Cruises for Singles - What to Expect

Cruising is a great choice for single seniors who love to travel.  There are many cruisle lines that actively encourage singles cruise options making it easier in many ways to travel as a single on your chosen ship.  There is such a demand from singles who would like to take a cruise, many cruise ship liners have introduced singles friendly initiatives to make passengers feel more comfortable.  These include special activity programs and discounted singles pricing. Some of the welcoming singles initiatives include:

- Providing gentleman hosts to ensure you always have a dance partner.

- Providing purpose built single cabins that are cheaper than the usual.

- Dedicated singles lounges to help you mingle.

- Meet and mingle cocktail evenings especially for single travellers on the first night. 

- Tables hosted by the ships officers or staff for the single travellers.

- Group departures for single travellers.

And if you are thinking of cruising solo, bigger is not necessarily better for singles cruising.  Choose a small to medium sized ship that will make it easier to bump into people you have met.  The larger ships mean that if you strike a friendship with someone by the pool, you may not necessarily see them again. Smaller ships also tend to attract an older clientelle. This is largely because they tend to be more expensive.  The smaller ships by nature are also a little more social, because of the fact that you do see people again. 

As we all well know, the single supplement is the most irritating thing about travelling alone.  Interestingly, the smaller, more luxurious cruise lines tend to be the ones that cater very will to singles cruising by offering the best single supplement deals.  Often it will work out cheaper to cruise luxury than middle of the road for a single - what a bonus.  There are also great cruises for singles deals to be had for European riverboat cruising. Also, many companies have good deals for those who book well inadvance and last minute so try to scan the market as much as possible.  Try these companies for consistently singles friendly deals:

- Silversea - single suplements just 10%  for selected voyages

- Holland America - over 40 programs developed specifically for singles cruise. 

- Crystal - ambassador host programs for singles

- Seabourn

- Norwegian Epic, Azura - both with the latest in purpose built singles cabins

- Hurtigruten - 10% single supplement all year round

- Voyages of Discovery

- All Fred Olsen Ships

Companies offering share with a stranger options are few and far between these days for cruising, but Holland America still offers this service. 


User submitted comments

beryl woodfin

Posted: 06 Jan 2011 12:51pm

Is it possible to share a cabin with a another femail passenger on the p & o cruise ship the aurora leaving Auckland on the 13th february 2012 for southampton
I am in my late 70’s fit and active
I lost my husband a short time ago and tind it very expensive to go cruising on my own

Cheap Cruises

Posted: 10 May 2011 11:01am

Taking a cruise for singles? That’s a very special get away.
I used to go on a cruise since I was 20. And until now that I’m already married, I still take a cruise vacation but now with my wife and kids.

patricia Stoltenberg

Posted: 09 Oct 2011 8:29pm

Looking for a travel companion male or female for Australia and New fit and active
Retired Physical Ed teacher

Rosemary ALLISON

Posted: 04 Mar 2012 8:53pm

Seeking a travel companion for escorted tour to Portugal, Lisbon +river cruise) and Morocco departing 9 April 2012 returning 30 April 2012

Buy a Thesis

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 10:09am

Great post. Fantastic tips shared. Appreciate your site. dissertation help Best of luck.


Posted: 14 Jul 2012 8:48am

Am looking to ‘escape’ for Christmas this year, am looking for a travel partner,maybe a short cruise, there is a 10 day one leaving 18/12. Any takers?! Thanks


Posted: 22 Jul 2012 11:08am

how do i talk to Fran posted july 2012


Posted: 22 Jul 2012 11:21am

Hi Ron, happy to hear from you? thanks fran

joseph degwara

Posted: 24 Jul 2012 10:54pm

i would like to meet a lady around 70yrs who loves ballroom dancing and go on a me if interested.


Posted: 28 Jul 2012 10:19am

Am looking to ‘escape’ for Christmas this year, am looking for a travel partner,maybe a short cruise, there are a couple of approx 10 day cruise leaving 18/12/2012. Any takers?! I am in Perth Thanks (second ad as omitted to state where I am situated)


Posted: 22 Oct 2012 8:19am

Am thinking of doing the Norwegian cruise to New Zealand over Christmas. Wondering if any other lady would like to share?  I have cruised several times before but am finding it expensive to pay the single supplement. I am 62 reasonably fit and active. Have been independent for many years and still work.

joe degwara

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 5:05pm

need to contact patricia stoltenberg please forward my email address to her

Adriana Hegarty

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 8:24pm

I am a 64years of age, very fit female and it is so hard to go on cruises as a single, first of all it is too expensive and then as we get older I think our confidence goes down hill.  I would love to go to Europe next year is there any good prices on offer for single travellers please.


Posted: 23 Dec 2012 10:02am

I’m interested in doing a trip to either Greece or somewhere ‘safe’ politically, in 2013, live in Qld and would like to share with another intelligent, active, healthy lady. I am not gay I just want to cut costs by sharing as this single supplement is ridiculous.


Posted: 23 Dec 2012 10:04am

Forgot to add...between 60-75 yrs old.


Posted: 08 Jan 2013 1:52pm

Hi i’m a fit 62yr girl. I am looking for a travel companion who is like minded . I lost my husband and would like to travel to Europe .

Name heather morris

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 11:46pm

I am recently widowed & wonder if I could contact another female in similar situation who would share travel/cruises in the near future.  I am 70, active and keen.

Adriana Hegarty

Posted: 04 Apr 2013 4:44pm

I am 65years of age and very fit. Three of us are looking to do an overseas fly/cruise holiday end August this year.  My phone no. is
0425865892 or please email me your number so we can talk.

Alan Edwards

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 5:01pm

Hi. I am 60 years old and I am looking for a person to travel with to share costs. I have been traveling alot lately and want to travel more but also want to keep costs down.  Will go anywhere . Free to travel anytime


Posted: 29 Apr 2013 10:40pm

very interesting info for singles
unfortunately my wife has dementia and has lived with her son for two years now.i feel i need a break and would lke to go for a cruise with someone who loves to dance as i dance 5 times a week please contact me if interested i am 80 and fit

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