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  1. Thanks KW.. just what I needed to know... towels now relegated back to the airing cupboard!....
  2. Hi Doing my first cruise on Mariner of the Seas in Feb, do I need to pack a swimming towel for use around the pools or are the provided poolside? I am assuming shower towels are provided for use on the cabins? Thanks
  3. OK thanks for the warning on that! - any other "off limits" subjects I should consider? probably best not to mention the Titanic too often....
  4. Thanks BDR - more great tips comments and confirmations - they all help. This could be the start of a new way to travel for me as it seems to be something that most people repeat frequently once they have started!
  5. Thanks cruise-y - some reassuring comfort and truths contained in your words!, sounds like I will not stick out like a sore thumb after all.. and who knows it could all be a new beginning! Martin
  6. Thanks firegal "First I would suggest finding your Roll Call for your cruise on cruise critic's website" - OK not heard of this so will check it out, I have registered on the RC website to check my booking but I guess this is something else completely. Yes I had read about the "cruise compass" but was not aware that they did specifically refer to solo's before dinner, it sounds like a perfect way to blend in. Breakfast and lunch I am happy to go it alone but of course if after a day or so I have established some connections then all the better. "You w
  7. I would be interested to hear your views once you get back from your first cruise as to whether it met your expectations. Yes I'm pretty adaptable to most situations and try to take the positives from any given problem - so if my shower doesn't work I will use the swimming pool! This was my bed for 6 weeks in Madagascar, the hut was shared between 3 of us...
  8. FManke - thanks for the tip about the bulletin board and yes I would be happy to look out for or start one.. I love travelling solo (once you do it you feel like you have conquered the world and its a big confidence boost) but I also love to share experiences with others, normally I book with a "solo's" based tour operator to visit my chosen destination and then meet with the others as travel/holiday buddies - its a great way to meet people of all ages and nationalities, however, the tour/cruise operators do not yet seem to have cottoned on to the massive solos market, or, those that do
  9. Hi all... Now booked on the Mariner of the seas departing and returning to Singapore 8th Feb 2018 for 7 nights. Firstly this is all new to me, if I am already repeating a well trodden path on this forum elsewhere then I apologise, I have had a quick whizz through and found 1 post which provided some pointers but wanted to start my own post for getting some feedback. As a mid 50's male I am familiar with solo travel (and solo travel in groups of solo's) as I have been doing that for the last 5 years (mostly roughing it in Africa or camping/trekking in the US), I don't mind my own
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