Travelling by yourself means no compromising. It means you can choose your own adventure and fly by the seat of your pants. What better way to do that than on a cruise?
Remember, cruises can be the perfect melting pot of sweet solitude and group action, but you want to be well-informed before you book your trip. Keep reading for a roundup of tricks, tips and know-how to help you get the most out of solo cruising.
This is a fee that the cruise liner places on a solo traveller. It ensures the cruise liner isn’t out of pocket due to the lack of another body in a double-occupancy room, as the majority of cabins on cruise ships are designed to accommodate two people. If you want to avoid the single supplement, you can find ships that cater to solo travellers with solo cabins, get on the mailing lists for cruise liners so you can scope out any last-minute distress rates or find a friend to share a stateroom with (or see if your cruise ship can match you with another solo guest).
Before Norwegian Cruise Line introduced solo cabins to the industry in 2010, solo cruisers were forced to pay the ‘single supplement.’ Now there’s a slow but steady revolution as solo cabins (also known as ‘studios’) are on the rise. Here’s a quick look at which cruise ships offer solo cabins.
The Holland America Line, which won the Australian Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Choice Award in 2017 for the Solo Traveller category, has a Single Partners Program. Part of this program is a Solo Travellers Party that allows all the solo folk to mingle and get to know each other. There are also over 40 activities to help build connections between fellow solo travellers including wine tasting, cooking demos, exercise classes and team trivia.
UnCruises are smaller, more intimate affairs that are ideal for solo travellers. The group activities and special treatment from the crew make everyone’s time onboard special (but they’re not ideal for those seeking anonymity and solitude).
U by UniWorld are designed as river cruises for millennials. They have dinners that are designed to share and no solo traveller gets left behind. As added perks, there’s a silent disco, a late brunch, a WhatsApp group instead of printed itineraries, and special rates for solo cruisers who are willing to share a room with fellow solo explorer.
Crystal Cruises have Ambassador Hosts who’ll accompany solo cruisers on the dancefloor. Solo travellers can also request to be seated with other singles at dinner.
This isn't thetype of holiday you want to leave to the last minute. Single cabins are limited on cruise ships, so they can book out quite quickly.