So a few days ago I had my younger sister share with you all what her experience on board was like. She detailed activities in the kids club, the different places she visited and the fact once she built up the courage to enter the kids club it was far better than being stuck with me.
The thing is though, what she failed to mention was that once she found her feet in the kids club it became impossible for me to get her back out, this resulting in big sister (me) having what actually felt like a solo cruise. Not that I am complaining because in all honesty it was the most relaxing cruise experience I have had.
There are many people out there who enjoy cruising on their own but before I took the cruise with my younger sister I couldn’t entirely understand how you wouldn’t become bored or lonely cruising by yourself. I had a small glimpse into what it is like and I honestly would do it again in a heartbeat.
We always had our evening meal together except for one night when it was a kids club tea or something along those lines and we always got off and spent port days together. The rest of our on board time was pretty separate. I really did enjoy having my evenings to myself, she would toddle off to the kids club after dinner and I wouldn’t see her again (unless she wanted permission to go and spend MORE money in the on board shops) until around 11pm, and that suited me perfectly.
I am quite an easy going person and ill talk to anyone about anything so I made many lovely friends, some nights I spent in their company and others I enjoyed just having some me time whilst watching the sunset, ok ok and having a cocktail or two 😉
On my last cruise I met a lovely lady and an older gentleman (who I might add was so mischievous, always trying to play tricks and jokes but he was so much fun and the life and soul of the party) and they both preferred to cruise alone. I asked the usual questions, do you not get bored? Do you not miss the company on port days? All the things you are intrigued to know about the “solo traveller” yet the answer was always the same, no.
They enjoyed having their own space and it really was that simple. On board they had many friends so like myself when cruising with my sister I had the choice of enjoying my own company or socialising with others who i had became friends with whilst on board. On port days they could wander freely and see the things that appealed to them, they could also tag along with friends if they wanted too. It really does seem like you get the best of both worlds when you cruise on your own. No stress, just real “you” time to relax and re-charge your batteries.
The only thing I can think that is bad about cruising alone is the sometimes extortionate cost you face when booking a double occupancy cabin. Cruise lines I feel are trying very hard to cater in better ways for the single traveller but there is still a long way to go. Single occupancy cabins on some ships are few and far between or nonexistent. Don’t let this put you off though, with the right research and some careful planning I am confident you can in the end get yourself a great deal and enjoy your solo cruising adventure.