9 tips for cruising alone

Walking onto a ship alone for an Alaskan cruise may seem like stepping into solitary confinement for seven days, but sailing solo provides us with the opportunity to choose to kayak all the time and never take a single hike, or to skip all the tours and finally read that stack of digital novels all day in our cabin. Here are some tips for how to make the most of a lone voyage.

Text by Crai S Bower | Photo editing by Mike Hipple

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Mar 10, 2013 1:38PM
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I'm looking forward to my next cruise in May to Alaska.  Years ago, I crossed the Atlantic on Holland America - it was great.  I traveled with my sister on a Barefoot Windjammer cruise - the greatest and very casual with 50 other passengers, quite a few single.  We had the opportunity to help raise the sails - IF WE WANTED and even take the helm!   Unfortunately it has gone out of business.  If the fares to Europe ever come down to reasonable levels, I would like to river cruise, 
Feb 21, 2013 11:22AM
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I have one big tip for your cruse !!! DON'T GO or if you go bring your own bags to crap in when the ship looses power

All ships suck all you hear about are all the sickness and malfunctions or hitting ground and killing people !! its tooooooo many people in a close environment  germs everywhere UGH !disgusting  

Feb 21, 2013 10:12AM
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I won a  Carnival cruise to Mexico in a Halloween costume contest back in 1996.   It was for 2, but I went 'solo'......and had a pretty good time.    LOTS of wandering around exploring the ship itself.....I had NO desire to get off the thing when we hit port....( I'd once visited Tijuana when in the Marines back in 1974.....ONCE was enough....)  Would love to do an Alaskan cruise someday.   
Feb 21, 2013 9:38AM
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this article wont let me get past page 2....and my net is fine with a great signal
Feb 21, 2013 9:37AM
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I wonder how good the article is...MSN/BING IS STARTING TO SUCK...pages wont load or take to long to load...always having problems to make comments...
Feb 21, 2013 9:14AM
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I went on an Alaska cruise by myself on Holland America.  I expected to pay more for a room by myself and I didn't.  I had a great time.  I am not a real social person, but I met alot of really nice people.  I was invited to join them and I did sometimes, but I mostly did what I wanted and that was to see Alaska.
Feb 21, 2013 9:05AM
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cruise buddy , is a good place to look .i found a nice person to travel with on here . we talked 10 days before we went  ,we were both from the same city and we hit it off . and the good thing about it was we are still friends today .and only had to pay half the bill

Feb 21, 2013 7:50AM
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Good article, I had thought of an Alaska cruise and now I am going to go!
Feb 21, 2013 7:48AM
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Me, myself, and I are never alone. After all the magnificent creator is always present.
Feb 21, 2013 7:44AM
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Unfortunately, cruising solo is not that easy, you have to agree to room with a virtual stranger, for example if the berth is $1499 per person double occupancy and you don't want to room with a stranger, you pay $2998 for your cruise. The only break you may get is a good room mate, or they can't find anyone and then you can cruise for $1499 without a room mate. One would think that with so many "solo" people these days, they would start offering single rooms on the new ships.

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