Your Guide to a Solo Cruise Holiday

Solo travelling has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly for an older demographic. Solo cruising is perfect for those who are looking to recharge their batteries and meet like-minded individuals who share similar interests.

In this article, we’ll be discussing the benefits of a solo cruise holiday, as well as some practical tips for beginners who are seeking a memorable getaway.

Why consider going solo

Travelling solo gives you the flexibility and freedom to do exactly what you like at your own pace. Some cruise lines offer solo travellers the opportunity to connect and make new friends onboard.

Cruises are particularly appealing to an older demographic, offering the ease of accessible facilities and the exciting opportunity for social interaction.

There are so many advantages to travelling alone. Whether that’s taking the time to embark on self-discovery and personal growth, or simply taking some well-deserved ‘me-time’ – the choice is yours.

Solo-friendly itineraries

Many popular cruise lines cater to the needs of those flying solo. For example, P&O cruises offers a large selection of dining options, bars, lounges, and shopping, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning your individual itinerary.

Relax and unwind by using the onboard spa facilities, providing everything you need for complete wellbeing during your trip. Spend some much-needed time relaxing or consider trying new things by learning a new skill.

Solo cruises allow you to travel to new destinations without the stress of planning where to go, as everything is arranged for you.

You’re free to book solo cabins and activities that have been specifically designed for solo travellers. This, in turn, has allowed cruising to become much more inclusive and enjoyable for all.

Making connections onboard

If you’re hoping to meet new people onboard, try to get involved in a range of activities. Whether that’s karaoke, shuffleboard, wine tasting, or swimming, sign up for the activities that best appeal to you.

Avoid dining alone when you can join in the conversation in the main dining room. With mixed seating daily, you’ll get the chance to make new connections at each meal. Alternatively, you can even choose to sit with your new group of friends each night to continue strengthening those bonds.

Lasting friendships often start with great stories, and, if you’re meeting those of a similar age, you’re bound to have plenty of experiences to share.

Staying safe

It’s important to prioritise safety when travelling solo, especially as an older individual. While your safety is consistently monitored by the onboard crew, you should always be vigilant, especially when stopping off at new locations.

Remember, though, there’s safety in numbers. The thought of travelling alone can be concerning, especially for women. But, if you’ve met a new group of friends during your cruise, you can happily explore new locations with them.

Ensure to take out the right travel insurance before you go travelling as this can help protect you in unfortunate circumstances. Don’t forget to carry all necessary medications in your hand luggage and always stay in touch with loved ones back home.

Update your family with your whereabouts and share your location at all times. Always be mindful of who you’re sharing personal information with and be cautious of personal belongings when visiting different countries. 

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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