Sin­gu­lar sen­sa­tions at sea

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION AFLOAT -

There are three truths about cruis­ing solo: it’s al­ways ex­pen­sive; it’s of­ten awk­ward; and it’s oc­ca­sion­ally fun. You may wist­fully em­bark upon an Eat Pray Love jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery, but that’s not how it will go.

Your dream will prob­a­bly shat­ter into self-con­scious pieces as soon as you check in, sur­rounded by cou­ples and fam­i­lies who will soon be whoop­ing it up while you pre­tend to look for your imag­i­nary friend.

The sim­ple fact is if you’re not out­go­ing on land, you won’t mag­i­cally transform Freaky Fri­day- style into a so­cial but­ter­fly of the seas. This re­al­ity slapped me in the face on a re­cent over­seas trip when I spent the en­tire week alone. “Oh, she couldn’t find a friend on a cruise ship!” should be a new Aussie say­ing.

The prob­lem was my spe­cial blend of shy­ness and snob­bery. I tried one sin­gles event — well, to be hon­est, I ca­su­ally checked out the meet­ing spot, didn’t like the look of any­one, kept walk­ing. They shouldn’t have held it some­where so ex­posed and easy to walk past. This is the prob­lem with on-board ac­tiv­i­ties held in in­ap­pro­pri­ate places. A bit like P&O hold­ing its Friends of Bill W (Al­co­holics Anony­mous) meet­ing in a bar (true story; I saw it ad­ver­tised on Pa­cific Ex­plorer last month).

Then there’s the odd mix of par­tic­i­pants. Some go to pick up, oth­ers are seek­ing pla­tonic com­pany, and they could be 17 to 87 years old. It should be more like the kids clubs, di­vided into age groups or in­ten­tions.

Your chances of solo suc­cess are bet­ter on a lo­cal

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