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So You’re Single and Over 50?

March 8, 2012 | 11 Comments
Singles in the 50s and 60s Love to Cruise

Contributed by Michael Katz, STI Concierge and Professional Dance Instructor for Singles

They say that today, 50’s is the new 30’s! Well, considering that on our last singles cruise for 50+, we were on an 18 deck, 4,100 passenger Cruise Ship as long as some buildings in NYC are tall, I can believe that! On a ship this big, sometimes you have to travel a little to get from one activity to another, sometimes from the front of the ship to the back, sometimes from to bottom deck to the top, sometimes both!! That didn’t seem to slow my troopers down one bit! They were just as happy to fill up my dance class, boogieing to the CUPIDS SHUFFLE, or head up to the pool bar for a sail away party, or STI T Shirt contest, or put on a Pirates, or 70’s outfit for our special themed parties at a mid ship bar. Full house every time! At night after dinner, no one was heading to sleepy land. Instead, we marched to the Blue Man Group one night, Headliner Show another night, or Legends in Concert in the main theatre. Without direction, they would hold an entire row for our 37 cruisers! One night, after the show, when you think they might be ready to call it a day, they all headed up to the party deck for NCL’s Hot White Party. Whooo Hoooo!!!!

The NCL Epic is a single cruiser’s dream come true at any age. Everyone appreciated the affordable (no single supplement) Studio cabins in the center of Decks 11, and 12, perfect for the single traveler. It was not unusual to find some of my group in the Studio Lounge, a great place to meet for coffee, tea, water, cookies, or an adult beverage. Lounge chairs and tables with 2 HD televisions are there for your convenience. We dined every night in a fabulous dining room with a live band. I was very proud of my STI Dance Academy crew who didn’t hesitate to spin around the dance floor during their meal in the classy Manhattan Dining Room. Sometimes, we had up to 10 couples grooving to the music! As a dance instructor, this was very inspiring! One evening after dinner, I took ten cruisers to the ICE BAR….20 minutes in a bar that has an average temperature of 17 degrees, complete with polar bear ice sculptures and exotic drinks in an ice glass! On other evenings, we danced the night away in the Jazz Club with a fabulous live band. This was a popular place with our group to say the least!

Whew, I am exhausted just telling you about it! I have been a coordinator with a lot of groups, and I have to say this group kept up and possibly outdid a lot of groups a lot younger than they were. I think it is safe to say that today, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s STI cruisers are proving that age is just a number, as they are getting out there and having a blast! By the way, one of our most energetic cruisers in our group was Hank. Oh yeah, he is 84 years young!

See how much fun we had aboard the Epic!!/media/set/?set=a.10150685411806095.455958.160159991094&type=3

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sheila Jeffrey
    Mar 25 2012

    Michael – I did a cruise on the Epic with another group and of all the ships I have been on, it was the one I actually disliked. Do you know there is no place to go sit and watch the ocean go by with a book and a drink? Yes, you can do the pool with kids and blaring music and the water slide. Yes, you can go all the way aft and sit in the hot sun on hard, not cushioned chairs and a hot tub sized pool. The body of the ship is taken up with casino (which was full and most of them smoking) or specialty restaurants. The library is very small. I did like the piano bar entertainment. You must take seriously their edict you will reserve shows, not get up from dinner and head for the show. There is a list. I paid for the extra luggage attention and worried all the way home that I would arrive with luggage.The crew mishandled when and where we were to go and the luggage tags, etc. to get off the ship. Finally, as most of the ship had disembarked an officer told them to let us go. The bus to the airport for which I paid was no longer there. The luggage did arrive just fine. The food on the ship was mediocre and I thought designed that way to get people into the specialty restaurants at $20 a head. Then, a group of us tried a restaurant and we might as well have stayed in the dining room. For a while I thought I was just crabby – but I talked to two other women taking the same cruise the week before and they were actually angry. I have to say, we did have a terrific room steward, even as the balcony rooms were much smaller than on Royal Caribbean.

    So, I would love to do another over 50 cruise, just not on the Epic.

    • Mar 28 2012

      Sheila, we understand and hear you loud and clear. Having traveled with STI, you know that it’s not just the ship, but the company of others AND the special attention that you receive from our Concierge staff. Our experience is that cruisers going it alone are not satisfied with just a solo cabin. However, the Epic continues to fill a need that we have heard singles cry out loudly for nearly 18 years and although we agree that Epic may not be the most fancy ship out there, NCL was the first to take a step in a positive direction for solo travelers. Kudos! So until they get to down perfectly, we will continue to support them on Epic and Breakaway (2013).

      By the way, NCL has suites available which offer privacy and solitude away from the kids and the bustling crowds, at an additional cost of course.

      Look forward to more 50+ cruises and tours with STI and we promise that you will have options in the near future. As a final note, almost all of our cruises and tours are made up of members in the 45-65 age range.

      We look forward to having you with us again soon.


  2. This sounds great. I have been looking for a group to fit my age where a cruise could be fun. Thank you for the information

    • Apr 24 2012

      Great news Ann and we see that you represent seniors! Send them our way.

  3. frank fallace
    Dec 22 2012

    I would like to learn about cruises for single people

    • Dec 23 2012

      Sure Frank, we’d be glad to teach you more. Will you call us this week at 877-SOLO-TRIP (765-6874) and press 1 to speak to Robin. Or email Robin directly at

      We look forward to talking to you.

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  5. May 29 2013

    It just goes to show that anyone can have a great time whatever age you are. This is why staying fit and healthy is so important, in order to enable you to enjoy a cruise like you guys have. I hope you continue to do so.

  6. Ray Raynor
    Feb 1 2014

    interested in 50+ singles cruises, travel,,,3-5 day with flight included out of indy or Chicago. Thanks Ray

    • Mar 6 2014

      Ray, the best resource for finding the best vacation for you is to visit our Trip List page and start dreaming. Our reservation specialist will also be able to issue airline tickets to you from your home city, not a problem.

      Click this link to see all of our Singles Only Vacations

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