You will find lots of details regarding Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas cabin enhancements in Cruise Passenger’s news today. This Australian based ship is to offer, for the first time in our waters, a few single occupancy cabins.
The topic of single cabins is dear to my heart. Since becoming a senior and lecturing to many seniors groups about the joys of cruising, the question that keeps popping up is how difficult it is for many single seniors who want to travel alone to purchase a cabin without paying a “single supplement”. Apart from the financial burden of single supplements, many want to be by themselves in their own cabin.
Apart from seniors, there are many younger and middle-aged travellers that enjoy cruising solo, as iconic film star Greta Garbo once said, “I want to be alone”. They are prepared to forego balconies and lounges in their cabin for the luxury of not having to pay a single supplement.
I applaud Royal Caribbean for designing these new single cabins but feel they will not satisfy the market with only six single-person cabins available. I predict these will become a hot seller.
I implore all shipping lines to include more single cabins in their “newbuilds” as there is a huge and growing market of solo travellers.
Norwegian Cruise Line seems to be leading the way in the single cabin race, featuring 128 on its newest vessel, Norwegian Epic. What do you think?