I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. ~Mark Twain
This is an ongoing article about transatlantic cruising, travelling solo, meeting new people and exploring the world in style.
Travelling Solo- I have been travelling solo for quite some time now. And, I will let you in on a little secret; it is wonderful! I have not always travelled solo. For many years I had travelled with my wife and family. And, I always enjoyed it whole heartedly. But, like so many others, my wife and I have gone our separate ways. These days I travel by myself. I find it much easier that way.
The difficulty with traveling by yourself with the cruise lines is that when they sell you a cabin, they have based their business model on two or more people being in that cabin. And, they want that second berth paid for. Fortunately, hotels have not yet figured this out. I woo the day they realize they have the ability to do that.
So, if you are travelling solo, and want to cruise, you have two options:
First Option- Be prepared to pay a single supplement; normally, about 50% of your single price ticket. This is a bit of hit, and it seems to deter many people on sailing solo. When I last sailed solo, I stood looking at all the photos of people who had their picture taken before they boarded. I counted two others who sailed solo. That was out of compliment of about 1,500 people. For this cruise to transatlantic cruise to Rome, I am paying the single supplement. That is why it is costing me a bit more in points on this trip.
Second Option- Many cruise lines will arrange for you to share a cabin with someone. And, if the idea of sharing a 187 SF cabin with a complete stranger does not turn you off, you’re a better person than me. I would just rather pay the single supplement fee. I just factor it in as the price of keeping my sanity in tack.
Solo Travelling- Is a big business, if you were to search online for companies that cater to solo travelers you would find yourself inundated with companies offering to pair you up with like-minded travelers, who share like-minded interests. It seems, as a species, we are reluctant to travel and do things by ourselves.
That is why I am so skeptical of companies that think we are going to be able to colonize Mars in the near future. The first few people who make it to Mars are going to be so lonely; they may all just go mad, alone with only a few others to talk to. Eventually, they would run out of things to talk about.
Luckily for me, I seem to have adapted to being by myself. My mother is always trying to get me to take someone along on my journeys, to which I say, “nope.” It is just easier being by myself. I get a travel routine going, I like to do certain things, and I have certain particulars that just make it easier being by myself.
Of course there are certain dangers with travelling alone. And, precautions should be taken. Whenever I meet someone who has travelled alone, I always have the utmost admiration for them. Then when I hear of someone who travels alone and something happens to them, I find it so heartbreaking, as in the case of Sarai Sierra from Staten Island, New York who was murdered in Turkey this year.
I like to travel by myself, but I love to meet new people when I am travelling. I go out of my way to make conversations, engage others, and participate in activities where I am encouraged to meet others. That is one of the beauties of travelling alone, you need to step up and out of your comfort zone.
I especially love the cruise ship dinner hour. I actually enjoy meeting new people at dinner, and have been known to circulate among dining tables meeting new and interesting people. I guess, since I live a life devoid of dinner parties, this is my chance to be involved in one. I make the cruise one big dinner party.
I am also a big fan of signing up for the cruise ship tours. Yes, they are expensive. But, there is a safety factor here. Being by myself, I choose not to try and save a few bucks and find a tour operator on my own. No, again, I am more than willing to shell out a few extra dollars for the safety factor of being in the care of the cruise line.
Of course with cruise lines it is easy to lower your guard. You feel a sense of security on them. However, things can and do happen. Cruise ships are not immune from danger and trouble. And, I will go into more detail about that later on in the blog.
But for now, let’s focus on the good!
Next, the Ruby Princess….