The French cruise line, Ponant is synonymous with luxury and has been cruising the high-seas for over 25 years. The line’s three-masted sailing ship, Le Ponant carries a maximum of 64 passengers which mean smaller excursion numbers, making it easier to meet new people and make new friends. While it’s new Le Laperouse fleet is set to have a hydraulic platform that enables easier boarding and entry to the sea for swimming and water sports.
These elegant yet casual voyages include trips to from the Arctic to Central and South America, Oceania to Atlantic and Northern Europe. Ponant also waiving the single supplement on a selection of lines, making it a great option for single travellers.
- Suitable for: Well-travelled over 50s
- Solo perks: Cruise sizes are kept small to allow for a more intimate cruising experience.
- Single supplements: Yes, but waived on certain lines.
4. Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara Club Cruises is an upmarket cruise line that is known for its friendly vibe and immersive itineraries. It’s Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest lines offer longer stays in port, more overnights and intimate shore excursions with no more than 25 fellow passengers help singles make new friends.
Azamara does fantastic singles rates on select voyages and the occasional no-single-supplement special – so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. With comfortable yet sleek social spaces including bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and a Cabaret, Azamara lines are designed to pamper you while still feeling like a home away from home.
- Suitable for: Over 50s
- Solo perks: Great singles prices and offers.
- Single supplements: Yes, but waved on certain lines and reduced on others.
5. Coral Expedition Cruises
If you’re looking to explore coastal Australia, South East Asia or the Pacific, then Coral Expedition Cruises are for you. With onshore excursions such as bushwalking, snorkelling or kayaking, this boutique eco-tourism expedition line is perfect for active singles looking for adventure.
Coral has great singles offers including a standby single program and a single guest cabin-matching program. These packages are suitable for travellers who are flexible in their travel times and either want to travel in a single cabin or share a cabin with another guest of the same sex, both without any single supplements. As well as this, Coral’s Great Barrier Reef itinerary (which runs all year), is free of single supplements and has no more than 72 passengers on any of its ships, making it a great option for singles looking to meet new people.
- Suitable for: Those who love an adventure and are reasonably active.
- Solo perks: Small boats mean guests get to know each other well.
- Single supplements: Yes, if not on standby singles program or cabin-mate matching service.
How to prepare for your cruise
Before you and your set sail on a cruise of a lifetime there are a few things you’ll need to take care of:
Why do I need travel insurance?
Travelling solo gives you the freedom and flexibility to travel however you want. However, it also means you won’t have someone you know with you to help in an emergency situation. This is why travel insurance is such an essential part of your next singles cruise.
Travel insurance that covers cruises will protect your luggage on board, provide cancellation cover if the unexpected happens and cover emergency and medical expenses. Most importantly though, it gives you peace of mind, so that you can enjoy your trip without worrying about the ‘what ifs’.
Wherever your next cruise adventure takes you, be sure to pack travel insurance. RACV offers a 3 international Travel Insurance plans so you can choose the level that suits your travel plans. All plans include access to 24/7 overseas emergency assistance and international travel insurance policies to suit every solo traveller, offering you the security and insurance cover you need wherever you are heading. Discover the policy that’s right for your cruise, now.