I was very hesitant to roll solo on a cruise. But after sailing 33 times to date, I did actually try the experience twice and it wasn’t so bad after all. Who would have thought?
Since the early 2000s, I always make it a priority to take off my birthday in mid October, so it can be tough to find friends with similar dates off. But I don’t let that stop me anymore, even if it did take me years to take that leap.
I booked a 7 day on Norwegian Cruise Line out of the port of Miami mostly because they had singles rooms/rates, while a vast majority of cruise lines make it cost prohibitive by charging double occupancy regardless of a partner on board. We even had our own private floor and lounge area.
I experienced every sunrise and sunset, as the unobstructed viewpoints from the ships’ balcony are priceless. Somedays I did it all and others I lounged with no plan. Ahhhh, the freedom of the open sea and no one else to please.
Also, I am the queen of last minute getaways and went outside my comfort zone to book a week long steal for only $115 aboard a Spanish cruise line based out of Colombia, South America. (Not to mention the round trip airfare was only an astonishing $60) While I’ve dabbled in Spanish classes since high school, I’m by no means fluent or comfortable conversing. But I learned quickly and settled in to enjoy the beauty of the southern Caribbean Islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Panama.
If you ever find a great last minute deal or Florida resident special, go for it!