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While you might be cruising alone, there is no need to be lonely when you’re on a solo cruise. In fact, cruising is the perfect holiday for single travellers. There is plenty to do on and off the ship, it is easy to strike up a conversation with fellow cruisers and you don’t have to worry about getting from one destination to another on your own. Here are 10 solo cruise tips for single sailors.

1. Please yourself

Revel in the freedom to do whatever you want to, whenever you feel like it. Other passengers are often forced to compromise based on the wishes of their travelling companions. However, you can please yourself as a solo traveller.

2. Choose the right ship

Consider a smaller ship for your first solo cruise so it is easier to form connections with other travellers. While larger ships offer plenty to keep solo cruisers entertained, if you strike up a conversation with someone, it is likely you will never see them again on a mega ship.

3. Consider a theme cruise

When everyone on board shares a common interest, it’s easy to make friends. Whether you are into tennis, dancing, gardening or wildlife, there is sure to be a cruise to suit you. For example, you could take a Galapagos cruise and spot giant tortoises, penguins, iguanas and birdlife galore with fellow nature lovers.

4. Look for solo savings

Look for cruise lines which offer dedicated single cabins or ‘no single supplement’ deals and save. It is best to book your solo cruise in advance as single cabins often sell out early.

5. Join Cruise Critic

Sign up to Cruise Critic and join the Roll Call for your cruise. You can chat online with other travellers on your sailing and get to know people before you board. Cruise Critic also host free Meet & Mingle parties onboard where you can meet your Roll Call friends in person.

6. Book a shore tour

Connect with others by joining a cruise ship tour or arrange an independent shore tour on your Cruise Critic Roll Call. Tours are a great way to meet like-minded travellers and make friends.

7. Dine with others

Dining at the same time each night on an assigned table is the cruising equivalent of Russian Roulette. It can be better to opt for flexible dining so you can eat when you choose and ask to share a table (or not) when you arrive at the dining room.

8. Join an on-board class

Some on-board classes are free while others attract a small charge. All of them offer a chance to learn new skills such as cocktail making or glass blowing, meet people and have fun.

9. Plenty of port days

Choose an itinerary with plenty of ports and fill your days with interesting activities, either by exploring on your own or joining an organised tour.

10. Try everything

The daily program is filled with complimentary activities like trivia games, mini-golf challenges, and aqua aerobics classes. Even if you wouldn’t normally do these things on land, go along and give it a try. Not only is this a great way to meet people, you could be surprised how much fun you have.


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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.