If your travel tastes tend to lean more toward finding a quiet space to relax with a good book and an even better view, a cruise may not be at the top of the ol' bucket list. Though, with cruises offering incredible value, the chance to travel around the world and all-inclusive packages that take the hassle out of planning, setting sail is an excellent and cost effective way to take a holiday. Luckily, for all of us introverts out there that gravitate to less-crowded spaces, it's easier than you may think to seek solace among 3,000 or more fellow passengers.
Go Off Peak
One of the best ways to ensure privacy when cruising is to consider your timing. When booking, do a little research on peak periods surrounding the destinations you'd like to visit on your cruise. For example, high season for the Caribbean runs from March to July, while Asia sees its highest numbers between January and May. If you're looking at a short and sweet cruise close to home, Aussie high seasons tend to be through the summer and around school holidays.
While on board, timing your day just right is another savvy tip if you're looking for less crowded spaces. Eat your meals a little earlier or later to avoid the mealtime rush. Plan a relaxing reading session poolside early in the morning. Of, if you're a bit of a night owl, head up to the pool deck in the wee hours for some solo stargazing.
Upgrade That Cabin
Another easy way to ensure quiet respite is to upgrade your cabin to a balcony or suite. Not only do these cabins offer more room to spread out, they also ensure a quieter space to retreat to when things get a little too busy for comfort. All you have to do is simply step out onto your balcony and watch the ocean pass by.
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If there's one spot on a cruise where serenity is assured, it's the spa. Onboard spas are the rule not the exception, providing passengers with the opportunity to unwind with a pampering treatment or two. From a simple facial treatment to relaxation rituals, you'd be surprised at the breadth of services available at sea. And since it's a solo activity, it's ideal if you need a little quiet time. Just keep in mind that most onboard spas are an additional cost.
Stroll The Promenade
During days at sea, most people fill their days with onboard activities, tending to focus on the Lido deck. That often leaves the promenades relatively people free. Most ships will offer loungers, benches and chairs along the promenade decks, which makes a perfect spot to sit down with that book you've been dying to read. Or simply lay back and spend an afternoon figuring out exactly where the ocean meets the horizon.
Up And Away
Speaking of the Lido deck, the farther away from it you move, the quieter the spaces will be. So, if you're looking for a less populated space, head for the higher decks toward the front or rear of the ship.
Find The Library
With all of the amenities available on cruise ships these days, the little ol' library often gets overlooked. This is especially true if the sun is out, which leaves the majority of the ship's interior spaces deserted. This comes as great news if you're hoping for a little quiet time. Plus, you'll have your pick of comfy chairs!
Cruising is a great option for families, offering easy planning and value for money, but that doesn't mean your days have to be filled with kids (your own or those of your fellow passengers). All major cruise lines offer adults only lounge areas that provide a kid-free zone to unwind in. These quieter spaces often come complete with their own pool and bar area so you can grab a cocktail and pull up a chair for a little poolside relaxation.
It definitely pays to speak up if you need something on a cruise ship. Simply ask the staff for their favourite quiet spots onboard. Since they know the ship better than anyone, they'll be able to point you to some secret spots where other passengers wouldn't think to look.