Wednesday, November 10, 2010
If you are interested in cruising, but don't have a companion -
don't worry! Many cruise lines are recognizing the large market
of individuals who want to cruise solo and are catering to them
in new and interesting ways.
Singles can take a wine-tasting class, listen to interesting guest lecturers, join bridge tournaments, attend special singles cocktail parties, and participate in planned, shore excursions. There is a host of activities both on and off the ship. For those that want time to be alone and relax, there are high-tech fitness centers, luxurious spas, and fully-stocked libraries. Cruising also offers singles the ability to dine with other singles (whenever possible) or with couples and families who share a love of cruising.
Generally, a single cruise traveler must pay a single supplement ranging from 110% to 200% of the double occupancy rate. Crystal Cruises offers select sailings to single travelers with only a 25% single supplement. Ask your Cruise Consultant about which sailings apply.
Single Share Cabins
Certain cruise lines hold a few cabins on a "single share" basis. This means the single cruiser agrees to share a stateroom with another single guest of the same sex and pays the per person, double occupancy rate. In the event that the cruise line does not find a cabin-mate for you, the solo cruiser still only pays the per person, double occupancy rate. Single shares are offered on the following lines:
Holland America Line and Orient Lines.
Cunard Line and Orient Lines all offer a small number of cabins specifically designated for single travelers at an additional charge. These cabins are only available on select sailings and ships.
Please consult your Cruise Consultant for the costs and benefits of single-traveler cabins. The new Norwegian Epic ship has single accomodations.
Gentleman Host Program
Holland America Line, Crystal Cruises, and Orient Lines all offer a "gentleman host" program for unescorted, female, senior travelers. These hosts are carefully screened and available for dining, dancing, and enjoying onboard/off-board activities.
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