Small ship cruises are perfect for those who travel alone, either willingly or out of necessity. They provide a cozy atmosphere and unique itineraries make solo travel easy and seamless. The intensive cultural, educational and ecological nature of most trips means that singles will almost surely find like-minded individuals with whom to spend time, and many make new-found friends.
Single travelers face many challenges when looking for travel opportunities. Either ships are not equipped with single traveler cabins, or the cruise lines charge over and above a “single rate” to recoup their losses.
Several small ship cruise lines offer special pricing and programs for single travelers. Here’s just a few:
Cruise West offers single travelers the twin rate in B or C cabins aboard the Spirit of Columbia or the Spirit of Alaska. The Spirit of ‘98 and Spirit of Discovery both offer single cabins. In addition, single rates are available on all cabins and all departures, at a surcharge over the twin price.
Cruise West also offers a Single Share Program. Book a single-share cabin in one of the eligible categories and be guaranteed to travel in that category (or perhaps even higher) at the twin price. You may end up alone in a cabin – but could, and most likely will, be rooming with another solo traveler. Single-shares are always of the same sex, in a stateroom or suite with two beds.
Lindblad Expeditions does not offer a formal/advertised program for single travelers. They will try to arrange for a roommate for you to share cabin costs. Plus, several of their ships provide solo cabins at regular double accommodation rate.
Lindblad Expeditions has been known to remove single supplements on cruises that are showing availability. Just recently, it removed the single supplement from a Cape-to-Cape expedition.
International Expeditions has no formal program for solo travelers. The ships that International Expeditions use do not offer any single cabins. They do offer single occupancy at the listed rate plus a surcharge. Their ships travel the Amazon River and explore the Galapagos Islands.
American Safari Cruises
The luxury yachts of American Safari Cruises offer an experience like no other. Explore the world aboard intimate yachts that only hold up to 36 guests.
American Safari Cruises does not offer any single traveler programs. Two of their ships, Safari Quest and the brand new Safari Explorer, offer a single cabin. In addition, any other stateroom may be sold as a single for 175% of the double occupancy rate.
American Safari explores the waters of Alaska, Baja Mexico, British Columbia and the Columbia River.
American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines operates the newest fleet of ships in the world and explores the waters off the Atlantic coast of America. They also boast having the largest cabins of all small ship lines.
All of American Cruise Lines’ ships offer a single category cabin. One person occupying a double stateroom will be charged 150% or 175% of the double occupancy depending on the type of stateroom occupied.
Travel Dynamics International
Travel Dynamics International is one of the leading operators of high-caliber educational programs aboard small cruise ships, offering customized voyages guided by distinguished scholars and experts. It caters to the traveler with a keen intellectual interest in history, culture, and nature.
Travel Dynamics offers a single supplement on select ships and sailings aboard the Corinthian II and Clelia II. Call for more information.
Quark Expeditions explores the polar regions, both Arctic and Antarctic.
Quark does not have a single traveler plan, but does offer some cabins at 1.7 times the brochure rate. Call for more information.