I decided to start a Solo Cruising thread for discussion of cruising solo and a place to post any special promotions for solos, etc.
One resource is the online travel agency Vacations to Go which lists cruises and the solo supplement rate for a variety of cruises. If you look under "More Cruise Deals" and click on "Singles Discounts", you will find cruises with less than 100% supplement. This can be used to consider various cruises without having to comb through each cruiseline website to search. I booked through them once and had a good experience, but I generally use my own TA. I mainly use this site for research.
Good idea Mary. I’ll let my friend know to look into this, as she’ll be getting a room to herself when she goes on a cruise with her parents. She doesn’t want to do three to a room, but the single supplement is very expensive on the cruise they are looking at. I’m not sure of the cruise line, just that it’s a long cruise, and it’s expensive!
Here is a list of ships with Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) that have studio (solo cabins):
Pride of America (sails Hawaii only)
The studio cabins are in a separate area of the ship and accessed by key card. There is a separate lounge for cruisers in this category.
The studio cabins are an option for those traveling solo or for that third person who needs a cabin in your group
The studio cabins have a dedicated cruise director staff member who arranges nightly dinners for the solos at a group table in one of the restaurants so no one has to dine alone unless by choice. Norwegian doesn't have the set, traditional dining - it's all 'freestyle' with a variety of restaurants, both complimentary and fee based (for the specialty restaurants).
I just booked a short cruise on the Norwegian Escape leaving November 11, 2015 in one of the studio cabins. It's 3 nights out of Miami to the Bahamas and back. Aside from being a nice weekend away (I live 2 1/2 hours from the port), I've booked the cruise to determine if I would like the studio cabins for a longer cruise.