Being single can be great, since it means you can pick up and take off on a vacation without worrying about who's going to care for the kids, whether they should come along, whether your partner can get vacation leave, etc. etc. etc. But cruises and other vacations often seem to cater to couples. In the cruise industry, in particular, cabins are sold based on double occupancy, which means hefty prices for you if you're a single and aren't planning to share that cabin.
But there are some cruise lines that are known for cutting deals for solo travelers and even creating events so you can meet other singles or just feel less out of place amongst the couples and families.
According to Cruise Vacations For Dummies, here are the best cruise options for singles:
- Short cruises -- If you want a party atmosphere (or at least don't mind it) and a chance to mix and mingle with other singles, try 3- or 4-day Mexico and Bahamas sailings. They attract a lot of singles but are known to have a "bar scene" flavor.
- Ask your travel agent -- Some travel agents arrange singles cruises by booking blocks of cabins aboard a large mainstream ship. They then plan parties and get-togethers for their guests.
- Windjammer Barefoot Cruises -- A couple times a year, this outfit offers singles cruises with carefully balanced numbers of men and women, so you might just meet someone (if that's your goal).
- Long cruises -- At the other end of the spectrum from the short cruises are the long cruises, of two weeks or more. Since it's harder for couples to coordinate vacation time for long trips, and since kids are known to get restless with more than a week at sea, you'll find more singles on longer cruises (this is a good choice, too, if the party vibe isn't your thing, because these are more relaxing).