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Cruising for single travellers

Your short cruise sound an ideal taster, the trouble is I live right in the heart of the country, so by the time I have paid travelling costs and possibly two nights in a hotel it more than doubles the body. Quite agree that if you can afford it, forget the single supplement as you can’t take it with you.

Sutton coldfield

I would recommend Scenic if you require a fully inclusive package with speciality restaurants and Emerald Waterways if you are happy to sail without a drinks package and no speciality restaurant.
Uniworld at the moment are offering cruises for the solo passenger with no single supplement on over 200 cruises for 2017. Here is the link: http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/partner/155238

London

I am about to go on my 4th cruise as a ‘solo’ following the sudden death of my husband 14 months ago. Previously we had cruised many times together on several different cruise lines but chiefly with P&O and Princess. When my husband died we had 3 cruises booked and I deliberated whether to go ahead or to cancel. I am so glad I went ahead. Yes the first cruise as a ‘solo’ was difficult – especially Dinner. I kept with freedom/anytime dining and subsequently found many friendly couples who didn’t appear to mind having a ‘strange single lady’ at their table! The second cruise – a month in the Caribbean on Britannia – was easier as was a cruise on Oceana in May.

I have accepted that I have to pay double for a balcony cabin – doesn’t seem fair but what can you do- but have just 2 days ago booked a single with balcony on Britannia for June 2018 to give it a try.

If you are suddenly on your own don’t give up travelling. People are very friendly. I have recently returned from a tour of Sicily with Riviera Travel which was excellent and a single supplement of only £159. At both hotels my room was a Double, with balcony and sea view.

I am now thinking of trying a river cruise. Can anyone recommend a ship or river cruise line.

Minnis Bay

Luna wrote:

It’s that dreaded single supplement every time

I know this thread is for cruises, but Mercury Direct also have reduced or no single supplements on their tours and package holidays. I used them last year to Barbados and they were very good. As I was only person from flight for chosen hotel I had a taxi all to myself. On the return, I was only person from hotel for Virgin flight so had personal escort to check-in desk, not for any reason other than good service. I expected pokey single room but got a massive room with king-size bed!

Luna, I’ve just booked a Rhone Cruise with Riviera Travel for 2017. They have a certain number of cabins per cruise without a single supplement. They also fly from local airports at no extra cost.

ESW
Lincolnshire

Luna wrote:

It’s that dreaded single supplement every time

Keep a check on our special offers page @Luna there’s often offers on there that have no single supplement e.g. right now Avalon River cruises are offering no single supplements see http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/partner/1036-avalon-waterways#offer_162107 for details.

Essex UK

It’s that dreaded single supplement every time. Also for me the difficulty of getting to some of the ports. So thank you for your comments.

Sutton coldfield

Thank you for sharing the information Mike. I’ve been wanting to go on a cruise for years, but found the prices just too expensive.

sussex-girl-38 wrote:

sussex-girl-38 16:36 08-Nov-15 #09
Hi I have never taken a cruise before thought about it but never got round to it now i`ve seen other people have been and recommended one I think I will enquire about one as a single person , wondered if it was for me , since I have been on my own now for a few years i`ve had holiday`s with my family now its time to branch out on my own , I have just come back from Albir in Spain weather was perfect and the sea warm , enjoyed being with my daughter and son-in law I will look on the forum for idea`s as i`m new to this Jo

Have a look at this thread Jo, might be of some interest..

http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/forums/travel-news/4645-solo-cruising-with-fred-olsen
Bedford

sussex-girl-38 wrote:

sussex-girl-38 16:36 08-Nov-15 #09
Hi I have never taken a cruise before thought about it but never got round to it now I’ve seen other people have been and recommended one I think I will enquire about one as a single person wondered if it was for me , since I have been on my own now for a few years i`ve had holiday`s with my family now its time to branch out on my own , I have just come back from Albir in Spain weather was perfect and the sea warm , enjoyed being with my daughter and son-in law I will look on the forum for idea`s as I’m new to this Jo

Hi Jo and welcome to the forum..

A word of warning, once you’ve done your first cruise no other holiday will do and you will have to do another and another and another ditto ditto ditto.

Get yourself some cruise brochures and see what takes you fancy then come back here and ask any questions you have before booking – there are lots of ocean and river cruisers on the forum.

David

Bedford
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