Tips for Travelling Solo on a River Cruise


From selecting the right Star-Ship to booking your perfect suite, here's everything you need to know about travelling solo on an Emerald Cruises river cruise.

Finding that perfect suite

Choice is a wonderful thing and allows you to pick the perfect suite for you. Our range of contemporary suites and staterooms include a wealth of amenities, as well as an opulent en-suite bathroom complete with plush toiletries. A hotel-style bed, flat screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi will feel like the 5-star hotel you’ve always dreamt about. Innovative, bright and spacious, all our suites also include an all-weather balcony system. With the simple press of a button, your suite transforms into a riverside balcony so you can take in the picturesque landscapes and the gentle river breeze all from the comfort of your very own private space.

Making new connections with our Small Ship experience

Meandering along some of the world's most beautiful waterways, exploring beautiful cities while savouring delicious cuisines is sure to put just about anyone in a friendly mood. With every one of our Star-Ships accommodating between just 84 and 180 guests, a river cruise is a great place to meet and interact with like-minded explorers. Join a small group on board for an activity such as yoga or aqua aerobics, or strike up a conversation with those who share a common interest on an immersive excursion with EmeraldPLUS. A small ship experience not only makes it easier to connect with other travellers and make new, meaningful connections, but our Star-Ship's lower guest numbers means there's plenty more space on board for you to enjoy the ship's amenities at your own pace as well.

Exploring at your own pace

Whether it's taking a dip in our indoor heated pool, or embarking on an included excursion onshore, travelling solo offers more freedom when it comes to plotting out your day. Feeling a bit adventurous? Join an EmeraldACTIVE guided hike to a medieval castle, or take in a tour of a nearby vineyard and sample some of the local vintage. Whether you're a history-buff or a foodie, your river cruise will offer you a range of activities and excursions which cater to your interests. If you feel like doing a little exploring on your own, many of our ships also have bikes available so you can take in the destination's sights as you please.

Dining the way you want to

Nothing is more personal and social than food. Dining can be a great way to connect with other guests or to enjoy some time to yourself as you delight in the on board cuisine. At the start of your trip, you’ll have the opportunity to meet your fellow guests and crew at our Welcome Dinner. Enjoy a world-class dining experience in the Reflections Restaurant, serving authentic dishes of the regions you’re exploring, as well as familiar favourites from home. And, if you have any dietary requirements, our friendly staff and expert chefs will be happy to accommodate. Join a table or enjoy a more intimate dining experience, it’s totally up to you. At the end of your cruise, meet and share memories with your newfound friends at our Captain’s Farewell Dinner. After dinner, unwind and catch-up on the day's activities in our Horizon Bar & Lounge, where you can enjoy a light treat, sip your favourite beverage or strike up a conversation. Step out onto The Terrace, where we also serve breakfast and a light lunch, to take in the stunning views as you watch the world float gently by.

A relaxing & rejuvenating experience

Finding some peace and quiet on board shouldn't be limited to your suite. The public spaces throughout your Star-Ship are a great place to unwind, relax and enjoy its many amenities. Running the full length of your ship, the Sun Deck is the perfect place to enjoy some time alone and relax on a comfy lounger with a book under the sun. Head inside to lounge by the indoor heated pool where, on selected Star-Ships, you can watch in awe as it transforms into a spacious evening cinema, a great place to get comfortable at the end of the day and take in your favourite film. There's no better way to feel rejuvenated during your solo river cruise than by booking a revitalizing spa treatment+ at your on board Wellness Area. Indulge in a massage, manicure and even a new hair style and experience the epitome of 'me-time' during your trip.

Thinking of doing some exploring on your own? At Emerald Cruises, we cater our award-winning river cruises and promise of exceptional EmeraldVALUE to every type of guest. Learn more about our amazing destinations and itineraries and discover why a river cruise with Emerald Cruises is perfect for your next solo adventure.



+Spa and salon treatments available for guests at an additional cost.