Cruising is a Great Travel Option for Women
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.
It costs more if you're
not sharing a cabin...
about 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.
every 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.
you sail with a cruise line you are on their mailing list.
They want to keep you as a return client so they will ply
you with Early Bird specials and coupons. Hold on to them,
they just might come in handy the second time you cruise!
I'm concerned about feeling
never need to be lonely. 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 hundreds of 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. P.S.
I still exchange Christmas cards with very interesting people
I've met along the way.
I'd like to meet other
the dining room maitre 'd that you're interested in meeting
other single passengers. Cruise lines usually have a Singles
Table that you can be seated at if you choose. Read the ship's
daily newsletter. They often program activities solely for
folks who are travelling on their own. If you don't like these
planned social activities pop by for a bit anyway. At least
you can introduce yourself to other solo travellers (both
men and women) on board and will know them by sight if they
happen to be sitting beside you at another activity. It's
a good idea to keep your options open.
Shopping becomes easier...
most of us it's fun to shop when we're travelling and you
certainly don't need a partner to find that perfect shawl
you've been looking for. If you're backpacking and travelling
by train many bargains must be left behind because you fear
your bag will become too heavy. When you're on a cruise those
worries disappear and that opens the door to lots of inexpensive
pleasures. Things you buy in ports of call can be stored in
your cabin and then simply packed into your suitcase for the
journey home. Most probably you'll be catching a taxi from
the port terminal directly to the airport where porters are
available to handle your bags. The hassles are few but the
things you purchase in markets around the world will offer
sweet memories for years to come.