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By: Sherry Laskin · Updated On: July 29, 2022

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Holland America Koningsdam solo staterooms really measure up.

It’s not rocket science. It’s all about revenue. That’s the reason the cruise lines have dragged their heels for so long about solo staterooms. Holland America has always known that solo travelers existed and aside from the usual 150-200% single supplement, Holland America is the only cruise line that still offers a Solo Share Program with same-sex passengers.

But what if you want your own space? The Koningsdam solo staterooms fit the bill. The Koningsdam, which launched last month, is the first ship in Holland America’s innovative Pinnacle Class and the first to offer purpose-built solo staterooms.

Located forward on the Main Deck, the 12 single ocean-view stateroom range in size from 127 to 172 square feet. The difference in square footage depends on the location of the stateroom; there are six on each side of the ship towards the bow. The first solo staterooms are smaller and they increase in size the further back you go.

Koningsdam solo staterooms

All of the solo and traditional double occupancy staterooms feature Holland America Line’s signature Mariner’s Dream bed, bathrobes to use during the voyage, a modern shower head, flat-panel TV with video-on-demand, mini fridge, complimentary fresh fruit on request and bath amenities from Elemis Aroma pure . Also included are ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service. All the staterooms are equipped with bedside USB ports, too.

As can be the case with other cruise lines selling solo staterooms, sometimes solos staterooms are priced higher than a lower category double occupancy stateroom, even with a 150-200% single supplement. A price-check today revealed that this is not the case aboard the Koningsdam. Their solo stateroom compared with a similar double occupancy ocean-view stateroom, was nearly $500 less that the double occupancy room.

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Thank you for your question…I’m sure it will be helpful to others, too. Holland America, and other cruise lines as well, have accessible staterooms. If the ship only has a bathtub with shower (as with many of Holland America’s older ships) then you could ask for an accessible stateroom. These will have a walk-in shower with at least two grab bars.

As for solo staterooms, many times you can book a double occupancy room for the same price as an actual solo stateroom. Solo staterooms are sort of a novelty item. While you don’t pay the single supplement, you will probably pay more for something unique. Koningsdam has beautiful solo staterooms, but I’m not certain if any of them have a walk-in shower.

Thank you again for reading my Koningsdam article. I hope you are able to find the best stateroom for your needs. Have a wonderful cruise!

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October 5, 2022 at 9:21 pm

Hi, I am a Holland America Mariner. I have recently separated. So, I do wish to begin cruising again. Obviously in a single room, other issue for me is, that I need an ambulant type of room. I cannot shower over a bath, so I need grab rails at least in the bathroom. So, can that be accommodated on a Holland America ship? Sorry about the drama. Helen Mildenhall

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The Best Cruise Lines with Solo Cabins (and the Best Cruises for Singles)

It used to cost a small fortune if you wanted a cruise cabin to yourself, as you were basically paying the price for two people. 

But then solo cruising became one of the hottest trends in travel. 

Indeed, Google searches for “solo cruises” by U.S. users have recently  more than doubled . 

“I've seen an increase year after year in the solo travel community, especially among single females,” says Shelby Frenette, a solo travel expert and manager of the TravelFun.Biz  agency, which caters to singles. “Their desire to travel is so strong that most major cruise lines are starting to design their ships with solo occupancy cabins to accommodate this growing population.”

Most importantly, they’re pricing these cabins for individual travelers. And they’re also waiving or reducing the dreaded “single supplement” fee, which charges vacationers for two full cruise fares even when they stay alone in a double-occupancy room. That supplementary cost can be a budget-busting 100% more.

But it’s not just affordability that defines a good cruise. To help lone travelers feel welcome on board, cruise lines are also rolling out additional opportunities for them to meet other singles at exclusive receptions, get-togethers, and group dining just for solo cruisers.

Unfortunately, demand still outstrips supply on most of these lines, so if you want one of these special rooms, you have to book early, and you should always make sure you’re getting a special single-cabin rate and not paying a single supplement to stay in a room categorized as a double.

Based on price, cabin options, and a solo-friendly environment, here are 10 lines that are now offering smoother sailing for cruisers traveling alone or who want a private room.  (Pictured above: a specially designed Studio cabin on the Norwegian Epic)

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Celebrity Cruises ’ commitment to singles is evident in its mast-high growth in solo bookings, up an annual 225% over the past two years. Perhaps that’s because its ships offer great options for cruisers on their own. Celebrity offers interior, windowless cabins to solo bookers, but the premium line's two newest vessels, Celebrity Beyond and Celebrity Ascent (which launched in December 2023), each stock 32 single staterooms with the line’s so-named Infinite Veranda (pictured above). That's a hard-sided, ocean-facing balcony with motorized slide-down window that turns an interior sitting area into an oceanview space. That feature extends the 184 square feet of cabin space by an additional 42. Celebrity Apex features 24 of them, while Celebrity Edge (which debuted them in 2018) is home to 16. Each has a queen-size bed, rare for single rooms. Celebrity Silhouette has four inside digs-for-one at 103 square feet each.

These one-person cabins, which have the same upscale amenities as double-occupancy ones, charge no single supplements. The Infinite Veranda staterooms are especially popular, with 71% of Celebrity's solo travelers booking these rooms with a view. Guests on their own can also take advantage of special promotions that waive the single supplement in standard cabins, but only on select voyages.

Celebrity offers events for travelers on their own, including a gathering hosted by the activities team, which helps break the ice. An un-hosted solos table is also available every night for those who want to dine with new friends, but you can also eat alone if you choose. All that is why Celebrity Cruises won industry awards in the Solo Travel category from  Travel Weekly 's 2022 and 2023 Magellan Awards.

best solo cabins on cruises: best single cabins for cruising: Cunard

Cunard is famous for its elegant liner-style ships that evoke the Golden Age of ocean voyages. But in a departure from that traditional era, three of its four ships now offer solo cabins ranging from 178 to 183 square feet in size: Queen Mary 2 (15), Queen Victoria (nine), and Queen Elizabeth (nine, including one pictured above). All have twin-size beds and especially large windows with coveted ocean views, except for one inside cabin on both the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth . Cunard's Queen Anne is not slated to include solo staterooms when it begins service in 2024.

Singles pay a solo fare for these cabins far less than the single supplement of 175% for staying in a double-occupancy stateroom. 

Cunard also hosts coffee meet-ups and cocktail receptions for its solo guests. Select voyages also have “gentleman hosts” onboard to serve as dance partners and shore excursion escorts.

best solo cabins on cruises: best single cabins for cruising: Holland America

From its solo-oriented activities to its cabins for one, Holland America ’s commitment to singles is full steam ahead. Since 2016, it has introduced 12 single staterooms in each of its three Pinnacle Class ships, Nieuw Statendam , Rotterdam , and Koningsdam (pictured above). At 127 to 172 square feet each, they have ocean views and the same amenities as double-occupancy cabins but with a double bed.

The single cabins are priced for one. Single supplements for double-occupancy staterooms, meanwhile, are as much as 100% extra and are rarely reduced or waived.

But Holland America, which attracts older cruisers, stands out for its Single Partner Program, whereby singles can join a wide variety of activities for solo passengers, from mixers and cocktail parties to game nights, cooking classes, wine tastings, and line dancing. Plus, some shore excursions are geared just to singles, from solo parasailing and ATV adventures to private day touring. Finally, those traveling alone can also arrange to dine together. 

best solo cabins on cruises: best single cabins for cruising: MSC Cruises

As European-owned MSC Cruises rapidly expands its fleet of 22 ships, it’s making leeway on accommodating travelers who are on their own. Six of its ships have a total of 136 cabins for one, 38 of which have windows and 20 with prized balconies. All have twin-size beds. The World America, set to debut in 2025, will also feature solo staterooms. MSC’s shipboard ambiance is international with a cosmopolitan vibe.

Solo cabins carry no single supplement on MSC. But a single traveler choosing between solo cabins and comparable interior or balcony ones designed for two would save an average of 40% for a balcony and 25% for an interior. Lone cruisers have to pay a single supplement of 100% if they book a double-occupancy cabin, which MSC sometimes discounts. 

Solos looking to meet other single travelers can attend a special hosted cocktail party. 

best solo cabins on cruises: best single cabins for cruising: Norwegian Cruise Line

The pioneer in solo cruising, Norwegian turned the tide when it introduced 128 studio cabins designed and priced exclusively for one on the Norwegian Epic back in 2010. Yes, they were small, at just 100 square feet, but they enabled solo travelers to consistently avoid the single supplement. Located on the inside, they had a full-size bed and a window feature, but not one that faced the water. 

Today, this line known for its specialty dining is still trailblazing. It’s the first one to offer a wide variety of cabin categories dedicated to singles. As of Jan. 2, 2024, the line introduced solo inside, solo oceanview, and solo balcony categories, bringing to 1,500 the number of solo cabins across its 19-ship fleet—although some of those are regular double-occupancy rooms that are assigned single-occupancy status on a per-voyage basis . More than 150 Studio cabins feature true oceanview window rooms and more than 300 have balconies, a rarity for solo accommodations. 

In addition, guests staying in the solo category staterooms can meet other single travelers, relax, and get cocktails during limited hours at the dedicated Studio Lounge (pictured above) for the exclusive use of guests who booked these cabins. Lounges are available on Norwegian Bliss , Norwegian Breakaway , Norwegian Encore , Norwegian Epic , Norwegian Escape , Norwegian Getaway , Pride of America , Norwegian Prima , and Norwegian Viva . It’s not surprising, then, that Norwegian was named Best Cruise Line for Solo Travelers six years in a row by Porthole Cruise and Travel Magazine and was named Best for Solo Travelers by CruiseCritic.com's U.S. editors in 2023.

best solo cabins on cruises: best single cabins for cruising: Oceania Cruises

Small, intimate, and easy to navigate, Oceania Cruises ’ six ships are especially conducive to solo travelers and the line is stepping up to meet the increased demand from this group. Its four 600-passenger ships— Regatta , Insignia , Nautica , and Sirena— each have 14 solo oceanview staterooms, while the newest ship, Vista (launched in May 2023), has six 270-square-foot solo cabins with prized oversized balcony verandas. Although these Concierge Level Veranda units only have twin beds (pictured above), they entitle cruisers to keycard-only access to a Concierge Lounge with extra amenities. Oceania’s upcoming 1,200-passenger ship Allura , scheduled to launch in 2025, will have solo accommodations similar to Vista ’s. 

Solo cabins cost less than comparable double-occupancy rooms (though not quite half as much). But travelers can also book regular cabins with a reduced single supplement of up to 50% for specific categories, along with 2-for-1 Cruise Fare deals. Oceania also creates special opportunities on board for solo cruisers, including welcome cocktail receptions and group dining tables—the line is known for its high-quality cuisine. 

best solo cabins on cruises: best single cabins for cruising: Royal Caribbean

Famous for its megaships—including the world’s largest ones for passenger cruises—and for first-at-sea attractions, Royal Caribbean knows how to stand out. If you want to sail on a behemoth vessel with a tidal wave of amenities and attractions, this line is for you, especially if you’re traveling alone. 

Five of its blockbuster Quantum Class ships— Anthem of the Seas , Odyssey of the Seas , Ovation of the Seas , Quantum of the Seas , and Spectrum of the Seas —harbor 28 studio cabins for one. They represent a mix of inside cabins with virtual balconies (false windows that are digital screens projecting real-time views from outside; pictured above) and balcony rooms with 55-square-foot open-air terraces, generous for solo accommodations. Studios range in size from 101 to 119 square feet and have full-size beds but might lack features such as couches. Two additional vessels, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas , offer 15 solo staterooms starting at 96 square feet located in both inside and outside locations. However, the highly anticipated Icon of the Seas,  new in January 2024 and the largest cruise ship ever, has no solo cabins.

Royal Caribbean's studio solo cabins don't charge a single supplement, while regular cabins come with single supplements up to 100% over standard double-occupancy fares.

best solo cabins on cruises: best single cabins for cruising: Virgin Voyages

Young, hip, and for adults only, Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages is taking its appeal to sole cruisers seriously. Each of its superyacht-style ships— Scarlet Lady , Valiant Lady , and Resilient Lady— includes 46 cabins for one with full-size beds, including 40 Solo Insider rooms and six Solo Sea View ones that provide rare forward-facing views of the water. That's a significant number dedicated to travelers alone out of 1,330 cabins on each ship. At 105 to 130 square feet each, they may be smaller than some competitors, but they display the sleek, stylish design that’s a hallmark of the line.

Solo cabins are priced for one, while singles in a double-occupancy room pay about 20%–30% less than two people, a substantial savings compared to other lines. That extra amount is sometimes waived on special promotions.

Virgin’s young, adult-focused atmosphere hits the mark with sole cruisers looking to have fun with other singles. From an organized “grog walk” (Virginese for pub crawl) through the many shipboard bars to solo meet-ups to a dedicated solo travelers’ table in each signature restaurant, the line ensures lone travelers aren’t lonely. In fact, finding new friends seems like half the point.

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Solo cruising has never been this good. Not only are more cruise lines adding solo cabins, but the single-traveler cabins aboard ships are also getting more spacious and luxurious.

And just because a cruise line doesn’t offer a solo cabin doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to pay more to cruise alone, either. Some cruise lines waive or reduce single supplements that can double a solo traveler’s bill. These deals become especially frequent during the first quarter of the year,  a discount period known as “ wave season .” 

River cruise lines are being especially savvy in courting solo travelers by “offering more attractive opportunities for those who like to travel in style by themselves,” says Joshua Harrell, chief marketing officer for the WorldVia Travel Group and the Travel Quest Network.

Whichever cruise line you choose, you’ll want to book early: The travel insurance search engine Squaremouth says its sales show a 64 percent increase in solo cruise travel this year from 2019.

Here's everything you need to know about single bookings aboard some of the best lines for solo cruisers.

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Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian debuted a studio cabin in 2010 and was the first major cruise line to create accommodations for one. These cabins come in at just under 100 square feet—enough space for a full bed. They don’t offer sea views, but the cruise line does include access to a lounge where they can meet other solo travelers over snacks.

Norwegian's solo cabins are now on several ships, including the Norwegian Epi c, Norwegian Breakaway , Pride of America , and Norwegian Prima , which is set to debut this summer.

Holland America

Holland America's solo cabins are larger than Norwegian's, but you'll have to settle for a twin bed. Still, solo cruisers on Holland America’s Koningsdam , Niewuw Statendam , Rotterdam , and Ryndam ships can expect between 127 and 172 square feet of space onboard.

Best of all, each of Holland America’s solo suites comes with an ocean view. 

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Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean has more single cruise cabins than the average cruise line. Half of the ships in its fleet offer solo cabins, but if you’re looking for a private balcony, you’ll want to book the Anthem of the Seas , Quantum of the Seas , Ovation of the Seas , Harmony of the Seas , Spectrum of the Seas or the line's newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas .

In addition to a private balcony that's perfect for sipping morning coffee, each of the single suites on these ships are nearly 200 square feet.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania is taking solo cruising to a whole new level with its newest solo suites. Its latest ship, Vista , debuting in 2023, includes six 270-square-foot solo cabins, each with a balcony and amenities including free laundry, room service, premium lounge access, and a bottle of Champagne. Each cabin features a memory foam bed, a separate seating area, and a private balcony.

The line is planning to add solo cabins to several additional ships this year, giving travelers even more options to sail solo. 

Celebrity Cruises

If you're a solo cruiser who's in it for the view and not the private balcony, check out Celebrity Cruises' Infinite Veranda solo cabins. These cabins feature giant windows that create a space similar to a sunroom.

Infinite Veranda cabins are available on Celebrity Edge , Celebrity Apex , and the new Celebrity Beyond . Each ship has a range of single cabins: Celebrity Edge has 16 of them, while Celebrity Beyond has double that, with 32 solo rooms. 

Atlas Ocean Voyages

Atlas Ocean Voyages doesn’t just give solo travelers their own suite—it also gives them butler service.

Atlas' first solo suites hit the seas this year onboard its debut ship, World Navigator . Each suite clocks in at just over 180 square feet and comes equipped with a queen-size bed, a 42-inch TV, and a shower complete with L'Occitane bath products. There's even a separate closet just for your shoes.

Cunard Line

If you're looking to make a transatlantic voyage, Cunard offers solo cabins on the Queen Mary 2 , the iconic ship known for its transatlantic crossings between London and New York. Although they only offer a twin-size bed, solo suites onboard the Queen Mary 2 are around 180 square feet and include ocean views. Two other Cunard ships, the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria , also offer single cabins, but some are interior rooms without ocean views. 

This luxury cruise line doesn’t offer solo suites, but it also doesn’t charge solo cruisers double the price to book a cabin of their own. 

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Silversea, an all-inclusive cruise line known for its small, opulent ships and its discerning butler service, caps its single supplement at 25 percent of the cruise fare on select voyages. Of course, you’ll want to book early: Silversea’s solo cruise rates go up as departure dates get closer.

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Ama Waterways has four ships with solo cabins: AmaDolce , AmaDante , AmaLyra , and AmaCello , which all sail European itineraries. On other ships, single supplements are 25 percent of the cruise fare for itineraries in Europe and Asia.

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Avalon Waterways waives single supplements on its European river cruises and on some itineraries in southeast Asia. About 10 percent of Avalon passengers are solo cruisers, but you’ll want to book early to join them. Only a portion of each ship’s staterooms are reserved for solo cruisers on each itinerary.

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Whether you're embarking on your first cruise alone or you've been on solo cruises before, single travelers will find more options than ever when it comes to cruising solo. Many cruise lines offer single staterooms with the same amenities as other cabins, at a price similar to what you'd pay with double occupancy fares. You'll also find special promotions where the single supplement fee is reduced or waived, making it more affordable to reserve a spacious stateroom or luxurious suite with even more amenities – including personalized butler service, an added perk of booking with many luxury lines .

If you're ready for a maritime adventure, an extended vacation or simply a quick getaway from home, these top cruise lines offer some of the best options for solo travelers on waterways around the world.

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Norwegian cruise line.

Interior of Bliss Studio from Norwegian Cruise Line.

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Launched in 2010, Norwegian Epic was the first cruise ship in the industry to feature studio accommodations for solo travelers. Norwegian Cruise Line offers this category on nine of the 19 ships in its fleet, including the newest ship, Norwegian Viva. These cabins, at an average size of 100 square feet, are designed and priced with the solo traveler in mind. They have no single supplements – and studio rooms on board Norwegian Bliss even boast virtual windows.

Guests of the studios get access to the private Studio Lounge. In this exclusive space, you can socialize with other solo travelers and enjoy complimentary refreshments. There are also singles meetups throughout the voyage and plenty of fun-filled onboard activities to mingle with like-minded cruisers. Solo travelers can check out all the fun for singles on Norwegian Viva this winter on a cruise to the Caribbean , or in spring 2024 as the ship sets sail for the Mediterranean .

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MSC Cruises

A woman sips a drink and looks at the ocean on her stateroom patio of an MSC Cruises cruise ship.

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MSC Cruises offers interior and balcony solo cabins for single cruisers on its Meraviglia-class ships: the MSC Meraviglia, Bellissima, Grandiosa, Virtuosa and the newest vessel in the fleet, MSC Euribia. The second-newest ship, MSC World Europa, has 28 cabins – 10 Studio Interior and 18 Studio Ocean View staterooms – designed specifically for solo travelers. MSC World America, set to debut in 2025, will also feature the solo studio staterooms.

During voyages with MSC Cruises , single cruisers are invited to a complimentary, hosted cocktail party to mix and mingle with other solo travelers. The daily program is also an excellent source to discover additional activities, entertainment and opportunities to meet other cruisers. You'll have onboard special events like the themed 70s-inspired Flower Party and the White Party, where the ship is decked out in festive white decor and guests don their best white attire. In addition, there are various sports tournaments, or you can show off your culinary expertise during a MasterChef competition.

MSC's Caribbean and Bahamas cruises departing from Miami and New York City feature an overnight visit to Ocean Cay, the line's private island and marine reserve. While there, singles can participate in fun-filled evening activities like a Champagne Sunset Cruise or a glow paddleboarding excursion in the lagoon, then attend the lively Luna Libre Party and the lighthouse show.

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Holland America Line

Interior of Single Stateroom on Holland America Line's Rotterdam ship.

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Three of Holland America Line's newest ships each offer 12 solo cabins to accommodate single travelers: the Pinnacle-class Nieuw Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Konigsdam. These ocean view staterooms range in size from 127 to 172 square feet and feature the same amenities as the double occupancy cabins but with a double bed. The cruise line's Single Staterooms are priced for one person. If a guest chooses to book a different stateroom, single supplements for double occupancy cabins are as much as 100% over the standard fare, depending on the voyage and the cabin category.

Long committed to solo travelers, the line offers many activities where guests can meet other singles such as wine tastings, cocktail mixers, exercise classes, daily quizzes, sports challenges and more. If you're a solo traveler and a member of AARP, Holland America is now the exclusive cruise benefit provider to AARP's members. Solo cruisers will have access to an AARP member-only onboard credit that ranges from $50 to $200, depending on the itinerary and stateroom category.

For itineraries, Holland America's Alaska cruises and cruisetours are perfect for solo travelers, offering many opportunities to connect with fellow cruisers. Another favorite for singles is the line's fall voyages sailing from Boston to Québec City or Montreal.

Explore Holland America Line deals on GoToSea.

Royal Caribbean International

Teppanyaki Restaurant on Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas.

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Royal Caribbean International features studio staterooms on select ships that range in size from 101 to 199 square feet. These solo accommodations include interior rooms, virtual balcony staterooms and a super studio ocean view stateroom with a balcony. The cabins do not carry the single supplement fee singles encounter when booking other types of staterooms, making them an attractive option when traveling alone.

Once on board the ship, solo cruisers will have countless options to engage and socialize with other travelers. When it comes to dining with Royal Caribbean , make a reservation at the Japanese restaurant Teppanyaki for an entertaining meal with new friends, or join fellow foodies for the intimate Chef's Table experience (the dining venues vary by ship). Singles can also participate in onboard activities like trivia contests, drink seminars, escape rooms, dance classes and pool parties.

If you need more thrills to stay busy and to meet people, Royal Caribbean's ships feature world-class shows and entertainment alongside adrenaline-pumping rides and attractions. If you're sailing in the Caribbean, there are plenty of opportunities to meet and chat with other passengers at the line's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Compare Royal Caribbean International cruises on GoToSea.

Atlas Ocean Voyages

Luxury line Atlas Ocean Voyages offers single cruisers 183 square feet of beautifully appointed space in solo accommodations that come without single supplement fees. These ocean view staterooms feature a queen bed, a panoramic picture window, a private spa bathroom with a rain shower and body jets, a stocked minifridge replenished daily with personal favorites, and other luxurious amenities. Single guests can also book other stateroom or suite categories with single supplements starting at 50% of the double occupancy price.

The line's three intimate yacht-style cruise ships – World Navigator, World Traveller and the new World Voyager, whose inaugural season begins in Antarctica in November 2023 – are all-inclusive . Meals at all the dining venues, premium beverages and wines, gratuities, culturally immersive excursions, and more are included in the fare. With fewer than 200 guests on board, there's an atmosphere of conviviality on these ships – especially when exploring remote destinations with like-minded and adventurous travelers during expeditions in Antarctica and the Arctic.

Read: The Top Cruises on Small Ships

Celebrity Cruises

The Theater on Celebrity Edge.

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Celebrity Cruises' new Edge-class ships offer some of the best options for solo cruisers. The line's two newest vessels, Celebrity Beyond and Celebrity Ascent (set to debut in late 2023), each boast 32 single staterooms with an Infinite Veranda. In addition, Celebrity Apex has 24 solo cabins, and Celebrity Edge features 16 staterooms for individual guests. These one-person accommodations offer a minimum of 131 square feet of space and the same upscale amenities you'll find in other category staterooms on their ships. Solo guests can look for special promotions where the single supplement is waived on select Celebrity voyages throughout the year.

Once on board the vessel, check out the daily program for activities conducive to meeting others – like wine tastings, cocktail-making classes and more. You'll also enjoy thrilling top-notch entertainment around the ship in The Theatre, The Club and Eden. A few popular cruises for singles are the line's Caribbean and Mexico itineraries on Celebrity Beyond.

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Virgin Voyages

On the Rocks bar on Virgin Voyages ship.

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The hip vibe on board the adults-only Virgin Voyages ships is ideal for solo cruisers looking to meet other travelers. Its superyacht-style ships – Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady – offer 40 interior cabins ranging in size from 105 to 177 square feet. There are also six Sea View staterooms with portholes boasting between 130 to 190 square feet of space. These Insider and Sea View cabins are designed and priced for single travelers, with amenities like high-tech mood lighting and roomy rain showers. The line also runs promotions where solo cruisers can book double occupancy staterooms without paying a single supplement.

Activities and festival-like entertainment around the ships foster fast friendships. Diners will enjoy the interactive experience at Gunbae, the lively Korean barbecue venue. The "grog walk" is a fun pub stroll where solo sailors can join fellow mates while sipping and snacking their way through all the signature bars. For even more fun, check out the evening shipwide events such as the themed Scarlet Party, which features live music and immersive experiences. The line also hosts meetups for singles throughout each voyage.

Read: The Top Adults-Only Cruises

Avalon Waterways

Panorama Suite on Avalon Waterways ship.

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Avalon Waterways' river and small-ship cruises traverse waterways around the world, including in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The company waives the single supplement on a selection of staterooms, including its Panorama Suites, on select European and Asia departures. The company recommends booking early as the specially priced cabins do sell out. Solo travelers make up about 10% of the passengers on this river cruise line .

Avalon's fleet of Suite Ships operates in Europe and Southeast Asia and features cabins with a minimum of 172 square feet. About 80% of the staterooms are Panorama Suites, which have 200 feet of living space, beds with a view and the river cruise industry's only open-air balcony. With Avalon excursions, solo cruisers have opportunities to meet like-minded guests during immersive tours, cooking classes, wine tastings, yoga or fitness classes, biking or hiking trips, and more. Single guests can choose to dine at tables for just two people or ones that can accommodate up to eight passengers.

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AmaWaterways

Single Stateroom on DOLCE by Ama Waterways.

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Two single occupancy staterooms are available on four of AmaWaterways' river cruise ships: AmaDolce, AmaDante, AmaLyra and AmaCello. These accommodations do not have single supplement fees. Solo cruisers can also book staterooms with a 20% single supplement on select sailings in Europe and Southeast Asia. (Note that this pricing does not apply to certain stateroom categories and suites.)

With the friendly, small-ship atmosphere, solo cruisers will find it comfortable to socialize with other passengers and the crew. Onboard activities and immersive excursions also create opportunities for fostering friendships, especially among like-minded travelers. Excellent options for solo cruises include themed sailings centered around music and wine or the magical Christmas markets itineraries along the Danube, Rhone and Rhine rivers.

Explore AmaWaterways deals on GoToSea.

Lines with discounted supplement fares

Stairwell (Deck 5) on Azamara ship.

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Azamara's special offers for solo travelers include reduced single supplements of 25% to 50% of the double occupancy rate on select sailings. The line's four midsized sister ships – carrying no more than 700 passengers – are mostly all-inclusive. Amenities included in the cruise fare include most meals; standard spirits, wines and beers; bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty teas and coffees; shuttle service in port; gratuities; and complimentary AzAmazing Evenings ashore or Destination Celebration experiences on the ship. Dining at the two specialty restaurants is an additional cost unless guests have accommodations in the Club World Owner's Suites, Club Ocean Suite or Club Continent Suite.

Single guests on Azamara cruises will find events during the sailing and venues around the ship where you can mix and mingle with other solo travelers and chat with the friendly crew. Intimate and culturally immersive excursions also create opportunities to meet passengers with similar interests. Azamara Onward, the latest ship, boasts the new Atlas Bar, a great spot to meet other travelers.

For itineraries, Azamara's signature "Country-Intensive Voyages" are a favorite of solo cruisers, including the 10- or 11-night Greece Intensive Voyage. For an extended sailing, check out the festive 12-night Carnival in Rio Voyage, which features a stop in Rio de Janeiro during the city's famed Carnival.

Compare Azamara cruises on GoToSea.

Cunard Line

Interior of Cunard Line Britannia Inside cabin.

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Cunard Line features dedicated solo staterooms on its three ships, priced at approximately 166% to 174% of the equivalent double occupancy cruise fare. Guests can choose between a spacious Britannia Inside or Britannia Oceanview cabin, or opt for a larger stateroom with a single supplement. For a little "me time" pampering while on board, solos will appreciate 24-hour room service, complimentary Penhaligon's toiletries and a chilled bottle of sparkling wine. Single guests will also be invited to get-togethers. You can either dine alone at venues around the ship such as the main dining room or choose to share a table with other passengers.

With an international mix of travelers, single cruisers will find many opportunities to meet and chat with others, especially during a Transatlantic Crossing. During the sailing, you'll find many enriching and relaxing activities that encourage socializing. According to Cunard , there's a sense of camaraderie and a passion around the voyage – and the unique travel experience of crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

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Silversea Cruises

Pool and hot tub on the Silverwind by Silversea Cruises.

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Luxury line Silversea Cruises offers 25% single supplements on various voyages throughout the year, including expedition cruises to destinations like the Galápagos Islands , Antarctica and the Arctic, and Greenland. The line's all-inclusive fares include luxurious ocean view suites, gourmet dining, complimentary wines and spirits, gratuities, onboard enrichment and entertainment, shore excursions, and more. Solo travelers will even have personalized butler service to indulge their every whim.

The line's fleet of a dozen intimate ships, carrying no more than 728 guests, offers a clubby atmosphere perfect for meeting solo and like-minded travelers. Single guests will also have the opportunity to engage with other solo passengers during a welcome reception with Champagne at the beginning of each voyage. Popular itineraries for Silversea's single cruisers include its Transoceanic journeys, a bucket list trip for many cruisers .

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Spa room on Seabourn ship.

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Seabourn has special offers throughout the year where solo cruisers can take advantage of reduced pricing equal to double occupancy fares or discounts on the single supplement starting at 25% above the double occupancy fares. These rates are available on select voyages, including expedition cruises. Frequent solo cruisers and members of the luxury line's Seabourn Club Diamond Elite will also find reduced single supplements on Diamond Elite Single Supplement Sailings. In addition, club members receive invitations to exclusive events, where they can meet and mingle with fellow cruisers. Solo passengers are also invited to sit with the ship's officers, crew and entertainers at dinner – and there are hosted get-togethers for single travelers.

Solo cruisers will enjoy beautifully designed oceanfront suites and all-inclusive amenities on board Seabourn 's intimate ships. These perks include world-class dining; complimentary premium wine and spirits; a spa and wellness program in partnership with Dr. Andrew Weil; included gratuities; and the line's enrichment series, Seabourn Conversations. Single cruisers looking for an extended holiday will enjoy longer voyages on the line's newest purpose-built expedition ship, Seabourn Pursuit.

Compare Seabourn cruises on GoToSea.

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Gwen Pratesi has been an avid cruiser since her early 20s. She has visited destinations around the globe on nearly every type of ship built, including the newest megaships, luxury yachts, expedition vessels, traditional masted sailing ships and intimate river ships on the Mekong River. She used extensive research and experience as a solo cruiser to write this article. Pratesi covers the travel and culinary industries for major publications, including U.S. News & World Report.

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Go it Alone! Solo Journeys are Increasingly Popular, and Travel Companies are Taking Note

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You can blame it on the pandemic, perhaps. But people – especially women in general and American women in particular – in recent years have begun to look at travel in a new way. No longer waiting for their partners, family or friends to take the leap and join them in heading out on a new adventure, many women these days are happily going it alone in droves, with advanced tech aiding them along the way.

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Take the private Facebook group Solo Female Travelers , which co-founders Meg Jarrad and Mar Pages launched in 2015 with a few hundred members. Their plan back then was to “connect kick-ass women who loved to travel solo,” as Jarrad tells it.

Today it numbers nearly 350,000 participants from across the globe, with Jarrad (from Australia) and Pages (from Spain) offering over 25 solo female traveler trips each year; small, women-led and women-only tours booked via their SFTTours.com spinoff. Those tours, ranging from Australia to Europe to Tanzania and beyond, are guided by women and focus on supporting local, female-owned businesses along the way.

Their group is one of many connective social media solo-travel assemblages that share advice, information and encouragement in this burgeoning sector of the travel industry. Pinterest notes that in 2024, for example, searches for “solo traveling” there have increased by 145%, while a booking.com recent 2024 traveler survey shows a whopping 59% plan to travel solo in the coming year.

It’s not just women – men are certainly going it alone, too, as that survey shows; and people of all ages are planning to leave literally everything and everyone behind, with some staying not too far from home and others circling the planet for new explorations. And as Jarrad explains, “We do an annual survey of our group, and more than 80% agree that solo travel is a choice, and the lack of a travel companion or partner is not a key motivator. They travel solo because of flexibility, enjoying a break from routine, personal growth and relaxation.”

“The lack of a travel companion or partner is not a key motivator. [We] travel solo because of flexibility, enjoying a break from routine, personal growth and relaxation.”

— Meg Jarrad, Founder Solo Female Travelers

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SOLO TRAVELERS FLEX THEIR MIGHT This ever-increasing contingent of travelers who are determined to go it alone are causing a seismic shift in the world of travel. There are so many who are embracing this idea of solo freedom, of doing just what they want, when they want to on a trip, that they have collectively begun to force a shift in the traditional paradigm of how travel providers (think tours, cruises and even hotels) treat solo travelers.

It’s most obvious in the cruise ship world, where solo cruising has always been assessed a single-supplement cabin fee, often forced to pay close to the same price as the double-occupancy price. That has been one of the first things to fall, as cruise companies big and small rethink that policy.

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Patrizia Iantorno, chief commercial officer for Swan Hellenic , the luxury cruise line that takes adventurers to far-flung destinations around the world, says the company is leading the way in accommodating solo travel. “We’ve seen an increase in solo bookings over the last few years, because our boutique ships create a safe, sociable community, where making new friends to share the experience with is easy. To further encourage solo travelers, all Swan Hellenic cruises set aside a certain number of cabins with no single supplement,” she explains.

And numerous other cruise lines are following suit in different ways: Norwegian Cruise Lines offer cabins specifically built for solo s (inside, ocean view and balcony) with no double occupancy fee and have added the “Studio Lounge,” a gathering spot designed for single cruisers; and since 2016 Holland America Line has offered specifically built single cabins on select ships that carry no extra fees.

In 2024 Avalon Waterways River Cruises are waiving single-supplement fees on both their European and Mekong river cruises and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises are offering a similar incentive on select sailings this year, a trend that is building across all sectors of the cruising industry, on ships both very big and very small.

Uniworld cites a recent 31% increase in solo guests, which indicates just how many travelers are turning to the freedom of seeing the world alone. Specialty travel companies are even focusing on targeted age groups and genders: FTLO Travel offers group trips for solos ages 25-39; Flash Pack has trips for lone travelers ages 30-49; JourneyWoman helps women over 50 go it alone; and Solo Traveler offers solo trips for anyone.

And while solo traveling isn’t quite perfect yet – think waiters who might ignore solo diners, bartenders who are slower to serve women of a certain age, safety concerns (especially for lone females), or assumptions from others that “solo travel” means “lonely travel” – this new kind of traveler has arrived and is here to stay. So … where are you going next on your own?

- Jenny Peters

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Cruise Lines With Single Cabins for Solo Travelers 2024

As more people choose to travel solo, cruise lines are stepping up their game to accommodate independent travelers.

Nowadays, a number of cruise with solo cabins or studios designed specifically for solo travelers, and some offer a range of choices, inside, oceanview, and even balcony options, albeit in relatively small numbers.

These cabins not only cater to the needs of solo travelers but also provide a more affordable way to explore the world without having to pay the single supplement.

Norwegian Epic Studio Cabin

Here we will be highlighting which cruise lines offer solo cabins or studios. 

Cruise Ships with Single Cabins

In the table below, we list all the individual cruise ships which offer single cruise cabins for solo travelers

Where known, we have included the number of single cabins on cruise ships as a guide to possible availability.

Check out which of the above cruise lines make our top picks for certain age ranges:

  • Best Cruises for 20-something Singles (Under 30)

Cruise Lines with Single Cabins

Below we cover in more detail what each cruise line offers in the way of single cabins for solo travelers.

Ambassador Cruise Line

Ambassador cruise line is a British-owned single cruise ship, the MS Ambience which was launched in 2022 and offers a relatively high number of 89 single cabins as part of there stated commitment to single guests at a special single supplement rate.

With a capacity of 1400 passengers, the ship offers a range of Inside, Ocean view and a Super Plus with a single balcony rooms.

  • Superior Inside Single on Consulate deck 10
  • Standard Ocean View Single on Aloe deck 4
  • Superior Ocean View Single on Consulate deck 10
  • Premium Ocean View Single on Ambassador deck 11
  • Super Plus Balcony Single on Consulate deck 10

These single cabins vary in terms of their location on the ship, as well as their level of amenities and features. The Superior Inside Single is an interior cabin, while the Standard and Superior Ocean View Singles offer a view of the ocean. The Premium Ocean View Single provides a higher level of luxury, and the Super Plus Balcony Single offers the added feature of a private balcony.

The minimum cabin size is 190 square feet.

Celebrity Cruises

In 2018 Celebrity launched its Infinite Veranda single rooms on Celebrity Edge.

They have since expanded their single cabin offerings on other ships with Celebrity Apex having 24 and Celebrity Silhoutete refitted with 4 single interior staterooms.

The staterooms measure 131 sq ft with an additional 45 square feet when the Infinite Veranda.

Larger cabins of 185 square feet are available on Celebrity Beyond.

You can find out more how Celebrity Cruises caters for solo travelers.

Celebrity Edge Single Cabin with Infinite Veranda

Costa Cruises

About half of the Costa cruise ship fleet offer cruises with single cabins

There are single cabins available as inside rooms or ocean view.

Room sizes range from 102 to 199 square feet.

Cunard Line

The prestigious and traditional cruise line Cunard offers solo cabins on all 3 of the ships in the fleet.

The Queen Mary 2, the world’s only true transatlantic ocean liner, offers 15 large single occupancy rooms between 178 and 183 square feet.

All 3 ships in the fleet offer both Britannia Single Inside Britannia Single Oceanview cabins, which are located centrally within each of the ships.

Cunard specifically offers complimentary coffee mornings and drinks receptions for solo travelers as well as the option of shared table dining if you’d like to meet other guests. As you can see here the Cunard staterooms are the epitome of luxury.

Fred. Olsen

There are at least 40+ available single cabins on each of the cruise ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet.

With a wide range of options available including:

  • Single Interior Room
  • Single Ocean View 
  • Single Balcony Suite

Each room is at least 130 square feet, going up to 200 sq ft for the Balcony Suite.

Fred Olsen was Cruise Critics Editors Pick 2022 – Best for Solo Travelers .

You can more information n solo cruising with Fred. Olsen here.

Holland America Line

Holland America Line is a popular cruise line with older adults.

All single staterooms offer ocean views and measure 127 to 172 square feet.

With only 12 single occupancy rooms per ship, if you are booking a single persons cruise, you’d need to do so as far in advance as possible.

If you can’t get a solo cabin you might want to consider the “Singles Partner Program”, which partners guests of the same gender to share a stateroom.

Marella Cruises

Marella Cruises is a British cruise line with 4 ships in its fleet all of which offer inside and outside solo cabins.

Marella ships all have a cruise hosts who arrranges events for solo passengers which is a great opportunity to meet other single cruisers. You can find a review of the different solo cabin types on emmacruises first-hand Marellla singles cabins review .

MSC Cruises

The Swiss cruise line MSC Cruises offers single cabins on a number of its ships.

All are inside staterooms and measure approximately 130 square feet.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise lines is an award-winning cruise line for solo travelers.

They were one of the first main cruise lines to offer studio cabins to guests.

Currently offering studio cabins on 8 ships in the fleet and in higher numbers than most of the other cruise lines.

You can see and read more here about Norwegian singles cruises .

Norwegian Escape Studio Stateroom

P & O Cruises

P&O Cruises is a British cruise line with 7 ships in the fleet, all of which have a range of single cabin options:

  • Single Inside Cabin (Arcadia, Azura, Britannia, Iona, Ventura)
  • Single Sea view (Aurora, Azura and Ventura)
  • Single with balcony (Arcadia, Aurora, Britannia, Iona)

If you’re single and want to meet up with other singles, be sure to attend the solo traveler’s coffee mornings.

2 of the ships, Arcadia and Aurora are adult-only.

P&O Britannia has the highest number of single cabins at 27, with 15 having a balcony. All the solo cabins are located on the Lido deck, which is a high deck towards the front of the cruise ship might cause some passengers seasickness.

Royal Caribbean

Although Royal Caribbean does have solo cabins on approximately half its fleet 14 ships (in its fleet of 27), they are relatively very few in number in relation to the total number of cabins on the ships.

Royal Caribbean offer a range of different single cabins including:

  • Studio Interior
  • Studio Virtual Balcony
  • Studio Ocean View
  • Studio Ocean View Balcony
  • Super Studio with Balcony

If you are thinking of traveling solo, be sure to check out the best Royal Caribbean cruises for singles .

Saga Cruises

Saga cruises is a British cruise line providing an elegant over 50’s adults-only cruise experience.

They have a relatively large number of single cabins of different grades including:

  • Single with Balcony
  • Suite with Balcony

Amongst the range are also Deluxe and Superior options.

You can see a range of what they offer here.

Virgin Voyages

The relatively new British cruise line Virgin Voyages cater to an adult-only expereince and offers over 40 singles cabins per ship in the fleet.

They offer a choice between an Insider or a Seaview single cabin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do carnival cruise ships have single cabins.

Carnival cruise ships do not offer any single cabins. All ships in the Carnival cruise fleet are 100% double occupancy.

As a solo traveler, you can book a double occupancy room, but you have to pay 100% single supplement fees.

While Carnival doesn’t particularly cater to solo travelers, it is a popular choice with some younger adults who are looking for a fun atmosphere. You can find out more in our best Carnival singles cruises .

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Koningsdam Solo Cabins

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By richwmn , February 15, 2017 in Holland America Line

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p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } With the debut of the Koningsdam, Holland America introduced the single occupancy cabins. There are several solo cabins of varying size, all located on deck 1 all the way forward. Comments here are based on cabin 1012, which according to the deck plan is one of the largest of the solo cabins.

This cabin is a nice size for a person traveling alone. It has plenty of room to move around and ample storage. It is possible that two could share this cabin if they are well acquainted. The cabin contains a queen bed – not two twins pushed together – which is against the port hole. It also contains a desk and nightstand. The desk has 3 US power outlets along with 2 European and 1 USB charger port. The nightstand has 1 US power outlet along with 1 USB charger port.

The bathroom is a bit small, and contains a shower only. The toilet is placed such that almost anyone will have to sit sideways in order to use it. The shower is large enough for a plus size person to use in comfort. The shower also contains the usual HAL shampoo, soap and conditioner and the shower head is adjustable.

The location is convenient to the World Stage and the Crows Nest, and a bit of a walk from the restaurants. I have been in the cabin while performances were going on in the World Stage and I didn’t hear any of it.

If there is any down side, it is that the TV is positioned such that you almost have to be on the bed in order to watch it. You could also move the desk chair and have a good view.

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Thanks so much for this detailed review!

Roz

Thanks - I've been waiting for a first hand account. Sometimes the placement of toilets in bathrooms puzzles me. Have the people who designed the bathrooms or installed the fixtures every used a toilet? :confused:

OlsSalt

Thanks for the review. This is a good trend for HAL - solo occupancy cabins. They could provide more passenger room if they had a smaller bed since this was intended to be solo. Wonder if they wanted to keep some design flexibility to see if these sold as solos or could be converted back into a small duo room if necessary.

How does the pricing work out for the solo cabins? How much less than the old formula of paying for solo use of a regular cabin?
Thanks- I've been waiting for a first hand account. Sometimes the placement of toilets in bathrooms puzzles me. Have the people who designed the bathrooms or installed the fixtures every used a toilet? :confused:     Roz

They are designed by graduates of the same school as those who design stalls for women in public bathrooms... you know, the ones where even a very small woman needs to straddle the toilet in order to shut or open the door.

Mame, yes, I've been to several of those bathrooms. 2 inches between the door and toilet.

Ols Salt, I was thinking the same thing about the double bed. Personally I'd prefer a single bed and more cabin room, but I think you're right about HAL wanting the flexibility to be able to convert those cabins.

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Mame, yes, I've been to several of those bathrooms. 2 inches between the door and toilet.     Ols Salt, I was thinking the same thing about the double bed. Personally I'd prefer a single bed and more cabin room, but I think you're right about HAL wanting the flexibility to be able to convert those cabins.     Roz

Not the kind you want to encounter when in transit with luggage and solo. :eek:

(I miss the old Eek emoji- much more expressive than this one.)

kazu

Very helpful thread. :)

thanks so much for sharing. And I have added your comments per your permission to the site that may not be named:rolleyes:

I guess this is the debut of the solo cabins on the ships built by HAL - Prinsendam has them but that ship was not built by HAL ;)

I think it's great that solo cabins are being added. ;)

Great help and thank you!

jtl513

Doesn't make much sense to build solo cabins and then not make them competitively priced.:confused: However, this seems to be the trend with ships that are putting in solo cabins.

As a solo cruiser more often than not, I appreciate the review as well. Thank you.

I agree with others that I would prefer a single bed rather than a queen in order to allow a bit more room within the stateroom.

I wonder if the toilet's position in this category's bathroom is even worse than has been reported in other categories of Koningsdam.

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Krazy Kruizers

Thank you for the description of the solo cabins.

I did look at your pictures.

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Thanks for sharing your experience in Pinnacle class' OO category. I'm anxious to try one. The few mock bookings I've attempted have had discouraging results in terms of price. In fact, I often notice they are $1 more than other ocean view categories with the 100% single supplement.

I just sailed in a single ocean view cabin on P&O's Aurora, and it was lovely. That price was 160% of the going ocean view rate, so I felt like I was getting a good value. I'm now booked in a single inside cabin on P&O's Arcadia, which is a Vista class ship intended for HAL that was outfitted for Cunard and then assigned to P&O. The price was very similar to that 160% ratio.

I hope that Nieuw Statendam and Pinnacle III have more OO cabins, and maybe some single inside cabins, too, so that HAL can get closer to that 160% price point.

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Being so far forward, is it a rouugh ride in that cabin?
Thanks for sharing your experience in Pinnacle class' OO category. I'm anxious to try one. The few mock bookings I've attempted have had discouraging results in terms of price. In fact, I often notice they are $1 more than other ocean view categories with the 100% single supplement.   I just sailed in a single ocean view cabin on P&O's Aurora, and it was lovely. That price was 160% of the going ocean view rate, so I felt like I was getting a good value. I'm now booked in a single inside cabin on P&O's Arcadia, which is a Vista class ship intended for HAL that was outfitted for Cunard and then assigned to P&O. The price was very similar to that 160% ratio.   I hope that Nieuw Statendam and Pinnacle III have more OO cabins, and maybe some single inside cabins, too, so that HAL can get closer to that 160% price point.

When I booked the cruise there was a significant savings for booking the solo cabin. I have watched the fare go up as the cruise came closer, and I believe the solo cabins were sold out early.

The ride has seemed smooth to me, but in general it doesn't bother me so someone else could give a better answer.

Cruiser Bruiser:

Interesting that you predict a Pinnacle III vessel already.

More single staterooms would, I hope, be provided in future vessels. But, for this single to book such, there location does make a very major difference.

It is encouraging that the OP reported that his cabin under the World Stage was well insulated from sound.

Cruising does continue to evolve, no doubt.

Cruiser Bruiser: Interesting that you predict a Pinnacle III vessel already.   More single staterooms would, I hope, be provided in future vessels. But, for this single to book such, there location does make a very major difference.   It is encouraging that the OP reported that his cabin under the World Stage was well insulated from sound.   Cruising does continue to evolve, no doubt.

You may have missed this "breaking news!":

http://www.hollandamericablog.com/2017/01/20/holland-america-line-to-build-third-pinnacle-class-ship-for-delivery-in-2021/

I wish my predictive powers were so good.

You may have missed this "breaking news!": http://www.hollandamericablog.com/2017/01/20/holland-america-line-to-build-third-pinnacle-class-ship-for-delivery-in-2021/   I wish my predictive powers were so good.

I certainly did miss this news! Thanks for posting the link.

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Do they still offer the single share propgram?

One of my greatest pleasures on a Cruise is sitting on the balcony with the love of my life. Now he is gone why shoul I be designated to a low cabin with no access to that beautiful access balcony. Unless I pay double which I cannot afford.

debsjc

When I sailed on NCL Epic, with my mum, we looked into the cost of sharing a balcony against booking 2 studio cabins ..... and there was not much difference. We went with sharing the balcony in the end.

It seems to me HAL have a long way to go with dropping the prices of their single cabins, compared to NCL. I would think a fair price would be about 130% of the 'normal' cost

When I sailed on NCL Epic, with my mum, we looked into the cost of sharing a balcony against booking 2 studio cabins ..... and there was not much difference. We went with sharing the balcony in the end. It seems to me HAL have a long way to go with dropping the prices of their single cabins, compared to NCL. I would think a fair price would be about 130% of the 'normal' cost

i get your point but I keep in mind, no one ever promised us ' fair and if they did, they were mistaken.

I sailed NCL once as a solo and had to pay 200% -- same as on HAl.

I get your point but know that no one ever promised us 'fair'. THE one time I sailed NCL, I was solo and had to pay 200%. Same as HAL.

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Thanks for the up date on the third Pinnacle class ship. I don't understand why you have to pay 160% to cruise in a single cabin, the cruise line build it for singles so why are they charging extra?

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Thanks for the up date on the third Pinnacle class ship. I don't understand why you have to pay 160% to cruise in a single cabin, the cruise line build it for singles so why are they charging extra? Allan

I can think of a couple of good reasons:

First, the square footage of even the smallest of Koningsdam's solo cabins (127 sq ft) is about 75% the size of a normal interior or ocean view cabin for two people (170 sq ft) on Koningsdam. So you are effectively getting more room per person. And space is always at a premium on ships. If these cabins were only 50% the size of a regular cabin, it might be harder to justify the cost. (And some of the solo cabins are nearly the same size as a regular cabin.)

Second, occupancy of space isn't the only consideration. HAL also has to factor lost revenue. Having more people aboard ship means more people to buy drinks, shore excursions, photos, spa treatments, as well as casino play and meals in specialty restaurants, just to name a few revenue-producers.

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Increasingly, cruise lines are catering to solo travelers with cabins that require no penalty for single occupancy. Credit: Getty Images/Andrew Peacock

There was a time, not too long ago, when cruise passengers wishing to occupy a cabin by themselves had to pay a supplement of up to 200% of the double-occupancy fare.

Increasingly, though, cruise lines are catering to solo travelers with cabins that require no penalty for single occupancy.

Solo cabins were something of a rarity on modern cruise ships until Norwegian Cruise Line started the trend in 2010 aboard the Norwegian Epic. Now, many other cruise lines are jumping on the single-cabin bandwagon.

Here's a quick rundown of choices for solo travelers aboard the newest classes of ships, which, of course, are the most in-demand (all passenger capacities are based on double occupancy).

Celebrity Cruises  Celebrity’s Edge-class ships offer more than 100 single cabins spread across four vessels: The Celebrity Beyond and Celebrity Ascent each offer 32 single cabins, while the Celebrity Apex has 24 and the namesake Celebrity Edge numbers 16. These cabins measure 140 square feet or more and feature the exclusive “Infinite Veranda," which turns the entire living area into a balcony at the push of a button. Ships in the premium-category Edge series carry about 3,000 passengers.

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Cunard Line  Cunard’s most recent ships, the near-sisters Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, each boast nine single staterooms. Eight are oceanviews with one interior. The two Queens accommodate almost 2,100 passengers.

Holland America Line  Holland America’s Pinnacle-class ships — the Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam — each offer 12 single staterooms. All are oceanview and measure 127 to 172 square feet. These ships accommodate 2,650 passengers.

MSC Cruises  MSC’s enormous World Europa, the first vessel in the line’s new World class, described by the line as “trailblazing” for its use of LNG and other green technologies, boasts 22 single cabins in both outside and inside accommodations. These Studio accommodations measure 108 to 129 square feet. The ships carry 5,252 passengers.

Norwegian Cruise Line  Norwegian Cruise Line has brought its Studio concept of single cabins aboard its newest ships, with 73 such staterooms aboard the Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva. Studio cabins offer access to the private Studio Lounge. The mainstream Prima-class ships carry over 3,000 passengers.

Oceania Cruises  Oceania’s newest ship, the Vista, has six single-occupancy cabins. These are among the biggest solo cabins available, measuring 270 square feet with large balconies, and they offer occupants access to the private Concierge Lounge. The Vista carries 1,200 passengers.

Princess Cruises  Princess debuts its next-generation Sphere-class ships this month, starting with the Sun Princess, which, among its many firsts for the line, will offer a new cabin category for single travelers. It and the Star Princess carry 4,300 passengers.

Royal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean’s latest ships to offer solo cabins are its two Quantum-Ultra vessels, the Odyssey of the Seas and Spectrum of the Seas. Both have 28 single staterooms. Some insides feature “Virtual Balcony” technology that uses LED TV screens to simulate the view outside the ship. The ships carry more than 4,000 passengers.

Virgin Voyages  Virgin Voyages is a new brand that offers 46 cabins for single passengers on each of its three ships— the Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady. The Virgin Voyages sisters carry 2,800 passengers — perfect for travelers who want a ship that's big but not enormous and tailored to adults only.

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By Hflors , February 6, 2015 in Holland America Line

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Since HAL is building a new ship Konningdam wouldn't this be a great time for haL to put in a few single occupancy cabins? Maybe just 10 or so. I know there are many on cc who would be able to cruise a lot more if HAL did that. I don't need it now put who knows what will happen in the future.

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The ship does have cabins for solo cruisers.

There are 12 of them on Main Deck -- all the way forward.

Padraic

In trying to do a dummy reservation I found that one must specify a particular cabin rather than just cabin type as you can for inside cabin.

If you indicate on HALs booking site that you are booking for one person...then the single cabins come up - for example, 1020, 1015, etc. All the way forward on the Main Deck.

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They do have cabins for solos on the Koningsdam. I have one booked. :D

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Please let us know your thoughts about the single when you have completed your voyage. Thanks

The 12 cabins for solo passengers are ocean view -- not inside.

I did a dummy booking for June 2016 -- once I selected ocean view, the site asked me for a specific cabin. Typed that in -- could have had it if I wanted it.

Not a problem.

Thanks for the information. I guess I didn't try hard enough. I was able to do a dummy reservation by specifying a ocean view and was able to get one of the solo cabins.

Thanks everyone for that info. When I spoke to the future cruise person on Ryndam (and he gave me a set of the ships specs.) he didn't say a thing. That is why I brought it up. I have not had time to look them over, but now I see them. Good for HAL. (and its about time)

OK all I stand corrected!! hehe!!!

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About time. Every cruise that we've been on always had solo cruisers. They always talked about having to pay single supplement, which adds a lot to the cost of a cruise. I'm sure this will be welcome news to all solo cruisers.

Allan & Marlane

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If anyone sails in one of the single cabins - please take lots of photos and upload for HALFACTS so we can all see!

Sure -- keeping in mind it's still over a year away. ;)

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About time. Every cruise that we've been on always had solo cruisers. They always talked about having to pay single supplement, which adds a lot to the cost of a cruise. I'm sure this will be welcome news to all solo cruisers. Allan & Marlane

On some cruise lines the solo cabins are almost the same price as having a regular cabin with the single supplement (sometimes the same or even more).

I'll have to try a dummy booking for the new ship and see how the prices compare.

bcd2010

Please post what you find.

Was curious about the pricing so did a dummy booking for the 12 Oct sailing with cabins next door to each other and what I found was:

Single cabin #1011 at $3541

Single occupancy cabin #1013 at $4508

Double occupancy cabin #1013 at $2729 each

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Was curious about the pricing so did a dummy booking for the 12 Oct sailing with cabins next door to each other and what I found was:   Single cabin #1011 at $3541 Single occupancy cabin #1013 at $4508 Double occupancy cabin #1013 at $2729 each   hmmmmmmm

Thanks for this. Interesting.

This looks like good news to all those single & solo cruisers. Hope in future new ship builds they include more single cabins.

I'm considering booking a solo oceanview cabin for the 4/15/16

sailing round trip Rome. What date did you book?

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so about a 30% markup as opposed to the 50-100% markup taking place on various categories at the present time... Not bad at all.

Thanks for taking the time to do a dummy booking for us.

EbayCruiser

Does anyone know when we will be able to book reservations for the U.S.? It arrives in November 2016 but couldn't find where you could reserve.

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Did you 'phone/email HAL to enquire? :confused:

I tried a couple of dummy bookings with fairly similar results (slightly smaller supplements). It took me awhile (HAL's website is not the easiest to try dummy bookings) to find one where the cabins were close to each other. Here is my latest result.

OV cabin 1024 - $1519 per person/double occupancy

OV cabin 1024 - $2430 single occupancy - 160% of above

OV cabin 1018(single cabin two away from 1024 and one of the largest single cabins)- $1899 - 125% of cabin 1024's pp/do rate

These figures were from the 31 July, 2016 7-day Viking Saga cruise.

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^^That's not bad at all. At present I don't need single supplement, but my hubby isn't real big on vacations unless it leaves out of San Diego.

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These 8 cabins are great for travelers cruising alone

Ashley Kosciolek

If you're new to cruising, you might not know that cabins on most ships are designed for a minimum of two people.

This means the lines expect each room to bring in revenue in the form of at least two cruise fares. If you choose to sail by yourself in a stateroom meant for two or more, you're almost always charged the double-occupancy rate (the fare for one person plus a "single supplement"), meaning you'll pay two full cruise fares even though it's just you in the room.

With solo cruising on the rise, cruise lines are beginning to take notice by adding accommodations for one to their newest ships. Some have even outfitted older vessels to offer accommodations for solo travelers. Although they can be pricey, single cruise cabins usually represent some savings versus what you'd pay for a voyage in a cabin meant for two.

These are the best types of cabins for solo cruisers to book across the major cruise lines.

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Royal Caribbean's studio staterooms

Royal Caribbean boasts the most single cruise cabins of any line, with about half of the ships in its fleet housing at least two. However, the most impressive are Super Studio staterooms with balconies, found on Anthem of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Spectrum of the Seas and Odyssey of the Seas.

Reaching up to 199 square feet with 55-square-foot balconies, these cabins are outfitted with a mix of bedding types and plenty of space for one person.

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Oceania's Concierge Level Veranda staterooms

Vista, Oceania Cruises ' newest ship, offers six 270-square-foot solo cabins. Dubbed Concierge Level Veranda staterooms, they all have balconies and entitle cruisers staying in them to Concierge Level amenities. This includes free laundry service, room service from the dining room menu, exclusive keycard-only access to the dedicated Concierge Lounge , priority embarkation and a complimentary bottle of Champagne.

The cabins also each include an ultraluxurious Tranquility memory foam bed, a seating area that overlooks a private balcony and ample storage space.

Oceania plans to add solo cabins to four more ships in its fleet in late September 2022. Each of the four vessels — Regatta, Nautica, Insignia and Sirena — will have 14 solo oceanview cabins.

Celebrity's Infinite Veranda solo rooms

Cruisers looking for a little bit more space on a line that falls somewhere between Royal Caribbean and Oceania will have luck with Celebrity Cruises ' Infinite Veranda solo cabins. Unlike traditional balconies, Infinite Verandas extend the overall square footage of the cabin, featuring a window that raises and lowers with the push of a button.

Passengers can find 16 of these 131-square-foot staterooms on Celebrity Edge, 24 on Celebrity Apex and 32 on Celebrity Beyond.

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Norwegian Cruise Line's studio cabins

Norwegian was a forerunner in the solo accommodation space, introducing its studio cabins on Norwegian Epic in 2010. The rooms are on the small side at roughly 100 square feet. They're also insides on most ships, so there's no view. But, they're great if you're not planning to spend much time in your room. Plus, the lines new-builds will have a larger number of single cabins moving forward, as well as a larger variety of cabin types that include ocean view room with windows and balcony accommodations.

What's unique about NCL's studios is that they allow occupants access to the studio lounge, where they can meet other cruisers sailing alone and partake in daily snacks. Studio cabins are available on Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Encore , Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Bliss, Pride of America, Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva.

Cunard's oceanview Britannia Single staterooms

Three ships in Cunard 's fleet offer solo cabins, but only one — the iconic Queen Mary 2, which most often sails transatlantic voyages between London and New York — has 15 that feature ocean views. The line's Britannia Single staterooms are anywhere from 178 to 183 square feet in size, and they include large windows and single beds.

Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria each have nine single cruise cabins, but they're a mix of oceanviews and insides with no view at all.

Holland America's oceanview single cabins

From its Alaska itineraries to the impressive music scene on its newest vessels, Holland America might be more up your alley. In its lineup of accommodations, HAL includes 127- to 172-square-foot solo cabins on Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam and the new Ryndam.

Each of the single rooms on these ships has an ocean view and a twin bed.

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Virgin Voyages' Solo Insider and Solo Sea View Cabins

Virgin Voyages is new to the cruise industry, but it knows what's up. Positioning itself as a hip anti-cruise line, it has built its vessels — Scarlet Lady , Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady — to include 46 cabins for single passengers, 40 of which are insides and six of which provide rare forward-facing views of the sea.

They're a bit small at just larger than 100 square feet, but these Solo Insider and Solo Sea View rooms are cleverly appointed with full-sized beds and sleek, stylish furniture, decor and bathrooms.

MSC's solo inside rooms for one

MSC Cruises has undertaken a shipbuilding boom, rapidly increasing the size of its fleet in a bid to make itself the largest cruise line (in terms of number of ships) by 2030. As the line's ships grow in size and amenities, they have begun to add cabins for solos. Currently, MSC Meraviglia , MSC Virtuosa, MSC Grandiosa and MSC Bellissima are outfitted with rooms for one.

However, they are all insides with a single bed and roughly 129 square feet of space.

Bottom line

Cruising solo may sound like a daunting feat, but many cruise lines are making it easier and more enjoyable. Here, I showed you my favorite solo cruise cabins. Each offers a unique experience for the solo cruiser that won't break the bank.

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  12. The Truth About Solo Cruise Cabins

    Solo cruise cabins are intended to be a better deal than the single supplement rates for singles booking double-occupancy cabins, which typically average 125 to 200 percent. For example, when we ...

  13. The 13 Best Solo Cruises for 2024 (No Supplement Fare)

    Azamara. Courtesy of Azamara. Azamara's special offers for solo travelers include reduced single supplements of 25% to 50% of the double occupancy rate on select sailings. The line's four midsized ...

  14. Go it Alone! Solo Journeys are Increasingly Popular, and Travel

    A solo-occupancy cabin on a Holland America ship. ... and since 2016 Holland America Line has offered ... In 2024 Avalon Waterways River Cruises are waiving single-supplement fees on both ...

  15. Cruise Lines With Single Cabins for Solo Travelers 2024

    Holland America Line. Holland America Line is a popular cruise line with older adults. All single staterooms offer ocean views and measure 127 to 172 square feet. With only 12 single occupancy rooms per ship, if you are booking a single persons cruise, you'd need to do so as far in advance as possible.

  16. Single Oceanview Stateroom, Cabin Category AO, Koningsdam

    Floor plan. Size: Approximately 127 - 172 sq. ft. Occupancy: 1 single guest Amenities: One lower bed private bathroom with shower window flat-screen TV and DVD player luxurious bathrobes for use during the cruise Elemis Aromapure bath amenities massage showerhead hairdryer safe telephone complimentary fresh fruit and complimentary shoeshine service and ice service.

  17. Category OO

    Description: Single Ocean View staterooms feature a picture window, one lower bed, and bathroom with frameless glass-door shower door stall and massage showerhead. All staterooms include Holland America's signature Mariner's Dream bedding, luxurious bathrobes and towels, lighted magnifying mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, personal safe ...

  18. Koningsdam Solo Cabins

    richwmn. p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } With the debut of the Koningsdam, Holland America introduced the single occupancy cabins. There are several solo cabins of varying size, all located on deck 1 all the way forward. Comments here are based on cabin 1012, which according to the deck plan is one of the largest of the solo cabins.

  19. Cruise lines embrace solo travelers with single cabins

    The mainstream Prima-class ships carry over 3,000 passengers. Oceania Cruises Oceania's newest ship, the Vista, has six single-occupancy cabins. These are among the biggest solo cabins available ...

  20. Holland America Line Singles Cruises

    Lowest pricing is based on our 3rd party pricing supplier and valid as of March 26th, 2024. Holland America Line Cruises offers multiple singles cruises to choose from. Check dates, prices and ...

  21. Amazon Luxury Cruising on Zaifro Riverboat: Master Suite

    All activities, guides and the Zafiro riverboat are exclusive to Holland America Line guests for a truly memorable experience. Day 1 (L/D) Transfer from Salaverry port to Trujillo's airport for a flight to Iquitos. Board the 164-foot riverboat Zafiro to begin your Amazon River cruise adventure.

  22. Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa ( Island Cottage) Single Occupancy

    Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa ( Island Cottage) Single Occupancy. Escape to the exclusive Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa, nestled on its own private island in the North Male Atoll. Just a short and scenic 30-minute speedboat ride from your cruise ship port, indulge in luxurious amenities including a world-class spa, 7 diverse dining ...

  23. Konningdam

    Cruise Lines "A - O" Holland America Line ; Konningdam - single occupancy Konningdam - single occupancy. By Hflors, February 6, 2015 in Holland America Line. Share ... OV cabin 1024 - $2430 single occupancy - 160% of above. OV cabin 1018(single cabin two away from 1024 and one of the largest single cabins)- $1899 - 125% of cabin 1024's pp ...

  24. These 8 cabins are great for travelers cruising alone

    In its lineup of accommodations, HAL includes 127- to 172-square-foot solo cabins on Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam and the new Ryndam. Each of the single rooms on these ships has an ocean view and a twin bed. Solo Sea View cabin on Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady cruise ship. (Photo courtesy of Virgin Voyages)