Where to find the best cruise holiday deals for solo travellers
Reader Pamela Bainbridge wrote in to ask where she can find them – and here we reveal some of the options.
“Hello. I’ve been holidaying solo for 16 years and have still yet to find a good website for reasonable holidays for singles like me.
"Cruises are the worst, it’s my 65 birthday this year in November and I’m wanting a cruise next year, have you any advice you could give me?”
Solo sailors have long been penalised by the cruise industry for travelling alone but many companies are now appealing to the single traveller market.
Saga’s two new cruise ships – Spirit of Discovery and Spirit of Adventure – launching in 2019 and 2020 respectively will each have 109 dedicated single cabins, individually priced, spread throughout ship grades and everyone has a balcony.
They tell us that their solo cabins sell out super quick, so it’s best to book early.
Five nights’ all-inclusive on Saga’s Magical Christmas Markets cruise is from £1,149pp based on a single cabin, departing Dover on December 14, calling at Rotterdam, Zeebrugge and Le Havre.
If you’re flexible with your dates then it’s also a good idea to look out for special “no single supplement” offers.
French river cruise operator CroisiEurope is offering no single supplement on several of its itineraries.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive through the Seine Valley from Paris and visiting Vernon, Duclair, Honfleur, Rouen and Les Andelys is from £938pp with no single supplement on the April 9 sailing. Call 020 8328 1281 or see croisieurope.co.uk.
Norwegian Cruise Lines launched their Studio Staterooms in 2010, designed and priced for solo travellers.
Studio guests enjoy exclusive access to the Studio Complex and Lounge, a private social area.
Plus, solo guests can enjoy a nightly happy hour, singles meet ups, perfect for meeting other like-minded travellers.
Some sailings also offer reduced single supplement at less than double the original value of the cruise – great for those looking to book a regular state room.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive on the Western Mediterranean from Barcelona sailing is from £1,618pp based on a solo cabin, calling at Naples, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Cannes and Palma, Majorca.
Solo travellers will be in good company because the Norwegian Epic has a huge 128 solo cabins.
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The Sun previously revealed how the number of Brits going on holiday alone as trebled in just seven years.
Abta chief Mark Tanzer told industry bosses at the annual Travel Convention in Seville, Spain, that solo breaks were booming.
He said: “Going on holiday by yourself means not having to compromise on choice of destination, itinerary or the activities you take part in. Whether they are single or just want some ‘me time’ it’s never been easier to explore the world.”
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