These Cruise Lines Are Working Towards Making Solo Travel More Welcoming
By Kelsey Marie
Traveling alone is losing it’s stigma and becoming for accepted by society.
In 2018, 70 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds were unmarried compared to 41 percent in 1978, as reported by the U.S. Census.
Most people travel solo via plane or car, avoiding cruises because of it’s reputation for being catered to families on vacation.
However, these cruise lines are working towards making their ships more welcoming to those traveling alone:
Norwegian was the first to gear their cruise ships towards solo travelers by renovating interior-facing cabins into pod-like solo rooms known as “studios”.
The Norwegian Epic was launched in 2010, which first included these solo rooms.
You can now find studios in five of Norwegian’s Ships.
This cruise line is known for their transatlantic trips and luxury travel.
Three years ago, they introduced solo rooms on their Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2, spending about $132 million on this refit.
Hurtigruten is an expedition that started waiving their “single supplements” which was a fee they would charge solo travelers staying in a room designed for two or more people.
After waiving these fees, their solo-traveler business increased by 40 percent.
This cruise line is also known as the river specialist because they are for those who want to explore via rivers.
They have supplement-free solo rooms on all of their 12 ships.
Their newest ship, American Song, has 250-square-foot options with their own balconies.
Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.