Solo cruising

Solo Cruise Deals 

Have you ever tried cruising by yourself? The experience can be fun and relaxing, and not as lonely as you might initially think. Cruising solo is not just for singles who want to cruise – solo cruising is just that, cruising by yourself. So, you can be single and cruise solo, or married and cruise on your own. Either way, you will be able to breathe it all in, make your own choices, and have a cruise experience all of your own – it’s liberating!
 
Solo cruisers can often expect to pay extra for their cabin, but our expert cruise consultants can help to source you the best solo cruise deal! See our hot deals below, or if there are no deals available, give our Cruising Specialists a call on 1300 769 228!
 

5 Night Solo Cruise onboard Queen Victoria

6 Day Bruges & Amsterdam Cruise from Southampton
Departs 12 Dec 2017
from
$ 899*
total price

3 Night Solo Cruise onboard Queen Elizabeth

4 Day Bruges Short Break Cruise from Southampton
Departs 08 Dec 2017
from
$ 939*
total price

7 Night Cruise onboard MSC Fantasia

8 Day Arabian Peninsula from Dubai
Departs 17 Dec 2016
from
$ 1169*
total price

3 Night Solo Cruise onboard Queen Elizabeth

4 Day Kiel Week Sailing Festival Cruise from Kiel
Departs 21 Jun 2017
from
$ 1329*
total price

7 Night Single Cruise on Norwegian Gem

Bahamas Cruise from New York City
Departs 29 Apr 2017
from
$ 2109*
total price

14 Night Solo Cruise onboard ms Eurodam

15 Day Tropical Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale
Departs 03 Dec 2016
from
$ 2325*
total price

7 Night Single Cruise on Celebrity Infinity

Alaska Cruise from Vancouver
Departs 28 May 2017
from
$ 3209*
total price

7 Night Single Cruise on Oasis of the Seas

Western Caribbean Cruise from Orlando (Port Canaveral)
Departs 04 Jun 2017
from
$ 3979*
total price

8 Night Single Cruise on Azamara Journey

Europe Cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Athens (Piraeus)
Departs 02 Oct 2017
from
$ 8705*
total price

10 Night Single Cruise on Azamara Quest

Mediterranean Cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice
Departs 19 Aug 2017
from
$ 10925*
total price

14 Night Single Luxury Cruise on Silver Shadow

Asia & Indian Ocean Cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong
Departs 12 Nov 2016
from
$ 15975*
total price

 

Best Solo Cruise Lines & Ships

Cruising is an ideal getaway for solo travellers, but cruise lines and ships do have different solo cruising offers, capacity and amenities, so it is best to do your research first to find the best deal. Your Cruise Specialist can help you out with this, but in the meantime, here are our top recommendations for solo-traveller friendly cruise lines and ships.

P&O Cruises

The Azura has 36 cabins which have proved so popular that P&O have added single cabins to the Aurora and Oriana. These cabins are slightly smaller than other cabins, but have a king size single bed along with all the amenities.
Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Epic conveniently has 128 single studio cabins. These cabins are grouped together with a communal social lounge and bar area where solos can mingle and meet other like-minded travellers.
Holland America Line

Holland America Line

Renowned for catering to solo guests more than any other big-ship cruise line, Holland America Line offers plenty of programs for the solo cruiser...

Silversea

This luxury cruise line doesn't offer "single" cabins, but they do have occasional exclusive offers that allow solo cruisers to sail alone with a low single supplement fee. Every voyage includes a champagne Welcome Reception, to make it easier for... Read More
Crystal Symphony

Crystal Cruises

Crystal is one of the most popular luxury lines for solo travellers, as they offer a wide range of activities on board, including singles parties, gentleman hosts and frequently offer reduced solo fares. Many solo travellers also choose Crystal because it features... Read More
Seabourn

Seabourn

Seabourn usually offers solo supplements at about 50% above the double-occupancy rate, but they do sometimes offer discounts, and this makes their solo offering even more enticing. The cozy atmosphere on Seabourn's small ships is a great way for fellow solo... Read More

Cunard

The Queen Mary 2 will be adding 15 single staterooms to better cater for the single traveller from May 2016. Each room boasts single beds with a generous width of 120cm. Both Queen Elizabeth & Queen Victoria already offer single staterooms on their ships.

Top Reasons to Cruise Solo

1. Meet new people and make new friends 
Travelling solo on a cruise will force you to make an effort to meet new people, and, hopefully, make some new friends. Visiting new exotic places with your fellow passengers, and catching a show or two with a couple of other cruise-goers from different parts of the world, will certainly bring you all closer together. True, it may be a little nerve racking in the beginning to break the ice. But trust us: most people want to make a new friend, and most are simply too shy to make the first move.

2. Freedom to go wherever, and do whatever you want! 
Cruising on your own means you get to do it all your own way. You have total freedom to make all the decisions - sleep in, go out late, go on a shore excursion or have a ship day – the choice is all yours and you never need to compromise. It's incredible liberating!

3. Convenience
There is no need to plan and pay for hotels, transportation, dinner, entertainment, tipping and so on – almost everything is already included in your cruise fare. And what isn't, your Cruise Specialist will be able to organise for you!

4. Exploration and Adventure
The world awaits you, whether you travel with friends, family or solo... so don't miss out on your next adventure. A cruise is the perfect way to explore new horizons, and if you are a bit unsure of doing this on your own, shore excursions offered by the cruise line are the perfect way to still get out and experience a new adventure.

5. Communal Dining
Dining alone can be lonely, but cruising means never having to eat alone! On a cruise, dining is a group experience; on some ships your seating will be assigned but on others you’ll be able to literally share a meal with a new person every night! You can also sometimes request to dine with other solo cruisers.

6. Activities, activities & more activities!
From high-energy activities such as rock-climbing, golf and basketball, to less strenuous activities like cooking classes, chess and bingo, you can be as active or as a sedate as you wish on a cruise. You are the master of your own fate, but participating in the activities is another opportunity to meet like- minded people.

7. Dance Partners
If you are a single lady on a cruise, there is no need to become a dance floor wallflower – many cruises offer gentleman hosts for your dancing pleasure!

8. Rejuvenate your Spirit
A cruise is the perfect opportunity to pamper and spoil yourself, with the magnificent spa and gym facilities, as well as the indulgent shopping venues. You have no one else to look after on a solo cruise, so look after yourself – go ahead, splurge!

9. Safety
With an emphasis on security, the controlled environment that a cruise provides means that solo travellers can have peace of mind – they can feel safe taking a midnight stroll, or returning back to their cabin late at night. This security often isn't found in other forms of solo travelling.

 

Things to Know About Cruising Solo

Solo Supplements 
One of the biggest hurdles for solo cruisers is to overcome the cost – but with the growth of single travellers, the industry is changing and there are now more cruise lines offering single cabins or lowering their costs for single cruisers. Depending on the cruise line, single supplements can range from an extra 10% to even 100% of the cruise fare. However, some cruise lines offer low single supplements or deals, or at times, waive the single supplement, so keep an eye out for these! Check out a list of  the Best Solo Cruise Lines & Ships on our "Cruise Line & Ships Tab. 

Choosing a Ship and Cabin
Smaller cruise ships are ideal for solo cruisers, as they tend to be quite social, offer open-seating dinners, have smaller shore excursion numbers and place an emphasis on interactive activities – all of which make it easier to meet new people and make friends. This may have a big influence on which cruise line, and cruise ship, you decide to cruise on. Another factor may be the solo supplement, so check if they have any cabins priced for solos, or deals on supplements for single travellers.

Travel Solo and Happy
Cruising solo doesn't have to mean you cruise alone! If you want to meet new people, get involved in all the ship has to offer – take part in activities, programs, classes and workshops. Head to the Piano Bar – often a hotspot of social activity, including karaoke. Sit with others during dinner – and if you feel you don't get along with the people you are initially seated with, just request to be moved at the next meal. If you opt for traditional dining, you will see these people every night, so its important to get along with them. Shore excursions are another great opportunity to meet new people, and themed cruises offer a great chance to meet like-minded people. You can also find out if there are any pre-cruise activities being organised by your Cruiseabout store where you can meet people before you set off!

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