Solo travel has gained plenty of traction recently, especially for adventurous women who enjoy the soothing solitude of globetrotting and getting to know new cultures and exploring the natural wealth of our world. However, until very recently, most gals would gladly avoid the idea of solo cruises. First and foremost, the dreaded single supplement most cruise lines insist on make it very unappealing to pay almost double for a nonexistent companion.
But in addition to that, there are other concerns such as safety, entertainment options, and the sheer level of enjoyment you could experience on a cruise – all of which seem rather limited. However, thanks to many changes in the cruise industry, there are new opportunities for solo travelers, ladies included, to enjoy this truly pampering style of travel! Let’s take a fresh glance at why you should consider a cruise for your next trip into the unknown.
Stunning single cabins
Yup, you’ve read that right. Not only do you not have to pay the single supplement fee, but you get pampered and treated with equal care as a single passenger with all the perks of a couple or a traveling family. You’ll find that their single cabins are many things, but stuffy isn’t one of them. Stylish, classy, and very well-equipped, some of them even come with lovely balconies to give you extra space.
Add to that, certain cruise lines go out of their way to help their single passengers mingle and mix (if they feel like it). P&O Cruises for example organize coffee mornings for their solo guests who are in the mood to meet and greet other solo travelers and spend some time getting to know one another. Finally, most of these cruise lines that have adapted to the world of solo travelers now make sure to each of their guests has a dance partner if they’d like to take up a class, but they travel alone.
When you decide to tackle a journey on your own, the very first thing that comes to mind is what you need to do to stay safe. This is a tricky deal for women everywhere, and the challenge is significantly simpler when you’re on a cruise. First of all, it’s now possible to get travel insurance that’s tailor-made for cruises so that you’re insured whether you’re on the ship or on the shore, keeping you covered at all times.
Then again, the very choice to travel with a group of people and a trusty cruise line means you’ll be surrounded by people at all times. It’s easy to join a tour of a destination you’re visiting, and spend time with people you’ve met during the cruise. It’s also possible to pick and choose excursions that suit you the most, because you’ll never have to be alone, but you’ll have the freedom to join the group or venture on your own at any moment – as long as you return to the ship within the given timeframe.
Multiple trips in a single package
If you have the budget to cover multiple plane tickets, accommodation in a range of different cities and countries, and pay for all the accompanying expenses, great! Then by all means, explore the world at your own pace. However, if your budget is limited, and you still want a taste of exotic islands, or you’d like to see some of the most stunning coastal cities of Australia, then a cruise is the best way to get the best of all those worlds.
It’s practical, economical, and it’s simple to organize, plus you can now choose to travel with cruise lines that are or aren’t family-friendly. That way, you get to choose the crowd you want to travel with, even when you travel on your own. It’s a wonderful way to explore several destinations during one holiday package, and meet people at your own pace.
Never feeling lonely
Cruises have become so refined that it’s hard to find a flaw in any of their entertainment options. With more of them surfacing every day, you’ll find that all cruise companies do their best to offer superb entertainment options to cater to all of their different guests. That means you’ll have the freedom to choose from a wide array of fun classes, shows, music performances, as well as daytime activities.
Add to that, the many excursions they will add to their itineraries will let you get a glimpse of all the different places you’ll visit. Depending on the safety of those places, you can choose to explore alone or join the group if you feel like having some company. Either way, traveling solo on a cruise means you never have to feel lonely no matter what you choose to do.
Thanks to better travel options, improved security, more affordable accommodation, and a range of other travel perks, more women decide to explore the world on their own. If you’d like a taste of that freedom, you can start by booking a cruise – it’s a perfect mix of alone time and mingling, always accompanied by a jam-packed itinerary to fuel your wanderlust.