Cruises have gained a reputation for being family centric vacations, but they can also be great for going solo. With all the luxury-style amenities offered on cruise ships for singles as well as special savings when you go solo, it’s become even more attractive to sail the high seas alone.
Whether you’re into tables for one, like making new friends or just want a dance partner to break it down with, you’ll find deals and services geared toward single passengers that will have you believing cruising solo is the way to go — no matter what you’re into.
Book a cruise that offers roommate services — like dormitory living but in a good way! Princess Cruises has the Match Program that pairs solo cruisers with the same-sex singles to share the cost of a stateroom.
On Holland America Line, solo guests can also share a stateroom with another same-sex single to help save money or can choose to book a double stateroom on their own for an extra charge. We recommend the former for a foolproof way to make new friends.
If you’re a single lady with a penchant for dancing, Crystal Cruises offers an Ambassador Host Program, in which trained male (host) and female (hostess) serve as dancing partners for ladies and gentlemen cruisers during evening dance sets and live orchestra performances.
On certain sailings, Silversea offers a similar program with male dance partners available on formal nights — plus a welcome champagne reception for solo passengers to jumpstart the mingling. Cunard has Gentlemen Dance Hosts, many of whom are competitive ballroom dancers and in January of 2015 added nine single occupancy staterooms to its Queen Victoria ship. On Holland America Line, Social Hosts go the extra mile, making themselves available as dinner companions and dancing partners for female cruisers.
Known for its exciting party scene, Carnival Cruise Lines won’t disappoint its solo passengers looking to mix and mingle with fellow singles for a good price, as the single supplement is waived for solo cruisers with some itineraries even offering an additional discount for single occupancy cabins.
Norwegian Epic, Breakaway and Getaway offer fully equipped, ultra trendy 100-square-foot singles studios (no single supplement required) with full size bed for one, flat screen TV, window view to the corridor and key card access to the shared private cocktail lounge, The Living Room.
Solo cruisers aboard Norwegian have their own Solo Coordinator, who helps plan group events from dining to shore excursions to onboard shows and entertainment. Cruisers can find sign-up sheets for these services in the Studio Lounge area.
Depending on the itinerary, Norwegian cruise ships offer a singles welcome event and special sunset happy hour (usually every night) for solo cruisers, for which information can be found in the daily program.
(Note: Norwegian Escape will also include the solo cruising area upon its release in October 2015.)
Holland America Line has its Single Partners Program that focuses on solo cruisers and offers plenty of activities geared specifically to their needs. Between the meet-and-greet mixers, cooking classes and sports challenges offered on board there’s plenty to do when you’re traveling alone on Holland.
On Princess Cruises, The Love Boat-era is alive and well with the cruise line’s vast amount of singles-focused activities — including single-mingle dining, singles excursions and cocktail parties for solo cruises age 40 and over. Voyages offer a variety of onboard activities suitable for singles, too, such as comedy acts, live music and martini tastings.
Dating is exhausting and planning an evening out with friends can be equally taxing. Cruise solo, however, and you’ll enjoy the pleasures of a nice meal out in the company of others without scheduling or debating who will pick up the tab.
Crystal allows its solo cruisers to dine together at an organized "Table for Eight" at its topnotch specialty restaurants (keep in mind one such offering is Silk Road, featuring the world-renowned cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa). Larger ships like Carnival’s fleet have large tables, so singles can choose to be seated among mixed groups, too.
Alternatively, river cruises often have open seating so the choice to eat alone or accompanied is up to you every night.