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As a solo traveller for decades i have only recently discovered the extreme price difference on cruises. I'm used to a single supplement on land travel but when I saw a cruise that visited several of my bucket list cities, I was shocked by the extra price. The cruise companies are losing a very large income from solos and need to address the imbalance.
Cruising? Just not "solo friendly". It's really as if they are trying to discourage single travellers. Way too expensive...(why should I be expected to pay for extras a non existant companion might - or might not- use?). Bring down the prices and provide more single cabins on more destinations.
I recently tried to find a single room on one of Norwegian’s cruises. It’s a joke since it was impossible to find one. I would love to cruise but the rates are ridiculous for a solo traveler. As baby boomers age, we are the group that wants to travel more and would very much take advantage of companies that cater to solo travelers.
I agree Deanne.
Mythical single rooms appear from photos to be very small inside cabins. Why would a mature age single person leave a comfortable home to be stuck in a designer shoe box? I have just returned from 17 nights on Celebrity Solstice. The issue isn't dance hosts, excursions and on board activities, the issue is cost equality. The starting rate for a hotel is for the room, with the rate increasing a little when you have 3 or 4 people in it. Having to pay almost the same as a couple (about $200 less in my case) on a cruise is price gouging. Yes, it was my choice, yes, I had a good time. No, I wouldn't cruise in a small single cabin to save money. But I will take my hard earned travel money and holiday time to the airlines, hotels and tour companies that don't charge single supplement for sole occupancy because they represent much better value for money, generally at the same standard, as a cruise ship.
I agree with Jalaire. The single cabins are very hard to find and seem to be when it's way off season. i am a budget traveler and would love yo cruise, but as a solo traveler as wee - cruises are not an option. I am happy to take a smaller room, it is just me after all. But, I have yet to find a cruise that is truly solo friendly at a time that works for me or a time I would want to go to a particular location. I think Solo Travel was right not to award the cruise industry anything at this time.
Absolutely agree Connie.
I keep hearing of these mythical single cabins, but have never actually seen one available, no matter how early I book. Regardless, they are on select ships for select itineraries only. Which means when I do cruise the fare is routinely twice the per person fare for double occupancy. Depending on location it is more cost effective for me to book the same itinerary and arrange my own air/travel/accommodations. I love to cruise, but would cruise far more often if it weren't such an expensive option for me.
And I haven't yet gone cruising because of the exact same things Jalaire.