Saga's popular over 50s cruise line runs exclusive solo voyages. Credit: Shutterstock

Cruises for singles over 60: Best cruise lines for solo travel

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Searching for a solo adventure? These cruises for singles over 60 offer amazing opportunities for those in later life to explore comfortably.

Whether you’d rather put your feet up and relax on the deck or get social at a special singles meet-and-greet, solo cruising gives you the freedom to just do you.

Travelling solo can be overwhelming, but it can also be the perfect time to get out of your comfort zone. You can explore the world while exploring what makes you happy and we’re here to help.

Fortunately, cruises for singles over 60 are becoming easier to find due to increased popularity. Want to cross a specific destination off your bucket list? Looking for reduced fares? Interested in extravagant suites and organised social events, or quieter, more intimate experiences?

No matter your preference, we’ve got you covered. Check out our best cruises for singles here.

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Solos cruising with Holland America Line

Find your perfect balance between solo time and social activity through the Holland America Line. HAL is well-known for its commitment to solo cruises. Hands-on cooking workshops, cocktail mixers, games, and wine tastings will connect you with other solo travellers on board.

If these aren’t quite your speed don’t fret! Treat yourself to one of HAL’s luxurious spa and salon treatments, or attend a concert of live classical music featuring the virtuoso Lincoln Center Stage. At the end of the day, you can tuck into your delightfully solitary solo suite, where you’ll find all your desires met.

HAL cruises typically caters to a more mature audience, with their largest demographic being retirees. So, if you’re looking for some P&Q, you’ve found the right line.

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Holland American Line’s biggest and newest ships Koningsdam, Rotterdam, and Nieuw Statendam offer 12 solo cabins to travellers. These ocean view rooms range from 127 to 172 square feet and feature the same amenities as double-occupancy cabins.

Solos cruising with Saga Cruises

Solos cruising with Saga Cruises Saga Cruises is synonymous with a fair deal and excellent travel arrangements for solo travellers over 50. The brand has dedicated over 10% of their cabins onboard their two new ocean cruise ships – Spirit of Adventure and Spirit of Discovery – specifically to housing single travellers.

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Each cabin features a balcony and is only 85 percent the size of a regular double room. The Saga crew is dedicated to welcoming single guests onboard and provides organised meetings before excursions ashore, so you’ll find it easy to connect with like-minded passengers.

Solos cruising with Norwegian Cruise Line

Lavish in one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s 128 super-chic studio staterooms, which make NCL one of the most popular lines for solo cruising. The rooms don’t skimp out; they feature full-size beds and flat-screen TVs and are connected by shared corridors.

As a single traveller, you’ll also get easy access to the exclusive Studio Lounge where you can enjoy a drink and snack with other solo passengers.

The solo studios are available on Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gateway, and Pride of America.

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Beyond the fantastic housing, what makes NCL a top option for singles over 60 is their short itineraries (as few as five days), making the cruise ideal for people who don’t wish to be at sea for the long haul.

Solo cruise: What makes NCL one of the best cruises for single seniors over 60 is their short itineraries. Credit: Norwegian Cruise Line

Solos cruising with AmaWaterways

The high standards of service onboard luxury line AmaWaterways is a favourite for solo seniors.

At sea, you can relax in some of the largest solo suites in the cruise industry, which you might even be able to book for reduced rates. AmaWaterways offers deals throughout the year for destinations to Mekong, Douro and Chobe, which sometimes even get rid of the singles supplement altogether.

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If you’re a health nut, AmaWaterways is bound to get you your daily dose of exercise. Join their regularly scheduled yoga classes or resistance band workouts held specifically for senior travellers.

Solo cruise: You can choose from a variety of themed sailings with AmaWaterways such as biking. Credit: Shutterstock

Solo cruising with Emerald Cruises

‘Freedom’ is the keyword onboard Emerald Cruises. Single staterooms will make your stay cosy and comfortable; you might never want to leave! You’ll have complete control over your daily itinerary unless you’d rather join organised tours or mixers. Whether you plan activities yourself or through Emerald staff, you’ll have ample opportunities to make lifelong friends.

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Emerald staff is as much committed to elevating the travel experience of solo travellers as they are for groups. Personal attention is offered at every level, including before and after you sail. If you need help booking flights, taxis, or train tickets, Emerald has you covered. They will even send a chauffeur to your home address and from the ship, so you don’t need to worry over the little things.

Solo cruising with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The community environment onboard Regent Seven Seas is excellent. A designated social host works on every ship to help plan activities for single cruisers ranging from group excursions to cocktail mixers and group dinners.

Apart from planned group activities, the RSS Cruises’ golf course, casino, and spas are popular among single seniors, who have no trouble finding things to do.

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Their unrivalled luxury experience offers a “single supplement special” discount of up to 75 percent off the single supplement on select voyages, including vacations to Monte Carlo, Copenhagen, and Buenos Aires.

Solo cruise: On Regent, a designated social host works aboard every ship to help plan activities for single cruisers. Credit: Regent Seven Seas

Solos cruising with Adventure Canada

With a clientele featuring a high concentration of singles over 60, Adventure Canada’s fleet of smaller, shorter, and more intimate expeditions will take you to exciting destinations like the Northwest Passage and Greenland’s fjords.

Often, special guests can be found onboard, including authors, scholars, and scientists who will enrich your journey. Who knows who you might get the chance to share a meal with?

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For their special attention to solo guests, Adventure Canada is the recipient of the 2018 World Nomads Solo Traveller award.

The award commended their fabulous communal dining options, their pre-departure solo traveller mingling event, and their email-sharing program, which makes sure you can stay in touch with newfound friends post docking.

Fred. Olsen’s smaller ships offer a more intimate and friendly environment onboard. Credit: Fred. Olsen.

Solos cruising with Fred Olsen

With warm and welcoming smaller ships, Fred Olsen attracts a larger number of solo travellers, generally above the age of 60. A variety of singles-friendly activities such as drink parties, shore tours, and mixed dining tables will guarantee you the opportunity to meet new friends.

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The Fred Olsen team offers unparalleled service onboard. Their clients are incredibly loyal –

they find themselves coming back again and again because of their phenomenal service. For them, Fred Olsen is a home away from home.

Solos cruising with Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel is one of the only cruise lines that offer trips exclusively for solo cruising. With absolutely 100 per cent no ‘singles supplement’, you can roll down historic European rivers to the vineyards of Burgundy, windmills of Amsterdam, or the castelos of Portugal.

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Even better, the cost of flights or rail travel is included in your overall payment. Expert tour guides make sure that you get your fill of cultural knowledge at each location, making the occasionally overwhelming travel experience a piece of cake.

Admire the beauty of the fjords up close on a cruise. Credit: Shutterstock

Solos cruising with Ambassador Cruise Line

Hoping to discover the Nordic Fjords? Or perhaps you’re seeking some winter sun in Morocco? Ambassador Cruise Line can take you there.

Passengers who depart London Tilbury and cruise for more than six days will be offered a package exclusively crafted for the solo traveller this includes a welcome cocktail party before departure.

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Ambassador recognises the importance of providing equally enticing experiences for solo travellers, and will undoubtedly make sure your needs are well cared for.

Solos cruising with Avalon Waterways

Ten percent of cruisers with Avalon Waterways are going solo, so you will feel right at home on the rivers. Due to the popularity of solo travelling onboard their vessels, Avalon has made ALL European trips single-supplement free as well as select journeys to Southeast Asia.

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Discover beautiful river scenes from your magnificent Deluxe Stateroom or Panorama Suite, and mingle with passengers onboard or local guides ashore.

Find everything you need onboard Amadeus River Cruises. Credit: Amadeus River Cruises.

Solos cruising with Amadeus River Cruises

Take a personal retreat along the Seine, Rhine, or Danube with Amadeus River Cruises, known for their five-star Austrian hospitality. Sailing with Amadeus will be an immersive cultural experience like no other. Excursion packages are incredibly flexible meaning you can pick and choose exactly what suits you, and you can’t go wrong.

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Solo travellers are guaranteed extra special treatment, with additional staff attention and reduced rates for solo staterooms. Gourmet dining, live music, and the otherworldly river sights ensure you’ll never experience a dull moment.

Solos cruising with Uniworld River Cruises

Uniworld River Cruises unveiled their Solo Savings program in 2022, allowing passengers the chance to have their supplements waived entirely qualify for a 50% discount off a stateroom.

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These boutique river cruises are ideal for solo travellers hoping for a more intimate experience. Small group excursions will bring passengers closer and foster long-lasting friendships. All activities are meticulously planned for your convenience, and will no doubt leave you with memorable moments you’ll never forget.

Titan makes sure solo travellers are never travelling alone. Credit: Titan

Solos cruising with Titan Travel

Book your solo holiday trips with Titan Travel, and you won’t regret it. Operating under the friendly motto “you may be choosing to travel solo, but you’re not travelling alone,” Titan

offers trips exclusively for solo cruisers where people can discover the world together.

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Bring your favourite book, podcast, or journal because Titan’s rest days allow ample time for self-reflection in a variety of awe-inspiring landscapes along the Rhine, Moselle, and Danube. Titan’s singles supplements are some of the lowest rates on the market and include meal, drink, and excursion packages for great fares.

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