Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
farmersfight

Solo friendly cruise line companies?

Recommended Posts

7 hours ago, coastcat said:

does RCL have an equivalent?

I don't believe so.  I believe most cruise lines do on-board booking perks for booking your next cruise while NCL does the CruiseNext program to offer the BOGO certificates on-board but not lock you in to a specific cruise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
32 minutes ago, hallux said:

Some offer perks, generally on-board credit.  I used 2 different TA's for NCL cruises last year, one offered no perks (AND charged a fee for booking the air since it wasn't part of the cruise) while the other gave OBC.  In some cases it's helpful to just have all the plans (cruise, air, hotel) in one confirmation email or at least coming from one place to make it easier to find.

 

One thing to keep in mind - you can book your cruise yourself through the website then transfer the booking to a TA within 60 days (I think).  That gives you the flexibility to be looking and snag any "hot" room you might find that you decide you want but then get the TA perk.

 

Thanks hallux. Great information. Re the TA's you used last year for NCL cruises, I'm guessing that you were happier with the latter (the TA that gave you OBC vs the TA that charged you a fee for booking your air).

 

I agree, it would be helpful to have everything consolidated in to one place. I didn't know you could book a cruise yourself, then transfer the booking to a TA to get the TA perk(s). For example, could you book an NCL cruise yourself and get the "Free at Sea" perks, then transfer the booking to a TA and get their perk(s) as well? That would be a win-win.

 

Again, thanks for your reply.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
21 hours ago, coastcat said:

The Infinite Verandah on Celebrity’s Edge-class ships is a twist on the balcony idea. Check it out on their site: https://www.celebritycruises.com/things-to-do-onboard/staterooms/veranda-stateroom

 

Hi again coastcat. O.k., I just got off the Celebrity website and looked again at those single Infinite Veranda cabins. Again, awesome idea and great that Celebrity has single cabins with verandas for us solo cruisers who just have to have a veranda. I also looked at more of the Edge and her sister Apex and where they will be sailing to/from.

 

On a side note regarding the design of these new Celebrity ships, they are definitely beautiful & luxurious but I do not like the "magic carpet" platform they have on the side of the ship (that apparently can be raised or lowered to most of the ship's decks). I know it's purely subjective, but I just think it looks ugly/boxy and out of place. To me, it kind of looks like a big painter's or window washer's scaffolding hanging off the side of the ship. I have a another aversion/dislike; the Norwegian Epic. I dislike the block of Haven suites/staterooms at the top and forward on the ship. I just think they take away from the natural ship lines and sort of look like a "tumor" on top of the ship's head. Btw, I believe my CC profile pic is the Epic, ironically. O.k., it might just be me...lol.

 

I forgot that Celebrity is RCL's luxury line. I'd love to cruise on the Celebrity Edge or Apex, but they may be too "fancy pants" for me, lol. I think I'm more a mainstream cruise line kind of guy. You know, where the "verandas" are called "balconies", lol. Oh well, I can dream. Still love those single Infinite Verandas that Celebrity has come out with. But, guess I'll have to go back to focusing on RCL's solo balcony cabins.

 

 

Edited by farmersfight

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
47 minutes ago, farmersfight said:

For example, could you book an NCL cruise yourself and get the "Free at Sea" perks, then transfer the booking to a TA and get their perk(s) as well?

The Free At Sea perks come even with a TA booking, they are not exclusive to direct-booking.  That's how I got the free/reduced air on my October cruise while booking through a TA.

 

I wouldn't really directly compare the TA's I used for the trips last year.  One was one other family members use all the time, and I didn't take the reduced air perk on that trip so I was on my own for booking air (either myself or through the TA) while the second TA was one I had available through work and I took a cabin that gave me the option of the reduced airfare as well as other perks. 

 

Now that I think of it, if I had booked the second cruise as a Studio and separate air through the same TA as the first cruise it would have been a net equal or higher cost ($40 less cruise fare {I was wrong before}, $35 airfare booking fee, no $50 OBC).  THAT is where a good TA can be helpful, and it's also helpful to give them an idea of what sailing you want but maybe not what room type.  If I had asked the first TA to price out the different options for that cruise I might have ended up in a balcony, but instead I pretty much had decided on Studio (which wasn't entirely a mistake) and asked to book that.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Something to keep in mind, at least with RCL, if you book using a TA or transfer to one, everything then goes through your TA. Getting a different price, different cabin, refunds, postponements, etc. would then need to go through them. I haven’t had much success with TA’s so I’d rather handle everything myself if I’m already doing all of the research. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, @bhsolo is correct, once you involve a TA (either by booking through them or by transferring a booking to them) the cruise lines will not talk to you directly and everything has to go through the TA.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
6 hours ago, hallux said:

The Free At Sea perks come even with a TA booking, they are not exclusive to direct-booking.  That's how I got the free/reduced air on my October cruise while booking through a TA.

 

Thanks hallux, great to hear. Sounds like a "win win". Yeah, I would look for a TA with the best perk(s) offered (i.e. high amount of OBC) and either book with them or transfer the direct booking. Then, still get the Free at Sea perks from NCL. Does this sound strategically possible?

Edited by farmersfight

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, farmersfight said:

 

I have a another aversion/dislike; the Norwegian Epic. I dislike the block of Haven suites/staterooms at the top and forward on the ship. I just think they take away from the natural ship lines and sort of look like a "tumor" on top of the ship's head. Btw, I believe my CC profile pic is the Epic, ironically. O.k., it might just be me...lol.


Epic is notable as the debut of the Studio area. The bathroom design you see now in NCL Studios is the design that debuted in all cabins on Epic, with the sink in the cabin and toilet & shower as separate areas. It’s goofy for a shared cabin but works just fine for a solo where privacy isn’t an issue. I had booked a solo balcony on one of this December’s Epic sailings to the Southern Caribbean, but switched out to a different cruise (on Breakaway) the same week. Hoping it’ll actually sail but...

 

Epic is kind of clunky on the outside. Definitely agree on how The Haven area looks like an afterthought bolted to the top of the ship. Epic’s Thermal Spa area looks amazing, though. I think it’s the only one with an open air area.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
29 minutes ago, coastcat said:

Epic is notable as the debut of the Studio area. The bathroom design you see now in NCL Studios is the design that debuted in all cabins on Epic, with the sink in the cabin and toilet & shower as separate areas. It’s goofy for a shared cabin but works just fine for a solo where privacy isn’t an issue. I had booked a solo balcony on one of this December’s Epic sailings to the Southern Caribbean, but switched out to a different cruise (on Breakaway) the same week. Hoping it’ll actually sail but...

 

I didn't know that Epic was the debut of the Studio area (I'm assuming the Studio lounge and studio cabins complex). Yeah, I had read some comments about the bathrooms in all the cabins on the Epic. Hhmm, not sure what I think about that. I could probably live with it but I agree with you, privacy would be an issue for shared cabins (I think at least the toilet is in an enclosed space? I would hope so, lol).

 

You mentioned booking a solo balcony on one of Epic's December sailings to the Southern Caribbean. I'm thinking that you mean booking a regular balcony cabin and paying the solo supplement? I didn't think Norwegian had any ships with solo balcony cabins (like RCL has). If NCL does, I better check them out, lol.

 

Anyway, thanks for the great information. Take care.

Edited by farmersfight

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, farmersfight said:

You mentioned booking a solo balcony on one of Epic's December sailings to the Southern Caribbean. I'm thinking that you mean booking a regular balcony cabin and paying the solo supplement? I didn't think Norwegian had any ships with solo balcony cabins (like RCL has). If NCL does, I better check them out, lol.

Right, I booked a regular balcony cabin at the single occupancy rate. No reduced solo supplement for any of my three booked NCL trips. Ugh. I’m really hoping that NCL is planning to add balcony Studios (like RCL has) for the upcoming Leonardo-class ships. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
18 minutes ago, coastcat said:

I’m really hoping that NCL is planning to add balcony Studios (like RCL has) for the upcoming Leonardo-class ships.

 

That would be great if NCL did that. Combined with their already very solo friendly program, new Leonardo-class NCL ships with balcony studios would be the "cat's meow".

 

I'm with you, even when I do cruise as a solo (whenever cruising resumes again...), I've got to have a balcony. No current NCL studio cabin (that is what, 100 sq ft?) for me. Seems like these studios are just big enough for the bed to fit in!

 

Not sure if I am willing to pay double (100% solo supplement) for a regular balcony cabin. That's why I'm hoping the website cruiseplum.com will be able to help me out. As I mentioned before, cruiseplum.com lists all the cruises (broken down by cruise lines) that have no/reduced supplements. They also list "hot deals" and/or "last minute deals" that apply to solo cruisers as well, and may be less expensive than cruises with no/reduced supplements.

 

Hopefully, this corona virus situation will settle (i.e. vaccine, herd immunity) and we can get back to solo cruising!

Edited by farmersfight

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You might also look at Star Clippers if you are open to a different kind of ship experience. They have small ships (170 to 227 passenger capacity). Whenever I've looked, they have had at least 4 sailings per region with no solo supplement. They currently have over 40. I've cruised solo on a sailing with no solo supplement. It's a very friendly ship. There were a lot of other solo's and the couples were friendly to solo travelers too. No balconies (almost all of the cabins have portholes) but it's a small ship so you are never far from the deck. 

 

Windstar has started having some sailings with no solo supplement. Unfortunately, they don't indicate them on their website. You have to call or get a TA to find out which they are. I think that currently all the remaining 2020 sailings have no solo supplement. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

😢

Hello fellow solo cruisers! Happy "day after" 4th of July. Thought I would share the "hot deal" that I recently found on Cruiseplum.com. This deal applies to solo cruisers (I mock booked it on RCL with 1 person). The cruise is a 15 night TA from Civitavecchia (port for Rome), Italy to Galveston, Texas on Nov 26, 2020 on the Jewel OTS. The cruise stops at a port in Spain (I can't remember which one), Gibraltar, Grand Canary Island and Nassau. The base fare that I got (not including taxes/fees or gratuities) was $1,517. This works out to just a little over $100 per night! Quite a bargain for solos, eh?

 

The BUT in this though (and it is a BIG BUT) is this darn corona virus. If there wasn't this virus situation (or a vaccine was available), I would book this cruise in a heartbeat! However, I am not going to tie up any of my $$ (not even a deposit) with RCL with these times so uncertain. I'm starting to believe that cruising won't resume at all for the rest of 2020 😢. Anyway, just wanted to share this really good deal with you fellow cruisers.

Edited by farmersfight

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
22 hours ago, farmersfight said:

😢

Hello fellow solo cruisers! Happy "day after" 4th of July. Thought I would share the "hot deal" that I recently found on Cruiseplum.com. This deal applies to solo cruisers (I mock booked it on RCL with 1 person). The cruise is a 15 night TA from Civitavecchia (port for Rome), Italy to Galveston, Texas on Nov 26, 2020 on the Jewel OTS. The cruise stops at a port in Spain (I can't remember which one), Gibraltar, Grand Canary Island and Nassau. The base fare that I got (not including taxes/fees or gratuities) was $1,517. This works out to just a little over $100 per night! Quite a bargain for solos, eh?

 

The BUT in this though (and it is a BIG BUT) is this darn corona virus. If there wasn't this virus situation (or a vaccine was available), I would book this cruise in a heartbeat! However, I am not going to tie up any of my $$ (not even a deposit) with RCL with these times so uncertain. I'm starting to believe that cruising won't resume at all for the rest of 2020 😢. Anyway, just wanted to share this really good deal with you fellow cruisers.

 

My apologies. I just realized that my above post should've been posted on the thread "Post cruise supplement/solo bargains here". Maybe a CC administrator will notice this and move my above post to that thread.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hello fellow solo cruisers! Happy "day after" 4th of July. Thought I would share the "hot deal" that I recently found on Cruiseplum.com. This deal applies to solo cruisers (I mock booked it on RCL with 1 person). The cruise is a 15 night TA from Civitavecchia (port for Rome), Italy to Galveston, Texas on Nov 26, 2020 on the Jewel OTS. The cruise stops at a port in Spain (I can't remember which one), Gibraltar, Grand Canary Island and Nassau. The base fare that I got (not including taxes/fees or gratuities) was $1,517. This works out to just a little over $100 per night! Quite a bargain for solos, eh?  

The BUT in this though (and it is a BIG BUT) is this darn corona virus. If there wasn't this virus situation (or a vaccine was available), I would book this cruise in a heartbeat! However, I am not going to tie up any of my $$ (not even a deposit) with RCL with these times so uncertain. I'm starting to believe that cruising won't resume at all for the rest of 2020 . Anyway, just wanted to share this really good deal with you fellow cruisers.

 

 

$100 for a transatlantic is certainly not a bargain, because twin sharing starts at $40 per person for trans Atlantic and trans Pacific Cruises.

 

 

 $40 per person for a twin sharing inside cabin includes all port fees and taxes, but excludes gratuities

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, drsel said:

$100 for a transatlantic is certainly not a bargain, because twin sharing starts at $40 per person for trans Atlantic and trans Pacific Cruises.

 

I beg to disagree. $1,517 for a solo on a 15 day cruise (about $100/day) in a balcony IMHO is an outstanding bargain.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, drsel said:

$100 for a transatlantic is certainly not a bargain, because twin sharing starts at $40 per person for trans Atlantic and trans Pacific Cruises.

 

 

 $40 per person for a twin sharing inside cabin includes all port fees and taxes, but excludes gratuities

 

 

 

You’re talking about twin sharing and the per person price for double occupancy. 
 

This is the Solo Cruisers forum. That means *single* occupancy, which means paying up to double that PPDO price for cabins not specifically designed for solos.

 

The cheapest per-night solo fare I found for 2021 transatlantics is $84/night for an inside cabin on NCL Epic. About $100/night for single occupancy in a double cabin is still pretty darned cheap. 
 

I’ve just cancelled my April NCL TA at $200/night for a balcony (100% solo supplement) & NCL perks, and booked a September Celebrity TP at $190/night (100% solo supplement) for AquaClass on Solstice. The former was a good price, the latter is a bargain. Well, a bargain in a solo cruise fare context, anyway. 

Edited by coastcat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Forum Assistance
      • SPECIAL EVENT: Q&A with the Quark Expeditions Team!
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...