Written by on Friday July 3, 2015
When people think of cruise holidays, they often imagine large groups, families, or couples, and the concept of solo cruising rarely crosses their mind.
It is, however, becoming an increasingly popular way to cruise especially as more and more cruise lines recognise the trend and now offer many specialised supplements, rates and conditions for solo passengers.
This does depend upon the specific cruise line as some may actually charge a solo passenger twice as much for a room because they only have twin staterooms, when in fact others have allocated single rooms for a flat rate price.
Moreover, there are ones that cater more effectively to the solo passengers than others so our team of Cruise Experts have picked out a few of the best cruise lines for solo travelling.
With P&O, what better place to start than the most talked about ship at the moment, Britannia, which has 27 specifically solo allocated staterooms, as do; the Azura (18 rooms), Arcadia (6), Aurora (4), Oriana (2) and Ventura (18).
These include both Interior and Oceanview rooms and the rooms come with a renge of little extras like complimentary water and a "pamper pack" on arrival. These staterooms have excellent facilities including flat-screen TV’s, a writing desk, plus a bathroom with shower.
Staterooms are priced on a flat rate with no supplement, but they do sell out very quickly so the earlier you book the better. The limited availability also means that it’s unlikely that you will get any special offers on these types of staterooms.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line have a unique stateroom type, specifically targeted at solo travellers – Studio Staterooms. These are extremely competitively priced with no extra supplement to pay and good facilities such as full-sized beds, flat-screen TV’s and private bathrooms. Every Studio is an Interior stateroom but they do have a window looking out onto the corridor.
A great benefit of these staterooms is access to the Studio Lounge - a unique and exclusive social space to meet with other single cruisers with large-screen TVs, coffee making facilities, a bartender at set times throughout the day and pre-dinner gatherings hosted daily.