Single cruisers getting the propeller shaft

Once in a while I go on a cruise by myself.  I realize most cruise lines charge double occupancy(paying for 2).  I recently booked a cruise on Carnival Valor.  I have a dining time pending as I took advantage of so called last minute booking....a ruse.  What gets me I am paying for 2 and they cannot have a dining seat for 1??  The cruise lines need to treat the single cruisers with a little more respect. 

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Try NCL studio cabins on their newer ships

I've cruised solo before and I've asked for and was given a table for two. 

Your dining time isn't pending because you are a single cruiser.  It's pending because your chosen time is fully booked and you are waitlisted. If there were a number of last minute bookings, it's possible that all times are waitlisted until the maitre' d can finalize the assignments.

I do understand your gripe with having to pay more as a single cruiser.  I don't think it's fair.

It would be good if ships had single rooms throughout the ship so people travelling solo could have a better choice of rooms including balconies.

Have you considered Your Rime Dining? You can ask for a table alone when you go into the dining room each evening. 

I cruise single as well.  The double booking blows big time.  Not all of us are married or currently dating

If the bean counters were informed of the number of singles who would cruise, but do not due the  double occ, thing. Then, maybe they can convince the company, it's worth it.

I guess I'm saying---show me the numbers....

I would agree with you, John, but as long as they can fill the cabin with two fares, what incentive do they have to look for single fares?

The single cabins are a good idea, but they cannot make two of them in the space of a single regular size cabin.

(Not saying that I agree with their decision, but it is economically sound).

What they need to install are more accessible cabins.  If not booked, they can be used by anyone. But if no accessible cabins are left, you have to change plans.

I would love to see more single cabins.  We have a lot of single friends that would go with us if that was an option.  Some are financially well off enough to book at double rate, but most are not willing to do that.  Many are also not willing to have a "roommate".  Some of the newer ships are making bigger cabins for families, maybe it's time they did a market research on the number of singles there are now in the mix. 

One benefit that Princess offers for cruising single is that it counts as two credits toward your perk level.  You can make platinum in 3 cruises which then gives you priority boarding and free internet minutes.  That said, I agree it stinks for solo cruisers.

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