Single Cruiser
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Cruises for singles can be a great adventure especially if it is your first time to go on a solo cruise. Each cruise line has their own single cruise trips in store for solo travelers. Certain cruise lines attract a specific group of travelers so it would help to read the following tips below before choosing the right cruise line for you.

General Tips for Single Cruises

Generally, cruise lines charge singles with a supplemental rate if they are occupying a shared accommodation yet they do not want a roommate. If you are lucky, you might be able to book a “no single supplement fee” in some cruises. For instance, NCL, Fred Olsen and Royal Caribbean occasionally offer a no single supplement or have the lowest supplemental rates.

If you want to save on your cabin fare, be ready to share your cabin with a stranger. Holland America, for instance, offers a Single Partners Program where you get matched up with another passenger of the same-sex to share a cabin at a lower price.

For More Meet and Greet Opportunities

If you plan to mingle with other singles on board and prefer a more fun atmosphere, try Carnival cruises. They mostly cater to young adults so it would be perfect for those in their early twenties to mid-thirties.

Request to be seated at a larger dining table if you want to mingle with other solo passengers. You get to sit with different people each time so it is easier to mingle with your ship’s crowd.

Join shore excursions and onboard activities such as “meet and greet” night. Partake in as many activities as you can as long as you find them interesting. Read the newsletter or check out the daily planner for potential activities you can enroll in.

For a More Relaxed and Quiet Retreat

If you are a bit of a recluse, request a single sitting at the dining room offering an anytime dining. If you have the budget, choose a room with a balcony. It would be nice to order for room service while sitting on the balcony during breakfast or lunch.

If you want to sail with an older age group, go for smaller cruise ships. Princess, Azamara, Silversea, Windstar and Oceania are some of the popular cruise lines catering to senior adults or retirees.

If you want a more quiet atmosphere, choose a cruise ship that have “serenity decks”. Princess cruises offers an adult-only deck called “Sanctuary” on all their ships so passengers get to enjoy spa like amenities while lounging in the deck.