as a solo travel option...
is often asked about the female-friendliness of cruising, especially
for those women travelling solo. I think it's an excellent viable
option as long as you understand that we live in a coupled world
and the ship's guest list will reflect that demographic. So what!
During the day you can do whatever your little heart desires.
Sleep in late or get up early to work out in the gym. You don't
need a partner to read a good book, take an excursion, listen
to a lecture, enjoy a cooking class or learn to line dance.
Looking for company?
Use the formal dining room to jump-start relationships.
Cruise lines make this very easy as there is open seating
for breakfast and lunch each day of the cruise. That means
you never know who will be seated beside you and with close
to 2,000 guests the odds of meeting interesting people are
high, indeed. For the evening meals, set tables are assigned
at the beginning of your holiday. That guarantees that you'll
be enjoying fine dining with the same eight to ten companions
every night. Soon you'll all be comparing notes about how
you spent the day, what you bought and where to meet up
for the evening's entertainment. We found everybody so friendly
and ready to chat. If you reach out with a smile most people
will respond in kind.
the extra cost of cruising solo? True, if you're not sharing
with someone else you will be paying more. However, there
are ways of reducing your spending. In order to begin at
a lesser price, keep your eyes open for any advertised specials
or last minute deals.
potential guest has an endless travel budget and the cruise
lines reach out by offering accommodation options. As the
'buyer' you must begin thinking creatively. Instead of choosing
a prestige suite with verandah, choose one of their well-appointed
ocean view or inside staterooms. Cut down on amenities --
fresh flowers and champagne are lovely in your room but
you can have a fabulous time without them. Book only one
extra shore excursion rather than three. Shop less and drink
less (better for you) in exchange for the luxury of having
your very own cabin with your very own washroom.
On a cruise
you don't have the hassle of packing and unpacking. You're
assured of a clean, comfortable room each and every night.
All meals are included. There's no rushing to catch a train
or plane as you move from one city to another. Aboard your
floating hotel you simply sail from one harbour to another
all the while being pampered silly. Yes, you become more
of a tourist and less of an adventurous traveller. That's
O.K. -- cruising is just one more exciting way to see the
world. You might find it suitable for some destinations
and less right for others. It might be the thing to do at
one stage of your life and not at others. However, in the
final analysis, Journeywoman's advice is not to turn cruising
down simply because you're a single woman traveller with
a limited travel budget. That just might be a huge mistake.
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