Tips on how to take a cruise if you’re travelling alone

Tips on how to take a cruise alone. Picture / 123rf

Acquired nobody to cruise with? Here is the best way to have a superb cruise alone, writes Maggie Wicks

Cruising is a social affair and happening one by your self – sitting at a bar, or requesting a desk for one – can, to start with, really feel slightly intimidating, like arriving at a celebration by your self.

However staring out to sea with a cocktail in hand has at all times appeared so damned romantic to me, so when the chance to cruise alone with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, I needed to take it.

After I was youthful, I travelled on my own at all times. I spent weeks and even months alone in Southeast Asia, South America, the Center East and Europe – being alone meant having the ability to do precisely what I needed after I needed to do it. However at 43 years previous, I realised I used to be out of form. A relationship and having a household meant I hadn’t actually been on my own for nearly a decade.

As I rapidly discovered, cruising is a social affair. Visitors are inclined to journey in {couples}, or household and associates teams – though you may actually meet solo travellers as nicely. Having spent 12 nights cruising solo, listed here are my prime recommendations on the best way to do it.

Arm your self with the itinerary

On my first night time, I awoke at 2am due to the killer jetlag. I poked my head out my door and located, posted to my door, the ship publication. This included details about the following day’s port, the climate and even slightly New Zealand At present newspaper that had been pulled collectively only for me. However probably the most essential data was a radical rundown of the following day’s onboard itinerary. I used to be aboard the Seven Seas Splendor, which presents a packed schedule every single day, and late into the night time.

There was bridge, mah-jong and sports activities meet-ups (on the video games deck, passengers might play paddle tennis, shuffleboard, practise their golf swing or attempt a little bit of placing across the inexperienced), a wellness occasion (free mini facials within the spa), and a lecture on the historical past of amber (as a result of we’re arriving into Lithuania in a couple of days). Within the night the captain was internet hosting a welcoming reception at 6pm, adopted by pre-dinner cocktails with a pianist accompanying at 7pm, after which dancing in one of many lounges at 7:30, a present at 9pm, and karaoke to complete. Actually one thing for everybody – or not less than, everybody who desires to fulfill different folks and get entangled with onboard life.

Join the solo traveller meet-ups or take some time out for yourself. Photo / Getty Images
Be part of the solo traveller meet-ups or take a while out for your self. Picture / Getty Photos

Be part of the solo traveller meet ups

Every day there was an invite for “solo and sociable travellers” to fulfill for a night drink, with an choice to proceed on to dinner collectively. The primary time I joined this group, I felt exceptionally nervous. However I quickly found a beautiful group from the world over – some travelling alone, and others trying to meet folks exterior of their very own travelling companions – who have been welcoming and fascinating, and comfortable for me to return and go as I fancied. The meet-ups have been hosted by the ship’s social hostess, Annabel (whose glamorous night apparel served as a reminder of the ship’s fancier costume code because the solar goes down).

Because the journey went on, this day by day optionally available meet-up grew to become an vital touchstone – the chance to have some firm after I needed it – whether or not it was somebody to speak to at dinner, or a bunch to attend a present with – but in addition to slide away every time I fancied.

Want some low-stakes firm? Sit down on the bar

The ship’s workers are actually worldwide – I met folks from Montenegro, Malaysia, the Philippines, the UK, the US and France – and fabulous. Everyone seems to be up for a chat – however they’re additionally well-trained in studying the room if you happen to’d quite bury your head in a e book.

Maggie Wicks aboard Regent Seven Seas Splendor. Photo / Supplied
Maggie Wicks aboard Regent Seven Seas Splendor. Picture / Provided

Use the shared areas

There have been so many nice spots on the Splendor to get pleasure from my e book or a drink, or simply take within the view. Seize an armchair within the library, which is a naturally quiet house, or at one of many (many) bars. Sit by the pool, or discover a window seat in one of many ship’s lounges. Or order a cocktail and settle in on the theatre. These areas are yours for use – and it is easy to discover a spot to be alone or to ask dialog.

Energy as much as be sociable, however be able to say no

While you journey alone in such a social setting, you can be fascinating to different folks (and I discovered my New Zealand accent made me stand out). That is nice if you happen to’re on the lookout for firm, and fewer so if you happen to do really feel like spending a while alone. Sort strangers will invite you to affix them, so I counsel preparing for this. Like many sociable however introverted folks (I consider “ambivert” is the brand new terminology), I like spending time with folks, after which I would like slightly downtime to re-energise. Do not be afraid to remain in your cabin for a bit. There are many movies and docos to look at, and the room service menu is fabulous. And if you happen to do need to get out and about, however not with firm, do not be afraid to supply a gracious, ‘Thanks a lot for the invitation however I am comfortable eating alone tonight.’

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