Deborah Stone is an award-winning writer and cruise travel expert
Q. I’m interested in a solo cruise holiday. Can you recommend some lines that cater specifically for solo travellers?
A. Increasingly, more cruise lines are recognising the demand for solo travel. Uniworld recently launched a series of ‘no solo supplement cruises’ for selected European and Russia itineraries, while Oceania Cruises is offering a reduced single supplement promotion for solo travellers if booked before 31 December. Norwegian Cruise Line has The Studio staterooms, which are designed and priced for single occupancy with private keycard access to a Studio Lounge to grab a coffee and meet other solos. P&O Cruises has purpose-built solo cabins on all of its ships – there’s no surcharge and where possible the solos are seated together at meals. There’s no supplement for the solo rooms on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance, Serenade and Brilliance of the Seas – nor will there be on Quantum of the Seas or Anthem. Fred. Olsen has single cabins on all of its ships. Your best bet is to approach agents specialising in solo travel to get the best deal.
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