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bunnydickson 08-11-2009 09:55 PM

Hi! I'll be going on my first solo cruise..can't wait!!..and so far I am signed up for the flexible dining plan. Having read the boards, I'm wondering if it would be better to pick the later dining, and ask when I get on board, for a table made up of singles/solos....OR just see what happens each night that I show up for dinner. I do like the flexibility, but I would love to hear from anyone who has sailed solo and made this decision. Thanks!!! Carnival Liberty here I come!

Cruise Fanatic 08-12-2009 06:07 AM

Hi Bunny, Welcome to Cruise-Chat.
There's always pros and cons to both dining options. Traveling single though, I think you would have a better chance of "connecting" with other singles with a fixed seating time. It gives you an opportunity to get to know your table mates better.

penny3333 08-12-2009 06:09 AM

Hi bunnydickson, welcome to Cruise-Chat! Just go in when you're ready to eat and tell them you'd like to share a table. You'll meet some great people and some not so great people, that's the fun. If you find people you really enjoy, try to meet them for drinks before dinner and then have dinner with them. You'll also meet people on your excursions, which is a great way to meet people because they share similar interests. They will also have a meet and greet for singles, so watch your news letter delivered to your cabin. The best part of cruising solo is, you can do what you want, when you want, and for as long as you want without someone whining Best wishes for a fantastic cruise!

bunnydickson 08-12-2009 11:35 AM Thanks Cruise Fanatic and Cruise Commodore..I appreciate your suggestions. I would really enjoy the flexibility and adventure of doing the "dine as you wish", just to see who I would meet, and to try something new....but....since Carnival is pretty good about setting up tables with solo travelers, it might be nice to have a set group of people that I get to revisit with every day. Since I'm married and have two teenagers at home, I'm not really looking for a "singles" experience. I'm just giving myself a long overdue dream vacation where I get to do anything I want, without taking anyone else into consideration! It's been a long time since I was the only one to consider....and I can't wait!
** Thanks again for your input and quick response...have a great day!

billybuzzy 08-12-2009 11:50 AM

Bunny _ Welcome Aboard to Cruise-Chat!! You have found the best place to be when you are "on the beach"!

I have only recently found it necessary to begin to cruise "solo" with the recent passing away of my No.1. To do so I chose Carnival to readjust to "solo" cruising and to reearn my "Sealegs"!! They did a magnificent job of it - I had no choice but to accept "fixed" dining! You can count on the Maitre De to line you up at a table with other "solo" cruisers! Try It -You'll love it!

My Cruise?? It was an absolute blast and I had a fabulous cruise -enough so that I'm repeating it again in 2010!! My tablemates were wonderful and we exchange correspondence every few days!!

Bon Voyage,


penny3333 08-12-2009 01:35 PM

Bunny, that sounds wonderful! I, too, am married, but do cruise solo once in a while. It is nice just to do as I please, without any outside "interference" You definitely DESERVE a great time!

Dwayne 08-12-2009 08:26 PM

Hi Bunny, and Welcome to Cruise-Chat!

I've not cruised solo yet. I would probably pick the fixed seating time if I did though. I probably wouldn't like making introductions every night. That's just me though. Penny's idea of doing the open and meeting people you like, then making dinner plans together makes a lot of sense to me as well.

Welcome aboard,


bunnydickson 08-13-2009 12:03 PM Thanks billybuzzy, penny333, and IslandCruz for your input! I think I've decided to go ahead and try the late seating "fixed" dining..and ask the maitre'd (sp?)to put me at a large table with some other solo travelers. If I get brave, and don't like the set time, maybe I'll try the "flexible" dining on the second week (of my b2b).

These boards are fantastic, and everyone here is so supportive and friendly! Thanks everyone and HAPPY SAILING!

drlivingston 08-14-2009 11:38 AM

Welcome to CruiseChat, Bunny... I will be the guy sitting at your table with the top buttons of my polyester shirt open so you can see my manly chest hair and my big gold medallions swinging from semi-gold necklaces. Twas just a little humor. Cruising from a solo perspective is considerably different from cruising with a significant other or a group. When I cruise solo, I tend to eat more but I also seem to exercise more. I don't even want to calculate how many miles I would have to run on the treadmill to work off two pizzas, three cheeseburgers, and multiple chocolate melting cakes. All in all, you should have a blast. Sit with strangers! It's a riot! You will meet some uber-interesting people on a cruise ship.

bunnydickson 08-18-2009 06:52 PM Livingston~~you rock!
Thanks for your funny and encouraging reply...I'm excited for the trip, and I can't wait to see what happens, and see who I meet!

Hope you have some great cruises coming up & thanks again!!

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