First Cruises Ever - and Going Solo!

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1. Posted by capper (Budding Member 10 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

In less than 3 weeks I am embarking solo on a 4-night Virgin Voyages cruise from Miami through Key West and Bimini Island. Immediately following, I am heading back to sea from Miami on a 7-night Norwegian Cruiseline cruise through the Dominican. The former is adults-only while the latter is for all ages.

I would love to mingle and meet people of all ages. I will also have the opportunity to spend two nights in Miami, one before the first cruise and one after the second.

I am posting to get some information and tips on how I can best make the most of these exciting voyages! As I mentioned, I would love to meet people and have a great time with others (especially solo travellers). Any suggestions as to how to best prepare and navigate my cruises?

Also, I like my beer and wine but I'm not what you would call a big / excessive drinker. That said, Virgin Voyages offer drink packages of $100, $200, or $300 in USD. I understand that you can use it like a pre-paid Visa card, until it runs out. The only benefit would be that they add an extra bonus credit if you purchase a package (more bonus money dependant on the size of the package). So it might be worthwhile for me to spend $100, (maybe $200 could be pushing it) up front for the 4 nights. As for NCL, I believe their most economical option is a $109USD/day all-you-can drink package! While it is my understanding that drinks tend to be pricey on cruises, I don't think the NCL package would be for me! If anyone has any info. on drinks etc., that would also be great.

THANKS

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2651 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Several ways to meet people. Ask to share a table at meals. If there are classes (dancing, crafts) offered, go to them. Go to Trivia and team up with others. Go to Karaoke - if not to participate, to watch. Go to the gym for pilates or yoga. Ask questions of other guests.

I don't drink but I think your idea about the drink package is correct for Virgin. I would not pay $109/day for drinks on NCL. I think you can have one rink or a glass of wine at dinner for much less than that.