Singles Cruises There's One for You
As one who will soon celebrate her 17th wedding anniversary, I might seem an unlikely source of singles cruise information. But consider that I met my husband Michael aboard Holland America's Statendam in 1993 and we married aboard Celebrity's Galaxy four years later, and my credibility soars.
I'll admit that I didn't meet Michael aboard a "Singles" cruise. In fact, I only sailed one singles cruise in my 35 years of cruising, organized in the early 80s by the now-defunct Single World. My most vivid memory of that sailing is being chased around the ship by the Single World escort until I finally abandoned the group and met my own friends.
The lesson here is that while singles cruises may offer you a ready-made group of buddies (and a great way to ease into your comfort zone), any cruise offers an opportunity to meet friends, develop romances, or even-in my case-find a husband.
In virtually all cases, singles cruises offer a roommate service that matches two non-smoking members of the same sex allowing both to avoid the hefty 100% single supplement that is typically imposed by cruise lines upon single travelers. (Big, big, big kudos to Norwegian Cruise Lines for its creation of a "Studio" cabin category aboard Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Breakaway-single cabins with private access to a shared private lounge for Studio guests only and, best of all, no single supplement.)
In researching upcoming singles sailings, I've found their number to be staggering! Below, I offer those that I find most interesting but would suggest any potential solo sailor visit the websites of vacationstogo.com, singlescruise.com, singlestravelintl.com for complete listings.
Whether you're a college kid, a baby boomer or beyond, there's a singles cruise for you!
Halloween Spectacular Caribbean Singles Cruise
October 26 - November 2, 2013 Carnival Cruises Carnival Liberty
Miami, Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk
For all ages, perhaps the largest singles cruise of the year with the 2012 sailing attracting over 600 singles! While the highlight of the cruise is a singles-only costume bash and contest, fares also include other singles parties, gatherings and theme nights. Exclusive singles-only shore excursions are available at additional an charge. Fares begin at $784 per person, double occupancy. For more information, visit Halloween Singles Cruise or call 1-800-393-5000.
Baby Boomers Caribbean Adventure Singles Cruise
November 16 - 24, 2013 Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Freedom
Fort Lauderdale, St. Thomas, Antigua, Tortola, Nassau
If you were born between 1946 and 1964, this might be the singles cruise for you! Fares include complimentary cocktail parties, costume/theme nights, private dance lessons, speed meeting, pub crawls, pool parties, Karaoke parties and more. Exclusive singles-only shore excursions are optional and additional. Fares begin at $838 per person, double occupancy. For additional information, visit Baby Boomers or call 1-800-393-5000.
50+ Soul Singles at Sea
November 18, 2013 - November 29, 2013 Holland America Zuiderdam
Fort Lauderdale, Southern Caribbean with Panama Canal transit
Get ready to meet, greet, mix and mingle with beautiful people of color. Soul Singles at Sea begins with an informal reception, kicking it off with the popular game of Speed Meeting and other get acquainted games that will quickly turn your new group of travel companions into friends. After well over a week of dining, dancing and shared experiences, the group celebrates Thanksgiving together during the last full day at sea. Fares begin at $1,540 per person, double occupancy. For additional information, visit 50+ Soul at Sea or call 888-816-7937.
Vacations to Go Hosted Caribbean Singles Cruise
December 8 - 15, 2013 Princess Cruises Royal Princess
Fort Lauderdale, Princess Cays, St. Thomas, St. Maarten
Shortly before Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a future King of England, she Christened Royal Princess. Now you can seek a potential king or queen of your own castle with Vacations to Go's Hosted Caribbean Singles Cruise aboard the same ship. Cocktail parties, mixers, games, group excursions, single-mingle dining and more are included in the fare and a match program is available for solo travelers seeking a roommate. As a nice bonus, once you've reserved your cruise, private access to Vacations to Go's singles chat site is provided so you can get to know the singles you'll be sailing with before you even get near the gangway! Fares begin at $884 per person, double occupancy. Contact Vacations to Go Singles for additional information or call 800-419-5179 to speak with a Singles Cruise Specialist.World's Largest Jewish Singles Cruise
December 8 - 15, 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line Breakaway
New York, Bahamas, Florida
Be among the first to experience Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway with hundreds of Jewish singles. Enjoy complimentary cocktail parties, theme nights, Jewish speed dating, cabin crawls, pool parties, Shabbat services, Karaoke parties and fabulous kosher meals and snacks. Fares begin at $999 per person, double occupancy. For additional information, visit Jewish Singles call 877- 848-7477
Crystal Symphony 12-Night 40+ Singles Cruise
December 9 - 21, 2013 Crystal Cruises Crystal Symphony
Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina
This is singles cruising, luxury style! Now all inclusive, Crystal Symphony fares now include all beverages (including wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks and bottled water as well as in-cabin set-up with your choice of wine or spirits), dining at alternative restaurants and gratuities. Singles Travel International has partnered with another singles vacation company to increase the number of solo travelers in the group and, if the group exceeds 20 participants, a social hostess will accompany those sailing. As an introduction to others who will sail on the cruise, member chat is available to all booked guests. Fares start at $4,410 per person, double occupancy and will increase $1,500 per person, double occupancy after August 31st. Contact Crystal 40+ Singles for additional information or call 877-SOLO-TRIP.
Caribbean New Year's Dazzle Singles Cruise
December 29, 2013 - January 4, 2014 Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Breeze
Miami to Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
No date for New Year's Eve? Who needs one? Welcome 2014 with a group of single men and women of all ages aboard Carnival Breeze. Exclusive singles events include complimentary cocktail parties, costume/theme nights, private dance lessons, speed meeting, pub crawls, pool parties, karaoke parties and, at additional cost, optional singles-only shore excursions. Fares begin at $1,087 per person, double occupancy. For more information, visit New Year's Singles Cruise or call 1-800-393-5000.
CuteTees Singles Cruise
January 25 - February 1, 2014 Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas
New Orleans to Key West, Nassau, Coco Cay
Seven nights of fun, relaxation, games, mixers, cocktail parties and excursions for the single traveler. Included in the fare are all on board meals, a $25 on board credit, singles mixer meet & greet, singles exclusive cocktail party, souvenir t-shirt and lanyard, singles group dining and exclusive singles shore excursion in Nassau. Fares start at $699 per person, double and include taxes and fees (an $84 gratuity charge is extra). For additional information, CuteTees or call 1-855-7CUTETEE.
Caribbean Singles Cruise from New Orleans
March 2 - 9, 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Jewel
New Orleans, Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, Cost Maya
Fare includes organized singles activities, private single cocktail parties/mixers with complimentary cocktails, single-mingle dining. Fares begin at $717 per person, double occupancy. For additional information, visit New Orleans Singles Cruise or call 877-848-7477.
2014 College Spring Break Party Cruise
March 3 - 10, 2014 and March 10 - 14, 2014 Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas
Port Canaveral, Bahamas
In 2013, almost 400 college spring breakers partied aboard Monarch of the Seas and this year, the 5th annual Spring Break Party Cruise, aboard Enchantment of the Seas, is expected to attract even more! Fares include exclusive events led by an on board Spring Break Party Crew. While in the past the cruise has been largely promoted to Carolina party schools, this year is expected to draw a national crowd. Fares begin at $329 per person double occupancy for the March 3rd sailing and $349 per person double occupancy for the March 10th sailing. For additional information, contact Spring Break or call 1-800 668-6414.
Over 40 Eastern Caribbean Shuffle Singles Cruise
April 5 - April 12, 2014 Celebrity Cruises Reflection
Miami to San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten
Exclusive singles events include complimentary cocktail parties, costume/theme nights, private dance lessons, speed meeting, pub crawls, pool parties, karaoke parties and, at additional cost, optional singles-only shore excursions. Fares begin at $977 per person, double occupancy. For additional information, visit Over 40 Singles or call 1-800-393-5000.
Greek Isles Singles Cruise
June 14 - 21, 2014 Royal Caribbean Splendor of the Seas
Venice; Kotor, Montenegro; Corfu, Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos and Argostoli, Greece
Fares include private cocktail parties, mixers, games, group shore excursions and more. Fares begin at $843 per person, double occupancy. For additional information, visit Greek Isles Singles Cruise or call 858-344-2735
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