Single, want to holiday? – then cruising might be made for you
All the cruise lines take great care of passengers travelling by themselves. However, it can be a mine field typing single into the internet so we have done the research and found safe links for you to follow. In speaking with people who do travel by themselves there are many stories. There is the story of Mama Lee who won’t get off a ship, she cruises permanently! Whilst the smaller ships can feel less threatening, others say that the larger ships can do so much more, like coffee mornings. Also, and this seemed to come over as important, on the larger ships you don’t get stuck with the same people. Please share your stories in the comments right at the bottom of the page after the adverts, below, as these stories will help others. You never know what will happen, we never expected that this article would get us attached to a new book series; read on.
Fred Olsen take care to ensure singles continue to have great holidays, they have a section on it. Click here.
I like the term new found friends, because that is what cruising is about whether you are single or in a group. It just seems harder when you are single, until you step on the ship. The first evening, at dinner you will sit with others at a table and instantly make friends. That happens to all cruisers, but if you are single there is just a little help.
Just as the waiters and kitchen will know your dietary requirements if they have been informed, they will know who is cruising alone and there will be opportunities to meet and sit with other cruisers. It is a choice, you are in control, but you may as well sit with someone, there may be other singles amongst them.
The smaller, more intimate ships may be less intimidating, and allow you to mix more easily, but on our last Azura cruise there were more than a few singles and I made some lovely friends in the choir, who were travelling alone. The choir is a great place to meet. The smaller ship on the P&O fleet is the Adonia and it’s sister ships are now both with Azamara Club Cruises. See our section small ships under Cruise ships.
There are some meet ups for singles arranged in the daily programme, and whilst that might seem a stretch, it will soon feel like a mustn’t miss. In the evenings, when the dancing starts, Fred Olsen still have dance hosts. There are normally four on most ships and they are there to dance and will. If asked you can say no, but you are just naturally included.
So, Fred’s fleet of smaller-sized, more intimate ships might be the perfect choice for single travellers where the warm, sociable atmosphere will just mean you are on holiday like the others who may have partners. You will find new-found friends in like-minded travellers for a truly memorable and enjoyable experience whether you stay in touch afterwards or not. Fred Olsen also understands that it’s often difficult to find a holiday for one without huge single supplements and charges. They offer some fantastic ‘no single supplement’ deals on a wide selection of stunning cruise holidays and room grades in 2017 & 2018 offering solo travellers the chance to visit breathtaking destinations in Norway, the Mediterranean, the Canaries, the UK and many more in the space and comfort of a twin room at no extra cost.
I have been looking at the cruises they list when talking about Singles Cruises and Christmas and New Year both seem to feature.
SAGA have a wide section of Singles Holidays. Look at the holiday choices on their page mid page menu and click either the last option far right which is Singles Holidays (Click here and we have done it for you if the old search link still works) Or you can click Special Interests, then the sub-menu Solo Traveller. The results seem to be the same. They then offer Hotels and land based holidays as well as cruises. The Queens Hotel in Dorset is one of a few that is exclusively for solo travellers. There is a long list of Hotels that seems to come first, that may make you think you will never find a cruise there. To be honest, almost every cruise will have singles on, but SAGA does feature some cruises. It is not that they are just for singles. If you go in via the Singles banner, the prices they show are automatically for a Solo Traveller. The Islands Of the Aegean is one they currently feature. Use this link or if it fails, on the menu look far right for Singles/ single Holidays.
P&O we know welcome many single cruisers as I have said, I have met them in the choir, then seen them walking round the towns together exploring. They have no Singles section, but in the Q&A on their web site they do answer some questions
There are coffee mornings for passengers travelling by themselves. These are advertised in the daily ship’s newspaper. These coffee mornings are not available on 2 or 3-night cruises. Please see ” What activities are available on board? ” for further details of activities available on board for all passengers. All their ships have single cabins. You can share with a friend, but they do not allow you to share with someone you do not know. If you have not cruised before you might like to see our tours of the Arcadia and Azura.
- Single Inside Cabins are graded as SC grade (Arcadia, Azura & Ventura), SF (Britannia), SE (Oriana)
- Single Outside Cabins are graded as RE grade (Aurora), RC grade (Azura & Ventura)
- Single Balcony Cabins are graded as QF grade (Arcadia and Britannia)
- Click here for the P&O site and explore.
If you are packing by yourself, and have no one to run a check list with, then you might just like to check my Doris Visits check list, which I will always add to if you remind me that I have forgotten something. Add your tip in the Comments.
….Oh, the feature picture, it is Cocoa Beach on the Port Stop Canaveral in Florida. Which we sold to the publishers of Solo Cruiser. We like holidays that do stuff and go places where you meet and interact with people. Golf and skiing both fall into that group which is why you find them here, though not as featured as cruising. Bridge and dancing you need a partner, but many things are solo. Is it too late to try golf? Doris started as she was approaching the 6-0.
If you are worried how to choose which cruise, which ship and where to go, take a look at our how to choose a cruise blog. Why not have a look at the LATE DEALS over a coffee. Doris Visits allows you to SEE THE CRUISE BEFORE YOU CRUISE THE SEA. We have videos of many of the cruise stops you might make from St Lucia to Barcelona, from Tallinn to St Maarten. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share.
- Fred Olsen – Click here
- Saga Cruises – Click here
- P&O Cruises – Click here
- The Royal Caribbean – Click here
- Azamara Club Cruises – Click here
- Celebrity Cruises – Click here
- Norwegian Cruise Line – Click here
- Regent Seven Seas – Click here
- Cruise and Maritime Voyages – Click here
BOOK SERIES – SOLO CRUISER, VIRGIN VOYAGE
You might notice we have sold the picture from this blog to the book series Solo Cruiser and it has become the front cover of book 1, Virgin Voyage. That came about when our presenter actress Jean Heard was approached to audition for the voice of the audio book series. We are informed recording is likely in June. They are lusty romantic books, so good luck Jean. We have the audition/test that she did of half chapter 1 which we can share.
Through that we have become technical advisors and have a share in the TV rights as we deconstruct the books into how a possible TV series could be shot. The ship interior would have to be built on a film stage or use a hotel and or night clubs. The ship theatre is easy to reproduce as there are a number of designs, like the Truro theatre where Jean did her one woman show recently; however that is closing for refurbishment.
These are great but sometimes lusty tales, very Bridget Jones like – please review on Amazon when you have read it, but always review some other books first. You first reviews are often not put up. More details here.
If you have great Solo Cruiser tale do share.