Sailing Solo

10GETAWAY-articleLargeContemplating a cruise alone? Stephanie Rosenbloom cautions us to be clear as to our goals, our pocketbooks … umm, and our age. Are we looking for enrichment, relaxation or romance?

First, she gives us companies which arrange group trips for solo travelers: Singlescruise.comVacationstogo.comSinglestravelintl.com, and Singlesatsea.com.

Next, comes decisions about whether we want large or small groups. For a big turnout, “try traveling during Halloween. Singlescruise.com says itsHalloween Spectacular cruise is its largest (last year more than 600 people attended; this year it’s a weeklong Caribbean cruise on Carnival Liberty, departing from Miami on Oct. 26 with private cabins starting from $1,402.27 and shared cabins from $783.27). But take heed: masks, capes and fangs can make evaluating potential lovers tricky.” Then, whom are we going to meet? Clues are in the prices, themes and destinations.

For enrichment, we could try Crystal Cruises which offer foreign language, bridge and computer lessons or Cunard which can teach us about astronomy, art and maritime history. I have experienced all of the above with my husband on Holland America, Azamara and Celebrity as well.

Then there is rest and relaxation. There are crazy games, such as vying for Mr. Mercury on Celebrity Cruises. Something which included singing to a woman passenger on bended knee, doing trick dives into the pool and answering trivia questions. My husband happened to win this one; it would be perfect for singles. Princess Cruises offers the Sanctuary, an adults-only spot. Read about this in the article:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/travel/how-to-cruise-solo.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1361293289-ABYyXhLWx+ILddRJ3wyl4w

 

 

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