Cruise Line Cuts Rates for Single Travelers

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Cruise lines are getting the idea that single travelers are among their potential customers, and making new efforts to attract those traveling alone.

First Norwegian Cruise Line introduced a whole complex of solo traveler cabins on its new 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic. Now ultra luxury line Silversea Cruises said it is reducing its singe supplement on select voyages this year.

Most cruise lines base their fares on two people sharing a cabin. If you want the cabin to yourself you may have to pay for two people, or 100 percent more than someone sharing.

With Silversea's Solo Traveler fares you pay only 10 percent more than the per person rate for a suite on four sailings (all cabins on Silversea ships are suites). Silversea also expanded an offer of a 25 percent single supplement to 24 sailings this year.

The luxury line said it recognizes that a growing number of men and women are traveling alone today, either by choice or necessity, and the line wanted to offer a more affordable option.

"These special rates make it easier for our single guests to make vacation plans without having to worry about finding a travel companion to keep the costs down," said Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America.

Silversea's fares are all-inclusive – accommodations, wine and spirits, gratuities and fine dining are included in the cruise fare.

Cruises with Solo Traveler rates include a weeklong Mediterranean cruise from Venice to Athens on the Silver Wind, August 20-27, priced from $4,651, with free air available from select gateways.

Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises
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