- The “single supplement” fee can double the cost of your solo cruise vacation.
- Cruise lines like Norwegian are now adding more cabins for solo travelers.
- A large number of travelers are choosing to travel alone.
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If you’re tired and in desperate need of a relaxing solo vacation with minimal planning and money spent, cruises can be a great option.
Cruise ship vacations are generally more affordable And more convenient than staying in a hotel. After all, the price of sailing includes a built-in daily schedule, accommodations, unlimited meals, access to the pool deck, and even entertainment.
Just a warning: if you want cruise alone, you may end up spending double your budget. And this is all because of the very low “single supplement” fee.
If you’re not careful, this fee can add hundreds of dollars to your vacation.
A spokesperson told Insider that about 10% of Virgin Voyages passengers go solo. virgin voyages
Most cruise ship staterooms are designed for two people. To recoup the loss from beverage packages, shore excursions and other extra amenities, some cruise lines will charge single travelers a fee who books. double occupancy stateroom A “single supplement” charge on top of the base fare per person.
with luxury brand silversea, this fee starts at an additional 25%. On cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, this fee can double the cruise fare. If you’re lucky, during select times of the year, Virgin Voyages will waive this fee, a spokesperson told Insider. But for the most part, expect to pay extra.
But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dream solo cruise vacation. To meet the demands of these independent travelers, cruise lines are preferred oceaniaNorwegian and Virgin Voyages have designated staterooms for solo travelers at no extra charge.
More cruise lines are adding single-person cabins to their new ships
Some ships of Norwegian Cruise Line have a lounge for solo passengers. Norwegian Cruise Line
More People are choosing to travel aloneAnd it seems these cruise lines are now taking notice.
A spokesperson for the adults-only cruise line told Insider that about 10% of Virgin Voyages passengers travel unaccompanied. To accommodate them, its fleet of four ships It has a total of 46 single interior and sea-view cabins.
In 2023, premium cruise brand Oceania’s new vista The ship departed with its first single-person “Concierge Level” veranda stateroom. Like Oceania, a first for Princess Cruises, the upcoming Sun Princess will sail Accommodation will also be designed for solo travelers in 2024.
At the same time, Norwegian announces massive move into single cruise market, The cruise giant, which says it was the first to create solo cruising accommodations in 2010, has historically seen success with these hotel rooms at sea. To meet this demand, the company will add about 1,000 more of them to its 19-ship fleet in 2024. This will bring the total number of single-person dwellings to more than 1,500.
And they won’t just be dingy interior staterooms: Expect to have balcony and ocean-view cabins, too. On some of its ships, passengers in these accommodations will also have access to a private lounge dedicated to these independent travelers.
So the next time you book a solo cruise, keep an eye out for these single-person accommodations. If you don’t do this, you may end up spending more than you expected.