Cabin sizes vary by cruise line for the solo passenger. Many single cabins are exactly the same square footage as those offered to twin passengers. This is the case especially with MSC Cruises. Certain cruise lines such as Fred Olsen, P&O Cruises and Cruise and Maritime have dedicated single cabins which are smaller in size and these normally have lower supplements.
Norwegian Cruise Lines new ship Norwegian Epic has taken the the single cabin to a new dimension by adding 128 studio cabins dedicated to single cruisers. These 100 square foot state of the art studios feature full size twin beds and are located in their own private area.
Requests to dine with other single passengers will be noted by cruise lines however, these requests cannot be guaranteed. A big hint is to speak to the Maitre D who will be found in your allocated restaurant preparing for the evening's dinner. Try to speak to him as soon as you board and reiterate any single dining requests.
Most cruise lines organise single social events on board. These events are highlighted in the cruise daily programme which is delivered to each cabin indicating venue and time. Events such as cocktail parties for singles are a superb way to get to know other single cruisers.
Certain cruise lines do provide male hosts for dancing and for conversation, namely Fred Olsen & Voyages of Discovery. In addition these hosts can be found on some longer voyages with both luxury lines Silversea and Holland America.
Make friends with the cruise director who should be very approachable, as they can often help with introductions.
Get to know your waiters - they will enhance your whole cruising experience and are always there to socialise.
The entertainment team are there to make your cruise an unforgettable experience and they can be found throughout the day coordinating the ships daily entertainment and activities.
Many cruise lines have lecturers on board informing cruisers about the highlights of forthcoming ports of call or about their specific topic. They are normally on board for the duration of the cruise and are always keen to share their fountain of knowledge.
The crew on board are always there to engage with you ranging from the pursers desk, the shore excursion desk, the shops, the hair salon, the fitness centre or the spa area.
The Captain and his officers may sound a little daunting at first but not at all. Especially bearing in mind all passengers are invited to the Captain's cocktail party at the beginning of the cruise. This exciting event is the perfect event to dress up, make an impression and meet fellow single cruise passengers.
There are normally no specific single shore excursions offered by cruise lines. However, this is still the best way to meet and bond with fellow cruisers as the days experiences are shared. The excursions are guided and these guides are always on hand to help you enjoy the trip as they are normally locals and are very keen to share their knowledge.