Now more than ever before, solo cruising has become a fashionable way to holiday. It’s not just a second thought on the cruise line’s agendas either, as many ships and liners cater specifically to single travellers and offer all sorts of singles cruise deals as well as onboard activities.

Any cruiser looking to mingle will love the variety of events now hosted onboard, from dedicated cocktail parties to evening meals and singles-only excursions. Solo cruising means you’re in charge and can pick and choose what you’d like to join in on. If you’d rather have a little ‘me time’ there’s plenty of space for that too, with adult only floors, your own single room cabin and trips out where you can sightsee and explore at your own pace.

All cruise lines have their own speciality when it comes to catering for the single market. Some are all about planning singles events onboard and others focus on bringing people together for group excursions on the mainland. If you’re interested in booking a cruise for one, we’ve got details on which cruise lines are the best for singles and what they have to offer for your next holiday on the seas.

Singles who want to explore

If you’re all about exploring new places, taking in some of the world’s most beautiful sites and learning about other cultures, then Saga Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines are for you.

Saga Cruises are ideal for any single travellers who want to enjoy the mainland while making some new friends. They’ve created special single meet-ups for days out, so you can link up with other solo guests and explore your destination together. If you’ve already met some friends on the ship, there’s also the option to be put on the same bus into the city and enjoy the sites and restaurants as a group.

Norwegian Cruise Lines has a whole boat load of exciting itineraries for singles to enjoy, including Norwegian Epic’s seven night round trip from Barcelona – calling at Naples, Rome, Florance, Cannes and Palma. On this cruise you’ll have plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, as each day you’ll reach another destination. Norwegian Cruise Lines also organise trips out specifically for singles, giving you the chance to meet knew people and explore as a group.

Singles who want to dance

Just because you’re travelling alone doesn’t mean you won’t want to shake it on the dance floor. Dancing can be a fun way to meet other travellers, as well as just an enjoyable way to cut loose yourself. Both Cunard and Fred. Olsen are perfect if you’re looking to bust a move this singles’ holiday, offering dance classes as well as gentlemen hosts and dance partners. The term ‘gentlemen hosts’ usually refers to slightly more mature men who are versed in every form of dance, so even if you’re travelling alone you’ll have someone to samba and quick step with.

Singles who want to meet other singles

Not all solo travellers want to meet up with other singles. This can be a common misconception among cruisers, but there is a difference between the solo cruiser and those who want to book a specific single’s cruise. If you fall into the latter category or are a solo cruiser looking for some company, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are several cruise lines here to accommodate you.

Thomson Cruises has long been leading the way when it comes to catering towards the single cruise market. Most ships have their own single social hostess onboard to help organise events, which commonly included singles coffee mornings and dinners. They also run a full daily activity program for singles – including fitness classes and cocktail making workshops – so you’ll have no end of events available for you to meet other singles.

Another great cruise line for meeting other singles is Cruise and Maritime Voyages. They have a whole host of events for solo travellers including a welcome cocktail party right at the beginning of your holiday. This way you can meet people straight away, and if you want to, plan your social excursions and activities with them.

LGBT singles

The cruise industry has come a long way in embracing the LGBT community. Gay and lesbian social gatherings are very much the norm and are usually hosted by the cruise liner’s own event’s planners. Azamara Club Cruises has some of the best singles cruises around and consistently leads the way when it comes to planning and executing fabulous LGBT singles events. These include cocktail parties as well as group excursions at your destination.

Carnival Cruise Lines also caters towards LGBT singles with get-to-know-you dining events, as well as ‘Friends of Dorothy’ bar nights. ‘Friends of Dorothy’ is now a common place occurrence on most cruise lines and usually happens on the first night of departure. This way you can meet other LGBT single cruise passengers and get to know one another as soon as you board.

Cruise lines today are decked out with fantastic activities and events for all singles, so you’ll always find something to keep you entertained. No matter what you’re looking for in your next solo cruise, there’s certain to be a ship out there for you.

Image credits: Seaborn Sojourn from cruises.about.com and sun lounger by Emily Orpin
Featured image by chrisjara 

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