Introvert: a person who prefers solitary activities to interacting with large groups of people.
Cruise: a holiday for up to 6,000 passengers aboard the same ship.
From the definition of an introvert, taking a cruise holiday sounds like the opposite of a good time. Too many people, too many scheduled activities, nowhere to be alone and nowhere to escape; this sounds like an introvert’s nightmare right? Wrong! It’s time to debunk the myth that cruises aren’t for introverts. Forget scheduled activities and social engagements, cruises these days are designed to satisfy all types of travellers. Tailor your holiday to your exact needs by choosing the type of cruise, your cabin, how you spend your time and where you visit. Enjoy a peaceful holiday on your terms. Read on as we dish out the best tips for introverts on cruises.
Tip #1 : Choosing your ship and cabin
If you are concerned about being around a large amount of people on the same boat for ‘x’ amount of time, read up on the cruise ships that pique your interest to find out passenger capacities as well as ship design. If the large capacity is paired with a large variety of ship areas, activities, etc, you may get plenty of space to yourself despite large numbers.
You may wish to choose a smaller vessel with less passengers and/or book a cabin with a balcony. A big plus with smaller ships is they have access to smaller, less-trafficked ports. If you choose a midsize or large ship, select a cabin with a balcony to enjoy time at sea from the comfort of your own room. This will give you the freedom to relax and recharge if needed. Read our blog on ship size for more helpful information.
It could also pay to find vessels that visit more remote destinations and avoid major cities.
Tip #2: Find alone time
Introverts energise during quiet, personal time. Nowadays cruise lines cater to these very needs. Dive into a book in the library aboard one of Carnival’s ships. Book a spa treatment or find a quiet corner in one of the many lounge areas. Find the restaurants and bars almost empty during the day or sneak away to catch a film in the movie theater. No need to socialise during a live performance, avoid the front rows as some shows like to include crowd interactions. Need a full day to yourself? Skip deboarding at a port city and stay on the ship to find a much quieter environment.
Tip #3: Know your limits
Don’t feel pressured into the ship’s activities or worry about what everyone else is doing. Recognise your needs and make your own decisions. Enjoy a shore excursion but don’t overexert yourself by going on multiple group tours. Take the time to wander the beach or port city by yourself. Book a private tour or be your own tour guide and plan a excursion to your liking.
Tip #4: Take baby steps
In reality cruises are a great place to mingle as little or as much as you want. Sit with a larger group at dinner and let the others do the talking. Head to the bar for a few drinks and if you’re not feeling it simply move on. Take a personal night. Stay in your cabin, order in room service and cuddle up in bed with a few films. Don’t feel guilty about not partaking in ship’s activities. If you are feeling anxious, remind yourself that this is a holiday for you to enjoy. Do what makes you happy.
Tip #5: Talk to the staff
Feeling overwhelmed? Want to explore a port city alone, but worried? Chat with the friendly staff for recommendations. Ask for insider tips on finding secluded spots on the ship. If you don’t feel like dining with a big group for dinner, ask politely if they could sit you at your own table. Carnival ships now offer flexible dining allowing you to choose your preferred time and table size. It never hurts to ask.
Cruising is for everyone and nowadays it’s easier than ever to cater your holiday to your exact preferences. Still unsure? Try out our Cruise Personality Test to see what ships are best for your personality!