Best Ships for Solo Cruisers
There are many solo travellers yearning to experience all that a cruise ship has to offer but who, because of their solo status, are often hesitant. This need not be a concern at all because there are many cruise companies that cater specifically for the solo traveller. Cruises are actually a great way to meet people from all parts of the world. You will meet many interesting people at cruise cocktail parties, over shared tables at mealtimes, on shore excursions and by taking part in the broad range of activities on board.
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.
Uniworld offers solo cruises with no single surcharge. On board you will enjoy sumptuous dining with top service. These floating luxurious boutique hotels definitely look after the solo traveller with a range of programs to enable single travellers to meet and greet.
Cruising With New Friends
The Holland America Line has a Single Partners Share Program. There are no single cabins, but same-sex solo travellers are able to share a double occupancy room and thereby share the cost. Fred Olsen Cruises, Cunard and Crystal Cruises also employ hosts for dancing, as there are many solo travellers who would love to join the crowd on the dance floor but who have no partner. These cruise ships have thoughtfully taken care of that.
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.
Meet and greet singles’ nights are part of this Italian cruise ship’s program. Italians love to dance and gentlemen hosts are on hand to twirl you around the dance floor any time you want. This company goes to great lengths to ensure their solo travellers are well looked after, with activities and social programs just for solos.
Before embarking on a solo cruise, make sure you inquire as to whether there is a single surcharge if travelling alone. However, there are many cruises that have dropped the single supplement in a bid to lure the solo traveller. Solo cruising is not just for the seniors, there are many young travellers who find themselves in the dilemma of wanting to travel but who get tired of waiting until their friends ‘have the money’ or ‘have the holidays’. For this reason, many head off on their own. If the thought of travelling alone intimidates you, you need have no concern, as you will have an absolutely wonderful time on a cruise. You will meet many fascinating people and may form some lifelong friendships. Don’t forget, other solo travellers will be in the same situation as you!