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Solo Cruising - Part 2 (Fred Olsen, Holland America Line and Royal Caribbean)

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.

NCL Relaxing Spa

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.

Fred Olsen

If you like a more laid back cruise then Fred Olsen is a great choice with a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere than some of the more mainstream cruise lines. Each ship has dedicated Single cabins for solo travellers with zero supplement in a variety of categories, including balcony suites!

Fred Olsen are one of the few cruise lines who often have a number of special offer rates for solo passengers with reduced supplements of 50%, 75% or even waived completely.

Fred Olsen Ship Image

All four of their ships offer solo cabins, ranging from 40 on board Braemar to 64 on board Balmoral, but will also offer twin cabins for sole use.

Fred Olsen also offer exclusive solo get-togethers onboard and can also pair single travellers together for dinner so that you don’t have to dine alone if you don’t want to.

Holland America Line

Holland America Line do not offer dedicated single cabins, however their onboard programme of events is by far the most varied and engaging and they are well known for catering to single cruisers.

Their ‘Single Partners Program’ is available on most cruises and offers onboard hosted solo traveler events as well as a roommate-matching service pairing same sex passengers who would like to share. This is ideal for those on a more limited budget as it guarantees that you will only pay the agreed price, even if they are unable to find a partner for you.

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Many of the general onboard activities also don't require partners and are therefore open to all allowing flexibility without any awkwardness.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International currently offer a limited number of solo traveller staterooms onboard Radiance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas; each has a twin bed, private bathroom and mini fridge.

The newest ships, the Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas, have brought about a change as each ship will feature 28 dedicated studio cabins across two different categories.

Each ship will have sixteen interior studios with full-size beds and industry-first virtual balconies - an 80-inch floor-to-ceiling LED display screen projecting live images of the ocean and ports.

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There will also be twelve 'Super studios' equipped with more traditional  55-square-foot open-air balconies.

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