Solo Cruise Deals
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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