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More Breaks For Single Cruisers

 

Cruise times are changing. They always are. Here’s one of the latest…

Cunard announced a refurbishment of the Queen Mary 2, and with it comes news that 15 single staterooms will be added. The rationale from Cunard is that single rooms are necessary because not only are more people cruising solo, but there are more family groups traveling together that include singles. There are already single staterooms available on fleetmates Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria

There is no single supplement for these cabins. In other words, you pay the same per-person price as you would if two to a cabin.

Other cruise lines have been ahead of that curve for some time. The Epic, with 128 solo cabins (some connecting) was the first in the Norwegian fleet with the highly-popular option for single travelers. There’s also a Studio Lounge, for the exclusive use of passengers who book in the solo cabins. With no single supplement they sell out quickly. Surprisingly, there are fewer single cabins on Norwegian’s latest ships, the Getaway and the Breakaway (59 on each). 

The Escape, being launched in the fall, will have 82. 

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas each have 28 single staterooms, and Ovation of the Seas, also arriving this fall, will apparently also have 28 solo cabins. No single supplements apply.

Costa Cruises has 17 solo cabins on at least two of its ships, Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa. There is a single supplement, although not exorbitant.

Carnival does offer some value-priced solo cruise fares, with some supplements as low as five per cent.

One thing is certain: In the cruise world, singles are being heard.

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Norwegian Jewel
5 nights
May 1, 2016
Los Angeles, Astoria, Victoria, Vancouver
Inside: $309
Cost per day: $61
www.ncl.com

TSC: The Solo Cruiser's Status Grows

You know that something is official when the most traditional of (fill in the blank) accepts it, no matter what the industry or walk of life is.

Today, the blank is filled in with Cunard.

Regarded by passengers as the most traditional (some might say staid) of all cruise lines, Cunard has now come to the table to recognize and cater to TSC. 

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On the newest Cunard ship, Queen Elizabeth, there will be eight outside and one inside single staterooms. The cruise line is doing this — the first sailing will be December 16 — because it's "recognizing the increasing popularity of solo travel."

Besides solo staterooms, Cunard will also have special activities, a welcome reception and specially organized events on the ship and excursions on the ship…all for the single traveler.

It's also called changing with the times.

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Caribbean Princess
7 nights
September 13, 2014
Fort Lauderdale (return): Princess CaysSt. MaartenSt. Thomas, Grand Turk
Inside: $599
Cost per day: $85
www.princess.com

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