Old guy, solo, NCL studio lounge

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#21
San Miguel de Allende
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Joined May 2013
What a lovely cruise you've booked! You'll have a wonderful time.
Please do come back to this board and share with us your experience when you return.
#22
Memphis
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Joined Feb 2018
Thanks for the post, I'm the reverse actually. I'm 90% convinced myself to book a solo studio Baltic cruise. I'm a male aged 32 and worried there would be no people my age.. I prefer to travel alone but it's always an adventure to meet new groups of people. But I worried I'd be the youngest there.. I guess after reading this, maybe not.
#23
Indiana
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Joined Oct 2017
Aw man, don't feel that way! I am 35 and just did my 1st solo cruise, and the other solo cruisers I met along the way varied in ages (men and women). Breakfast was great because I was up early (my body didn't adjust to the time zone change at all) and sat right next to an older, retired gentleman who was also up early. He sheepishly looked over at me and then back to his coffee. As soon as I got my coffee I made a general attempt to speak to him about how good it was - just kind of feeling out if he wanted to even be bothered with a conversation or not. He looked kind of relieved that I wanted to talk :-) He ended up telling me all the fascinating cruises he'd been on over the years with his late wife. He was a wonderful person and I'm glad we met that day.

I hope your spring cruise is wonderful. I have heard great things about NCL and actually want to try them very soon, just for that experience of meeting other solo cruisers.
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#24
Daytona Beach, FL
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Joined Dec 2013
I agree with most all the replies I've read here...although I started skimming after a while...so I may have missed it if anyone recommended this: Make sure to go to the solo/singles "meet up" the first evening. Generally a host/cruise director staff will facilitate introductions, offer to make dinner/show reservations, etc... In my experience attendance at these daily meet ups/happy hours trails off as the cruise goes on and people start hanging out with people they've met, etc... And as mentioned by others, very wide age range on all my studio cruises and rarely many people hanging out in the lounge anyways.
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#25
Memphis
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Joined Feb 2018
Originally posted by PrettyPenny7
I hope your spring cruise is wonderful. I have heard great things about NCL and actually want to try them very soon, just for that experience of meeting other solo cruisers.

Well come on in May! hah
#26
Toronto
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Joined Nov 2014
I did NCL Epic twice as a solo.

Ages ran for 20s to the 80s, you will always find some one to talk to,

The younger crowd often are at the meetups in the solo lounge and spend time often planning what to do late into the night but for evening before and at dinner time there is a good mix of people.

I never found a single woman scared because I was the only other person there.

Also, there are little parties some time held in the lounge and all the solos are invited.
#27
Indiana
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Joined Oct 2017
Originally posted by TravelingUnguided
Well come on in May! hah
What trip are you taking in May? I was looking at an inexpensive RC cruise in May, which should still be an okay time.... but I really would like to try NCL.
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#28
Memphis
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Originally posted by PrettyPenny7
What trip are you taking in May? I was looking at an inexpensive RC cruise in May, which should still be an okay time.... but I really would like to try NCL.

I was going to send you a private message to not clutter the thread more, but couldn't.

I'm looking into either may 11 or May 20, 9 day Baltic cruise on NCL.
#29
Melbourne, Australia
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Joined Jan 2015
Just want to concur - as a female it would not occur to me to be uncomfortable in a lounge alone with a male unless that male actually did something to make me uncomfortable. I agree with the others - go to the meet ups and introduce yourself, and use the lounge as much as you wish! I would be more than happy to chat to people of any age and any gender, I've just booked my first solo cruise and I'm very much hoping that the people are friendly! I think you have nothing to worry about, enjoy your cruise!
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#30
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Originally posted by TravelingUnguided
I was going to send you a private message to not clutter the thread more, but couldn't.

I'm looking into either may 11 or May 20, 9 day Baltic cruise on NCL.
Private Messaging has never worked on this site.
#31
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Joined Feb 2014
Went solo on the Escape last year and met many interesting and fun people in the solo lounge. We'd gather before dinner as the hostess would tally up who wants to dine where, and get reservations for us.
Solos varied in age from 20-80's, mostly in the 40-55 range though. Everyone is friendly and looking to join others in activities on board or on excusions. Its like you're all fast friends and.

I've met some really interesting people, folks who are widowed but cruise because their partner enjoyed it, a retiree in Florida who jumps on last minute deals frequently, and a spattering of good conversationalists.

At 60, the OP wouldn't be the oldest solo by far. Solos attract a diverse crowd, its best to just go with the flow. Every sailing there's a different dynamic based on solos. Sometimes, you'll have a group that is all about doing things together, dining, drinking, clubbing, tours, shows, etc. Another week I was on and the vibe was totally different, only a few sad looking divorcees wanted to dine as a group, everyone else did their own thing,

Never really saw any people hang out in the lounge aside from grabbing a pastry and juice, and eat it there,