This question came in today from Tonya Clark:
“I’m looking for advice on how to get the best deal on cruises when you don’t have a cruisemate to share occupancy, paying double doesn’t seem right. Any suggestions?”
For years, cruising’s odious single supplements have been a problem for single cruisers but I suspect things are a bit better right now with many cruise lines practically giving their cabins away. Here are some strategies to consider:
1. Look for cruise lines that offer single cabins. In the US-Caribbean market, these are almost non-existent but in Europe there are still some lines that have single occupancy cabins.
2. Search for “no single supplement” special deals. I am seeing more and more of these offers. Hook up with a good travel agent and let he or she know that you are serious about cruising if they can find a good deal for you. But be sure to be loyal and book through that person and refer them to others. A good travel agent is a treasure.
3. Make them an offer. If your time is flexible, contact the cruise lines directly a month or so before the cruise and let them know that you are willing to book a cruise if they will waive the single supplement.
4. Book a cheap inside cabin and pay the single supplement.
5. If you really don’t want to travel alone, then sign up for a singles cruise…they get great group rates and offer activities that you can participate in … or not. But they will get you a good cabin rate and find you a cabinmate if you want one. Check out www.singlescruise.com and similar sites.
6. In general, younger cruises should stick to three- or four-day cruises. If you are a single parent, you want to cruise with a line that has a strong children’s program. If you are older, then stick to the more upscale lines for a better single cruising experience.