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.

Fred Olsen’s blog on Single Cruisers.


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 Cruises

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.


Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ will have a new addition to their fleet, but it is not a new ship. The Columbus will be thirteen years old this year but it has just had an extensive refit. The importance to single travellers is that there are now 150 new single cabins, which reduces the ship’s previous capacity from 1,800 to an expected 1,400 passengers.


We have videos of most of the popular cruise destinations you might sail into from Bequia to Rome (Angels and Demons), from St Petersburg to Pearl Harbour. We also have films of some tours.

READ THE CRUISE BEFORE YOU CRUISE THE SEA. In the book charts! Sally Katz used the films on Doris Visits to peg her romantic cruise novels on! With our permission. Each story lead book takes place over a cruise! Book 1 is a Canary Islands cruise, Book 2 is in the Baltic, Book 3 is in the Caribbean. Books 1 to 3 are Violet’s story. (adult romance) 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.

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  1. Useful advices, thanks! I also plan to travel single to USA, California. Now I am on the stage of visa documents. My friend recommends me to use the service of this company for getting visa fast and in short time. Do you think is it worth to do? Or maybe you can advise another way for me?

    • We do not know this company, but if you mean a US ESTA form there are many sites on line pretending to be the US Government, we suggest you find the actual Government department and apply direct with them. Other Visa centres can be hard. Chinese you need to book an appointment, as with the service for India. Make sure you are using the government approved sites by going to the government web sites first and seeing their advice, There are many companies that are not real and steal money. We will do a page on Visas next year but that is a long job. Good Idea though. The UK Government often offer advice and it is worth looking there.