Single Cruise Deals: Sailing Solo
Admittedly, cruises are traditionally designed with couples or families in mind. However, single people can have just as much fun on a cruise as anyone else. Solo travelling can be rewarding and eye-opening, offering the opportunity to meet new people.
The Single Cruise Options
Single fares are generally more expensive, quite often considerably more, than twin-share fares. This is due to the 'wasted space'- i.e, one person in a room which can hold two. Solo travellers pay a single supplement, which is the elevated fare for single occupancy in a double room. A very few cruise ships have single rooms- for example, P&O's Azura and Cunard's Queen Victoria. Surprisingly, the luxury cruise lines are widely the most single-friendly lines, price-wise. Several lines will offer reduced single supplements as the departure date nears, so solo cruisers should look out for last-minute deals. Another option for those looking to meet new people is to try one of the cruise lines which offer roommate matching services.
Alone But Not Lonely
As for entertainment, there is of course plenty for a single cruiser to do on board.
Swimming, sunbathing, spa treatments, dance classes, bars, casinos and shows can be fully enjoyed alone.
Travelling by oneself also offers the opportunity to meet new and interesting companions. Dining rooms are a great place for this to happen, as well as classes and the ship's bars.
Savvy and friendly solo passengers will take advantage of classes, parties, sports games and more to strike up conversations with potential friends.
Some lines, such as Holland America, show special attention to their unattached guests, with mixer cocktail parties and games. The cruise director can often help with introductions between singles.
Cruising solo? Check out the options on Cruise Sale Finder. Our cruise consultants are a free phone call away and can give more specific information on the best deals for singles.