5 Best Cruise Lines for Solo Travelers

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Traveling alone on cruise ships just got a whole lot better. In the last few years, a variety of lines — in different price points and with different styles — have begun offering single-occupancy cabins, doing away with the long-dreaded single supplement and welcoming people who want to cruise unaccompanied on their ships. Here, five to consider: 

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1. Norwegian Cruise Line

Ships: Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Getaway, and Pride of America
Launched: January 2010
Cool Features: On the line’s three newest ships, these interior studio cabins are high in style — picture sleek, modern white rooms with splashes of purple, green, and neon lights. The cabins also share a private lounge space with TVs and a bar.
Approximate Size: 99-131 square feet

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2. Costa Cruises

Ships: Costa Classica, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa, Costa Fortuna, Costa Magica, Costa neoRomantica, Costa Pacifica, and Costa Serena
Launched: 2003
Cool Features: From what we hear, these cabins fill up quickly. Nab one, and you’ll have an easy time meeting fellow solo travelers: The line also hosts meet and greet parties on every sailing on these ships.
Approximate Size: 130-150 square feet

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3. Cunard Line

Ship: Queen Elizabeth
Launched: July 2014
Cool Features: The ship has nine single staterooms—eight ocean view and one inside cabin to choose from. They are as elegant as all of the Britannia category rooms, and a bit bigger than what most lines offer.
Approximate Size: 159-162 square feet 

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4. Royal Caribbean International

Ships: Anthem of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, and Serenade of the Seas
Launched: 2011
Cool Features: The line first launched singles cabins in 2011, and now they are putting them on their newest build, too. Quantum has exterior staterooms for solo travelers, and they have private balconies, too. Interior studios offer virtual views of outdoor scenery over a flat-screen TV.
Approximate Size: 101-119 square feet

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5. Holland America Line

Ships: MS Prinsendam
Launched: 2009
Cool Features: There are only three studio cabins on this former Seabourn ship — two outsides and one inside — so book early.
Approximate Size: 150-205 square feet

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