There’s nothing quite like travelling solo. A solo cruise is an ideal getaway for those who prefer to travel solo. It offers a safe and secure environment in which to visit new destinations, experience different cultures and make lifelong friends. But for those new to cruise, it may be a little overwhelming when it comes to picking the perfect cruise line. That’s why we’ve put together this guide for the best cruise lines for solo travellers:
Ultra-luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises is popular among solo travellers mainly thanks to the low single supplements that are offered on many sailings. It is easy to see why solo cruisers come back to Crystal Cruises time and time again, lots of solo specific parties are arranged while designated hosts serve as dance partners and dining companions. This combined with a wide array of on board activities including art classes and wine tastings provides the opportunity to meet like-minded people. Crystal Cruises “appreciate the spirit and independence of the solo traveller,” which is why their two largest ocean ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, are spacious enough for guests to be left undisturbed but intimate enough to encourage socialising between passengers.
Why you should pick Crystal Cruises:
- Low single supplements
- On board programmes designed specifically with the solo cruiser in mind
- Small-ship cruising experience
Transatlantic experts Cunard have been defining sophistication for over 175 years. A cruise line proud to cater to solo travellers, Cunard have a choice of spacious single inside and oceanview staterooms (15 on Queen Mary 2 and 9 on Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria) that boast ample storage, an en suite and luxury amenities. Like Crystal Cruises, Cunard plan activities and social events for single cruisers meaning guests can choose to be as sociable as they please - relax in peace or mingle with like-minded passengers. Perhaps your chosen travel companion is furry and has four legs? Queen Mary 2 is the proud owner of the only kennels at sea. Complete with Kennel Master, your pet can be pampered in luxurious comfort to and from New York.
Why you should pick Cunard:
- Wide choice of single cabins
- On board kennels for your furry friends
- Ultra-luxury cruising
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers traditional British style cruises and is fantastic for solo travellers who want to cruise from Southampton. Every ship in the cruise lines fleet offers a friendly, cosy atmosphere that solo cruisers appreciate. There is a vast range of single-occupancy staterooms available, including balcony suites and superior inside cabins and on Fred. Olsen’s newest ships, Bolette and Borealis, guests can choose from over 50 single cabins, available at no extra cost. Elsewhere on board, guests will find male and female dance hosts ready and waiting to dance the night away or accompany those heading off to the exclusive single get-togethers and pre-arranged dinners.
Why you should pick Fred. Olsen:
- Traditional British style cruises
- Fantastic cruise deals sailing from Southampton
- Male and female hosts available to accompany solo cruisers
Experience a home-away-from-home feel with P&O Cruises. The popular cruise line offers a number of contemporary, stylish solo staterooms with fantastic amenities across its fleet. Azura and Ventura have 12 outside single cabins and 6 inside single cabins and Britannia has 27 dedicated single cabins, 15 of which have a balcony. Arcadia and Aurora are adult-only cruise ships with fine dining, sophisticated bars, pampering spas, quiet pools, a casino and an art gallery. But whether you’re cruising alone or with friends and family, P&O has curated a brilliant programme of activities including sociable mixers, dances, games nights and social events exclusively for social travellers.
Why you should pick P&O Cruises:
- Vast range of solo cabins
- Adult-only cruise ships for those who prefer a more sophisticated setting
- Fantastic amenities
Forever popular with solo cruisers, Saga Cruises is a British-based cruise line catering solely to those over 50. Over one-fifth of Saga’s passengers are solo travellers, with many returning time and time again for the attentive, personalised service and exclusive singles activities. A fifth of the cabins on board the cruise lines newest ship, purpose-built Spirit of Discovery, have been designed especially for the solo traveller. In each cabin, guests will find an en suite bathroom, flat-screen television and mini-fridge. But the incredible amenities aren’t limited to the accommodation. Singles mingle drinks parties, lunches, jam-packed daily programmes (think lectures, activities, quizzes, dance classes and entertainment) are available alongside the chance to team up with other solo guests to enjoy shore excursions.
Why you should pick Saga:
- Purpose-built cruise ships designed with the solo traveller in mind
- Extensive daily programmes
- Fantastic accommodation