Updated February 2018

Cruising holidays are one of the best options for single travellers. They offer a secure, safe environment to explore the world, and plenty of opportunities for relaxation - but best of all, they allow you to spend as much and as little time to yourself as you wish. If you want to mix with fellow cruisers, you can opt to dine at a large table every night. Plus, you can enjoy the social aspect of joining in on small group excursions, and make friends as well as memories. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that cruise lines are tapping in to the recent trend of solo cruising, and designing their ships to cater for this type of passenger. Choosing a cruise line and ship that welcomes solo travellers can be all the difference in making your experience the best it can be, so we’ve compiled a list of the best choices for solo travellers below.

 

 

Norwegian Cruise Line

Accompanied with a trendy design, each single cabin measures 100 square foot, has a window view out into the corridor (but with a shutter for privacy) and features a full-size bed. Located in an area with private key card access, each of your neighbours will also be single cruisers, making it easier to bump into each other. What’s more is that you can relax in your own Studio Lounge and Bar, exclusive to singles, the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people to share part of your experience with.

Pricing: There are no single supplements for single studios onboard each of NCL's ships. 

Recommended ships: 

Norwegian EpicNorwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Escape

 


Holland America Line

With their own ‘Single Partners Program’, Holland America is a great cruise line to sail with if you want to connect with other singles. As well as offering singles parties & mixers, this program offers the opportunity for women to have a Social Host, to welcome them to dinner and to act as dance partners on select cruises. On top of this, you can request in advance to sit with other singles for evening meals. Also on offer is a Roommate Matching Service, this way, you can share your room with someone of the same sex, so that you both pay the per person rate as opposed to a single supplement, saving you money. If Holland America is unable to offer you a partner, then you can still pay the agreed rate as if you were sharing.

Pricing: For guests not wanting to share, they can book a double stateroom for 150 – 200% of the fare. 

Recommended ships: 

ms Oosterdamms Eurodam, ms Koningsdam

 


Fred. Olsen

Great for British solo travellers, Fred. Olsen offer limited single balcony suites, which is unavailable on many other ships. You can make the most of exclusive single get-togethers and pre-arranged dinners with other solo cruisers, plus gentleman hosts and off-shore companions on request.

Pricing: You can book a solo cabin at no extra cost and twin cabin deals with no or low supplements.  

Recommended ships: 

BalmoralBoudicca, Braemar, Black Watch

 

Cruise & Maritime

Cruise & Maritime set aside a number of cabins for single occupancy, and since the ships are smaller, solo cruisers may enjoy the camaraderie of a closer-knit group of travellers. CMV also offers a programme of events for singles which include a welcome cocktail party and other gatherings.

Pricing: You can expect a 25 – 50% saving on full fares.  

Recommended ships: 

Magellan has 150 superior inner and oceanview twin cabins which are reserved for single occupancy.

 

 

Costa Cruises

This Italian cruise line has several single cabins available for passengers and a singles ‘meet and greet’ as well as a range of activities that you can take part in solo. If you like to dance, then this is the cruise for you!

Pricing: Single supplements can be as low as 30% above double-occupancy rate. 

Recommended ships: 

Costa Diadema, Costa Magica, Costa Mediterranea

 

Hurtigruten

 

While there is no specific singles programme in place, Hurtigruten is a good pick for solo travellers due to the size of the ship and nature of the holiday. As a single traveller, you can expect a twin cabin, but with the other bed turned into a sofa. The smaller size means that you are more likely to get to know people and since Hurtigruten design their itineraries based on the experiences that can be had, there are plenty of excursions to get involved in with other groups of people. Plus, we think that watching the Northern Lights from the top deck is a pretty good excuse to bond over!

Pricing: On selected cruises you can book with no single supplements, on others the supplement is low. 



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