If you’ve traveled alone, you are probably familiar with the single supplement, which tour operators, cruise lines and hotels tack onto your bill to make up for the fact that they’re not making money off a second occupant. The supplement can range anywhere from 25 to 100 percent of the trip cost, meaning that you could end up paying twice as much as someone traveling with a partner.
Let’s focus on the cruise vacation. Virtually all travel companies want the business of single travelers, and are usually willing to do everything possible to assist them financially because it is good business to do so. Here’s some help for finding “no single supplement”, and reduced supplement fares.
The 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic debuted in July 2010, featuring 128 Studio staterooms. This is a new category of accommodation for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). Each cabin offers only 100 square feet of living space and contains a full-sized bed, adjustable mood lighting, a flat screen TV and unique storage spaces. Guests of the Studio staterooms will also have access to their own private lounge with bar. Many of these staterooms will have connecting cabins, ideal for friends travelling together.
P&O Cruises launched the Azura, an 116,000-ton cruise ship carrying 3,100 passengers. The ship feature 18 single cabins with 12 of them including a window. At 130 square feet, the Azura’s single cabins will be larger than the NCL Studios. They are located close to shipboard venues such as Brodie’s Pub, the theater and the casino.
“No single supplement” fares are also available on select cruise ships that have dedicated single cabins – limited in number but booked based on sole occupancy. Check out, Viking River Cruises, Voyages of Discovery, and Voyages to Antiquity.
The downside of many of these single cabins is the size. For solo travelers needing extra space, look for cruise lines that have lower single supplement costs. In fact some cruise lines have reduced their single supplements from 100% to as low as 25%. For example, last year Costa Cruises introduced a reduction in their single cabin supplement to 30%; Regent Seven Seas Category G Suites are at 40%; some Silversea Cruises Suites 25-100% over double occupancy; and Viking 25% on E & F staterooms.
The key to finding single cruise deals is working with a travel professional who knows which cruise lines offer low single supplements for single travel. So, give us a call. What are you waiting for?