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  1. I sailed solo on the Bellissima maiden voyage from Southampton to Barcelona. I bought a pass for the thermal area for the whole cruise. It was the best experience that I have had. Some smaller ships have thermal areas, which are appropriate for the size of ship - not great. The other biggest was NCL Getaway. The facilities on offer weren't as good and varied as Bellissima. Bellissima was more relaxing. On Getaway people were having loud conversations in what was labelled as a quiet area - not to mention people reserving the heated loungers,
  2. I have limited experience on MSC. I was on the Bellisima maiden from Southampton to Barcelona, and there were no meet ups. I did recognise some passengers that I met on an RCI ship, and of course met people from the boards here. I've just been on a 3 night cruise on Meraviglia, and again there were no no meet ups.
  3. There's no straight answer to any of these questions. NCL big ships are the most solo friendly, and I am in contact with a few people that I have sailed with. However, I have made friends on other cruise lines. As for mini cruises, I do them from time to time. My last cruise was just over a week ago, a 3 night cruise on MSC Meraviglia from Kiel to Southampton. It was incredibly cheap, and a couple of friends decided to join me. My preference is for ports where I can just wander on my own. I am a hobby photographer, so anyone coming with me would get bored. I have found that the private tours in mini buses are the friendliest, rather than the big coaches that the cruise lines use. My next cruise is from Fort Lauderdale to LA, through the Panama. From what others have said, I don't think that I want to wander around on my own.
  4. Those people were incredibly rude. Thankfully I have never met anyone like that in any of my cruises. On all the RCI cruises that I have been on, I have been seated with others at breakfast or lunch in the MDR. When I was on Queen Victoria last year I was seated with couples, and asked to be moved to a table of solo travellers. The next night it was just me and a very elderly, and very deaf, man on a table for 8. I swapped again, because I knew that there was space on a table of solos that I had already met. Third time lucky. And they did re-seat the elderly man, so I didn't need to feel guilty about abandoning him.
  5. I've only just seen this, so went into the Celebrity site. It's over £3000 for me - far too much for a short cruise. I'll just go across to Southampton to take a look!
  6. Pricing isn't always that simple. There are many cruises where the cost for a solo passenger is a lot more than for the original double occupancy offer.
  7. I've been onto the Cunard website. The inside cabin is coming out at £2822!
  8. I have also heard that some passengers who have booked a 'phantom' cabin mate have been refused boarding unless they pay the solo rate at the time of sailing. I personally wouldn't want to risk it.
  9. It takes a while, but the main advantages come when you get to diamond level.
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