When you want to get away from it all and travel solo, few options can rival the excitement of a cruise holiday.
With everything from dining, activities, entertainment and service taken care of, cruises are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people, expand your horizons, and discover places you’ve never been to before.
It may be surprising to some, but statistics show that 25% of cruisers are in fact single. With this mind, cruise lines are rapidly beginning to appreciate the need to cater to single passengers. Unlike past years where solo travellers would often be liable to pay a significant supplement to cover the 'absent' second passenger, many lines now have an excellent standard of single occupancy staterooms as well as great deals for single travellers, and even endeavour to introduce solo cruisers to each other.
On cruises, dining is a group experience, and single cruisers needn’t worry about missing out. Whether the cruise line operates a traditional or open-seat dining policy it can be a great way to meet people, and some cruise lines will deliberately seat single cruisers together.
At the time of booking one of our solo cruises, just let your Cruise Concierge know that you wish to request being seated with other single travellers. You don't have to throw yourself into communal activities if you don’t want it. You can always find a quiet corner on-board for some personal time.
Many cruise lines are creating dedicated facilities for solo travellers as well. Book with Norwegian Cruise Line, for example, and you can stay in the stylish Studio staterooms, offering everything you need in a compact space that never feels cramped. You'll also have access to the Studio Lounge - a contemporary space to socialise with other single guests on-board and meet new people.
If you are absolutely set on saving money, some cruise lines even offer a voluntary sharing scheme where you could be matched with another solo passenger of the same gender. This means that not only will you be able to avoid single supplements, but you’ll have a cruise companion from the very beginning.
The idea of travelling along shouldn’t stop solo travellers enjoying a journey across the world’s oceans on their own terms. As cruise lines become more and more accommodating to this type of traveller, it’s the perfect time for solo cruisers to embark on the journey of a lifetime and create lifelong holiday memories.