A cruise is the ideal vacation for singles. If you are single and thinking about a cruise but worried about going alone, toss your fears overboard.
However, it might be easier for an outgoing kind of person. If getting out and mingling makes you apprehensive, just tell yourself, (over and over, if need be), that you are on vacation. Try to make up your mind to have a good time.
There are a lot of ways to meet people on a cruise, and here are a few tips that work:
After you board the ship, find the maitre'd and ask if you can have dining room seating with other singles. Sometimes it isn't possible, but you can make lots of friends with couples at any table.
Make it a priority to meet the cruise director and inquire about activities specifically for singles. There is usually a singles party the very first night. If there are none, ask the cruise director to arrange special things like dance classes, card games, or even a private party. Offer to help organize and spread the word.
When you see someone sitting alone onboard, ask if you can join them to chat. If it's a member of the opposite sex, don't worry about looking like a pickup. But should they react like they think you are--and you aren't--move on.
Have lunch on deck. Before going through the buffet line, look around and see who has a table to themselves. Ask if you can join them. Most cruisers are in a friendly mode. If they say they're waiting for someone, you won't be standing there holding your tray and feeling rejected. Don't take it personal.
Go to dance classes. You can be sure someone will be glad to sit one out and let you take the floor.
When you meet someone you genuinely enjoy and want to stay in touch with, be sure to add them to your address book. Also carry your own cards. You can print them yourself with a simple and inexpensive software program for your PC.
Other ways to enjoy yourself: Attend any self-improvement classes offered, as well as makeover sessions. Be sure to check the schedule in the game room for anyone seeking a partner. Post a note yourself.