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Our Top Tips When Taking A Solo River Cruise

9th October 2018

Solo travel is becoming ever more popular as increasing numbers of people realise that they shouldn’t be held back by the fact that they don’t have a travel companion. Why should you miss out on seeing the world just because nobody else wants to do the same holiday as you?

If you are nervous about taking the plunge on your own, though, we have some fantastic tips to make sure you have the time of your life. Whatever it is that’s stopping you from taking a solo river cruise, we hope this advice sets you free.

Don’t Pay The Single Supplement If You Don’t Have To

Single Cabin

One of the biggest things that put people off cruising on their own is the sky-high single supplements that some companies charge. However, cruise lines have started to realise that not everyone wants to cruise with someone else in tow and have added single cabins to their most recent ships.

Look out for these options as they offer the best way of getting the river cruise you want at a great price. Riviera Travel is especially good when it comes to having single cabins available.

Alternatively, keep an eye out for deals where single supplements are waived, either for a limited time period or permanently on a certain cabin grade. Sign up to our email list to receive regular solo deals from the like of Tauck, Avalon Waterways and AmaWaterways.

Make The Most Of ‘Getting To Know You’ Opportunities


Once on board, it’s important to try and break the ice as quickly as possible if you want to make some new friends. After the first day, many guests will have already started to bond and this may make it harder for you to approach them afterwards.

Most river cruise lines will host a special get-together for solo travellers such as a cocktail party, allowing you to chat with other guests that are in the same situation as you (and may also be nervous about meeting new people). Both Amadeus River Cruises and AmaWaterways are particularly good at making you feel welcome.

You can also make the most of the open seating arrangement during mealtimes in order to find like-minded guests. Lunch and dinner are usually served all at the same time, allowing people to sit where and with whom they like. Take this opportunity to sit down with anyone who is also cruising alone.

Remember That Solo Travel Is Not About Being Single

Solo Traveller

If you’re thinking that solo river cruising is just for people that are single then you’d be wrong. You can just as easily cruise on your own if you’re married, engaged, or regardless of your relationship status. If you’ve always wanted to see something or sail a certain river but your partner isn’t too keen on coming with you, don’t let this stop you from doing it.

Many solo travellers on your cruise will be single but there’s also likely to be plenty that are in the same boat as you. River cruising attracts a wide range of people and the chances are you’ll make a few new lifelong friends.

Choose Something Suited To You

Hiking Solo

If you’re travelling with someone else, the activities taking place on the river cruise may not matter too much – as long as you get to see some wonderful destinations, you’ll have a great time. However, when sailing alone, it’s important to pick a cruise that includes things you know you will enjoy as you won’t automatically have someone to share your experiences with.

Themed river cruises are a great way to guarantee the activities will be to your taste. If you love music, art, gardening, wine or even golf, there are numerous itineraries that cater to these interests. Whether its onboard lectures from experts in the field or shore excursions that allow you to indulge your passion, you know you’ll have a great time in great company.

Even on a standard river cruise, it’s a good idea to take a look at the lists of activities that will be offered during your holiday. This will also help you tailor your choice in relation to your level of fitness, opting for an active cruise with plenty of walking or something at a slower pace.

If you’re considering taking a solo river cruise, talk to our team for some more great advice and tips. We can help you choose the right cruise line and itinerary and make sure you get the most out of your trip. Call us on 0800 954 0064 or contact us through the website.

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