Singles CruisesA cruise vacation is a great choice for single travelers!
Singles looking to travel should absolutely consider a cruise for their next vacation. As far as singles vacations go, a cruise is a great choice as it's a fabulous value and offers a fantastic vacation opportunity. With the major cruise lines (such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, MSC Cruises, etc.) there are not actually cruises that are ONLY for singles. However, there are many options for singles that are looking to cruise.
Often times the cruise lines charge a single passenger a single supplement. A single supplement charge is an up-charge added to the cruise fare for you to occupy a double occupancy cabin alone. Sometimes the cruise line will offer special single passenger rates where they do not charge a single supplement, or charge a reduced single supplement fee. Among the cruise lines that sometimes offer waived or reduced single supplements are Holland America Line, Cunard Line, as well as ultra-luxury cruise lines like Crystal Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises.
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What is there to do on cruises for singles? LOTS! For example, many cruise lines offer "singles nights" in their discos or in various lounges onboard the ships. Such events are a great way to meet fellow singles that are on your cruise. There are lots of pool-side activities, dancing events, cocktail parties, and shows as well. Being a single on a cruise is a great way to meet new people. Because of all the activities and amenities onboard the ship, you're guaranteed to have fun while on your cruise.
Single Occupancy Staterooms
There are, rarely, cruise ships that actually have cabins made for singles. Among such cruise lines are Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises and Holland America Line. Such accommodations are available on a very limited basis, but when available would save you having to pay the single supplement fees (or at least will get you a significant reduction on such costs). This is a much better way to find cheap singles cruises!
Norwegian Epic, which debuted in 2010, is Norwegian Cruise Line's largest and most innovative cruise ship to date. This vessel features 128 Studio staterooms. These 100-square foot accommodations are designed for single passengers, creating a great value for solo cruisers. All guests staying in a Studio stateroom will get special key-card access to the Studio Lounge, an exclusive area of the ship just for such guests. Single travelers do not have a pay a single supplement fee when making a reservation in one of NCL's Studio staterooms! Norwegian Epic offers both Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises (depending on the time of year). Learn more about these staterooms on our about Norwegian Epic page.
An upcoming NCL cruise ship that will also have Studio accommodations is Norwegian Breakaway, which is expected to debut in April of 2013 and will cruise year-round from New York City! Itineraries will include 7-night Bermuda cruises, 7-night Bahamas & Florida cruises, and a couple of 12-night Southern Caribbean cruises.
Single Share Programs
Select cruise lines offer special programs for single travelers that are looking to share a room with another single passenger of the same sex. For instance, Holland America Line offers such a program, for select accommodations. If you're interested in participating in this type of program, please contact us for assistance.
There are certain cruise lines (usually the luxury cruise lines, such as Cunard Line) that offer Gentleman Hosts, to enhance the onboard social environment for women that are traveling single on a cruise. These Gentlemen are available as dancing partners, dinner companions, and often times are available to join you while you're on a shore excursion. These men are well-traveled, educated, and have been screened by the cruise line to ensure that you'll have an excellent time while in their company.
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