Cruise TipsTips to Cruising Solo

Tips to Cruising Solo

Have you ever wanted to take a cruise but had no one to go with?  Whether you have a spouse that can’t get time off of work, you are single, or a friend backed out on you, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a great cruise vacation…..cruising solo.  While just the thought of cruising solo might sound unappealing to most, there are some on every cruise who do travel solo and have a great time.

The biggest disadvantage to cruising solo is having to pay the single supplement charge.  A cabin onboard a ship basically costs the same whether you are traveling with 1 or 2 passengers. Having 2 passengers does costs slightly more due to taxes and port fees that are charged per person.

When NCL debuted the Norwegian Epic, they launched a cruising first.  They offer studio staterooms for solo travelers, without the single supplement charge. These rooms also have a special lounge area where solo travelers can socialize and is only available to those in the studio staterooms.

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One of the biggest fears of cruising alone is dinner.  Some are afraid of the looks they might get when other passengers wonder why they are eating alone.  If you are cruising on a cruise line that offers set dining times, ask the Maitre’D if you can sit at a large table.  This will not only give you many people to dine with, but also give you a chance to meet other passengers.  I have heard of many solo cruisers doing this and end up taking shore excursions with their new friends the following day.  If you feel it would be awkward joining a large table for dinner, the buffet is always an option.

One advantage of cruising solo is that you can do what you want whenever you want.  When traveling with a partner, you normally do a little of what each person would like to do.  If you like to spend your enjoy time at port snorkeling or scuba diving, you can do that.  If you really enjoy spending time in the different shops at each port, you can shop as much as you please.

It all comes down to comfort.  Many do not feel comfortable and would feel awkward if they cruised solo.  However, don’t let not having a cruising partner keep you from enjoying a great vacation at sea.

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Ben Souza
Ben Souza
Ben is a world traveler who has visited 40+ countries, taken over 70 cruises. He is one of USA TODAY's experts for their 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. His writings have appeared and been cited in various media outlets such as Yahoo News, MSN, NPR, CNN, Fox, and ABC News. Ben currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Follow Ben on Instagram. Visit Ben Souza on Linkedin. You may email Ben at [email protected].
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  1. This article is a few years old. Are there any additional cruise ships by now offering solo cabins without the hefty surcharge.

  2. I have absolutely no problem what so ever cruising by myself. What I do have a problem with is having to pay almost double for doing so. I cruised for the first time by myself last year and what I found out was that I needed to wait til the last moment in order to get a good to great deal on an itinerary.

    For the life of me, I don’t understand why the cruising industry doesn’t understand that not all people will have someone to travel with them nor will actually want someone else to travel with them. Why penalize a large group of people who would probably cruise more if they did not have to pay so much more??

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