7 best cruise lines for sailing solo
(Photo: Holland America Line)
Perhaps no vacation category caters more to a coupled-up clientele than cruising. Setting sail solo can be costly (factoring in the dreaded “single supplement” — the extra fee incurred by one person booking a cabin priced for two), intimidating (who wants to endure pitiful glances during a party-for-one dinner?) and downright uncomfortable (being paired up with a stranger as a bunkmate to avoid fees — no, thanks!).
Happily, with the right cruise line, traveling alone doesn’t have to translate to loneliness. In fact, it can be liberating to be the captain of your own cruise vacation (no arguing over what sights to see or when to eat), with the ever-present option of meeting other like-minded travelers.
Some cruise lines cater to solo seafarers with different budgets, ages and special interests — whether you’re ready to mingle, looking to get away from it (or them) all, or hoping to indulge in some simple rest and relaxation, off-the-path exploration or personal enrichment. For travelers seeking cabins built for one, hoping to curtail single supplements or opting in to solo-friendly activities that can help break the ice with cruisers in the same boat, these seven cruise lines are primed for solitary travelers looking to fly — er, cruise — solo.
1. Holland America Line
Baby boomers flock to HAL’s diverse itineraries spanning the seven seas and onboard atmosphere seeped in high-seas tradition. For solo travelers wanting to share a cabin (and skip out on the single supplement), the company offers a Single Partners Program, matching up interested guests with other same-sex singles. If they can’t find a fit, you’ll get your own cabin at the per-person double occupancy rate. Plus, the cruise line hosts singles welcome parties, cocktail mixers and games; along with more than 40 ship-wide activities including cooking demonstrations, team trivia and wine tastings. They’ll happily seat you with other solo cruisers for dinner, on request, and gentlemen hosts are available as dance partners on longer cruises. Check in with Holland America’s Roll Call tab on Facebook to connect with other solo travelers before your trip. hollandamerica.com
(Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)
2. Norwegian Cruise Line