Penny, yes, I am starting to count down the hours! I'm also wondering if I'm going to be able to get everything into one large suitcase and a duffel bag. Because of airline baggage fees, I don't want to check a second bag, but I will if I have to. I'm hoping to just "mix and match" for evening wear. Day wear I may have a clean set for every day, since I'll be hot and sweaty most likely when I get back onboard the ship.
2007 - Majesty of the Seas
2009 - Enchantment of the Seas
2010 - Freedom of the Seas
I know it's a pain to drive, but that is one of the reasons we do. I do try to get everything into one suitcase, but my hubby always has 3-4 bags. In fairness, he does pack the snorkeling gear in one of them. I know I'm going to buy t-shirts, so I don't take a whole lot of them with me. I also buy some other clothing items like a polo shirt or a dress. I do like the mix and match idea, too. My biggest savings is in shoes. I used to pack shoes for every occasion/outfit with a purse to match. Now I pack 2 pairs, one dress with a matching evening bag, one pair of water shoes. I wear my tennis shoes on board. If I have to fly (yuck), it's amazing how much less I'll pack.
I did leave from the Port of Baltimore last cruise, but that port is limited in terms of where the ships that leave that port travel to. And that port needs to make it easier to get to.
Next time I would just take a shuttle from home to the port rather than Metro to Union Station, Amtrak to Penn Station, taxi to port. It was pretty heinous. And then when we returned, our ride from Metro to home decided not to pick us up and even told someone else who was going to pick us up that we'd made other arrangements (and we hadn't even asked her in the first place. She told someone else she'd take and pick us up and then didn't.). Needless to say, I have written her off permanently.
spoheat has added an invaluable tip to the solo cruiser- choose to dine in the dining room for breakfast and lunch - It really is a great way to meet additional and interesting companions on a solo cruise. I did so on my cruise in June and I am glad to say that spoheat's suggestion is right on the money!!
A special "BON VOYAGE!!!" to MCPayne - you're almost there...Hang in!!
Do not be scared. Yes, I believe you can alone dine as I have read in number of blogs posts and participated in forums just to enhace my knowledge about Barcelona. I can cruise solo, but only by choice. Sorry your companion had to cancel. Enjoy your cruise!!