The 8 Best Cruises for Solo Travelers of 2021

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Best for Millennials: U River Cruises

The B Boat

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  • Sails from: Vienna, Austria 
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Ship Name: The A
  • Itinerary: Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary; Mohács, Hungary; Novi Sad, Serbia; Belgrade, Serbia

Geared towards millennials, U River Cruises takes a hip approach to river cruising, with sleek and stylish ships equipped with several modern cabins for solo travelers. On The A, a 120-passenger ship, cabins include adjustable mood lighting, USB ports, built-in Bluetooth speakers, and luxurious baths with heated mirrors and plush bathrobes. Several public spaces make it easy to meet others, including a coffee shop, the “U lounge” that hosts paint and wine classes, and a rooftop lounge with an ice bar and silent discos. Plus, the ship crew hosts a complimentary happy hour every day. There’s also yoga, local DJs, and both daytime and evening shore excursions. 

Best for Over 50: Saga Cruises

The Grill's adjoining outside Verandah

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  • Sails from: Southampton
  • Duration: 12 nights
  • Ship Name: Spirit of Discovery
  • Itinerary: Aalborg, Denmark; Aarhus, Denmark; Gothenburg, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Esbjerg, Denmark; Southampton, England

The U.K.-based cruise line, Saga, offers ocean cruising on smaller ships for the over 50 crowd and its newest ship, Spirit of Discovery, will debut more than 100 cabins dedicated to solo travelers. All single's cabins have balconies and average 245 feet of space, and there’s even single's suites for more space. The company offers door-to-door pick-up service to transfer guests to the ship followed by a sail away cocktail party. The ship focuses on boutique luxury cruising, and the intimate atmosphere makes it easy to create comradery with other guests. Even more, there’s a single’s mingle drink hour, single’s lunch and single’s meet-ups for cultural shore excursions like Scandinavian jewelry and art workshops. 

Best Spa Experience: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Cruise Line

  • Sails from: New York
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Ship Name: Norwegian Escape
  • Itinerary: Kings Wharf, Bermuda; New York, NY

While solo traveler staterooms were a bit more common on smaller expedition ships, NCL made waves in the industry when it introduced trendy solo staterooms on the Norwegian Epic. Now, several of the NCL ships have these coveted rooms, including the Norwegian Escape. When booking a solo stateroom, passengers also get keycard access to the Studio Lounge — shared only by other Studio guests. Escape also features a fabulous spa complete with a snow room and a salt room for unwinding, as well as “the Waterfront,” a quarter-mile oceanfront promenade lined with signature dining venues. On the Bermuda voyage, guests will spend three full days in port before returning to New York. 

Best Alaskan Cruise: Royal Caribbean

Royal Loft Suit Living Area

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  • Sails from: Seattle
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Ship Name: Ovation of the Seas
  • Itinerary: Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Victoria

Solo travelers can explore scenic Alaska on Ovation of the Seas, one of Royal Caribbean’s newest vessels. Step inside the North Star, a rotating glass capsule for 360-degree views of the stunning Alaskan wilderness, or, for even more thrills, try the sky diving or surf simulators. The Ovation of the Seas has two types of solo staterooms: studio interior cabins with virtual floor-to-ceiling views ranging from 96 to 104 square feet, or super studio cabins with private balconies at around 119 square feet. Either way, both come with full-sized beds. The cabins can also be difficult to book online – so plan in advance and try calling a travel agent or Royal Caribbean directly. 

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Best River Cruise: American Cruise Lines


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  • Sails from: New York
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Ship Name: American Constitution 
  • Itinerary: Troy/Albany, Kingston, Hyde Park, Catskill, West Point, Sleepy Hollow, New York, New York

If you’d like to cruise in your own backyard, American Cruise Lines is a small-ship company that explores waterways in the U.S. like the Mississippi, Columbia and Snake Rivers, the East Coast’s Intracoastal Waterway, and more. Single cabins are found on every one of the company’s vessels and are some of the largest in the industry, including the American Constitution — a 175-passenger ship with both interior balcony staterooms ranging from 226 to 238 square feet. The open-seating dining program and included cocktail hours make it easy for solo travelers to get to know fellow passengers. In addition, the Hudson River fall foliage voyage sails round trip from New York City. 

Best for Adventure: Cruise and Maritime Voyages

Cruise and Maritime Magellan

Cruise and Maritime 

  • Sails from: Portbury (Somerset, England)
  • Duration: 12 nights
  • Ship Name: Magellan 
  • Itinerary: Kollafjørður, Faroe Islands; Seyðisfjörður, Iceland; Akureyri, Iceland; Ísafjörður; Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland; Cobh, Ireland; Portbury, England

If you’re a solo traveler seeking an adventurous experience, consider a ship from Cruise and Maritime Voyages. The company caters to singles by offering dedicated cabins at a lower cost in both oceanview and interior styles, as well as onboard events and get-togethers with your fellow passengers. The Magellan ship carries 1,250 guests and offers lively evening comedy shows and cabarets, along with educational guest speakers and arts and crafts. Passengers can also have some quiet time in the library, two outdoor swimming pools or three heated whirlpools, wellness center (for massage treatments), or in many comfortable lounges. 

Best Transatlantic Crossing: Cunard



  • Sails from: Southampton
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Ship Name: Queen Mary 2
  • Itinerary: New York, NY

Cunard specializes in luxury cruises across the Atlantic on the regal ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, a bucket list voyage for every cruise enthusiast. The 2,691-passenger ship has lovely single staterooms with large picture windows, a desk and vanity, and tasteful, modern décor. Like single cabins on other vessels, these rooms sell out quickly so book early. Queen Mary 2 has some unique activities like the planetarium at sea, lavish gala nights where guests don their finest evening attire, and the company’s signature white-glove afternoon tea. The vessel is also known for outstanding cuisine both in the Britannia main dining room and in specialty restaurants like the Verandah steakhouse or the King's Court – which features a different type of cuisine every evening. 

Best European Cruise: Fred Olsen's Cruises

Fred Olsen's Cruises

Fred Olsen's Cruises

  • Sails from: Liverpool
  • Duration: 9 nights
  • Ship Name: Black Watch 
  • Itinerary: Lisbon, Portugal; Portimao, Portugal; Leixoes, Portugal; Liverpool, England 

A U.K.-based company, Fred Olsen caters to solo travelers with small ocean ships that have a maximum capacity of 1,300 passengers. Plus, they offer special rates on voyages for singles and solo staterooms on each of the four vessels. On Black Watch, the staterooms average around 150 square feet and are available in each category: interior, oceanview, balcony, and suite. Rooms have flat screen televisions, USB charge ports, tea and coffee making facilities and even mini refrigerators in some. On “Exploring Portugal’s Highlights,” the ship will spend an overnight in Lisbon as well as visits to smaller fishing villages. 

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