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Author: ironsides

Joined: 6/9/2010
Posts: 4
GCT Trips Taken: 12
OAT Trips Taken: 12
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50 states, 7 continents and 104 countries

Traveler Since: 2001

May 31, 2012

 Is it possible to find out how many female singles are on the same trip as I am thinking

about?  

Author: janice.

Joined: 3/18/2010
Posts: 353
GCT Trips Taken: 7
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Traveler Since: 1999

May 31, 2012

 You would have to ask GCT but I really doubt that they would tell you.

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 724
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Antarctica, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

May 31, 2012

 Even if they wanted to, GCT could only give you what the reservations are at that time, which could change drastically before departure.  From prior experience, I would estimate that you would have at least 10 women traveling alone, or with other women per 100 travlers. You could ask people who have taken the trip you are interested in, what their experiences are. GCT send a roster of all travelers in the predeparture package, so it would be pertty easy to estimate the numbers based on names.

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 1,051
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England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

June 01, 2012

That estimate wouldn't necessarily be true.  For years, I traveled with a close friend but we didn't live in the same area.  So the listing wouldn't show we were traveling together.  And the reverse is true.  You might find people from large urban areas traveling on the same tour, but they might never have met before.

GCT and OAT limit the number of solo travelers on any one trip.  All tour companies do.  But sometimes it happens that the number of solo travelers ends up being larger.  When I went to Ireland last year, there were seven of us traveling solo.  Two of the seven were accompanying friends who were pairs.  But the remaining five of us were really solo.  The only reason I can think of as to why an exception was made is that for some of us the departure date had been changed.  And, perhaps, they combined two groups.

But I'm curious as to why you asked that question. 

Author: ironsides

Joined: 6/9/2010
Posts: 4
GCT Trips Taken: 12
OAT Trips Taken: 12
Countries Visited:

50 states, 7 continents and 104 countries

Traveler Since: 2001

June 01, 2012

 I have traveled solo on 3  OAT trips that were limited to 16 travelers.  The first one had 14

women and 2 men.  The second trip had 4 single women.  However, on the third trip,

there was only one other single woman and her parents were also on the trip.  She did not

have the same last name, nor did she live in the same state as they did.  I did ask GCT

regarding the River Cruise that I have reserved and they said there was generally one

single allowed on each deck.  However, they said it was very possible there might be more

than four.  Since I have not traveled on a GCT River Cruise, I was curious as to what others

had experienced. 

Author: kba

Joined: 6/19/2010
Posts: 88
GCT Trips Taken: 9
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2009

June 02, 2012

Hi "Ironsides,"

I travel "solo" and have been to Sicily, Turkey and Russia with GCT.  I am also scheduled for Paris to Normandy in September.  I don't remember how many singles there were on any of the trips but there were always several.  I have never felt lonely but I have also never felt like I needed to be included.  I am a bit of a "loner" I guess.  At any rate, for the most part the GCT travellers are wonderful.  Most are well travelled and always ready to share travel experiences.  

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 1,051
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England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

June 02, 2012

I agree.  I used to travel with a friend, and we teamed up with solo travelers quite often.  Now that I travel solo, I have always been welcomed by couples who ask me to join them.  And I meet a lot of other solo travelers.  It sounds as though you felt isolated on those three OAT trips.

Author: sealionlady

Joined: 8/1/2010
Posts: 197
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 7
Traveler Since: 2001

June 02, 2012

I travelled solo on the "Christmas on the Seine" river cruise and let me say ..... it was wonderful! 

Meals were never a problem .... although I did look for tables with several women.  Most were easy-going and talkative.  It was so interesting ..... one lady was in France for the specific reason of buying fabrics.  She was an avid quilter.

I enjoyed knocking around the little towns by myself, but it was nice to bump into other passengers who might mention a great little antique shop they'd found or offer a macaroon from a nearby patisserie. 

I love river cruises for many reasons, but as a solo it's great to get back to the ship, relax in the lounge with a book and a glass of wine and know that your comfy cabin is just a few steps away and that a great meal will soon be served.  It allows me to forget about logistics and just savor the experience. 

Author: ironsides

Joined: 6/9/2010
Posts: 4
GCT Trips Taken: 12
OAT Trips Taken: 12
Countries Visited:

50 states, 7 continents and 104 countries

Traveler Since: 2001

June 02, 2012

 I did not feel isolated in anyway on the first two solo trips.  The seven couples on trip

three were very nice, but I did feel like I was a fifth wheel.  Prior to these three solo trips,

I traveled on twelve GCT/OAT trips with my husband.  It was good that my first solo trip

included the 14 women and two men.  Some of the women were traveling solo and some

were rooming together, but there was always someone wanting you to do something

with them.  It was a wonderful trip.

Author: kba

Joined: 6/19/2010
Posts: 88
GCT Trips Taken: 9
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2009

June 02, 2012

I look forward to meeting you on future trip.

Kim

Author: luisa

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 718
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Traveler Since: 2006

June 03, 2012

I haven't taken a river cruise yet but have made several solo trips. I always research before I leave and have a list of "to see's" in every city, so do what Sealionlady does, go off on my own and invariably run into others from the group and exchange information and tips about what to see, where to eat, etc.

I've enjoyed being with a couple and solos occasionally when we've have the same goal (a church, museum, a shop, etc.) but otherwise prefer to do my own thing.

Enjoy your river cruise.

 

Author: casey

Joined: 3/15/2011
Posts: 20
GCT Trips Taken: 8
OAT Trips Taken: 2
Traveler Since: 2002

August 24, 2013

My husband and I took the Safari Serengeti trip with 5 couples and 4 single women.  We were one happy group.  On the Australia/NZ trip there were 4 couples and 7 single women.  Again, we were one happy group.  I've never seen any issues with singles and couples mixing and I would never hesitate to travel as a single with GCT/OAT.

Author: franniepat

Joined: 3/11/2010
Posts: 57
GCT Trips Taken: 4
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Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia, Columbia, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, Western US parks.

Traveler Since: 2008

August 26, 2013

I did a trip to Costa Rica with 11 women and one guy. Luckily our PD was male so he was not alone!

Author: barbmcqueen

Joined: 3/16/2011
Posts: 1
GCT Trips Taken: 9
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Countries Visited:

Central and Eastern Europe, several river cruises, China, Australia, New Zeland and Fiji.

Traveler Since: 2004

October 21, 2015

As a retired teacher, I love to travel.  I have bnne with GCT for 8 or 9 trips.  It is very relaxing to do small shi[p river cruises.  There is always a single suppliment on any ship.  Do you still travel and if so would you ever share on a river cruise?

Author: luisa

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 718
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Traveler Since: 2006

October 22, 2015

I like having my own space, especially at night, so I'd rather pay the supplement than have a cabin mate. 

Author: mejanec

Joined: 9/10/2013
Posts: 78
GCT Trips Taken: 4
OAT Trips Taken: 4
Countries Visited:

Elbe, Rhine & Danube Christmas markets cruises, Morocco, Sicily, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, UK, Ireland, most of Western Europe, Scandinavia, Leningrad no-visa cruise from Helsinki in '78, Hawaii, Alaska, NYC, Florida, Seattle, Arizona & Utah national parks, Sedona and North Dakota.

Traveler Since: 1995

October 22, 2015

Being an only child, I prefer to travel solo and have a single on organized tours.

My frst Christmas Markets cruise was with Amawateways and I had a single because a lot of people weren't traveling in December 2008. I shared on the Rhine Christmas Markets in 2013 and it was not great. We were incompatible (a nice person but all she did was talk about herself - sad because most people ended up avoiding her). If I could have switched at the beginning, I would have had a great roommate. We both had difficult roommates. At least my roommate didn't turn the cabin's thermostat up to the maximum at night!  I had no choice since all the solo spots were gone!

Last year I was on the Elbe Christmas Markets and got a solo spot and it was great! On the Warsaw/Wroclaw pretrip, I met 2 couples and a trio of women and we became the crazy gang. It was wonderful. I never hesitate to travel solo and have always felt included by others and yet I have my cherished privacy and time alone. I'm going with the trio next year on OAT's Safari Serengeti and am hoping to connect in a week with one of the couples in Casablanca at the end of their OAT Morocco trip and the beginning of mine!

Jane

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 1,051
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Traveler Since: 1999

October 22, 2015

I've taken two river cruises as a solo and had a wonderful time on both trips.  On both those cruises, I paid for a single supplement.  It's worth it to me to have the privacy.  Even though I previously traveled with a friend, we had lucked out on being compatible travelers when we were put together for a previous trip by a mutual friend.  But that doesn't always happen.  I've seen situations where one person refuses to eat with anyone else, doesn't acknowledge the cabin mate in public, or criticizes the table mates for drinking wine with dinner.

Author: gaynell

Joined: 8/12/2010
Posts: 263
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USA, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Japan, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, China, India, Turkey, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Scotland, England, France, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Greece, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Montenegro, Slovenia, Albania, Luxembourg, Croatia, Russia, Finland, Egypt, Jordan, Panama, Colombia, Iceland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Traveler Since: 2005

October 22, 2015

Of our fifteen OAT/GCT trips, only one did not have several single women. Odds are that there will be some women traveling alone, especially on Grand Circle trips. 

Author: luisa

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 718
GCT Trips Taken: 7
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Countries Visited:

Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Monoco, Croatia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji. Ireland

Traveler Since: 2006

October 23, 2015

Do all GCT cruises require a single supplement? Voyages to Antiquity offers a limited number of cabins with no supplement. 

I'm not familiar with amawaterways, is it a European company?

Author: kristenc

Joined: 4/26/2012
Posts: 213
GCT Trips Taken: 4
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Europe, Russia

Traveler Since: 2012

October 23, 2015

Theres a special on right now offering $300 in travel credits and a free single supplement on any Great Rivers, Rhine and Mosel, or Old World Prage Danibe river cruise during June, July or August booked by 11/6. Also notice today on Last Minute Deals a Danube River Christmas cruise advertised as having no single supplement.

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