Solo Cruising Explained

Types of Single Travel + Q&A with a Solo Traveller

Solo Cruising Explained

15 April, 2024

Travelling solo holds different meanings for different individuals. For many of our travellers, it could mean finally visiting that bucket list destination they've always dreamed of, yet struggled to entice a companion to join. Alternatively, it might entail journeying with a friend while still having the option of privacy in your own cabin. Whatever the reason for choosing solo travel, there are abundant options available, and although you may be travelling alone, you'll never truly be without the company of likeminded travellers!

Despite the increasing popularity of solo travel, it is still often considered a niche option. Consequently, suppliers may not always advertise specific options or promotions for solo travellers. This is where Wild Earth Travel can assist you. With years of experience, we excel in finding the perfect itinerary and operator to cater to the unique needs of solo travellers.

Types of Solo Travel:

Single Cabin
Many operators will have dedicated single cabins, which are generally equipped with the standard features of a regular cabin (including private bathrooms), but are specifically designed for use by single travellers.

Single Supplement
Single supplement refers to an additional fee that solo travellers are required to pay when booking a cabin designed for double occupancy. Most cabins are priced based on double occupancy, meaning they are intended to be shared by two people. When a solo traveller occupies such a cabin alone, the operator may charge an extra fee, known as the single supplement, to compensate for the revenue lost by not having a second occupant. The single supplement is generally calculated as a percentage of the standard room rate.

No Single Supplement
This means the single supplement is waived and you can book a cabin for the per person price of a twin share berth (but you get the cabin to yourself!).

Stranger share
Some operators will match single travellers (of the same gender) together in a twin or triple room - it’s a good way to make new friends and keep the cost down as you will only pay for the twin or triple share price. Please note, it is generally only the expedition ships that will offer this option (not luxury operators).

Q&A with a Solo Traveller:
At Wild Earth Travel, we draw inspiration from our intrepid adventurers. Meet Wendy (pictured above), a seasoned solo traveller who recently explored coastal Norway aboard Vesterålen. Here, she shares her insights on solo cruising.

Why do you choose to travel solo?
It enables me to have unique experiences at a time that suits me.

Tell us about your recent trip to Norway?
There were lots of solo female travellers onboard and we tended to hang out together for activities or just sit and watch the stunning snowcapped fjords go by. Being on deck at midnight with total strangers watching the northern lights was amazing.

What is the best thing about travelling by yourself?
You are only answerable to yourself and can meet other people if you wish to. On my recent trip, the big appeal was the no single supplement and the fact they had single rooms. That was a deal maker for me.

Any downsides to single travel?
When there’s a single supplement, I have to weigh up sharing with a stranger (which I’m not that keen on) or paying the extra charge.

What kind of people have you met on your trips?
With the type of trips Wild Earth do I’ve found the people I meet have a similar sense of adventure and want to make the most of the unique opportunities available. Funnily enough, I was travelling solo on my Norway trip but knew a few people after meeting them on an earlier Wild Earth trip!

Our Associates Include

Adventure Canada
Heritage Expeditions New Zealand
UnCruise Adventures