Recommendations on Single Cruising/Holidays?

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Recommendations on Single Cruising/Holidays?

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Regrettably my husband died four months ago and I find myself in the unwelcome position of holidaying solo in the future (family all rallying around brilliantly, but I don't plan on relying on my adult children for holidays and know I have to get on with doing things on my own, plus I'm a bit younger than the average widow, thus friends are all still in couples).

Can anyone recommend particular cruise/travel agents who specialise in decent singles offers for cruises or land based holidays? Are any of the cruise lines better than others for singles (we usually went on Cunard, but also happy with P&O and Fred Olsen)? Any other land-based holiday companies particularly good for singles (UK or overseas)?

Any information/help with any information on solo holidays of any type hugely appreciated.

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A friend used Saga holidays - her first was to the Caribbean - and said they were really excellent. On her first trip she met a couple of ladies she got on with very well and has since travelled with them a couple of times.

So sorry about your husband.
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anniec wrote: 01 Jan 2020, 12:34 Can anyone recommend particular cruise/travel agents who specialise in decent singles offers for cruises or land based holidays?
Club 18-30 - well you did say you were younger than the "average" widow :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Hi Anniec - I am in the same position but 4 years further along than you are. I have been on 2 Marella and one P and O cruise so far and have 4 more booked with P and O. They both catered for solos very well with coffee mornings where you can meet others - because Marella is freedom dining only you can link up to share table(s) and on P and O I ask to join a big table at dinner and they put you on with other singles. I don’t mind being on my own during the day but I am sure you’d find others to go ashore with if you wanted to. The single supplement on P and O is about 60% extra per cabin.
Hope this is helpful and good luck!


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Hi Annie
I lost my wife just over 4 years ago having completed getting on for 30 cruises with her. Like you I canvassed opinions on here and was encouraged by many but particularly Jan, to carry on cruising. I have since done 9 cruises on my own and enjoyed them all,making many new friends one of which I now arrange cruises together. You can arrange to sit on the same dining table which adds to the enjoyment. We have 2 more cruises booked for this year. All my cruises have been with P&O whiich suits my taste. I would not book a single cabin as from what I have seen they are very small. I do in fact always book balcony cabins which despite the exorbitant supplement I prefer.
All I can say Annie is give it a go,you will not regret it.
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First of all I am so sorry for your loss - unfortunately I know all too well what you are experiencing at the moment.

Colin is very kind - I just encouraged him to try a cruise on his own and just take it day by day - that’s all you can do really and I am so glad he is still enjoying his cruises and has made new friends. I find there are always people willing to chat and pass the time and sitting on a larger table at night is always wise - to be honest it’s impossible to click with everybody ;) I am still in touch with a dear lady I met on my first solo cruise - she was very kind to me and I went on a few excursions with her.

I have been lucky in that I still travel with friends that my husband and I cruised with and I have also made friends particularly one from this forum and I have been with her and her husband several times - got one booked on Iona in July with them. I was only 59 when I was widowed - 13 years ago last month and I was determined to give it a go - I always say if you don’t like something you don’t have to do it again but I think you will feel very safe and there is so much going on - you should give it a go. Like you most of my friends still have their partners but having been friends for so many years things have worked out okay when we have holidayed together.

My son and family have got the cruise bug too and I have a family cruise at least once a year with them. However single supplements depend a lot on the cabin and as Colin says can be exorbitant particularly for a balcony which I love in the Caribbean but I usually book an outside if it’s in Europe. I book with Hays Travel and they do give a discount which helps a bit but supplements range from 60 to 80% depending on the ship.

Good luck - I’m sure you will be okay.
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Post by anniec »

Many thanks to all of you for your helpful suggestions and commiserations - I knew from reading your posts over the years that there were so many on this forum in the same situation and you have given me the encouragement I need to book something at some point in the future.

Many thanks again for your help and kindness. :)

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david63 wrote: 01 Jan 2020, 13:00 Club 18-30 - well you did say you were younger than the "average" widow :lol: :lol: :lol:
I might try that once I'm old enough :D

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