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Choose the Right Cruise
It's important to pick a cruise that's catered to your age demographic or interests. In recent years, a lot of cruises have been created for specific interest groups, such as those interested in digital marketing or self-improvement, and even devotees to steam punk sub-culture! Tour operators like Thomson cruises provide a diverse range of entertainment options and global itineraries, and they cater to solo travelers as well as groups.
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Some solo travelers will take a cruise to escape the drudgery of their daily lives, and to switch off completely. This is most certainly an option on board, as you can get ample spa treatments, indulge in plenty of activities or simple wile away the hours on the deck reading books. How involved you get with fellow passengers is really up to you.
Make New Friends
Alternately, if you're a social butterfly at heart, then on-board social activities will be up your alley. It's possible to attend 'single and mingle' events in the cocktail lounge, sporting activities or activities designed specifically for people travelling alone. This can mean meeting someone to enjoy exploring with, once you call into ports.
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Some cruise operators will allow you to have a whole cabin to yourself when you travel solo. This obviously means more space and more privacy. If you would prefer some company, then it may be possible to buddy up with fellow solo passengers of the same gender, and split the costs of the room.
Expect to Baffle People
As a solo traveler, you may seem like an anomaly to your fellow passengers. They may assume you are lonely, or just plain odd. In fact, instead of having to constantly compromise on what you do because you're with someone – you can do whatever you like and choose company as and when you wish. Now that’s a flexible kind of holiday. What’s more, single cruisers are becoming more and more common these days, so book with a cruise line which caters to your requirements, and you might find you fit in just fine.
Solo travel isn't just about backpacking nowadays. Consider the benefits of cruise ship travel, such as convenience, safety and comfort, for a solo adventure with a difference.
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Caroline Tranter writes on travel and lifestyle, has recently returned from a six-month stay in Nepal and is a champion of women going solo abroad.
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