The Best Cruise Lines for Solo Travelers

Written by: Amanda Bailey on January 28, 2015

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Living the single life? Need a little freedom from your family? No problem! An increasing number of travelers set sail by themselves, either for the chance at finding romance on board, or for a few days of complete peace and quiet, or even just as a break from all routine. With everything from special classes to roommate matching services, cruise ships are upping their offerings for solo passengers.

Royal Caribbean International. Single-occupancy staterooms are already in place on three of Royal Caribbean’s ships, and the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas will each feature 28 studio cabins. Passengers on both ships will be able to choose from “super studio” cabins with open-air balconies, or the first-ever “virtual balcony” rooms with floor-to-ceiling LED screens displaying live images of the ocean and ports.

Holland America Line. Travelers opting for single occupancy cabins will pay extra with Holland, but the company’s Single Partner’s Program offers a roommate matching service for those wanting to split the cost. Holland provides tons of social opportunities for singles, including wine tastings, cooking classes and cocktail hours.

Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian’s Epic, Breakaway and Getaway ships all feature studio cabins that are priced for solo travelers, and the Escape, launching this fall, will also feature 82 studios. Through the rooms, cruisers have exclusive access to hangout areas called Studio Lounges, which feature big-screen tvs, bartenders and special singles-only pre-dinner mixers.

Crystal Cruises. Among the best at catering to singles, nearly 25 percent of passengers on some of Crystal’s sailings are traveling alone. Diners interested in mingling can sign up for the Table for Eight program, which organizes dinners for the ship’s solo passengers at its specialty restaurants. Learning experiences like language lessons and acting workshops bring singles together for unique onboard activities.

Have you ever, or would you, go solo on a cruise? Tell us about it in the comments below!