Cruising Solo: Taking to the Seas by Yourself

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ecstaticist/Although stereotypically associated with older couples enjoying their twilight years, cruises are becoming increasingly indulgent and perfectly suited to solo travellers. With sophisticated dining options, world-beating spa facilities and ever-changing beautiful scenery, the modern cruise is an ideal escape from the stresses of modern life.

Solo Traveller Amenities

Realising their attraction to solo travellers, many new ships are being built with a percentage of studio cabins. The upcoming Norwegian Escape cruise ship will be complete with 82 rooms designed for single travellers. Meaning you could be traversing the seas with 81 other like-minded, adventurous travellers.

Established ships without the single cabins are realising the error of their ways and offering special discounts for solo travellers. Silversea Cruises offers a deal to solo travellers so they can book a double room but only pay for one person – roughly halving the cost of the holiday.

Cultural Excursions

If the bucket list seems to be growing exponentially, you may be concerned you’ll never get to experience all the great wonders this world has to offer. A cruise holiday packed with excursions can help you tick off many of these bucket list entries in one fell swoop. Visit the cities you’ve dreamt of seeing since you were a child.

Mediterranean cruises take in beautiful cities like Rome, Barcelona, Paris, and Vienna in a single trip – there’s a huge selection at Cruise 1st.

Me Time

Designed for decadent luxury, the vast majority of the world’s biggest and best cruise ships have spa facilities that even the most comprehensive of health complexes are envious of. Relax with messages, beautifying therapies and health treatments.

Norwegian Cruise Line have brought the world-famous Mandara Spas to the seas for the first time in history, offering an incredible array of treatments from hydrotherapy in a bespoke courtyard to volcanic stone muscle treatment.

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Solo Activities

Holland America Line offer a range of workshops and activities, teaching you to cook, mix cocktails, dance and much more – giving you the chance to return to land with a whole new skillset to impress your friends and family.

P&O Cruises offer a selection of specialist seminars and lectures, led by field experts and industry leaders.

Gentleman Hosts

Noticing the increasing number of solo travellers at sea, Compass Speakers employ gentleman hosts to work on a number of cruise ships. These hosts are sophisticated 40-68 year old gentlemen who are tasked with keeping solo female travellers company at sea. No hanky panky is permitted with the gentlemen’s only duties to dance with unattached ladies and host solo travellers at mealtimes. The main task of these above-board, on-deck escorts is to help solo travellers socialise an

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