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"How to Cruise Solo"

By Stephanie Rosenbloom | February 6, 2013

Toying with the idea of setting sail on your own? Consider your age, your budget and - perhaps most important - your goal. Are you looking for romance? Enrichment? Rest and relaxation?

Take your pick, then dive in alone.


If you have any illusions that cruising solo is likely to result in a steamy Kate Winslet-Leonardo DiCaprio smooch-fest in the bowels of the ship, let me disabuse you of that fantasy. (Besides, that affair didn't end well.) I'm not saying it never happens, so please: if you met the love of your life at the buffet, spare me the hate mail.

Here's why you're unlikely to find a soul mate on the sun deck: nearly 80 percent of people who take a cruise are married, according to a Cruise Lines International Association market profile. "Virtually no one travels alone," the study said.

But can you tip the odds in your favor? Yes. If you sign up for a singles cruise.

Still reading? Good. Now let's manage expectations: joining a singles cruise does not mean the entire ship will be akin to a floating bar rife with prospects. Rather, companies like,,, and organize groups of single travelers - often by demographic (like 20s and 30s, and 50s and older) or theme - and then escort them on larger cruises. Tour operators reserve rooms for participants and help match them with roommates if they request one. That's helpful since cruise lines typically charge solo travelers an added fee (a few cruise lines offer discounts; a topic I'll address in a future column).

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