Are Cruises for Singles Any Fun?
You may have seen ads on television or in magazines for cruises that are intended to be for singles only, and wondered what they’re really like. Is a singles cruise a constant chaotic party from start to finish, a relaxing week of peace and quiet, or something in between? Will the people there be in your own age group? The truth is, singles cruises come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s bound to be one that’s perfect for you.
A singles cruise is just like any other cruise, but as you might imagine, all the guests (or at least most of them) are single. Occasionally you do get some groups of friends where one or two in the group might be married, but they won’t be traveling with their spouses — it’s usually a girls’ or boys’ trip away from home, just for fun. The atmosphere can range from rowdy and playful to reserved and quiet, depending on which sort of cruise you select. There is no awkwardness about being on your own, because everyone else is, too, and there are always a tremendous amount of organized activities and special events where everything is coordinated down to the last detail. You will never feel left out or lonely, but if you want to retreat and be on your own for a while, that’s certainly possible, too. You can turn a singles cruise into anything you want it to be.
Perhaps you like the idea of taking a cruise on your own, but have avoided booking a singles cruise because you were afraid you’d be pestered inappropriately the whole time. After all, the whole point is for people to hook up, right? Well, yes and no. Sure, just about everyone on the boat is single and unattached, and that does often lead to people attempting to pair off, but most people are just there to enjoy the cruise and see what happens, not specifically to look for sex or bother other people. In any case, all the cruise companies have very strict and tightly enforced rules about harassment, so in the unlikely event that you did have a problem with another passenger, a quick word to one of the staff would be all that is needed to get the situation rectified.
There are a wide variety of ships and cruise lines for every taste. Some cater more to the college-aged crowd, others are more for the 30- and 40-somethings, and still others are dedicated to single seniors looking for fun times and opportunities to meet people. If you are hesitant because you don’t want to end up on a cruise with people who are not like you or an atmosphere not suited to your personality, Google can point you to literally hundreds of forums where people who have actually been on these cruises can tell you what each one is like and what you can expect. As you’ll quickly learn, people are very excited to talk about their experiences, and hopefully, with a little research, you can come up with a singles cruise that fits both your budget and your lifestyle, so that you’re sure to have a fantastic time.