Here's our now monthly cruise blog curated by our Cruise Director, Kanise Kelley. One of the most asked questions regarding cruising is "how much does a single passenger have to pay"? In the cruise industry, solo traveler often gets the short end of the stick when it comes to how much they have to spend. Most cruise lines advertise their cruise rates as a per person cost based on double occupancy in the stateroom. This means the solo traveler typically has to pay double (minus taxes) to go on a cruise alone. In the past, some cruise lines have created specific inside rooms meant for solo sailors or reduced the full fare very slightly. Now cruise companies are starting to realize single people shouldn't be penalized for traveling alone and they have started rolling out promotions that benefit the solo sailor. It's exciting to see the pivot in the industry as they learn to embrace diversity in all aspects of travel. Today we will explore some of the top cruise lines that welcome solo sailors. If you've been wanting to sail alone or simply would like your own room on the family cruise, then this blog post is meant for you.
Here are the top 5 cruise lines celebrating solo travelers.
Top 5 - Sailing Solo Cruise Lines
1. Virgin Voyages (above and below)
If fun and amazing food are your idea of a perfect cruise, then Virgin Voyages is the cruise line for you. Virgin Voyages is a luxury, adults only cruise line that caters to those seeking the best of relaxation and exhilaration. They have awesome amenities included with every voyage so your cruise is stress free. Included wifi, gratuities, group workouts, standard beverages (even sodas) and specialty dining will put you at ease from the moment you step onboard. Currently they are offering no single supplements on selected Mediterranean voyages when you sail in a terrace cabin. And as an added bonus they will include up to $600 in your bar tab which you can use to purchase alcoholic drinks. Now is the best time to book because this promotion expires at the end of July.
2. Ponant (above and below)
For the solo traveler with an extra sense of adventure, Ponant cruises should be your first stop. Ponant is known as one of the leaders in expedition cruises with an emphasis on the Antarctic. . The "no single supplement" offer is available on their four sister ships that offer true luxury at sea. They are all small, intimate ships that house no more than 264 passengers and give you the feeling of sailing on a private yacht. As a French company, they have a commitment to sharing the "French Way of Life" which includes providing world class service and the best in dining. With the solo traveler promotion, you aren't limited in the places you can visit; Ponant has voyages that visit Australia, Antartica, the Mediterranean, Alaska and even Madagascar.
3. Paul Gauguin Cruises (above and below)
Paul Gauguin is giving singles the amazing opportunity to see iconic destinations for the right price. Paul Gauguin is known for sailing the French Polynesian islands year-round. Find yourself enveloped in the warm embrace of the Tahitian people and weather when you choose one of the sailings that visit exotic islands like Bora Bora and Moorea. The Gaugin went under renovations in February of 2021 so onboard you will experience newly decorated staterooms and public areas that are designed to complement the islands you will visit. When sailing on Paul Gaugin all of your needs are met with included gratuities, alcohol, wifi, room service and use of non-motorized watersports equipment (i.e kayaks and paddleboards). You can further enhance your cruise with getting PADI certified while onboard and joining one of their amazing scuba diving excursions.
4. Regent Seven Seas (above and below)
Regent is a top luxury cruise brand known for its exceptional experience. The ships are elegant, the meals are exquisite, and the service is unparalleled. It's no wonder they have been a long-term leader in the industry. For the foodies, Regent is an excellent choice as they have specialized epicurean explorer tours that include amazing opportunities such as a French dining experience with Michelin-starred Master Chef René Bérard at his private estate along with a Provençal cooking demonstration in Provence or exploring an open-air, seaside market in Nice then partaking in an exquisite lunch at Château Eza in Eze. They even have a Culinary Arts Kitchen (below) onboard where you can sharpen your cooking skills through hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations.
5. Silversea Cruises (above and below)
Maybe it's just me, but I assume everyone has the Galapagos on their wanderlust bucket list. If that applies to you and you're a single traveler, then you are in luck with Silversea Cruises. Silversea is one of the few cruise lines that visits the Galapagos and they do it extremely well. They have five Galapagos sailing on their magnificent Silver Origin with no single supplement . They also have sailings to explore coveted destinations such as Greenland, Iceland and Alaska. With Silversea you will not be disappointed as they are leaders in luxury cruising and offer the best in all-inclusive cruising with some itineraries even including airfare.
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