In my latest post, The ultimate guide to cruising for solo travelers, I explained what is solo cruising about and how to make the most out of that experience. Now I want to share with you some of my top tips for finding your best solo cruise.
1. Book early
Solo staterooms are limited onboard each ship and sell out quickly. To avoid disappointment, try to reserve your cruise at least 12 months out, and up to 18 months on river ships. As well, solo savings promotions are available farther out as opposed to last minute.
2. Size matters
Large ships offer a wealth of dining, entertainment, and activity options, which is great if you are looking for a full roster of activities. However, it may be difficult to maintain contact with newfound friends, due to the ships’ size and the vast number of places for people to spread out. In addition, you may encounter lineups at popular venues, at peak dining times, and while embarking and disembarking the ship.
Smaller ships provide a less crowded environment and a higher chance of repeat sightings of fellow guests, but the dining and entertainment options may also be fewer and less elaborate. For example, instead of full production shows with singers and dancers, small ships offer cabaret-style entertainment or intimate musical acts due to the smaller stage size.
3. Select the cruise line that is right for you
Each cruise line has its own personality and onboard ambiance, and can attract a wide range of age groups. Some offer a lively atmosphere, while others are more sedate. Yet others specializes in cuisine, spa and wellness, or destination immersion. Learning about their differences will help you select the right ship that caters best to your needs.
4. Consider a special interest cruise
A special interest or themed cruise focusing on a hobby or pastime can be a good option for solo cruisers. Travelers onboard these sailings already have an instant connection because they share that common interest. There are themed cruises for practically every interest – ranging from birdwatching, photography, history, music, food, wine, sports and fitness, to scrapbooking, knitting and quilting. Although these cruises may be priced higher due to their specialized nature, they are nevertheless a great way to meet like-minded travelers.
5. Work with a travel professional
The service of a travel advisor is invaluable when it comes to finding the right solo cruise for you. They are knowledgeable about the cruise lines and ships that will offer you the best experience based on your needs and budget, and they are also up to date with the latest promotions and offerings.
Cruising solo doesn’t need to be intimidating. Follow these recommendations and embark on your next adventure!
Your Cruise Coach