Solo cruisers in the coming years will find more cabins with balconies, a style once almost impossible to find; ocean views; and access to amenities like butler service.
Oceania Cruises last month revealed that its next newbuild, the Vista, set to debut in early 2023, will introduce the line's first solo cabins, and they will have balconies some up to 270 square feet., Even among the newest solo cabins, finding one larger than 200 square feet is difficult.
Lindblad Expeditions' newest ship, the Endurance, will also offer the line's first solo cabins with balconies.
Atlas Ocean Voyages says that its Solo Suites, to be added to its first ship, the World Navigator, next March, will be the industry's first solo cabins with suite amenities, including butler service.
Virgin Voyages will also debut with two types of single-traveler staterooms: One an inside cabin category and one with a porthole view. The ship's solo cabins are designed and priced for independent travelers, and they perform really well.
NCL's original solo-cruiser concept, Norwegian's Epic, has revolutionized the solo studio complex, The block of solo cabins grants the occupants access to the Studio Lounge for single travelers to meet and mingle over complimentary happy hours and espresso drinks.
The line now offers the studio area on seven ships, and its newest vessel, the Norwegian Prima, will have it when it debuts in August 2022.
But other lines have jumped on the single-traveler trend over the last decade. Many of Royal Caribbean International's newest ships have studio staterooms for solo travelers, some with virtual windows and balconies and others with 55-square-foot, open-air balconies.
Cunard Line built single cabins onto the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria and added them to the Queen Mary 2 in 2015, both oceanview and inside.
Holland America Line's newest ships -- the Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam and the upcoming Rotterdam -- each have 12 singles cabins, all with ocean views.
Single travelers find safety in numbers
More cruise lines either waive or reduce the single supplement, along with more and better solo-occupancy cabin options. Another option for solo travelers is to tap into hosted groups. This enables them to be part of a larger group and have a point person. They feel a little bit more support and comfort in terms of traveling and in case something goes awry, that they've got someone who's going to help take care of them. There's also instant social opportunities for them.
Look forward to more single cabins with balconies, more room, and more options to meet with singles. What more could you ask for.
Johanna Jainchill, Travel Weekly 8/4/2021