Cruise Line Solo Passenger Policy

Being a solo cruiser has been particularly difficult in the past and remains a challenge now but times are changing and cruise lines are catering more and more for solo cruisers. Visibility over pricing remains an issue but there are 2 main ways that a solo cruiser can get a stateroom:

Pay the Single Supplement for sole occupancy of a double stateroom

NB: Cruise Lines will only sell a limited number of double staterooms for sole occupancy, it varies per cruise line, per ship, per itinerary. 

Pay for a dedicated solo / single stateroom

NB: While the number of dedicated solo / single staterooms  are growing you do need to book early to avoid disappointment in our opinion. Also, while you should expect to pay less than the single supplement above you should expect to pay more than double occupancy rate.

(Whether thats right or not is a different situation!)

Azamara Club Cruises

Solo Policies:

  • Just 25% Single Supplement 

    • Solo cruisers with Azamara pay just a 25% supplement on top of the standard double occupancy fare on select voyages

    • For example:

      • If Double Occupancy Fare was €1000 then solo cruiser would pay €1250 for sole occupancy of the same stateroom​

  • Azamara do not have any dedicated Solo Staterooms​​

Ships of Note (If any):

Azamara's policy

applies across the fleet

Carnival Cruises

Solo Policies:

  • Carnival have no particular incentive for solo cruisers and therefore solo cruiser​s will pay 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare 

  • Carnival do not have any dedicated solo staterooms

Ships of Note (If any):

No further information at this time

Celebrity Cruises

Solo Policies:

  • Celebrity have no particular incentive for solo cruisers and therefore solo cruiser​s will pay somewhere between 80 and 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare (Seems to vary)

  • Celebrity do not have any dedicated solo staterooms however this is set to change with Celebrity Edge

Ships of Note (If any):

Celebrity Edge will be the 1st Celebrity ship to have Solo Staterooms.

 

Edge will have 16 Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda. The full compliment of Edge staterooms can be found here:

Stateroom List

Costa Cruises

Solo Policies:

  • Single Supplement as low as 30%

    • The single use supplement varies subject to availability. The earlier you book, the likelier you are to pay the lowest supplement, i.e. 30%.

  • Costa do have ​dedicated solo staterooms on several ships. 

Ships of Note (If any):

Complete deck plans for Costa ships can be found here (NB - Dated 2016):

Costa Deck Plans

Cruise & Maritime

Solo Policies:

  • Single Supplement can be as low as 20% on top of double occupancy fare on select voyages 

    • Solo cruisers with CMV can pay as low as 20% supplement on top of the standard twin/double occupancy fare​ (Prices vary)

  • CMV set aside a limited number of cabins for solo occupancy

Solo Experience:

  • Solo cruisers can get as involved or do as little as they want to but CMV have a special onboard singles programme of events including a welcome cocktail party and get-togethers will ensure the opportunity to meet like-minded travellers

Ships of Note (If any):

Policy applies across the fleet but early booking advised to avoid disappointment. 

Crystal Cruises

Solo Policies:

  • Single Supplement can be as low as 15% on top of double occupancy fare on select voyages

    • ​Solo cruisers with Crystal can pay as low as 15% supplement on top of the standard twin/double occupancy fare​ (Prices vary)

  • Crystal do not have any dedicated Solo Staterooms​​

Solo Experience:

  • Crystal has recently won a Cruise Critic award for Best For Solo Travellers (December 17) It's low supplement and the ease with which solo cruisers can get involved (eg, solo cruiser nights in speciality restaurants, large table sizes at standard restaurants) are no doubt factors. 

Ships of Note (If any):

Crystals policy

applies across the fleet 

Cunard Cruises

Solo Policies:

  • ​Solo cruisers with Cunard can pay 66% - 100% supplement on top of the standard twin/double occupancy fare​ (Prices vary) for sole occupancy

  • There are a number of dedicated single staterooms ​

    • Single Staterooms tend to be slightly lower if available than the price of a double stateroom for sole occupancy. 

Solo Experience:

  • Cunard offer plenty to ensure solo cruisers have a wonderful onboard experience. From organised coffee gatherings to a host of daytime activities, solo crusiers will always feel welcome and as busy as they want to be on board. 

Ships of Note (If any):

Cunard Fleet has 33 dedicated rooms for solo guests:

  • Queen Elizabeth has 9

    • Deck 2​

  • Queen Mary 2 has 15

    • Deck 2&3

  • Queen Victoria has 9

    • Deck 2​

Learn all about the newly revamped Queen Mary's Britannia single staterooms including short video here:

QM2 Britannia single stateroom information

 

QM2 Britannia single stateroom virtual tour

Information about Queen Elizabeth's single staterooms and a virtual tour can be found here

QE Britannia single stateroom Information

QE Britannia single stateroom Virtual Tour

Information about Queen Victoria's single staterooms and a virtual tour can be found here

QV Britannia single stateroom Information

QV Britannia single stateroom Virtual Tour

Disney Cruise Line

Solo Policies:

  • Disney have no incentive for solo cruisers and therefore solo cruiser​s will pay 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare

 

  • Disney do not have any dedicated solo staterooms

Ships of Note (If any):

No further information at this time

Fred Olsen

Solo Policies:

  • ​There is a single supplement for sole occupancy of a double/twin stateroom but pricing is unclear

  • There are a number of dedicated single staterooms

    • Single Staterooms tend to be slightly lower if available than the price of a double/twin stateroom for sole occupancy. 

  • NB: Fred Olsen regularly have promotions offering zero single supplement or 50% off single supplement so keep an eye out for those​

Solo Experience:

  • Solo cruisers will find exclusive gatherings for them to get to know each other, and staff on board will seat them together for dinner, and arrange companions for solo cruisers when going ashore, if required. There are also Gentleman Hosts and Dance Couples on board the ships to provide dancing partners for solo guests.

Ships of Note (If any):

Fred Olsen fleet has one of the highest proportion of solo staterooms with 190 dedicated rooms for solo guests: 

  • Balmoral has 64

  • Black Watch has 43

  • Boudicca has 43

  • Braemar has 40

Single Inside, Single Outside cabins and Single Balcony Suites are available

Short video about life onboard as a solo cruiser:

Life as a solo cruiser with Fred

Staterooms vary but can be up to approximately 140 sq foot

Holland America Line

Solo Policies:

  • HAL have some incentive for solo cruisers and a solo cruiser will pay somewhere between 50% and 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare (Price Varies)

  • HAL now have 15 dedicated solo staterooms currently and 12 more to come on new ship MS Nieuw Statendam

Solo Experience:

  • Cruise Critic Australia recently voted HAL Best Cruise Line for Solo Passengers citing programming that doesn’t require partners and activities that can be enjoyed solo or used as a way to meet others. Also upon request, singles are invited to dine together, and on longer voyages gentlemen hosts are available for dancing and dining

Ships of Note (If any):

Only 2 Ships in the HAL fleet offer dedicated rooms for solo guests:

  • MS Koningsdam has 12 

    • Ocean View staterooms​

  • MS Prinsendam has 3

Find out more about MS Nieuw Statendam's 12 new solo staterooms on deck 1 here:

MS Nieuw Statendam

MSC Cruises

Solo Policies:

  • MSC have no particular incentive for solo cruisers and a solo cruiser will typically pay 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare. Price can vary and MSC have been known to offer zero supplement offers. 

  • MSC now have dedicated solo staterooms called Interior Studios

Ships of Note (If any):

MSC have Interior Studios (Single Sofa Bed) on the following ships: 

  • MSC Meraviglia has 31

  • MSC Seaside

  • MSC Seaview

These will also be on the forthcoming:

  • MSC Bellissima

Staterooms are approximately 129 sq foot

Norwegian Cruise Line

Solo Policies:

  • NCL have some incentive for solo cruisers and although 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare is standard there are several select cruises where a solo cruiser discount applies up to 50%. 

  • NCL were the 1st cruise line to introduce staterooms and common areas specifically for the solo cruiser and for us are market leaders. NCL have a huge 496 dedicated solo staterooms (Including NCL Bliss) with 128 alone on Norwegian Epic with a separate solo studio lounge to enjoy complete with tea, coffee & snacks, newspapers,TV screens and bar. 

  • NEW to Bliss - 2nd TV in porthole to allow you to display view from Bridge and watch TV at same time

Solo Experience:

  • NCL provide a solo co-ordinator who makes sure that each night there's a programme of events for a solo group from dinner to the shows, deck parties to drinks receptions or just someone to link with if you need anything. In short everything is thought of to help support the solo traveller to ensure a fantastic onboard experience and rightly so!

Ships of Note (If any):

Further details of NCL's solo offering can be found here:

NCL Solo Staterooms

NCL have a massive 496 studio's on the following ships: 

  • NCL Bliss has 82

  • NCL Encore has 82

  • NCL Epic has 128

  • NCL Escape has 82

  • NCL Getaway has 59

  • NCL Pride of America has 4

All ships have a lounge just for the use of solo cruisers

Staterooms are approximately 100 sq ft

P&O Cruises

Solo Policies:

  • P&O have no particular incentive for solo cruisers in a double stateroom and a solo cruiser will typically pay 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare (Price Varies)

  • P&O however do have dedicated solo staterooms across the fleet - 75 - where you can expect to pay somewhere between the standard occupancy fare and 100%

 

Solo Experience:

  • ​P&O events team (dependent on numbers and cruise duration) may arrange dedicated events such as get togethers or informal coffee mornings for solo cruisers

Ships of Note (If any):

P&O have a variety of solo staterooms across their fleet (75 in total):

  • Arcadia

    • 4 Single Inside​

    • 2 Single Balcony

  • Aurora

    • 4 Single Outside

  • Azura​

    • 6 Single Inside​​

    • 12 Single Outside

  • Britannia

    • 12 Single Inside​​

    • 15 Single Balcony

  • Oriana

    • 2 Single Inside​​

  • Ventura

    • 6 Single Inside​​

    • 12 Single Outside

Staterooms are approximately 130sq ft

Regent Seven Seas

Solo Policies:

  • Regent have some incentive for solo cruisers and a solo cruiser will pay a supplement starting at 50% on top of the standard double occupancy fare (Price Varies)

  • Regent do not have any dedicated solo staterooms

Ships of Note (If any):

No further information at this time

Oceania Cruises

Solo Policies:

  • Oceania have no incentive for solo cruisers and therefore solo cruiser​s will pay 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare 

  • Oceania do not have any dedicated solo staterooms

Ships of Note (If any):

No further information at this time

Princess Cruises

Solo Policies:

  • Princess have no incentive for solo cruisers and therefore solo cruisers will pay 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare 

  • Princess do not have any dedicated solo staterooms

Ships of Note (If any):

No further information at this time

Seabourn

Solo Policies:

  • Seabourn have no incentive for solo cruisers and therefore solo cruiser​s will pay 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare​

  • Seabourn do not have any dedicated solo staterooms

  • Note Seabourn 'Club Diamond Elite' embers can avail of supplements as low as 50% or 75%. 

Solo Experience:

  • Seabourn want to ensure that solo cruisers have the best possible experience. For example they will invite solo cruisers to a hosted dinner table every night unless the solo cruiser specifically asks not to. Seabourn will even have a member of staff go ashore with the solo cruiser if needed or maybe even take them shopping. 

Ships of Note (If any):

No further information at this time

Royal Caribbean

Solo Policies:

  • Royal have no particular incentive for solo cruisers in a double stateroom and a solo cruiser will typically pay 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare (Price Varies)

  • Royal however do have dedicated solo staterooms across the fleet - 131 - where you can expect to pay somewhere between the standard occupancy fare and 100%

Ships of Note (If any):

Royal have a variety of solo staterooms across their fleet (131 in total):

  • Adventure of the Seas

    • 5 Studio Interior​

  • Anthem of the Seas 

    • 12 Super Studio with Balcony

    • 16 Studio Interior with Virtual View

  • Brilliance of the Seas​

    • 3 Studio Interior​

  • Ovation of the Seas:

    • 12 Super Studio with Balcony

    • 16 Studio Interior with Virtual View

  • Quantum of the Seas

    • 12 Deluxe Studio with Balcony

    • 16 Studio Interior with Virtual View

  • ​Harmony of the Seas 

    • 12 Studio Ocean View

    • 3 Studio Interior

  • Jewel of the Seas​

    • 3 Studio Interior​

  • Radiance of the Seas​

    • 3 Studio Interior​

  • Serenade of the Seas​

    • 3 Studio Interior​

  • Symphony of the Seas 

    • 12 Studio Ocean View

    • 3 Studio Interior

Staterooms vary in size but are approximately 96-104 sq foot

Silversea

Solo Policies:

  • Just 25% Single Supplement 

    • Solo cruisers with Silversea pay a supplement starting at just 25% on top of the standard double occupancy fare on select voyages

  • Silversea do not have any dedicated Solo Staterooms​​

Solo Experience:

  • Every voyage includes a champagne Welcome Reception, to make it easier to meet and mingle with solo travellers, and on select voyages, Gentlemen Hosts are also available as dance partners or dinner companions

Ships of Note (If any):

Further information and list of relevant cruises can be found here: 

Silversea Solo Information and Listing

Marella Cruise

Solo Policies:

  • Marella have no particular incentive for solo cruisers in a double stateroom and a solo cruiser will typically pay anything up to 100% on top of the standard double occupancy fare (Price Varies)

  • Marella however do have dedicated solo staterooms across the fleet - where you can expect to pay somewhere between the standard occupancy fare and 100%

Solo Experience:

  • Get togethers are organised for solo cruisers like dinners and coffee mornings. The ships restaurant manager can assure you're seated with other guests at dinner if you'd like. 

Ships of Note (If any):

Marella have a variety of solo staterooms across their fleet:

  • Marella Explorer

    • Single Inside

    • Single Outside

  • Marella Discovery & Discovery 2

    • Single Inside

    • Single Outside

  • Marella Dream​

    • Single Outside ​

  • Marella Spirit​

    • Single Inside​

    • Single Outside

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