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Tips for cruising as a solo traveller

In recent years, the idea of travelling solo has grown hugely in popularity, with 76% of worldwide travellers saying they have either travelled by themselves previously or plan to do so soon. What was once a daunting prospect is now one of the most popular ways to enjoy a break, and cruising as a solo traveller allows modern explorers to revel across Europe, Asia, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even further afield at their leisure.

The freedom to explore the world the way you want to, and at your own pace, is as liberating as it is exciting. If you’re looking to enjoy a solo cruise, our tips below will help you get the most out of your adventure.

Tips for cruising as a solo traveller

1. Throw yourself into the experience

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Emerald Cruises on board Bartender serving Cocktail
Choosing to explore dream destinations by yourself can be a little daunting at first but feeling self-conscious about it is nothing more than a state of mind. If you want to travel solo, remember why that is. You want to see new lands, experience different cultures, try unique culinary delights, and most importantly, enjoy complete peace of mind.

The only way you can truly have fun while cruising as a solo traveller is by throwing yourself into the experience—it’s an opportunity to indulge in a break that works entirely for you. And of course, you can always strike up a conversation with your fellow guests and get to know the locals on your excursions if you’re looking for some company.

2. Chat with the cruise staff and crew

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Emerald Cruises Passenger and Bartender
If you’ve never been to the region you’re visiting before, you may feel like there’s so much to see and do—particularly when you have plenty of time to explore. Seeing what’s out there for yourself is a great way to spend the day, but if you’d rather make a beeline for the best spots that each destination has to offer, the staff and crew on board will be full of interesting and useful tips.

Our teams have expert knowledge of the regions you’re visiting, and they can provide endless recommendations, from the best places to enjoy a delectable meal to the most beautiful sights in the city you’ve stopped at.

They can also give you the insider scoop on upcoming events on board and anything else you may find of interest.

3. Enjoy the excursions and activities

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Mini Golf on board an Emerald Star Ship
Cruising as a solo traveller seems a lot less daunting when your day is packed full of excursions and activities. There are plenty of guided tours, wine tasting sessions, on board cultural shows, and more for you to enjoy across our river-cruising Star-Ships and ocean-going luxury yachts, which you can fully lose yourself in when you don’t have anyone else to worry about.

Immersion is one of the key reasons solo cruises appeal to such a wide market. You can simply explore the castles, markets, vineyards, beaches and the like to your heart’s content—or you can even pass on some activities if you’d rather relax on board or explore on your own. The choice is yours.

4. Stay connected

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Even those who love cruising as a solo traveller may start to miss their family back home. Whether it’s a partner, your children, your parents, or friends in your thoughts, complimentary Wi-Fi access will help you to stay connected with loved ones.

Not only will you be able to share some of your adventures with them via a video call, you can also send along the envy-inducing snaps you’ve taken on your journey. Who knows, you might inspire them to enjoy a solo cruise of their own.

5. Do things your way

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Cocktail and book overlooking river
The freedom of choice is key when you travel by yourself. If an event is taking place that you really like the look of, make sure to go. If there’s another way you’d rather spend your time, then great—it’s entirely your decision.

We always encourage our guests to enjoy their break however they see fit. You’re the only person who knows exactly how you want to spend your solo cruise, so remember that you have zero obligations to anyone else. Some guests prefer the peace and tranquillity that comes when other guests are out on their excursions, and others want endless adventures in the company of like-minded people.

All that matters is that you enjoy yourself. After all, if you can’t indulge in the things that make you happy while travelling, when can you?

The best cruises for solo travellers

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Emerald Azzurra sailing Ocean
The best cruises for solo travellers will revolve around what you want from your break. Are you looking to explore local cultures, rest on board as you sail across beautiful natural settings, a mix of both, or something else entirely?

Below, we’ve listed a just a small sample of our favourite itineraries for you to enjoy as a solo adventurer.

Jewels of the Rhine

You’ll be enamoured with the Jewels of the Rhine, as you explore the quintessential beauty of destinations such as Amsterdam, Cologne, and Strasbourg to name just a few.

An 8-day river cruise, this is one of the best cruises for solo travellers. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a range of excursions, from visiting Ehrenbreitstein Fortress to sampling the delicacies of the Black Forest, but you won’t be far from home for too long if you decide journeying solo isn’t for you.

Danube Explorer

Our Danube Explorer itinerary will take you into the heart of some of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities such as Vienna and Budapest.

The Danube Explorer is also an 8-day adventure that’s perfect for dipping your toes into the world of solo river cruises. You’ll enjoy tours of each beautiful city, marvelling at the sights of Melk Abbey, Bratislava Castle, Buda Hill, and more.

Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal

For those who have solo travelled before and for modern explorers seeking a more epic journey, our 15-day Discover the Rivers of France & Portugal itinerary will take you to some of the most breathtaking destinations in Europe.

You’ll be immersed in the heart of Arles, as you learn how the stunning locale inspired Vincent van Gogh to create over 200 works of art while living there. Lyon will provide you with countless delicacies to sample, being the gastronomical capital of the world.

As you continue your cruise along the Rhône, Saône, and Douro rivers, you’ll venture into Portugal, where you’ll be awed by the majestic sights of the Douro Valley—one of Europe’s most revered wine-growing regions.

Being one of the best river cruises for solo travellers, the level of immersion and sheer volume of excursions to enjoy when you discover the rivers of France and Portugal ensures you’ll have a real adventure to revel in.

Charming Mediterranean

The sun-drenched Mediterranean will envelope you in its golden glow and rich, cultural heritage. You’ll visit the most Charming Mediterranean countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, and France across 11 days, stopping to indulge in the very best that each destination has to offer.

For lovers of fine wine, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better cruise to enjoy solo. The sun-kissed valleys of the Mediterranean are home to the most charming vineyards, where tours and tasting sessions await you.

You’ll also discover the beauty of cities such as Valencia and Portimão, where you’ll observe the influence that the Roman empires had on European architecture and customs.

Majestic Mekong

Travel to the orient and become immersed in the wonderous cultures and traditions of Southeast Asia, as the Mekong River leads you to the hidden treasures found in breathtaking destinations such as Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh.

As you explore the Majestic Mekong on a 12-day adventure, you’ll be treated to demonstrations on silk weaving and the creation of local sweet treats. You’ll explore peaceful Buddhist temples, enjoy Vietnamese folk shows, and taste the most tantalising dishes found in Asia. Monks will provide you with a blessing, and you’ll learn all about the region’s turbulent past and eventual path to tranquillity.

Southeast Asia is a marvellous location for the solo traveller. You’ll be so awe-struck at the sights and sounds found along the Mekong that you won’t ever want to stop exploring.

Ready to start your adventure?

Sailing the rivers of Europe and Asia or exploring sunny regions along the world’s coastlines is an adventure you have to experience, and travelling by yourself can make it even more exhilarating. The itineraries listed above only scratch the surface of the amazing cruises you can enjoy solo, so make sure to download your free brochure to see all that’s available.

Solo cruising FAQs

Do you still have some questions about cruising as a solo traveller? Below, we answer some of the most commonly asked queries we see. If you need any further help, make sure to reach out to our customer service advisors.
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Q. Are cruises good for solo travellers?
A. Going on a cruise by yourself makes for an awe-inspiring journey. Not only do you have the opportunity to enjoy every moment of your break in any way you see fit, you also have the chance to try new activities, foods, and experiences.

Solo cruising expands your horizons, and you’ll never truly be alone. If you want to enjoy the company of others, there are plenty of other passengers—and locals—for you to connect with. Being by yourself may even encourage you to be bolder when meeting new people, taking you out of your comfort zone in the best way possible. It’s also a great environment to meet other solo travellers if you wish to do so! Many solo travellers who join us on board leave making life-long friends who they stay in touch with even when they return home.
Q. Is a solo cruise the same as a singles cruise?
A. A solo cruise is where you travel by yourself and simply enjoy a break, whereas a singles cruise is more of a match-making cruise for those looking for a partner. While we love the idea of romance blossoming on our Star-Ships and yachts, we offer solo cruises for rest and relaxation, not singles cruises.
Q. Are single rooms available?
A. any vessels in our fleet have single staterooms that are perfect for the solo traveller. If you’re looking to sail the Danube, Rhine, Rhône, or Moselle rivers, you’ll find plenty of space and comfort available when you rest up in your single room.

You also have the option of booking a double room as a solo traveller if you wish, though a single supplement payment will apply.
Q. Is it safe to travel solo?
A. Travelling solo can be seen as risker than travelling with a partner or friend, but cruising offers those concerned about safety a more secure way to explore the world without need for anxiety. Excursions are always led by one of our approved tour guides, and your fellow passengers will never be too far away.

We also plan all our itineraries with the utmost care, meaning we avoid destinations where your safety is at risk. If you do plan to explore on your own, however, we recommend letting a member of our team know where you will be visiting just as a precaution.