Cruising Solo and Lovin’ It, a guest post by Diane

Today I welcome Diane who shares this guest post about going out of her comfort zone by taking a cruise by herself. Diane blogs at Thoughts, Tips and Tales.


Cruising Solo and Lovin’ It

By Diane

Ten years ago, I’d never have dreamed that I’d take a cruise alone. I thought only a pathetic, weird person with no friends or family would do that…

It began with a breakup right before a planned cruise where I told my ex that I was going, but he wasn’t. And I just returned from my eighth solo cruise — a seven-night Caribbean trip that was fabulous.

I had nice dinner companions and ate in the formal dining room every night, went on several shore excursions, took Zumba classes and line dancing lessons the three days at sea, walked the deck for exercise, listened to live music, spent hours lying by the pool and reading, relaxed on my own private balcony, and watched recently released movies every evening on the top deck. The week flew by, and it couldn’t have been more fun!

The key to enjoying a cruise alone is to remember that you’re never going to see any of the people on the ship again! Never. In your entire life.

So it really doesn’t matter what they think; you’re there to relax and have fun. I like to believe my fellow passengers (if they even realize I’m cruising alone) think I’m a confident, adventurous woman with a zest for life. I truly believe that’s what my friends at home think! (I convinced one workaholic friend to cruise alone and she loves it and does it often.)

And remember: what happens on the cruise ship stays on the cruise ship…

Thank you, Diane! You can read about more of Diane’s experiences at Thoughts, Tips and Tales.

Would you go on a cruise by yourself?

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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5 Responses to Cruising Solo and Lovin’ It, a guest post by Diane

  1. Rae Hilhorst says:

    Good for you I am glad you had a great time, I am not one for cruising, terrified of water x
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  3. Wow, I love this. And to be honest cruising solo sounds much better than dealing with the constant coordination and back and forth traveling with others sometimes entails. I would love to do a solo retreat one day, and really connect with my inner self, because if we love our own company, well that is the best. Thank you for sharing.
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  4. I’m a big advocate of traveling solo. You have complete control of the itinerary and are open to experiences that you miss with companions. I’ve never been on a cruise, and a solo cruise sounds fantastic! Alas, son and husband would probably disagree.
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  5. Marcy says:

    Thanks for the comments on Diane’s post. I myself traveled alone one time to Costa Rica. I thoroughly loved it! Aside from being a beautiful country and having a lot of fun adventures, I loved the experience of traveling alone and being in charge of all the decisions, while usually travel is a series of compromises for every meal and activity. For my trip, though, I joined a small group. I lucked out that there were a few people traveling solo or with a friend who were very welcoming toward me, and I ended up hanging out with them. I applaud Diane for cruising on her own. I imagine that would be a very different experience than the one I had in terms of the amount of solo time.
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