Solo cruisers can take that long awaited sigh of relief, as more cruise lines introduce single cabins aboard their ships.
In a post ‘Eat, Pray and Love’ world, more and more people want to take on the world without a plus one holding them back. This is especially true in cruising, where most people can make new friends and meet like-minded people on the ship.
However, in doing so, many have discovered there’s a financial strain to being independent.
Up until recent years, cruisers wanting to travel on their own have been forced to be pay a singles supplement.
The supplement can lead to people paying almost double the amount they would if they were sharing a cabin.
Recognising this growing trend, cruise lines have stepped in to help singles save by introducing single staterooms.
This week, Cunard announced it would introduce nine singles staterooms aboard Queen Elizabeth.
She is the first out of Cunard’s current fleet to receive one-person accommodation.
Eight of the rooms will be outside and one inside. They will measure 120 centimetres wide and include a single bed of 47 inches.
Meanwhile P&O Cruises UK has introduced single balcony cabins for the first time aboard 2,628-passenger Arcadia.
The ship received four inside single cabins plus two single cabins with balcony during the ship’s multimillion refurbishment in January this year.
The new balcony rooms are approximately 246 square metres wide. They have a bathroom, vanity unit, TV, radio, writing desk, refrigerator and don’t forget a great view.
When Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas launched in November this year, she will be the first RCL ship to sail with rooms for single travellers.
The 4,905-passenger ship will include inside studio cabins with a virtual balcony. The vessel will also include studio balcony staterooms.
In river cruising, Evergreen Tours new ‘Star Ships’ – Emerald Sky and Emerald Star – may only carry 182 passengers, but each ship has two single berth cabins.
They measure at 130 square feet each and include a single bed, a bathroom and a wardrobe.