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  1. And my best wishes and sincere hopes that it will all work out for your fellow passengers on board.
  2. Thanks Missy! I'll check those out and check in with travel agents as well to see if they've got any insider information. Great tip about Ponant; I never even thought of them! Bechi
  3. Thank you all! Got a lot of perusing to do... <g>
  4. Thank you all for your replies. I'll look into Crystal a bit deeper (I didn't see any information regarding single supplements when I looked, but if it's a straight 130%, that may explain why), and some of the European river cruise lines. Basically, I have time available in November and was thinking of a cruise, but Silversea is my "go to" line and currently isn't offering anything attractive with an affordable single supplement at the moment. I singled you out Lois, because although I'm not terribly active as a poster, I believe we've exchanged a word of two over the past year or so and I know from past postings here and on the SS board, you've done a few solo cruises on Silversea recently as well as on some other lines and seem to lean towards Silversea as a favorite at the end of the day, so thought your preferences might most closely reflect my own. The only other line I've tried is Seabourn, so just looking for advice on where I might find the most Silversea-ish cruise with an affordable supplement if I can't sail Silversea! Thanks!
  5. I'm trying to come up with a weekish (7-10 days) long solo cruise for this November, but my go-to, Silversea, doesn't have anything for me. Since it seems Lois has been doing a bit of research lately with the solo offerings of numerous ocean and river cruiselines, and has done sufficient cruises on Silversea to know my preferences, I was hoping she might have some recommendations for me for lines with low single supplements. Naturally, I value the recommendations of others as well; I only single out Lois since she seems to be in the same "boat" (har har) as far as cruise preferences! Thanks!
  6. During my stay at Hacienda Siesta Alegre last year, I spent a few days scouting out potential trails with Jorge, who is in charge of their stables there. They were planning on offering trail riding in addition to their current services, but don't know if this has happened yet. They are in Rio Grande and the property and stables are absolutely gorgeous and Jorge is a fantastic instructor and all-around guy. You can try reaching out to him and see if they've rolled this out yet.
  7. Why don't you just take a stroll over the bridge after you check into your hotel, sans luggage? Grab some dinner have a drink or two, and then worry about schlepping yourselves and luggage to the pier the next day.
  8. I'm hoping to see good things on my Shadow cruise later this month. Honestly, I'll just be happy to see the return of complimentary caviar!
  9. Just saw a blurb about Invictus on Linkedin and a link to some interesting photos, press releases and a highly food-pornographic video: Silversea Project Invictus. Question - doesn't serving caviar with a metal spoon spoil the taste?
  10. Uh huh! <g> It's like when you've just having finished dinner on a cruise and you're secretly lusting for that warm, buttery, tarte tatin. If you're with company, you don't want to hold them up by having desert if no one else is interested, but on your own... Well I know, I'm going to enjoy every bite along with a nice tokaji (oh yeah!), and might even request a few pralines be sent to await me in my suite as well! DAMN delightfully self-indulgent! We all deserve this once in a while and there's nothing sad or pitiful about it. Just trying to reiterate, because this silly idea comes up FAR too often, and there's no reason to think traveling by oneself should involve "being brave and making the best of it"; it's devoting some well-deserved pampering and "ME" time to oneself and exploring and allowing yourself to grow as a person (figuratively - unless you're really enjoying that tarte tatin!) When you travel solo, you tend to engage others more, and try more new things, which can be really eye opening and enriching. You may return home with a new passion, a new hobby, a new outlook.
  11. Thank you Butterfly!
  12. Good for you Butterfly! I've been taking solo cruises since I was in my early thirties and would get the occasional remarks on my supposed "bravery"; meanwhile I was having the time of my life! I know Lois is having a ball, as I've followed along on a few of her adventures on the Silversea board. I'm not sure if solo females occasion less comment on a luxury line (all of my solos have been with Silversea), but it seems that lately, the only comments I cause are due to my choices in shore activities. The average passenger age is a bit higher, so I often get wistful remarks from a few passengers when they see my kitted out in tall boots and breeks to roam the countryside of the day's port on horseback. I've been able to arrange some really fantastic hacks throughout the world, although it does take a bit of research and work to set up. That just happens to be my "thing", but when you don't have a companion, it's a whole lot easier to arrange to do your "thing", whatever it may be. My upcoming cruise is with my young man, so activities will be quite different; only as much riding and diving as I can sneak in without him feeling neglected! You've got the right attitude and you're going to have a stellar time!
  13. Butterfly & Lois, I'm the rebellious poster that revels in solo travel, so blame me! I can understand how you may be a little apprehensive on your first solo trip, Butterfly, but I just wanted to interject that it's not necessarily something that you need to apprehensive about. A woman enjoying herself on her own, is not necessarily brave, it's delightfully self-indulgent! Unfortunately, women suffer this stigma more than men. We are expected, and unconsciously, come to expect, that we need to be chaperoned in some way, any time we are in public, a Western state of purdah, if you will! As long as you are open to meeting people and making new friends, you will. Often, I find the most difficult part of socialized when traveling as a solo is managing to find time by myself! I've been known to request a table for one behind a pillar in order to have a quick breakfast or lunch before going ashore or to trivia, etc. so I don't feel guilty when new friends see me and ask me to join them in a more leisurely meal! You're going to have a fantastic time. Bechi
  14. Butterfly, For me, traveling solo IS my comfort zone; I have to make much more of an effort when traveling with my young man! It's still a vacation, and still enjoyable, but all of the negotiating and checking and confirming about what he thinks he may or may not want to do, where he may or may not want to eat and with or without others - Argh!!! Once on our way, it's more or less fine, but the lead up is horrendous! The freedom when it's just me, is pure bliss and although the planning and lead up is a lot of work, it's exciting and no one to grump about it! And it's also so much easier to meet new people as a solo. You never have to be focused on "us" just yourself and those around you.
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