For singletons, divorcees, widowers and those just wanting a little time away to themselves, cruising alone is growing in popularity as a viable holiday option.
Noticing a gap in the market, cruise companies are starting to embrace the solo traveller, with some ships now housing a range of dedicated single cabins onboard. (Such as this one: right – Holland America Line’s ms Prinsendam).
Of course, it’s not just singletons who need a solo cabin, they’re also a necessity for friends who want a little private space and multi-generational groups who don’t wish to bunk up together.
Sadly, as seasoned solo travellers will know, traditionally cruise lines work on a ‘two per room’ basis, so those travelling alone usually end up paying a “single supplement” fee, which can cost up to 100% of your ticket fare (so essentially, you’re paying for the missing person anyway.) Ouch.
So in this article today, we’ll look at Cruise1st’s leading cruise lines on and discuss which ships have single cabins for those wishing to go it alone. This should make it a little cheaper for those looking to book a trip by themselves. In addition, we’ll give an honourable mention to the cruise lines that treat solo guests very well too.
Best ships for single cabins:
P&Os Azura has 18 single cabins for solo cruisers, but because there are so few, they tend to sell out quickly. Our advice is to book well in advance!
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic is a great ship, really geared up towards solo travel. The vessel has a vast number of single cabins onboard, all designed and priced especially for single occupancy. Theses solo rooms are collectively known as “The Studios”. Each is around 100 square feet with a full sized bed, bathroom and shower. A number of the cabins interconnect too, which of course is ideal for friends travelling together. Occupying a single cabin also gives passengers access to an exclusive “solos lounge”. A perfect space giving solo travellers a space to get away from couples, families and children and ideal place to meet a like-minded friend or two!
Holland America Line’s ms Prinsendam has three single cabins for solo holidaymakers. The cabins are between 150-269 square foot and are equipped with everything from fragrant soaps and lotions to a flat-panel TV and DVD player. Further, Holland America Line are well known for accommodating solo travellers, they offer plenty of activities that do not require a partner.
Back in 2011, Royal Caribbean decided to add three single cabins to Radiance of the Seas during a dry dock refurb.
Other cruise lines recommended for solo travellers:
Not all cruise lines have solo cabins, but many go that extra mile to cater for those traveling alone. If you don’t mind paying the extra occupancy fee, here is our pick of companies that treat solo travellers well:
Cunard tries hard to accommodate solo travellers and even has a gentleman hosts onboard, who are available to whisk lady travellers around the dance floor if they do not have a partner. If diners wish to dine solo in the evenings, typically, they’re able to do so, unless the vessel is particularly full. In that case, they will be invited to eat at a table with other solo travellers.
Seabourn’s ships are small and cozy, plus they aim to put solo guests at ease with their finishing touches. Little extras include fancy invites to dinner, table hosts and women can choose to be accompanied to their table by a maitre d’.