Over the past 16 years I’ve travelled extensively – from cross-country USA to Bora Bora and New Zealand, and a lot more in-between! I have seen much of the world – but there is much, much more to see. My last big adventure was in 2015 when I visited a friend in Seattle and we drove up to Vancouver, then down to the Oregon coast.
Back in 2012 I was introduced to the world of cruising. We ventured on the Azamara Journey from Italy through to Portugal, and it was a wonderful experience (except the time I drank a little too much red wine during rough seas around Nice, but I’ve learnt my lesson and won’t be doing that again).
As I’m still single (all offers gratefully received – hehe), holidaying is a rather odd affair. Dining alone consists of a table for one while I’m checking the smartphone for new Twitter or some other social networks’ updates. So the past few years proceeding the divorce hasn’t seen much in the way of a good holiday abroad (the USA-Canada trip being the one exception).
So I’ve been looking at cruises over the past few months. Based on my previous experience, dining is definitely not a solitary affair for a singleton like me. Even as a couple you are sat at a table with other diners (often a mix of couples, families and singles) and you get to meet other people. Where else could you meet one of Jim Henson’s neighbours (when he was growing up), an ex-New York circuit judge, an ex-representative for a major US telecoms company who personally looked after Apple’s account in its earlier days? A cruise, that’s where.
I decided that as I’ve always wanted to visit Norway (hence the HHGTTG reference) and Iceland, I’d take a two-week cruise from Southampton to Norway, then to Iceland, then Dublin, and finally back to Southampton. There’s no flying, and getting to Southampton is mere triviality from where I am. I’ve already put down the deposit, and to say I’m excited about it is an understatement. And even more so, I’m going to buy myself a decent tux (how I miss thee – the last time I wore one was at the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s King Kong back in 2005). And as the trip is a way off, I’m going to get myself in shape too. It’s given me a goal to work towards. This cruise is adults only, and a medium size ship – so hopefully it’ll be fairly quiet!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy my Viking helmet..