Sail away far on a cruise ship–Buju Banton, “Hooked on the Love” (2003)
Critics and travel veterans alike confirm that traveling solo on cruise ships can be great with the right cruise line. In fact, in the past few years, numerous lines have started offering single-occupancy cabins, and welcoming singles wanting to cruise solo on their ships. Here are the five best cruise line for solo travelers:
5. Crystal Cruises
The Crystal Cruises line scrapes into the “top five” for singles due to the variety of onboard activities, and singles’ parties. Their cruises also feature workshops. assigned dining room seating and a “Table for 8” program that allows singles to eat at the restaurants with other singles.
While Silversea doesn’t offer “single” cabins, they do sometimes offer special fare deals for singles. Their special-interest cruises guarantee a compatible passenger mix, too. Other highlights include a welcome reception complete with Champagne and onboard hosts who serve as shore excursion escorts and dance partners.
3. Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International has at least three liners that include 28 “studio” cabins just for solo travelers. Highlights include scuba training, wine-tasting, group fitness activities and their “My Time Dining” policy which allows singles to dine at large tables with others.
2. Holland America Line
Holland America Line caters to the singles crowd. Most cruises feature a “Single Partners Program” which includes games, cocktail mixers, wine-tastings and games, male hosts for dining and dancing partners, and even a “roommate-matching service” which pairs same-sex partners who want to share.
1. Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line offers studio cabins priced for solo cruisers that include full-size beds, flat-screen TVs, private bathrooms and multi-colored ambient lighting. Singles also have access to the exclusive Studio Lounge. It features large-screen TVs, a part-time bartender and hosted pre-dinner gatherings.