The tranquility of the seas and the absence of a tumultuous environment soothe the soul and calm the mind. This is why many travelers opt to go solo when going on a Singapore cruise. The opportunities presented are endless.
But then, going solo in an experience which is supposedly enjoyed by a group of people can actually raise confusions among co-passengers. Therefore, here are a few tips to get away from the possible scrutiny and really enjoy the solitary voyage:
1. Accept that some people will wonder why you are alone.
This isn’t necessarily a form of ‘meddling’ but being seen alone can really make people wonder; and as it is in the nature of humans to get curious over things like that, they will most likely not understand your need for escape. It’s not like you have to explain it to them (especially if you don’t know each other), but be prepared to see people eyeing you in an uncomfortable sort of fashion.
2. Get a cabin for your own.
Some cruise packages may offer you to have a cabin mate but it’s better to get a solo room for yourself to feel total solitude. This way, you wouldn’t have to deal with snores not coming from you in the middle of the night; or you don’t have to actually care about your things just lying on the bed whenever you go out.
3. Do solo activities.
Cruise ships are complete with impressive facilities that would not make you feel sorry you’re alone. Use the recreational facilities. Go for a massage. Hit the gym. Go for a rock-climbing experience. Swim. Go to the library. There are many things which one can do to continue with his/her solo escapades; without getting uncomfortable with the scrutinizing looks from the other passengers.
4. Sit on a table-for-two when dining.
Many solo cruisers would insist on sitting on a table for four even without a company, for the hope of being asked if the seats are taken. Chances are this would not happen. So to avoid being asked (and a bit embarrassed) if you are alone, you should find a seat intended for two only. Unless, of course, that your main purpose is to actually meet people – and possible partners.
5. Meet other solo cruisers, but do not insist.
There is a great possibility that you are not the only one doing solo flight in the luxury ship. If you see other people who are traveling alone too, you can approach them in an unassuming manner and make friends. But while it’s a good thing to do, it may defy your or his/her purpose for traveling alone. So if you really want to meet other people, be sensitive on whether they want to meet you too or not.