Julie Peasgood, a travel expert, TV presenter and Contributing Editor for Cruise International, offers her insider advice on the best cruise lines for solo travellers.
Q. “I’m a solo traveller and would love to go on a cruise, but I’m worried about single supplements. What are the best cruise lines for solo travellers?”
A. Solo cruising is more popular than ever, with a number of cruise lines adapting to meet the needs of the single traveller.
Ships, however, normally operate on a principle of double occupancy (ie two people per cabin). In the past, this often meant solo cruisers had to pay for two cabin spaces as the company would otherwise only be earning half of its normal revenue.
But thankfully many lines are now waiving or reducing this single supplement, so look out for cruise ships with the lowest supplement – or preferably none at all.
Cruise lines offering the very best single-friendly fares include Norwegian Cruise Line, which also has exclusive lounges for solo cruisers on its ships; Saga Cruises – their two newest ships, Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure, will have 81 purpose-built single balcony cabins each; P&O cruises, which arrange bespoke solo traveller coffee mornings; and Fred.Olsen which has a wide range of single cabins and employ dedicated dance hosts.
Check out river cruise lines, too, such as Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Scenic and the American Queen Steamboat Company as they often waive single supplements on several sailings each year. Make sure you book early, and use a specialist cruise travel agent as they will know the optimum deals and which sailings carry low or no single-occupancy supplements.
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