Many people think of a cruise as something to do with a partner or friend. However, cruising on your own can be a fun and truly relaxing vacation. You can do whatever you want on ship and shore, without having to negotiate with a companion. And, it’s easy to meet other passengers for an enjoyable social time.
Still, there can be a financial consequence to cruising solo. Most staterooms are designed for two, and if you reserve one just for yourself, you may have to pay the same as if two people were sharing the stateroom (this is commonly known as the “single supplement”). In other words: not every ship has staterooms for one, priced for one.
But as interest in solo cruising grows, more cruise lines are creating staterooms (and pricing) designed for solo travelers. Here’s a look at some of them.
Norwegian Cruise Line is often credited with starting the trend toward more single staterooms with the launch of the Epic in 2010. The ship has 128 “studio” staterooms for one, grouped around the exclusive Studio Lounge. The studios are efficient 100-square-foot inside cabins that are beloved for their modern design and comfort. Additional Norwegian ships with single staterooms include the Escape, Bliss, Breakaway, Getaway , and Encore.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Quantum-class ships have up to 28 single staterooms, including some with ocean views and balconies. Some Oasis-class ships – including the world’s biggest ship, Symphony of the Seas – offer single staterooms as well. Several older Voyager-class and Radiance-class ships have some single staterooms, but just a few per ship.
Cunard Line offers some single staterooms on the Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2. Almost all are outside staterooms with windows and are quite spacious, ranging from 159 to 183 square feet.
Holland America Line has 12 single staterooms on both the Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam. All are ocean view staterooms of 127 to 172 square feet.
Celebrity Cruises introduced its first single staterooms on the Edge, followed by more on the Apex. In the single “Infinite Veranda” staterooms on each ship, you can essentially turn the entire stateroom into an enclosed sunroom or open balcony with the touch of a button.
Another option for solo cruisers is to watch for discounts on single supplements; they can be heavily discounted or even eliminated on some sailings, especially on luxury ships. Ask Anita, your professional travel advisor to help you find the best deals for sailing on your own.
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