flights from newcastle to heathrow over night hotel at separate cost from cruise. then on to my flight from heathrow to miami via change over flt in boston all good. hotel overnight in miami sofitel this hotel was not up to standard for a sofitel, rooms were quite grubby beds were good though very comfortable. pickup was good from hotel to port miami. Got on ship for 12.30 rooms not ready so just went on deck and to garden cafe 1st impressions fab! Then on to solo cabins they are small but lovely very trendy more than enough room for 1 person plenty storage space and a comfortable bed (no fridge) shower and toilet in room nice. solo lounge attached to solo corridor totally the best, meet here at 5 to 7 happy hour drinks, Sol our rep was there to meet us every day introduced us all to each other, there's a board in there shows when the group dinner is ours was on weds night ice bar get together Fri. if you want to do dinner with anyone just put your name and cabin no someone will come with you if not more and have another group dinner. lots going on for solos in here it is the most important place to mix with other solos. coffee & tea maker in here and cookies and snacks all day cereal & pastries in the mornings. 24 hour room service free. lovely ship nice adult area at back for day and nightclub, white hot party is fab the place was jumping. good shows blue man group excellent, circus tent and dinner really great show food just average sat in cheaper seats could see just fine. casino good size won lots on slots. Jewelry shopping was cheaper on islands. food in french le bistro was good, manhattan and taste was about average chinese was not so good. garden cafe was good for snacks, lunch and breakfast. didn't do ships trips as expensive, st maarten walked off ship walked to beach just off ship & a little shopping, st Thomas taxi to magens bay (gets very busy here) then a little shopping in town near ship, Nassau we took water taxi then its a long walk to public beach on other side of Atlantis hotel(get a taxi from ship its cheaper and no walking) shopped in Nassau town for a bit before boarding. there is a deck at top of ship called posh you pay for this its soft sun beds and quiet book in for week as soon as on board this gets full very quick.
transfer to airport was painless although i was told by travel agent that i would get day room but didn't get one, too soon for flight i was at airport by 10am flight not till 4.30. when i do this again would prob book hotel for after cruise for 2 days on beach.
this is a great ship for solo passengers great fun made a few friends in cruise critics before i went but made so many more on board nice mix of people from 20 - 80years.