5 Best Cruise Lines for Solo Travelers

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Cruise lines are quickly becoming more accessible and appealing to solo travelers. - Photo by Cunard Line

Traveling alone on cruise ships just got a whole lot better. In the last several years, a variety of lines have introduced single-occupancy cabins on their ships, as well as events and activities just for those traveling solo. Here are five of those lines to consider when planning your next solo cruise adventure: 

1. Norwegian Cruise Line

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What They Do For Solo Cruisers: Staying in a studio cabin is a great way to meet other solo travelers, because the cabins are near each other and have a shared lounge exclusively for studio dwellers. Most voyages also offer bar-crawls and singles meetups for those cruising alone.

Studio Cabins: Norwegian was the first cruise line to build a group of cabins specifically meant for guests traveling solo on some of their ships. They are included on the line’s newest vessels, including the upcoming ship Bliss which will be sailing in Alaska and the Caribbean. Studio cabins are modern, white rooms with splashes of bright colors and neon lights.

Ships With Studios: Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Bliss, and Pride of America

2. Cunard Line

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What They Do For Solo Cruisers: The line has some special activities for those traveling alone, including organized coffee gatherings and fun daytime events. If you’re sailing solo and want a partner for evening dancing, Cunard will even provide an escort for both women and men. For the social single travelers, be sure to ask for a big table in the main dining room and Cunard will do their best to put you with other solo passengers. 

Studio Cabins: Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 both have 15 Britannia single staterooms onboard.  They are every bit as elegant as the other Britannia category cabins, and are larger than most other solo staterooms you’ll find on other lines.

Ships With Studios: Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2

3. Royal Caribbean International

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What They Do For Solo Cruisers: At the beginning of the cruise there is a singles meetup, and solo cocktail hours throughout the duration of the cruise.

Studio Cabins: Nearly half of Royal Caribbean’s fleet of ships now have solo staterooms. You also have a number of types to choose from, including interior, balcony, virtual balcony, and oceanview, depending on the ship (not every ship has every category). The newer ships have 12-16 solo cabins, while the older ones have just 3-5.

Ships With Studios: Anthem of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, and Serenade of the Seas

4. Holland America Line

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What They Do For Solo Cruisers: The line takes great care of their solo travelers, with an entire range of programming dedicated to them including games, cocktail parties, dance classes, and mixers. Holland America is also the only major line that will put match roommates in a double cabin if they notify the line that they wish to do so, on all ships in the fleet.

Studio Cabins: There are only three studio cabins on the former Seabourn ship Prinsendam — two outsides and one interior. Holland America decided to continue the trend though when they debuted the brand-new Koningsdam in 2015, putting 12 studio cabins on that vessel. 

Ships With Studios:Prinsendam and Koningsdam

5. Costa Cruises

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What They Do For Solo Cruisers: These staterooms fill up quickly, and if you nab one you’ll be able to easily meet fellow solo travelers because the line hosts meet and greet parties on every sailing. There are also traditional cruise activities where solo guests can mingle, and the newest ships boast some of the largest dance floors at sea — perfect for grooving with new friends.

Studio Cabins: Over half of the ships in Costa’s fleet have anywhere between 6 to 21 solo cabins, both interiors and oceanviews.

Ships With Studios: Costa Classica, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa, Costa Fortuna, Costa Magica, Costa neoRomantica, Costa Pacifica, and Costa Serena, and neoClassica

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