Most ships have a special meeting for passengers who are travelling alone. They get together every day and evening although you will not be pressured into joining into anything you do not want to, I have never joined a group because I always take my nearest and dearest, or the wife, with me. I will say that those I have met that have attended these have had a great time. So have no fears, you'll love it Neil Dow.
Try Fred Olsen Cruises. There are a lot of singles who regularly cruise with the.
I went on my first cruise on my own and had a fabulous time. I went with Royal Caribbean to Alaska. My table of 10 had 8 singles and one couple on it. The age range was from 75 to 20 ! On the first night there was a special get together for all passengers travelling alone. Six of us from my table ( including the 75 year old man and the 20 year old girl) then tended to get together most days. I made friends with another English woman about my age ( both in our 40's then) and we subsequently went on holiday together on our return. You will have a great time - cruises are a very unthreatening holiday for singles. Be prepared for the huge single supplement though .
We have cruised with P&O (10 times) and Cunard (once) and both have programmes for singles to meet each other, but we don't have direct experience of these as we are a couple.
I have cruised both on my own with a friend. I found that when I was on my own, the ship seated me with other English speaking single people for dinner. On one accasion 6 out of the 8 of us, got on really well and ended up meeting up for breakfast or lunch or going ashore together, on other occasions my fellow diners were nice company for dinner but we all preferred to do different things during the day. I have done other types of holidays on my own but fiund that as a single woman, cruising is by far the safest and most enjoyable to do by yourself. Hope you have a fantastic time.
Single myself and 59, I thoroughly enjoyed a cruise this summer with Fred Olsen cruises. there were several of us in the same boat so to speak, and we had a wonderful time. go for it... you will enjoy it.
I'm your age and I did a sector of a P & O world cruise in January - I shared a cabin with a stranger (female of course) and it worked out very well. This meant I didn't have to pay any single supplement. I could also request to be on a dining table with other single people (it turned out we had 2 couples and 4 singles, a good mix.) There were plenty of single people, lots of activities so I met new people all the time. It was great - I'd thoroughly recomment going solo.
Can only speak for ourselves after 8 cruises Princess, P&O and Celebrity - there were often single women(mainly)of varying ages - we are still corresponding with one American lady who sat at our table on a Princess cruise from New York to Southampton.
On a P&O cruise, they seemed to make special effort to
fill the extra space at our eight-person table with a male crew member to make up the numbers - I think our single lady quite enjoyed that!
Most cruises have featured a special meeting for single cruisers on the first night or second day.
My impression is that most cruisers are very friendly and good mixers and will make you welcome.
many cruise lines feature pages on their websites where you can make contact with fellow cruisers in advance (usual warnings apply re. giving addresses and phone numbers - or even real full name, as you will be telling someone you will be away for a week or two!)People agree to meet up on the first night -share interests and make arrangements to visit sights etc, together. Perhaps you could make some contacts in advance that way.
There are often activities that aren't shared interests for both people in a couple - such as bingo or quizzes or maybe in the spa! - or you might find yourself at the photo gallery and chat to someone - again, most people are very friendly.
Finally I beleive that some of the lines we haven't tried - Cunard? Fred Olsen? - have dance evenings where individuals look for partners.
Sometimes you see cruises offered with special (lower) prices for single travellers - perhaps they have more singles than others.
I suggest you talk to one of the agents who specialise in cruises and ask their advice.
I am a 61 year old single male and I went on my first cruise in December 2005. I have just booked my 2nd cruise for December this year. Both cruises were with Princess. I can tell you that I enjoyed every minute of it, and made friends with 14 different people. I think one of the main benefits of Princess is that you can book 'Anytime Dining' which means that you are sat with different people for each meal, which is obviously a great way to make friends. I would recommend Princess to anyone.
Fred Olsen Cruises cater for mature single people and have single cabins available, so you do not have to pay supplements. It is a good way to meet other people in similar circumstances.