Exciting News for the Solo Traveler
If you travel much, you are familiar with the term "double occupancy". It has been the pricing standard in the travel industry (including cruises) for as long as I can recall. Hotels and cruise lines provide pricing based on two people occupying a room / cabin. If you are traveling alone, you still pay the price that two people would pay, and in some cases, even more.
In the cruise industry, even though pricing is double occupancy, quotes are provided on a per person basis. For the solo traveler, the pricing includes what's called "single supplement". Over simplified, this is a fancy way of saying that you pay the same price as two occupants or even more. Sometimes there are lower rates during a promotion, but that is fairly rare.
Obviously this makes traveling alone quite expensive and quite frankly turns many potential cruisers away, which is quite unfortunate. What about the married couple that has cruised for years and their mate is now too sick to travel or is no longer alive? Does that mean they have to now give up one of their favorite pastimes? In many cases, unless they could find someone to travel with them, that was indeed what happened.
Good news ... Last year Norwegian Cruise Line was the first to introduce cabins specifically designed for the solo traveler, and more importantly, priced for the single traveler. No more paying the price for sailing alone. Photos: Norwegian Epic Studio Cabins
We see this as a positive step in accommodating a segment of the public that has been unable to purchase a cruise vacation due to the penalty pricing for solo travelers. It's only three cabins, which is dwarfed by the 100 cabin offering on Norwegian Epic, but it is a start. Norwegian Cruise line has two new ships on order which will further expand the solo studio offerings. I suspect this is only the first of many more changes for the solo travelers in months and years to come.
Radiance of the Seas Sails from Seward to other adventurous Alaskan cities, including Juneau and Skagway.