Holidaying alone no longer needs to seem daunting especially if you’re used to having someone to help you plan, book and enjoy your time away. Cruising however is the perfect solution. With everything arranged for you, from excursions to meals, to activities, all you have to do is decide what your dream cruise consists of and go. It’s also easy to find company on a cruise ship, should you wish. As a contained ‘resort on the water’ with lots of group activities and excursions to sign up for, you’re bound to meet like minded people who are, quite literally, in the same boat.
One of the things that makes cruising great for solo travellers is that so much of life onboard is geared towards the ‘group’. Take full advantage. Sign up to group activities and excursions that interest you – and if you make a friend ask what else they are signed up to.
Choosing the right ship is probably the most important thing when it comes to having a great solo cruise. Cruise ships come in all shapes and sizes and when it comes to solo cruising, good things really do come in small packages. Or, more importantly, the right cruise for you. Think about what balance of at sea days and excursions would make up your perfect holiday – after all, the beauty of solo cruising is that you can suit yourself. Whichever option you prefer, check that there’s lots of group activities for sea days and group excursions in port. Or if you prefer some alone time check out if there's a spa onboard or an adult only pool area. Many cruise ships also give you the chance to sit on a large table with other parties or solo travellers, so sitting by yourself doesn't have to be the only option. Single supplements can be a burden, but there are now many cruise lines that offer single or studio cabins.
Two cruise ships that do include: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic boasts a massive one hundred and twenty-eight single ‘studios’ (with dedicated studio ‘social’ area for easier mingling!) and 25% of Saga Cruises’ cabins are single! Fred. Olsen Cruises are also great for those going solo, with around two hundred single cabins across the fleet. If your cruise ship of choice doesn’t have single cabins available there’s no need to throw in the beach towel just yet. Why not consider sharing with a fellow solo cruiser? It isn’t for everyone but it means that you get the cruise that you want, without paying extra and hopefully a new friend for your voyage! Holland America runs a Single Partners Share Programme to make finding another solo traveller easier.