Cruise vacations are great choices for single travelers. You can travel alone, but enjoy the company of fellow cruisers for meals, entertainment and excursions. However, if travel schedules don’t allow a friend or companion to join you, you will pay more for a single cabin.
Unlike hotel rooms, cruise fares are usually quoted “per person” (not per cabin) and the advertised per person rate is usually based on “Double occupancy.” Therefore, you are likely to be charged an additional “Single Supplement” up to 200% of stated cruise fares if you are traveling solo and want your own cabin.
A few cruise lines are beginning to cater to singles and here are a few companies that offer better value for single cruisers:
Best cruise ships for singles:
- Norwegian Epic Single Studio cabins
- Avalon River Cruises waive single supplement on select sailings
- Azamara Cruise Club offers a reduced Single Supplement of only 125%
- Hurtigruten does not charge a single supplement on it’s Norwegian cruises
Other choices for single cruisers
Find a travel companion through your local clubs, churches and professional associations. Some travel agents specialize and host single cruises and will match you up with an unknown cabin mate.
If sharing a cabin with a stranger sounds a little risky, look for local Cruise Meet-Ups in your area that focus on bringing like minded people together that are interested in Cruising. You have a chance to meet other singles and decide if you would be compatible cabin mates.
Of course you can find cruise deals on any cruise line that can make the single-supplement a non- issue. If you can travel at off-peak season or are willing to choose a lower category– you can find great fares. Also, consider Carnival Cruise Lines. Carnival targets first time cruisers, offers generally low rates that attracts younger cruisers and can be an affordable choice for single cruisers despite the single supplement.
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