Solo cruising has never been this good. Not only are more cruise lines adding solo cabins, but the single-traveler cabins aboard ships are also getting more spacious and luxurious.
And just because a cruise line doesn’t offer a solo cabin doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to pay more to cruise alone, either. Some cruise lines waive or reduce single supplements that can double a solo traveler’s bill. These deals become especially frequent during the first quarter of the year, a discount period known as “wave season.”
River cruise lines are being especially savvy in courting solo travelers by “offering more attractive opportunities for those who like to travel in style by themselves,” says Joshua Harrell, chief marketing officer for the WorldVia Travel Group and the Travel Quest Network.
Whichever cruise line you choose, you’ll want to book early: The travel insurance search engine Squaremouth says its sales show a 64 percent increase in solo cruise travel this year from 2019.
Here's everything you need to know about single bookings aboard some of the best lines for solo cruisers.
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Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian debuted a studio cabin in 2010 and was the first major cruise line to create accommodations for one. These cabins come in at just under 100 square feet—enough space for a full bed. They don’t offer sea views, but the cruise line does include access to a lounge where they can meet other solo travelers over snacks.
Norwegian's solo cabins are now on several ships, including the Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway, Pride of America, and Norwegian Prima, which is set to debut this summer.
Holland America's solo cabins are larger than Norwegian's, but you'll have to settle for a twin bed. Still, solo cruisers on Holland America’s Koningsdam, Niewuw Statendam, Rotterdam, and Ryndam ships can expect between 127 and 172 square feet of space onboard.
Best of all, each of Holland America’s solo suites comes with an ocean view.
Royal Caribbean has more single cruise cabins than the average cruise line. Half of the ships in its fleet offer solo cabins, but if you’re looking for a private balcony, you’ll want to book the Anthem of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Spectrum of the Seas or the line's newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas.
Oceania is taking solo cruising to a whole new level with its newest solo suites. Its latest ship, Vista, debuting in 2023, includes six 270-square-foot solo cabins, each with a balcony and amenities including free laundry, room service, premium lounge access, and a bottle of Champagne. Each cabin features a memory foam bed, a separate seating area, and a private balcony.
The line is planning to add solo cabins to several additional ships this year, giving travelers even more options to sail solo.
If you're a solo cruiser who's in it for the view and not the private balcony, check out Celebrity Cruises' Infinite Veranda solo cabins. These cabins feature giant windows that create a space similar to a sunroom.
Infinite Veranda cabins are available on Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Apex, and the new Celebrity Beyond. Each ship has a range of single cabins: Celebrity Edge has 16 of them, while Celebrity Beyond has double that, with 32 solo rooms.
Atlas Ocean Voyages
Atlas Ocean Voyages doesn’t just give solo travelers their own suite—it also gives them butler service.
Atlas' first solo suites hit the seas this year onboard its debut ship, World Navigator. Each suite clocks in at just over 180 square feet and comes equipped with a queen-size bed, a 42-inch TV, and a shower complete with L'Occitane bath products. There's even a separate closet just for your shoes.
If you're looking to make a transatlantic voyage, Cunard offers solo cabins on the Queen Mary 2, the iconic ship known for its transatlantic crossings between London and New York. Although they only offer a twin-size bed, solo suites onboard the Queen Mary 2 are around 180 square feet and include ocean views. Two other Cunard ships, the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, also offer single cabins, but some are interior rooms without ocean views.
This luxury cruise line doesn’t offer solo suites, but it also doesn’t charge solo cruisers double the price to book a cabin of their own.
Silversea, an all-inclusive cruise line known for its small, opulent ships and its discerning butler service, caps its single supplement at 25 percent of the cruise fare on select voyages. Of course, you’ll want to book early: Silversea’s solo cruise rates go up as departure dates get closer.
Ama Waterways has four ships with solo cabins: AmaDolce, AmaDante, AmaLyra, and AmaCello, which all sail European itineraries. On other ships, single supplements are 25 percent of the cruise fare for itineraries in Europe and Asia.
Avalon Waterways waives single supplements on its European river cruises and on some itineraries in southeast Asia. About 10 percent of Avalon passengers are solo cruisers, but you’ll want to book early to join them. Only a portion of each ship’s staterooms are reserved for solo cruisers on each itinerary.