Solo Cruising vs Group Cruising

Solo Cruising vs Group Cruising

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I recently returned from a 7-day Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Glory with friends and family.  It was a great cruise in some amazing ports like Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, and Dominican Republic. EJT 10 Reunion Group Cruise As I was on the cruise, with friends and family, I found myself constantly comparing the cruise experience with my previous cruise when I sailed alone.  I enjoy traveling with others, it is big fun with traveling in groups and I also prefer traveling solo, at times.  Some of the advantages of traveling by yourself are: You can go to bed at any time.  One of the most beneficial things of cruising alone is having the ability to go to bed when you please without guilt.  When traveling with others,…
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Solo Cruising Day 4:  Thrills and Chills

Solo Cruising Day 4: Thrills and Chills

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My morning started at around 1:30 a.m. when I awakened realizing that I had dozed off last night with the TV on.  Yes, I went to bed early, I had eaten too much the night before, remember? Anyway, I ended up watching two good movies that I would have normally avoided because I am not a fan of Nicole Kidman.  I find her to be boring and she seems to select the worse movies.  But I am getting away from the point.  So....I watch M. Night Shyamalan called "Split" and another movie called "Lion".  By this time, it was 5 a.m.  I turned the TV off so there would be no change of getting caught up in another movie. Then I found myself waking up again to the sounds of…
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Solo Cruising Day 3:  No Commitments

Solo Cruising Day 3: No Commitments

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The Norwegian Escape arrived in Falmouth, Jamaica on this morning and I was up and ready for what the day had, in store, for me! I started my day with what is was now beginning to be my ritual--showering and onto the balcony for the au natural drying session as I write my blog. On this day, however, I had to put some pep in my step because I ordered room serviced and I needed to be ready for when my breakfast arrived.  Breakfast on the balcony overlooking the ocean is the best (only if you are on the Starboard side of the ship). My breakfast arrived.  I enjoyed it and the view before exiting the ship.  I had to be at my excursion meet-up spot at 9am. I arrived…
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Solo Cruising Day 2:  Be In The Moment

Solo Cruising Day 2: Be In The Moment

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On this day, I slept in until my body naturally woke itself.  What a great feeling to naturally wake on your own with no agenda insight to control your day.  I turned on the T.V. and watched the last half of an animated movie before I finally rolled out of bed, pulled back my curtains to a beautiful view of the ocean--stunning!  The day was beautiful.  Perfect weather.  "This is vacation" I thought to myself.  I opened the balcony door and allowed the sounds of the ocean to fill my room with peaceful bliss.  After showering, instead of drying off with a towel, I sat on my balcony and allowed the natural wind to do it for me.  "It's amazing..." as I think to myself, looking out into the blue…
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Day 1:  Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone

Day 1: Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone

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The alarm goes off at 3am and I get up to get my travel day going.  I woke up this morning feeling excited and nervous at the same time.  Excited that I am embarking on an adventure and nervous that I am doing it alone.Now, I have traveled alone plenty of times, but once I arrive to my destination, there is usually someone or something waiting for me.  This time, I didn't know what was waiting for me---a good time, sadness, feelings of loneliness.  I wasn't sure, but I was willing to find out.Fist stop, the airport.  I was starving to I grab a table at O'Charley's in the Nashville airport.  My server takes my order and ask where I'm headed.  I reply, "On a cruise."  He responds, "Are you…
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