Cruise lines target solo travellers

Cruising is no longer just about couples and groups of friends. Over the past few years more and more travellers have embarked on a cruise ship solo.

According to river cruise line, AmaWaterways the number of Americans that travelled on their own in 2013 is estimated to have reached ten percent.

Recognising the growing trend, cruise lines have adjusted their cabin offerings by introducing more single rooms. Others have accommodated and attracted single travellers by waiving the single supplement fee – an additional charge on solo cruisers to compensate double occupancy rates.

Among them is AmaWaterways. The line recently announced it would waive the single supplement fee on select departures in 2014. They include; Vietnam, Cambodia and The Riches of the Mekong; Paris & Normandy; Provence & Spain; Tulip Time Cruise; The Romantic Danube; The Enchanting Rhine; Vineyards of the Rhine & Mosel; and Christmas Time Cruise.

AmaWaterways executive vice president Kristin Karst said waiving the single supplement fee makes it easier for holidaymakers wanting to cruise on their own.

She said: “No one should have to miss out on a wonderful vacation like this.”

Earlier this month, river cruise line, Pandaw also announced it would waive single supplement fees for a limited time.

As part of a short-time special, the line said single travellers wouldn’t have to pay the fee for 2014 departures booked by 31 December 2013.

European Waterways waived its single supplement fee on four cruises through Holland aboard Panache in April 2014. And Uniworld has reduced its single supplement fee on a number of 2014 itineraries.

They include; Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux departing 25 Mary; Burgundy & Provence departing 6 April; Castles along the Rhine departing 2 and 9 November; and Enchanting Danube departing 6 April and 2 November.

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