First determine if you want your cruise to be a getaway or an extended party on the seas. If looking for a little of both, there are numerous itineraries, ports and activities to choose from. Knowing what you want out of your cruise plays a big factor when choosing both the cruise line and ship.
Going on a cruise as a single or with a group of singles opens the door to all kinds of fun under the sun. There are many aspects to consider while planning your perfect getaway, such as deciding on the purpose of the trip -- relaxation, finding romance, hanging with friends or meeting new ones. Budget, travel length and choosing your ultimate destinations should all come into play before booking the time of your life.
Carnival Cruises is considered one of the favorites among singles because they are usually lower in cost and deemed higher on the party scale, according to forum comments on Cruisecritic.com. Writers also recommend shorter cruises between three to five nights for the younger crowd. Because they are budget friendly, Carnival also appeals to families with children.
Traveling as a single can be expensive, especially if you don't have a roommate. If budget is a factor, look for discounts offered through many travel, singles, auto club and even direct cruise line websites; it just takes a little extra time and research. When traveling as a single, it's wise to check directly with the cruise line for affordable cruise options first. For example, Norwegian Cruise Line's Epic ship has a "dedicated section of cabins with a common 'living' area to be sold to singles with absolutely no single supplement," says Cruisemates.com.
Choose Your Dream Boat
As you narrow your cruise line and ship list, look at each ship's amenities and excursions that match up with your getaway dreams. Whether you are looking for a quiet trek through a rain forest or a jeep ride filled with excitement, each port offers something for everyone. A few of the most popular excursions for singles are beach parties, snorkeling and boat tours, zip lining adventures, parasailing, dolphin encounters, city tours, kayaking, hiking, biking and catamaran tours, lists Singlescruise.com.
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