By Laurie Jo Miller Farr
The single supplement on cruises is getting a closer look as cruise companies seek a younger demographic. Look beyond the cruise line look to each individual ship; some have been reconfigured or built new with solo cabins, such as Norwegian Epic and Azura from P&O Cruises. The itinerary, onboard lifestyle, and destination are equally significant in determining the right singles cruise. Chances of mingling with other single travelers are higher aboard a cruise ship that offers plenty of cabins for one.
Signature Event Sailings on Celebrity
Do something you love. Celebrity Summit is floating home to the ever-popular jazz cruise on Celebrity Cruises since 2001. In and out of Fort Lauderdale, the 7-night itinerary includes ports of call in New Orleans and Cozumel, Mexico. If jazz isn’t your top pick, there are other musical-themed cruises such as ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. “Bravo” cruise departs from Southampton, England to sail the Mediterranean with entertainment from top talent in the performing arts world of opera, classical, stage. Alternatively, attend a major international event. Destination-focused signature events on Celebrity include the British Open, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Carnaval in Brazil, and the World Soccer Tournament. Go solo in style with the new Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda. Debuting in November, the proportions and amenities match a double stateroom, except it’s for one.
Dance Ambassadors on Crystal Cruises
The multi-million dollar refit (stern-to-bow unlimited Wi-Fi) of luxury Crystal Symphony debuted in October 2017; Crystal Serenity follows suit in autumn 2018. Single travelers can take a golf clinic with a PGA pro, Pilates and yoga classes, language instruction from Berlitz, wine tastings, art lessons, and computer instruction classes. Crystal’s “Table for Eight” program arranges for single travelers to dine with each other in specialty restaurants. When it’s time for cha cha, swing, and foxtrot after-dinner dancing in posh lounges, Crystal’s popular Ambassador Hosts and Hostesses concept provides professional dance partners for travelers without one. Scour the 2018 voyage finder to review 54 itineraries visiting 312 ports of call in 78 countries.
Norwegian Sets the Studio Standard
A tip of the hat to Norwegian…