Why You Couldn’t Enjoy a Caribbean Cruise From a First Guest

Solo cruising proved to be more expensive and more difficult than other solo vacations.

The author is sitting on the bed in her cabin.

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Speaking of cabins, mine was comfortable but had a hitch as a solo traveler. Apparently, cruising can be more difficult and expensive when you’re going alone, so I’d recommend taking a vacation buddy.

Since most cabins on cruise ships are designed to accommodate at least two people, booking a room on your own often means paying higher prices equivalent to two people. According to Cruise Critic, some cruise ships have solo cabins priced for one passenger, but this is not common. For example, Royal Caribbean has ships with single occupancy cabins, but my ship did not offer them.

The rates quoted for my ship were per person and not per room like most hotels. When going from one to two guests in my search, the cost per person doubled despite having only selected one person. This is called the “single person supplement” because it helps the cruise line offset the revenue that would have been generated by a second person on board, according to the LA Times.

My total cost was $2,000 for an ocean view cabin. It would have been about half the price per person if I had brought someone with me.

It would have been more fun too. Although there were many social activities and friendly cruisers who chatted with me, I found myself alone on the ship. I longed to have a conversation with someone who knew me and to share my experiences in new places with a loved one. I generally love solo travel, but being surrounded by so many families and groups of friends made me wish I could be with my own.

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