Monday Myth Buster – Myth: You can’t cruise solo
Despite Hollywood’s efforts to see the entire adult population of the world paired off romantically there really is very little in life that you cannot do as a single individual, and cruising is no exception.
Far from being the preserve of couples and families, cruising embraces solo travellers of all ages with a number of cruises geared specifically towards those who journey independently.
If you’re taking to the sea for some well-earned me time then hit the spa for a bit of rest and relaxation. Try Celebrity cruises for the indoor, adults-only solarium or indulge in a massage at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. When you’re feeling sociable you can join a shared dining table, take an on board class, enrol in a group activity or seminar, or join a group shore excursion.
Some cruise lines offer dedicated cocktail parties for mingling, while P&O holds coffee mornings on cruises of three or more nights that are specifically designed for single travellers to meet other single travellers.
Voyage to the coast of Africa with Fred Olsen and choose from a range of activities designed for single travellers including evening dance sessions complete with dance hosts for those who wish to partner up and cut a dash across the floor.
Because of the increased popularity of sailing solo many cruise lines offer a reduced single supplement and some such as Fred Olsen, Cunard and P&O now offer single room cabins, some with balconies and en-suite bathrooms.
On their Barcelona-based ship Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Lines offer elegantly modern Studio Cabins which come with exclusive access to a sophisticated lounge which is solely for the use of studio guests. Named the Double-height lounge it features a wine vending machine, free tea, coffee and snacks, sign up lists for shore excursions and an area where you can post notes for fellow singles.
Well up on the solo traveler trend, Saga Cruises have been offering single cabins for years, and have built 81 single cabins with balconies into brand new 55,900-ton ship Spirit of Discovery which launches in the summer of 2019. Guests can enjoy 24-hour room service, an on-deck hot tub, open-air cinema, dance classes, theatrical performances, and cocktail parties dedicated to solo travelers.
Thomson too hosts gatherings for solo travelers including coffee mornings and dinners and offers a broad range of activities on board from movies and cookery demos to rock-climbing and swimming.
Voyages to Antiquity have a high number of solo travelers and offer 26 cabins dedicated to single occupancy. Entertainment on board is geared around good food, live music and intellectual lectures form experts in the art, culture and history of the destinations their ship Aegean Odyssey sails to. The small size of the ship fosters a relaxed and open atmosphere inclusive of all travelers.
So whether you are single or just fancy some time away from your life’s regular cast of characters, say yes to sailing solo.
Word: Sarah Glayzer
Featured Image: Celebrity Cruises