On one hand, you don’t need to accompany your guest on activities if you don’t want to do. But n the other hand, you have single supplement fees and no one to share your experience with.
Recognising the growing trend in solo holidaymakers, cruise lines has made moves to accommodate singles.
There’s now more cruise companies discounting and waiving single supplement fees, while others are providing a plus one to accompany singles on their cruise.
Since the line started sailing in 1994, Silversea has been offering its solo guests the company of Gentlemen Hosts.
They are well-travelled and social men who appear to be regular guests. However, they wear a friendly smile and are required to have certain skills like ballroom dancing.
A Silverseas spokesperson told Cruise Passenger the line has up to two Gentlemen Hosts sailing on select bow tie cruises. Their duty is to spot out singles [both male and female] and bring them together for communal dinners and other activities.
“There are a lot of couples on board and some solo cruisers find it harder to approach and speak to these couples,” the spokesperson explained.
“These men approach singles and they bring them together for dinners or accompany them on shore excursions and other social activities like dance classes.”
This week, the cruise line also introduced a single supplement on board a selection of 2014 cruises.
Itineraries include an 11-days Callao, Peru to Cristobal, Panama cruise on board Silver Explorer departing 27 March to 7 April. The cruise takes guests through the Panama Canal to visit remote islands and ancient Mochica temples. Fares for solo travellers start from AU$8,063.
There’s also the 11-days Monte Carlo, Monaco to Istanbul, Turkey sailing on board Silver Wind. Departing 14 to 25 April the cruise includes overnight stays in Sorrento, Italy and Istanbul, Turkey. Fares for solo travellers start from AU$6,438.