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Top Cruise Lines for Solo Cruises

8th January 2020

Choosing a cruise line and ship that welcomes solo travellers can make all the difference in making your cruise experience the best it can be, so we’ve compiled a list of the best choices for solo travellers in this blog. [More]

River Cruising at Christmas

13th December 2017

The infamous European Christmas markets are right on our doorstep, and yet so many Brits are yet to see them. With cities like Cologne, Vienna, Strasbourg, and Copenhagen all offering some of the best options around, it can be difficult to decide just where to visit when you do finally make the decision to go! One way to remedy this, however, is to opt for a river cruise in December. This way it’s possible to see multiple destinations on one trip.


Which Christmas markets can I see?

Europe is not short of waterways by any means, and as such there are a number of strategically-positioned, important cities that can be accessed on a river cruise. In December, The Rhine, The Danube, The Rhone, and The Seine are just some of the most popular rivers that can transport you to some incredible winter wonderlands. The Rudesheim market, in The Rhine valley boasts over 100 stalls with gifts and treats from all over the world, Budapest on The Danube offers a traditional Hungarian feel, and of course in Paris on The Seine visitors will find delicious crepes, tartiflette, and all manner of keepsakes. These are just a handful of the top Christmas markets you could see.

Can I bring my children?

While most river cruise lines are designed for adults, in general children are also welcome onboard. Amawaterways have taken steps to make their ships more family-friendly, by introducing adjoining staterooms on both AmaViola and AmaStella. Tauck River Cruises and Uniworld River Cruises are also slightly more geared towards children than some other river cruise lines, offering excursions like scavenger hunts and family bike rides. Selected Uniworld ships also offer a games room for kids and activities like craft workshops and cookery lessons which can be especially fun at Christmas. It is worth keeping in mind however, that some Christmas market locations can get very busy, and can involve a considerable amount of walking, so it’s important to consider this if bringing children.


What’s it like for solo travellers?

River cruising can be a fantastic option for solo travellers, owing to the extremely relaxed and sociable atmosphere onboard. Generally, river cruise ships have multiple public lounges where entertainment such as live music and quizzes will take place. This makes it all the more easy to meet fellow cruisers and converse with new friends. Excursions on these cruises are also perfect for solo travellers. Take part in an organised group tour of a new city and, of course, its Christmas markets. River cruise lines like Scenic River Cruises and Avalon Waterways often do great deals for solo travellers too.

Are there other Christmassy things to do?

While river cruises in December do have a real focus on European Christmas markets, there are other festive things to do and see in these beautiful cities. When you’ve had your fill of gluwhein and pretty trinket stalls, take a look around and you will find all sorts of other activities. Why not show off your skills on the ice rink on the Champs-Elysees, sip on a hot chocolate while becoming enchanted by the twinkling lights and decorations in Vienna, or admire the magnificence of German Christmas trees – or Tannenbaum – in Cologne.



River cruises in December can be anything from a few days to a few weeks, depending on your preference and time limitations. Considering this, and the wide selection of destinations, dates, and types of cruise, it is usually possible to find a European Christmas market cruise to suit everyone.

5 Solo Cruising Myths Debunked!

29th June 2016

Solo cruising may seem like a daunting holiday experience at first. With so many common misconceptions out there, we’re here to debunk the top myths when it comes to solo cruising, and why a solo cruise should be your next holiday! [More]

Single cruising: our cruise line & ship recommendations

8th June 2016

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




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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