Best Cruises for Singles

If you’re a solo traveller looking for your next holiday, a cruise is a fantastic option. When you travel with friends or family, there are always others’ feelings, interests and preferences to be catered for. But when you’re on your own, you’re at total liberty to do as much or as little as you want all day, every day. And where better to be as selfish as you want than on a cruise ship bursting with pampering spas, beauty salons, gourmet restaurants, swimming pools, sun decks and adventurous excursions?

Best Cruises for Singles: Solo traveller reading on a cruise ship
Solo traveller reading on a cruise ship via Flickr, Roderick Elme / CC 2.0

If that sounds like the ideal scenario for you, check out these best cruises for singles, selected for their exclusive singles cabins, discounted solo supplements and activities that are tailored to solo individuals instead of couples.

Best Cruises for Singles: Cooking Class onboard Holland America's MS Veendam
Cooking class onboard Holland America’s MS Veendam via Flickr, Ronald Woan / CC 2.0

Best Cruises for Singles

Holland America

Holland America is one of the best cruises for singles out there. It features a superb Single Partners Programme which encourages singles to mingle with cocktail mixers and fun-filled games. If you’re uncomfortable dining alone, you’ll be glad to hear the iconic liner organises group dining and also specialises in wine tastings, cooking classes and creative workshops designed for individuals.

There’s also a roommate-matching service which allows you to share a cabin with another traveller of the same gender so you can avoid the hefty solo traveller supplement. If you sign up for the matching service and Holland America doesn’t find you a match, you still won’t have to pay the supplement!

Best Cruises for Singles: Dining room onboard Crystal Cruise's Crystal Serenity
Dining room onboard Crystal Cruise’s Crystal Serenity via Flickr, Gary Bembridge / CC 2.0

Crystal Cruises

Whilst single traveller supplements can be as much as 100% extra, Crystal Cruises charges singles a meagre 25% more for their most basic cabins, making them one of the cheapest options. Their two ships only carry around 1,000 passengers each – about 250 of which on each sailing are singles – creating a sense of community and making it easier to mix with others.

Just like Holland America, Crystal Cruises also offers activities and seminars designed for solo travellers, including acting classes, language lessons, computer courses and astronomy lectures. Their set-seating dining means if you make friends during your holiday, you can all dine together every night.

Best Cruises for Singles: Virtual balcony onboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas
Virtual balcony on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas via Flickr, CruiseSource.us / CC 2.0

Royal Caribbean

If a luxurious singles room is important to you, consider embarking on a cruise with Royal Caribbean. This liner features a variety of basic studio cabins and opulent state rooms which feature plush full-size beds, floor-to-ceiling virtual balconies for inside cabins and open-air balconies for outside cabins, depending on which ship you’re on.

Whilst you’re totally free to dine on your own if there is room available, you can also request to be sat at a large table to dine with other singles, couples and groups. One of the greatest plus points for solo travellers to holiday with Royal Caribbean is that their studio staterooms come with zero singles supplements.

About Nicola Quinn

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Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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