The benefits of going it aloneThere are plenty of reasons to cruise as a single person, without partner or friends to tie you down. To be by yourself while sailing the open ocean is quite liberating, and the ship can provide all you might need in the way of interaction and entertainment. There are frequent mixers and parties, opportunities to dine with different groups of passengers, and plenty of group activities. A friendly solo cruiser should have little trouble making friends - for that, it’s the ideal way to holiday alone.
Some single cruisers, on the other hand, like to fly solo specifically for the solitude. There are many chances for this to happen - a balcony cabin is the perfect place to relax and unwind in perfect peace, and the spas, pools and theatres of a big ship are all great ways to keep yourself busy without talking to a single soul.
Fares for single cruisersUnfortunately, cruising alone is often more (quite often much more) expensive than when you are sharing a cabin - this is called a “solo supplement.” However, cruise lines are slowly beginning to sit up and pay attention to the plight of those who like to sail the seven seas with the best company: their own! While you are still likely to pay more for a solo cruise, there are more options out there.
Some cruise lines, such as Holland America, Norwegian Cruise lines, Azamara, Silversea, Crystal, P&O UK, Royal Caribbean and Cunard are slowly beginning to add single-occupancy cabins to their new builds and retrofit them onto older ships during upgrades.
There are also cruise enthusiast groups where you can find fellow cruise lovers to be your cabin mate - if the solo supplement is the only thing stopping you from taking the trip of your dreams, this may be a suitable solution.