Holland America Line
Individuals are not only welcomed to book with Holland America, but are encouraged to with their Single Partners Program. The offer includes mixers and cocktail parties, various activities including wine tastings, exercise classes, and line dancing lessons, and dinner seating with other singles requested in advance. And to make the trip more convenient, the cruise line provides same-sex stateroom pairings for the duration of the trip, so each only pays the per-person double occupancy rate.
AmaWaterways river cruises rolled out their Solo Traveler Program giving passengers a single supplement break. Although space is limited, the choice of trip isn’t; solo travelers are able to pick from any weeklong river cruise. Sail on Melodies of the Danube cruise that takes you from Budapest to Vilshofen, or book a round-trip Amsterdam journey on the Tulip Time Cruise. No matter what destination you choose, additional fees for flying solo won’t be in your future.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Studio staterooms are currently offered on five of the Norwegian cruises, specifically designed to sleep parties of one. Each of these 100-square-foot spaces are equipped with a single-styled shower, personal TV, and other guestroom essentials, plus room service for those nights of staying in. Solos have access to the Studio Lounge, a private hangout shared exclusively by Studio guests, where solo travelers can easily meet one another.
American Queen Steamboat Company
Steamboat Company finished renovations to two paddle wheelers, including the American Queen a huge steamboat that keeps all party sizes in mind. Eight inside cabins and four outside staterooms (with open verandas) accommodate single travelers, positioned near each other for easy meet-and-greets. Not to mention the intimate size of riverboats allows a natural openness among passengers, whether they’re with a group or alone.
Grand Circle Cruise Line
They have an entire website page dedicated to solo travelers. They especially have the services to back it up, such as free to low-cost single supplements, a free roommate matching service, and even program directors specifically catering to single passengers. And for those still wary about going alone, Grand Circle has a Travel Companions online community that connects voyagers before departure.
Solos are being catered to more and more. Try one of these options or let me know if you've experienced another travel program that has catered to singles.
Afar Nicolette Richardson 3-31-16