Cruising for Good Solo Deals
Historically if you've been looking for cruise prices for anything but two passengers, it has been challenging.
CruisePlum can make your life a little easier with our solo pricing tools. (The tools support three and four passengers too!)
Two observations before we get started
- single cabins are rarely free of single supplements
- regular cabins don't mean you always pay double
Is the solo supplement the only thing that matters?
No. The actual out-of-pocket cost is important too.
Would you believe that regular-sized oceanviews and balconies can be cheaper than smaller, inside, single-dedicated cabins? It doesn't happen all the time, but it's not rare either. If you're able to take advantage of them when they appear, your travel dollar will go much further.
Here is solo pricing (as of Jan 3 2016) for NCL Breakaway 14 days leaving Jan 17 2016. The one-person studio is $300 MORE than the regular oceanview and $200 MORE than the regular balcony.
Now that you know these kinds of deals exist, we'll help you find them.
How to Find Solo Deals
CruisePlum gives you three ways:
- Our hot deals (for sailings more than 30 days away) and last minute deals (for sailings within 30 days) have the best solo deals for each line (but without regard to the solo supplement).
- Our low solo supplements page lists cabins having a maximum supplement of 25% (but without regard to whether it is a "good" deal or not). Not all lines will show up here.
- Our single person search engine lets you find the cheapest cruises, either by total cost or price per day (click on the column header to sort). You can quickly narrow down the results to find exactly what you're looking for as well, e.g., the cheapest Celebrity balconies departing from Italy or Spain in July.
What About Single Cabins?
If you want to find cabins that can only accomodate one person (as opposed to cheap cabins for one), you can do that too. Single cabin prices are fully integrated into our search engine and lists. The cheapest price for a solo traveller may be in a single cabin, or in a regular two-person cabin.
Holland America's Koningsdam oceanviews and the Royal Caribbean cabins with under 25% supplements are almost always single-only cabins. These show up in the solo supplement deals list.
Cunard has some single cabins and Carnival has cabins ideally suited to solo occupancy (the 1A cabin category), but as of this writing, they're essentially the same price as a regular cabin with full supplement. These cabins can be found in our search engine and they get added to each of our deal lists when they meet that list's criteria.
CruisePlum handles Norwegian studios slightly differently than single cabins on other lines since they have extra benefits, like a dedicated studio lounge. We don't have the studios in our deal lists (other than price drops), but they are available in the search engine as a separate studio cabin class. As we saw in the example above though, it's worth checking all cabin types since the studios aren't always the cheapest option.