There is nothing a wonderful cruise can’t fix, especially if you are a woman in midlife who has recently faced a breakup. Whether you need peace of mind, new adventures or activities to try, singles cruises for over 50 are very popular and anything but boring with plenty of evening cocktail parties and singles-only events for those who want to connect with someone during their vacation.
How Do Singles Cruises Work?
Specially catered to a more adult audience, cruises for mature solo travellers can give you the freedom to explore the world at a slow pace, while meeting new people, sunbathing, getting fit and relaxing. Thanks to a variety of shore excursions, discounts, chic single cabins (often at no extra cost) or roommate-matching services, as well as lots of entertainment, you can be sure to have a very enjoyable time.
The number of people choosing to sail on their own continues to grow – says Andy Harmer, Senior VP of the Cruise Lines International Association (UK & Ireland)-. Offering both spaces for solitude and opportunities for social interaction, cruise holidays are a fantastic option for solo travel, as they take away the stress that can come with travelling alone on a land-based trip. Itineraries are organised by the cruise line, meaning guests can explore even the most far-reaching destinations without worrying about the logistics.
You can choose from an all-inclusive cruise line or a mid-range larger ship. Of course, small ships offer more intimacy, fewer guests, small-group excursions and more of a chance to get to know your fellow passengers. And once on board, all you have to do is enjoy yourself by following a program of events. But, don’t worry if you are a bit of an introvert, you can always set your own schedule or have no schedule at all.
What Cruise Lines Are Best For Singles?
Norwegian Cruise Line, Azamara, Saga Ocean and SinglesCruises are amongst the most popular choices for solo travellers. However, there are plenty of options when it comes to selecting a solo cruise, especially for those women over 50 interested in exploring itineraries off the beaten path on their own (rather than finding a new partner on board).
If you haven’t made up your mind about your next holidays yet, here are some inspirations to note down for a great experience on the sea or on the river.
Tauck – River Cruises
A cruise along the Danube or Rhine rivers is always a great choice. Tauck’s river cruises immerse you into the life of medieval villages and gracious cities along Europe’s inland waterways. Offering an intimate ambience and personalized service, their boats host as few as 84 guests (and a max of just 130), ensuring a more relaxing, more intimate and less intimidating environment that many solo travellers appreciate.
A perfect choice for singles on a budget because the company also waives the normal single supplement on every Category 1 cabin, aboard every ship, and on every sailing of every Tauck River cruise itinerary. Included in their prices are all shore excursions, all gratuities, all onboard beverages (adult and otherwise), meals, airport transfers, luggage handling and more.
Heritage Expeditions -Adventurous Cruises
If you are an adventurous person then Heritage Expeditions are for you, especially if you’ve always wished to explore New Zealand or Australia and never dared to go. Every year, they offer voyages (ranging from 5 – 29 days) with small groups of between 18 and 140 intrepid travellers to some of the most unique and remote islands, coasts and shorelines on earth aboard their purpose-built expedition ships Heritage Adventurer and Heritage Explorer.
“As an expedition cruise company, our voyages are non-traditional and attract lots of lone travellers – says Marketing Manager Isaac Wilson -. Guests on board become a sort of family as they share incredible wilderness experiences and wildlife encounters with the option to travel in single cabins or share a cabin with another solo traveller“.
APTouring – Iconic Waterways Cruises
A great way to experience a seamless and carefree journey, with everything included, making the perfect holiday. Known as the floating boutique hotel along iconic waterways, APTouring and its flexible four-star sister brand Travelmarvel, have waived single supplements on all their European river cruises.
Amongst their signature cruises is their 15-day European Gems itinerary sailing from Amsterdam to Budapest. Prices include return flights, accommodation aboard one of Travelmarvel’s new Contemporary River Ships, dining, drinks and sightseeing.
Not convinced yet? Remember, being alone does not have to be lonely. “Enjoy the solace of a private balcony, eat a meal lost in your own thoughts, and explore each port on your own terms – suggests experts at Cruise Critic-. You are not forced to interact with your shipmates to have a great time on a cruise“.
Before starting your journey, just make sure to pack light, add a couple of gorgeous cocktail dresses and find a suitable and convenient accessory to keep your important personal items safe and close at hand. You can’t go wrong with high-quality and stylish custom lanyards. For many travellers, lanyards have turned out to be incredibly useful as they can be worn around your neck to tuck your phone in a waterproof bag, hang your keys, hold your tickets etc. A fuss-free way to fully enjoy your next adventure on the sea.