under the radar, find a cruise line that has singles cabins specifically. The reason for this is that without single specific cabins, you will end up paying the price of a double room. Nothing makes a cruise better than a cheaper price.
Start off by making friends with all of the staff at the front desk – say g’day, ask how their day is going and make sure you remember some names. They’re likely to be overwhelmed with Sharon and her 5 out of control kids requesting for extras or complaining about the lack of gluten-free options at the buffet – so a little kindness can go a long way. Especially if it’s kindness in the form of chocolates after a long day or a sweet from the bakery at your first port of call.
If there’s one staff member you want to become friends with, it’s the bartender. Even if you’re not a big drinker, most bartenders have awesome banter, hilarious stories from their time on the ship, and they can make a mean cocktail. So, scope out an awesome bar and tip generously (we know tipping isn’t massive down under, but cruises are an exception) so they know you’re Then that place becomes your go-to spot for a drink when you don't feel like talking to strangers.
Solo female cruiser? Here’s why you want a good bartender:
Finding that good bartender friend is especially helpful if you’re a female travelling on your own. Establishing a good relationship with them early will help make sure they’ve got your back when you want to sit at the bar, people watch, or simply relax with a drink without any unwanted advances.
Take advantage of onboard classes. Onboard classes are an awesome way to meet people. More importantly, it's a great way to meet people while learning a new task. You can take a wine tasting class, try your hand at a computer class, take dance lessons, or engage in a culinary demonstration. No matter what you do, you’re bound to have a good time.
The same is true of shore excursions – book one of the shore excursions so that you can enjoy your vacation and still be in the company of others. Some cruises, in particular, have excursions that offer private tours so you can go by yourself with a tour guide, or with a small group. Booking these private tours means that the cruise line uses a local tour operator on the ground, which might be a better way for you to meet people in a more relaxed setting.
If you feel up to it, try out some solo activities! There might actually be events on your cruise line specifically for people who are travelling by themselves. You truly have nothing to lose with this. Sometimes they are really awesome ...and sometimes they aren't as awesome. But you never know until you try! You might make friends that you keep in touch with long after the cruise is over.
Finally, embarrassment is the greatest icebreaker, so don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Don't be shy! Volunteer for something on stage, join a class, sing karaoke, and go to a dance club. Nobody knows who you are, and honestly, unless you seek them out after – chances are you’ll never see them again. So even if you do embarrass yourself, the people who saw it will remember you for the rest of the cruise. You’ll have plenty of people to say hello to at breakfast, or hang out with by the pool.
However, if you are the introverted type and you do want to fly under the radar, that’s cool too. People often book a cruise to escape social interaction! It is absolutely possible for you to go unnoticed by visiting the pool in quiet hours, frequenting the more laid-back bars, relaxing in the spa or hitting the gym with your headphones in. You can even request dining any time in your room or choose a solo table in the restaurant.
Finally, it’s safe to say that there’s something for everyone as a solo cruiser. Bookworm, adventurer or a party animal, there’s sure to be a perfect cruise for you. What’s better is that you’re only a few clicks away from finding it – right here on Cruisewatch.com!
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