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Solo Cruising 

SOLO CRUISING

Traveling solo? You're not alone!

One of the more noticeable trends in cruising involves a greater number of people traveling solo. Some of our clients truly are single or don't have a built-in travel companion, although we have a number of guests who are married and simply opt to travel on their own. We also have a growing contingent of retirees who love traveling together on World Cruises yet still prefer their own staterooms.

For the same reasons that cruising is an appealing vacation option to couples and families, it is a wonderfully easy and relaxing way for solo travelers to explore the world.

Take a look at some of the upcoming cruises that offer special pricing or offers for solo travelers, and read on for tips on planning, and saving money, on a solo cruise.
Solo Travelers Offers
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NIGHTS DATES DESTINATION LINE & SHIP SUPPLEMENT
8 to 10 Days
American Queen | American Duchess | American Empress
More
10 Days European River
ms Grace | ms Inspire
Waived More
14 to 16 Nights Australia/New Zealand
Azamara Quest
125-150% More
19 to 22 Days Antarctica
Island Sky | Ocean Adventurer
Single Cabins, Cabin Shares More
13 to 16 Days Culinary/Wine
Multiple
125% More
7 Days
Silver Galápagos
More
7 to 36 Days Solo Feature
Seven Seas Mariner | Seven Seas Voyager
150% More
10 Days South Pacific
National Geographic Orion
Single Cabins More
7 to 16 Days 2019 Mediterranean
Silver Whisper | Silver Spirit |Silver Shadow
125% More
7 Nights Sea of Cortez
Safari Endeavor
Special More
7 to 22 Days Mediterranean
Seven Seas Explorer | Seven Seas Voyager
150% More
9 to 16 Days Arctic Expedition
Silver Cloud Expedition
125% More
10 to 18 Days Antarctica Expedition
Silversea Explorer & Silver Cloud Expedition
125% More
10 to 16 Days Canada/New England
Multiple
125% More
10 to 22 Nights Panama/Mexico
Multiple
150% More
7 to 17 Days Caribbean
Multiple
125% More
7 to 14 Days Alaska
Silver Shadow
125% More
13 to 21 Days Transatlantic Crossings
Multiple
125% More
11 to 17 Days Arctic
Ocean Adventurer | Ocean Nova
Cabin Shares More
15 days European Rivers
River Duchess | River Princess
Waived or Reduced More
9 to 15 Days Asia
Multiple
125% More
8 Days Seine River/Normandy Beaches
Avalon Tapestry II
Waived More
7 to 17 Days All Destinations
Multiple
125% More
10 to 14 Days South America
Le Boréal | Le Soléal | Le Champlain
Waived More
8 to 15 Days North America
Le Soléal | Le Boréal
Waived More
10 to 19 Nights Asia
Azamara Quest
125-150% More
8 Days Bordeaux River
River Royale
Waived More
Why Cruising is Great for Solo Travelers
  • Traveling solo means you have a more flexible schedule/can do what you want, when you want.
  • Cruises offer ample activities for any passenger to simply show up and participate.
  • You can request to be seated with other solo travelers in the cruise ship's dining areas.
  • Shore excursions are a fun way to explore the destination, without having to do any of the planning yourself.
How Does Cruise Pricing Work for Solo Travelers?
  • Cruise lines base their pricing on an assumption that 2 people will share each cabin (hence, the term “double occupancy”).
  • If each person pays the full fare per person, or 100%, that means the full cabin is expected to take in 200%.
  • So, if there is only one person in the cabin the cruise line only takes in HALF of what it normally would, which is why a solo traveler often pays a “200% single supplement.” (Essentially, the solo traveler pays for both spaces in the cabin.)
  • Therefore, a favorable single supplement for a solo traveler is 125% or 150%.
  • Single supplement pricing deals:
    • 200% – standard
    • 175% – good
    • 150% – better
    • 125% – excellent
    • 100% - The best! (sometimes worded as “waived” single supplement)
Money-Saving (and Other) Tips for Solo Cruisers
  • Look for a cruise that offers a single supplement fare of less than 200%.
  • Sometimes cruise lines completely waive the solo supplement fare, meaning you travel for the cost of a per person, double occupancy fare even though you have the room to yourself.
  • Look at river cruising as an option. River cruise lines tend to waive the single supplement on a select number of voyages each year (usually this is a capacity-controlled offer). With the intimate ship size and emphasis on enrichment/tours, there are many opportunities to socialize and meet others with common interests, and they may even offer a special welcome cocktail reception for solo travelers or an invitation to dine at the Captain's Table.
  • More cruise lines are offering single cabins, perfect for just one person; some may also have an exclusive solo traveler lounge so you can relax more easily in a dedicated space. Cunard and Royal Caribbean are examples of cruise lines with solo cabins. River cruise lines that offer solo cabins include American Queen Steamboat Company, AmaWaterways, and Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.
  • Ask us about hosted cruises. On a hosted cruise, a dedicated voyage host builds camaraderie with clients that have been booked through our agency. They may host a welcome reception, special dinners, or hold chat times/small group conversations to help guests get to know each other and find common interests.
  • Roommate matching may be an option. For example, Quark Expeditions matches solo travelers of the same gender with other solo travelers who indicate they are willing to share. Both guests save the single supplement.
  • Take advantage of the cruise line's shore excursions, to explore each destination in the safety and comfort of a group. Taking the shore excursions offered through the cruise line is also a good way to ensure that the company running that tour has been properly vetted, and they are held accountable for getting you back to the ship on time.
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