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#21
Virginia
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If you want an interior or ocean view, HAL will charge 150-165% while Princess charges 200% on all cabins. If you want a balcony or suite, Princess will come in at a lower price. I called Oceania and was told they always charge 200% for world cruises/grand voyages (although the OLife choices are nice).

One thing I really dislike about the Oceania cruise is that it goes east so you are constantly losing an hour as you change time zones. The no assigned seating would be a deal breaker for me. Having to eat with different people all the time would be "cruel and unusual punishment". I am very much an introvert and take time to get to know people. Having to do the "who are you" "where are you from", etc. introductions numerous times would be tortuous. HAL has been very good about assigning solos tables together or at least with a few others and maybe a couple or two.

ETA - I just saw that Oceania will go west on its 2019 WC.

Something else to keep in mind is your travel agent. Mine gives a 6% discount (of the commissionable fare) on HAL (not sure if they do with other lines). I also get a night before the cruise in a hotel as well as transfers from airport to hotel to ship. They also provide a cocktail party and dinner the night before the cruise starts and hosts on the ship to help with problems. You get a few other perks as well.
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#22
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Joined Jun 2011
Originally posted by BassettMom
I too want to do a world cruise solo. It won't be for a few years since I need to retire first, but starting to gather information and of course save plenty of money. I've cruised on Princess and Holland America, so those are possibilities, and I keep reading about Oceania and hear that while they are more expensive, the amenities may make up for the higher up-front cost, so I"ll consider them as well. While I enjoy a few formal nights, I've ruled out Cunard as being a bit too formal for me.

So, of the three contenders (Princess, HAL, and Oceania), wondering which is better for solos in terms of solo supplement, and dining arrangements. I would prefer not to eat alone (especially for that many nights) and I know Princess and HAL have traditional assigned dining, which would work, but not sure how "anytime" dining would work on world cruise, especially on Oceania.

This is probably one of the less important considerations (cost and itinerary being top considerations), but still a factor in overall enjoyment. Any advice/comments appreciated.


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Have you heard of Fred.Olsen or Cruise and Maritime Voyages? These lines market primarily to the UK, and their ships are significantly smaller than the ships in the other lines you mentioned. For some, that is a disadvantage, but for others, like myself, it it is an advantage.

This year, I was on two Fred.Olsen ships for four weeks each, and I can warmly and strongly recommend the line. A felllow passenger on both of those cruises is going on the Black Watch's November 2018 world cruise that will be in Sydney for the New Year. That sounds cool, doesn't it?

Also, I was able to get very good solo occupancy deals on the Fred.Olsen cruises, which I booked a month and a couple of weeks before the departure dates. Even if you do not book at the last minute, I think the line's world cruise solo occupancy prices are quite attractive.
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#23
UK
2,193 Posts
Joined Aug 2002
What a fantastic thread.
It is my ambition to do a WC and this has been a great read. I look forward to reading the blogs.
I plan to retire in early 2019 and I will try to make this my goal in 2020 or 21.
Thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences.


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#25
California
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Joined Nov 2005
Originally posted by BassettMom

So, of the three contenders (Princess, HAL, and Oceania), wondering which is better for solos in terms of solo supplement, and dining arrangements. I would prefer not to eat alone (especially for that many nights) and I know Princess and HAL have traditional assigned dining, which would work, but not sure how "anytime" dining would work on world cruise, especially on Oceania.
I wonder if a world cruise would be different, in that you would get to know other cruisers on board quite quickly (especially on a smaller ship such as Oceania's Insignia with a capacity of 684 passengers)? I agree that having to do the standard introductions/small talk each evening for over a hundred nights, or to dine alone, would not be fun.
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#26
Laurel, MD
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I’m planning to do a solo world cruise (30 to 40 days) near the end of 2020 for my 50th. I’m looking at Princess or Holland America at this time. I hope to find the right cruise and book it in 2019.


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#27
USA
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Originally posted by cruisebrotha06
I’m planning to do a solo world cruise (30 to 40 days) near the end of 2020 for my 50th. I’m looking at Princess or Holland America at this time. I hope to find the right cruise and book it in 2019
You're likely looking for what cruise lines call "segments" or "grand voyages" which are different parts of a world cruise. An actual world cruise is just what it says - it goes all the way around the world, taking anywhere from 90-180 days. Segments are often 14-35 day portions. Sometimes the segments are published later than the world cruise. Hope you find a fun segment!
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Oceania Insignia 12-2017 (Cuba - 7 days)
Regal Princess 11-2017 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)
Caribbean Princess 3-2017 (Southern Caribbean - 8 days)
Celebrity Silhouette 8-2016 (British Isles, Guernsey, Belgium, Amsterdam - 14 days)
Grand Princess 11-2015 (Hawaii - 15 days)

Celebrity Infinity 10-2014 (TA - England, Azores, Bermuda, Bahamas - 14 days)
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Crown Princess 7-2013 (Baltics/Russia - 14 days)
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#28
Laurel, MD
614 Posts
Joined Aug 2015
This is a great group. I often cruise solo and have been thinking about doing a world cruise for my 50th in 2020.


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Norwegian Escape Eastern Caribbean, May 2016
Star Princess West Coast Getaway, November 2015 (Thanksgiving)
Carnival Paradise Western Caribbean, May 2015
Carnival Victory Western Caribbean, August 2014
Majesty of the Seas Bahamas, August 2013
Carnival Glory Cruise to Nowhere, May 2013

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#29
413 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
Originally posted by cruisebrotha06
This is a great group. I often cruise solo and have been thinking about doing a world cruise for my 50th in 2020.
I also have thought about doing a world cruise for my 50th in 2020. Last year, I thoroughly enjoyed two four-week long cruises on Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, and I would lean toward doing the world cruise on them.

I was on the Black Watch for one of those cruises. This year, that ship is doing two world cruises, including one that leaves Southampton in November and is in Sydney, Australia, for the New Year!

Also, FOCL's world cruise or grand voyage fares can be significantly lower than other lines.

In case you're wondering, I'm not British and I'm under 50 years old, making me in the distinct minority on FOCL. While I understand others who might not want to be on a ship almost completely made up of people from the UK over 60, it was a non-issue for me. My fellow passengers were interesting and interested. I thought they were great, and I would prefer to cruise with that demographic than with some other demographics.
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#30
2,329 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
Originally posted by jlajr
I also have thought about doing a world cruise for my 50th in 2020. Last year, I thoroughly enjoyed two four-week long cruises on Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines, and I would lean toward doing the world cruise on them.

I was on the Black Watch for one of those cruises. This year, that ship is doing two world cruises, including one that leaves Southampton in November and is in Sydney, Australia, for the New Year!

Also, FOCL's world cruise or grand voyage fares can be significantly lower than other lines.



In case you're wondering, I'm not British and I'm under 50 years old, making me in the distinct minority on FOCL. While I understand others who might not want to be on a ship almost completely made up of people from the UK over 60, it was a non-issue for me. My fellow passengers were interesting and interested. I thought they were great, and I would prefer to cruise with that demographic than with some other demographics.
I did the world cruise on Cunard in 2016 of 120 days and when I was 54, the older demographics didn't bother me a bit I met some fantastic people and had amazing experiences. In fact, I'd say that trip was one of the highlights of my life so far and Im planning to do it again in 2019.

My advice to anyone is that it will never be cheaper than it is today and do it now while you are still young enough and able enough to enjoy it....
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#31
South Carolina
507 Posts
Joined Jan 2018
Originally posted by Roz
Bassett Mom,



When I've done mock solo bookings, HAL's pricing for singles always beats out the competition.



Roz


I did a mock booking for a solo and the price came back at 200% of the per person rate based on the 2pp cabin rate. Am I doing some thing wrong here.?? Should I be talking to a TA??


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#32
101,371 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
BassettMom, be sure if you do Oceania that you try out that specific ship. They have two classes of ships so try that one or the sister one.

I am not being negative because I love long world cruises but Oceania's world cruise is the longest of any of them so consider that when you decide. For me a cruise of that length would work but for others it would be too long.

Keith
#33
California
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Joined Nov 2005
Originally posted by Keith1010
BassettMom, be sure if you do Oceania that you try out that specific ship. They have two classes of ships so try that one or the sister one.

I am not being negative because I love long world cruises but Oceania's world cruise is the longest of any of them so consider that when you decide. For me a cruise of that length would work but for others it would be too long.

Keith
Following up on Keith's comment..... I am wondering what people feel about the 180 day Oceania world cruise (as opposed to ~110 or so cruise lengths provided by other lines)?

My thinking is that it would be great, and if you are making all of the arrangements to be away from ~110 days, then there would not really be any difference in being away longer, but I wonder what others think.
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#34
USA
5,282 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Originally posted by Smokeyham
Following up on Keith's comment..... I am wondering what people feel about the 180 day Oceania world cruise (as opposed to ~110 or so cruise lengths provided by other lines)?

My thinking is that it would be great, and if you are making all of the arrangements to be away from ~110 days, then there would not really be any difference in being away longer, but I wonder what others think.
Many of their world cruisers say how much they loved the length and rebook future O world cruises again.
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Oceania Insignia 1-2019 (World Cruise - 161 days)
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Oceania Insignia 12-2017 (Cuba - 7 days)
Regal Princess 11-2017 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)
Caribbean Princess 3-2017 (Southern Caribbean - 8 days)
Celebrity Silhouette 8-2016 (British Isles, Guernsey, Belgium, Amsterdam - 14 days)
Grand Princess 11-2015 (Hawaii - 15 days)

Celebrity Infinity 10-2014 (TA - England, Azores, Bermuda, Bahamas - 14 days)
Celebrity Reflection 3-2014 (Eastern Caribbean - 7 days)
Crown Princess 7-2013 (Baltics/Russia - 14 days)
Emerald Princess 3-2012 (Eastern Caribbean - 10 days)
Caribbean Princess 6-2011 (Canada/New England - 9 days)
Crown Princess 9-2010 (TA - British Isles, Iceland, Greenland, Canada - 14 days)
Coral Princess 12-2008 (Full Panama Canal, Central America, Mexico - 14 days)
Sun Princess 9-2007 (Alaska - 7 days)
Carnival Paradise 9-2003 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)
Carnival Fantasy 1-1990 (Bahamas - 4 days)
Carnival Holiday 12-1989 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)

#35
Henderson NV
1,402 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Originally posted by Keith1010
BassettMom, be sure if you do Oceania that you try out that specific ship. They have two classes of ships so try that one or the sister one.

I am not being negative because I love long world cruises but Oceania's world cruise is the longest of any of them so consider that when you decide. For me a cruise of that length would work but for others it would be too long.

Keith
Good advice. I would definitely plan to cruise on whatever ship is doing the world cruise before I actually book the world cruise just to be sure the ship is a "good fit".

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