Travelling by yourself can be one of the most liberating experiences. You are free to do what you want, when you want and you can mix and mingle with as many - or as few - people as you feel like. Solo cruises are no different - they offer plenty of opportunities to make new friends, while also giving you the chance to relax, unwind and treat yourself however you like.
With that in mind, here are some cruise lines perfect for solo travellers as well as for some tips for cruising alone, but not lonely.
1 - Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian is one cruise line that really makes an effort to pamper its solo passengers, having been voted Porthole Magazine’s Best Cruise Line for Solo Travellers five years running. Put off by a single supplement charge? Norwegian offers discounts for singles on select sailings, so enquire when you’re booking. What’s more, some Norwegian ships like the Pride of America and Norwegian Epic boast studios designed especially for one. Staying in one of these studios gives you access to an exclusive studio lounge, which is a private area for all independent passengers. Here you can relax, have a drink, watch TV and meet your fellow cruisers.
When it comes to activities, you can attend meet-ups for those travelling alone, or join group bar crawls or happy hours to get your fix of socialising. Best of all? After mingling with your fellow passengers, you get to ‘go home’ at the end of the night without having to worry about anyone keeping you awake with their snoring. Ideal.
2 - Royal Caribbean
Want elegant accommodation as well as a chance to have fun with other single travellers? Royal Caribbean will look after you. Select Royal Caribbean ships, such as Ovation of the Seas, have studio cabins, and there are always plenty of singles-friendly activities on offer. Try a group fitness class, a cooking demonstration, or a group shore excursion where you can meet your fellow cruisers and make some new connections. You can also request to dine at group tables with your fellow cruisers, which is a fantastic way to meet new friends - and you never have to eat alone.
3 - Silversea
Silversea is another wonderful option for solos. While there aren’t singles-dedicated studios or cabins, there are regular discounts for solo travellers. This means that even though Silversea is a higher end line, the price can be comparable to the entry level cruise lines that charge hefty supplementary fares to cruise single - and you end up with a much greater experience.
Chances are you’ll find plenty of other independent cruisers to hang out with on Silversea, and some voyages even have hosts available as dance partners and dinner companions. Your best bet is to attend your ship’s Champagne Welcome Reception when you start your cruise, as it’s always well-attended by friendly travellers.
Silversea’s ships are also small and intimate, catering to a few hundred passengers at a time. This ensures a much more personal experience, and it’s so much easier to reach out and say hi when you see the same faces around the ship each day.
You can also look forward to personalised butler service and plenty of enrichment activities to keep you entertained - and socialising - for the duration of your cruise.
4 - A few extra tips
Make sure you check your ship’s daily programme so you don’t miss out on any singles’ events or other exciting group activities. During the first couple of days onboard, there are usually several fun ice-breakers, offering an excellent opportunity to get involved early. Plus, your ship’s bars, clubs and lounges are always great places to find people ready to have a good time.
On the other hand, keep in mind you only have to socialise as much as you want to. Soak up all that lovely alone time if that’s what you’re after!
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