5 Best Cruise Ships for Solo Travellers
Guided tours around the most beautiful cities in the world, breath-taking views and seascapes, and the chance to meet people of every nationality – cruise holidays are perfectly-suited to solo travellers.
Despite the growing trend of cruise lines attempting to create experiences which appeal to the whole family, there are still a number of ships set up for solo travellers with just a travel bag and a sense of adventure. Here we take a look at the best cruise ships for solo sailing.
Queen Mary 2
Celebrating their 175th anniversary offering nautical passages this year, Cunard understands cruising more than most and their flagship vessel, Queen Mary 2, combines the classical aesthetic of the golden age of sea travel with modern amenities and conveniences. The ship is due to undergo refurbishment early next year and, for the first time ever, will include single staterooms for solo travellers. The 15 new single staterooms are being installed in recognition of changing trends in the cruise industry.
The ship features a number of elegant and sophisticated a la carte restaurants as well as the main dining room – perfect for foodies. Additionally, the ship is the world’s only commercial vessel to feature kennels for your four-legged friends to join you on your travels. After the refurbishment, there will be digs for 22 cats and dogs on every Queen Mary 2 sailing – with a dedicated walking area complete with fire hydrants and lamp posts for dogs to sniff and cock a leg against.
The team at Cruise1st advise that, “some ships, like the Norwegian Epic, have removed single supplements for their Studio cabins, making them perfect for solo travellers – not to mention that all passengers enjoy access to The Lounge, a great place to meet other fellow solo holiday markers”.
The largest ship from the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, the Epic is designed for socialising and exploration. With 60% more passenger space than competing ships – there are plenty of places for solo travellers to enjoy a good book and rewind.
The largest cruise ship in the P&O fleet since taking to the seas earlier this year, the Britannia is part of the new generation of cruise ships. The ship offers 28 solo cabins – positioned on the interior and exterior of the ship. A solo balcony cabin on the exterior of the ship is perhaps the most relaxing place to sit and unwind with a glass of wine – watching the world pass by with the salt air running through your hair.
The ship also benefits from a selection of courses and classes, including a cookery school led by world-famous chefs such as James Martin, Mary Berry and Antonio Carluccio.
The MS Zuiderdam benefits from Holland America’s dedication to creating a fulfilling and enriching experience on the seas. The cruise line offers a huge selection of lectures from guest speakers and classes – so you can discover a new skill whilst holidaying.
Additionally, the cruise line operates the Single Partners Program which can help solo travellers meet up with like-minded single cruisers. The program offers a range of solo traveller events including cocktail mixers and games nights – perfect for solo travellers looking to socialise.
Anthem of the Seas
The most technologically advanced ship on the seas, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas is perfect for gadget-lovers and big kids alike. From the Bionic Bar complete with robot mixologists creating more than 40 different cocktails to the fastest internet on the seas – the ship offers unique experience after unique experience.
With 28 studio cabins for solo travellers – Anthem of the Seas is ideal for the adventurist looking to combine cultural experiences with exciting technological advances.