Tips to help solo cruisers make friends

These seven simple tips can help solo cruisers have the social trip of a lifetime.

Tips to help solo cruisers make friends

Solo cruising may be daunting for some, especially when it comes to those who wouldn’t mind making a friend with whom to share a chat or a cocktail. Luckily there are likely many other individuals in a similar situation, the hard part is finding them. Here are our top tips for social solo travellers. 

Check the itinerary
Make sure you’re up to date on what the day’s activities are, as they’re often a great opportunity to meet new people. Cruises host a large array of events, gatherings and activities, some of which are specifically made for solo travellers. Some expert advice from cruise passenger suggests heading to the piano bar on the first night of the cruise, which is apparently the go-to watering hole for other solo cruisers. 

Choose the cruise
Do your research into what type of cruise you want to go on before you book. While smaller boats may have a more intimate atmosphere, larger ones often offer more activities and gathering opportunities. Some cruises even have solo-specific functions, so you may want to look into these before making your final call.

making friends on a solo cruise

Join the group
If you want to be a social solo cruiser, you’re not alone. In fact, there are many other like-minded solo cruisers out there who’d also like to make a friend to share a meal or a drink with. Luckily, social media makes finding these individuals a lot easier. Cruise passenger recommends Facebook groups such as Australian Cruise Solos, Solo and Single Cruises, Cruise Circle for Solos where you can get some great advice on solo cruising and even connect with other travellers before your trip.

Day trips
Many cruises will offer day or half-day trips off the boat. While it may be a little intimidating approaching people in large groups onboard the ship, these are a great opportunity to get to know some of your fellow cruisers who share a similar interest in smaller groups.

Social suppers
Mealtimes are a wonderful opportunity to spark up a conversation with your fellow table guests and reflect on the day’s activities. While many cruises now have assigned seating at dinner, try to be put on a large table so you can interact with some friendly faces.

Sharing is caring
While many cruises offer single cabins, it may be fun to share with a complete stranger. If you’re feeling brave and social, you can pair up with a likeminded traveller through social media groups or with the help of some travel agents. 

Don’t be afraid of rejection
If someone isn’t up for a chat, don’t take it personally. People go on cruises for all types of reasons. In fact, some passengers want nothing more than to clear their head and have an extended period of ‘me time’ that looks more like a vow of silence from the outside.

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    26th Oct 2019
    I do all my cruises (and holidays on land) solo and absolutely love it. There are always other travellers who are happy to chat and make friends - other singles and couples even. I always opt for set dining for the evening meal but have my breakfast and lunch in the dining room where you also meet other people by joining their table (or they join yours). I would never share a cabin though - not even with my best friend - it's a small space and easy to get in each other's way. With a stranger whose habits you don't know it could turn your cruise into a nightmare.
    27th Oct 2019
    Yep I agree RosePerth. I have done half of my cruises solo. I recently come back from a big 5 weeks vacation with a person I have known for over 2 years at the retirement village here. We did 2 cruises during that time.
    5 days into the 2nd cruise it all came to a head. I thought I knew this person due to all of our conversations. But I didn't know she had problems with being in groups of people. Couldn;t cope with sitting at a dinning table doing chit chat with others. Couldn't cope physically being in crowds of people. Wanted to have our shared cabin all to herself in the afternoons. The list goes on. I ended up getting a cabin to myslf for the last 10 days of our 15 day cruise. We still have our friendship, but wouldn't travel anywhere with her again. Except for cruises with my cousin, all of my future cruises will be Solo. Too much $$ to spend and have a terrible time.

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