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Solo Cruising? These Cruise Lines Are Paying Attention to You!

Cruise Ship - The Dominion Monarch

My mother’s 80th birthday is next year. My husband and I are looking at possible cruises to celebrate this milestone with her. Much of our conversation centered around the single supplement fees. We ran through the list of who we know who may want to be Mom’s roommate so as to avoid this fee – not asking Mom how she feels about a roommate she may not know beforehand!

Luckily for us (and Mom who will not need to fret about an unfamiliar roomie), I saw this post over at Travel Weekly about the waiving of the single supplement by two cruise lines – Uniworld and European Waterways.

Wanting to expand my research, I then dug into other options for cruise travel where the single supplement is waived. Here’s what I found:

Norwegian Cruise Lines offers studio rooms aboard the Norwegian Epic, Pride of America, Norwegian Breakaway, and Norwegian Getaway. Some ships offer a lounge just for their studio passengers with its own bartender and pre-dinner meetings.

P&O Cruises offer single cabins aboard their ship Azura. You can take a virtual tour of the accommodations on their website. While the Azura has only 18 solo cabins available (and they go quickly), they will offer 27 more cabins for one on their newest ship Britannia.

Holland America Line does not offer studio rooms or waive the solo supplementary fees all together, but caters to solo travelers with the Singles Partner Program. Cocktail mixers and games are a great way to meet fellow passengers, and they can also match you with a roommate to save on costs for the trip. If a roommate cannot be found, you still pay the discounted price.

Crystal Cruises help solo cruisers feel welcome with their sense of community. Their large ships carry a relatively small amount of passengers, and their assigned-seat dining makes it easy to get to know a small group. They also offer companions for dinner and dancing.

Other European River Cruises besides Uniworld and European Waterways are also starting to waive the single supplement fees, as well, such as Avalon Waterways and Grand Circle Cruise Line.

Wow, lots of choices available now that there are options to the dreaded single supplement. Next step – check into itineraries for these cruise lines and find the perfect 80th birthday cruise.

If you’re looking for a getaway cruise for yourself or someone you know, check into this great list of offerings by cruise lines who are recognizing that cruise travel is not Noah’s Ark where everyone comes in pairs.

Photo courtesy of New Zealand National Library on Flickr.

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