In the News for Single and Solo Travelers

By Diane Redfern

Update: March 21, 2017

Luxury DownUnder and No Single Supplement

If Australia is your aim and the budget is unconstrained, you should check out Bill Sydney Opera, photo courtesy of Bill Peach JourneysPeach Journeys as a possiblity for meeting up with some like-minded solos while in the land downunder. This long-established Australian company offers a selection of tours designed with single travelers in mind. Priced for gentile activities and high-end accommodation without single occupancy surcharges, upcoming tours include:

Details: Bill Peach Journeys, and look for the "Single Traveler" tab.


Riviera Travel Launches Go Solo Tours
Single Occupancy Rooms

Good news for singles! "We're delighted to offer the same passionately-created holidays that our customers have come to love, dedicated to those who wish to Go Solo." With those words another long-established British tour company has joined our list of single-friendly companies offering single-occupancy rooms priced without added single supplement charges. Eight "Go Solo" tours are currently available to book for 2017 in Europe and Worldwide. According to press information "Go Solo" participants may expect to be met at "their regional airport" and accommodated in a double room to themselves throughout their holiday. And as with all of Riviera Travel's tours and cruises, prices are transparent, with a fully-inclusive price and no additional single supplement. There will also be a range of regional airports and train stations available to ensure maximum convenience. Currently, the following Go Solo destinations are offerred: Bruges Belgium; Berlin, Dresden Germany; Normandy France; Classical Italy; Classical Spain; Sri Lanka; South Africa; India & Shimla.

Details: Riviera Travel


Solo Savings River Cruises
No or Lower Single Supplement

River Cruiser Baroness ©UniworldFor the past few years river cruise operators have been stepping up with offers to waive or reduce single supplement fees on selected sailings along the famous rivers of Europe. Lately, there has been a growing number of single-friendly deals for cruising on Asian rivers as well. And it looks as if 2017 will be no exception, as singles have numerous options to enjoy the comfort of a private cabin while sightseeing via the great rivers of the world. Solo savings apply to many different river routes, including the Danube, Douro, Main, Mekong, Po, Rhine, Rhône, Moselle, Saône, Seine, and the Yangtze. The offers are always capacity controlled and change frequently. For the latest dates and itineraries, check out the following river cruise companies:


Annual Round-up of Single Occupancy Staterooms

Photo credit: © "Cunard Reveals Queen Mary 2 Remastered" with 15 new Britannia Single Staterooms

© Cunard's Queen Mary 2, refurbished 2016The good news for single travelers continues to be all about the increasing availability of single-occupancy staterooms on board a never-ending lineup of cruise ships either being built or about-to-be built, or on older ships undergoing extensive refurbishments. If you are among the many who don't mind sailing solo but can't stand sharing a cabin with a stranger, things are definitely looking up for your next cruise vacation.

The trend toward adding single-occupancy staterooms to new ships began in 2010 with the arrival of Norwegian Epic and its 128 "studios" and associated lounges specifically designed for the comfort of solo guests. That trend is now becoming standard practice with several major cruise lines adding single-occupancy cabins to new ship designs as well as to refurbishments of older vessels. So how do things stand thus far in 2016:


Luxury Yachting All Over the World
No Single Supplement

The only French-flagged cruise line and world-leader in polar expeditions, PONANT Cultural Cruises and Expeditions, was founded in 1988 by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen Merchant Navy officers. With a fleet of small luxury ships, the company boasts a new high-end style that combines exceptional itineraries with five-star amenities. In October 2015, PONANT was acquired by Artemis Holding Company of the Pinault family, a move expected to strengthen the brand's competitive advantage globally. PONANT has just annouced it's 2016/2017 line-up of cruises, including two very special Antarctic voyages: Beyond the Polar Circle and Antarctica to Africa – (Wow! Wouldn't that be a trip to remember.)

Of particular interest to solo travelers, however, is a short list of selected cruises on offer without single supplement add-ons. Departures range from 4 to 14 days scheduled occasionally between April 2016 and October 2017. Itineraries include England to Portugal, Barcelona to Nice, Hawaii and French Polynesia, Indonesia to Australia, Bali to Hong Kong. Check it out here: PONANT


Singles Travel Service – A Better Way to Go!

New York, NY. "Give us a week, and we will give you back new friends, great adventure and a vacation you won't forget." That is a big aim, but Singles Travel Service is up to the task because Mark Braunstein, the company director, has established working relationships with travel agencies, dating networks, and singles event planners. By extending its reach in this way, Singles Travel Service brings together vacationers from sources far and wide. Here's what you may expect from Singles Travel Service, says Braunstein:

No need for single supplement fees: "We offer guaranteed roommate matching on all our tours," and any single who prefers a little more space may opt to upgrade."
Hosted exclusively for singles: "Our tours are always hosted by professionals knowledgeable in the adventure."
Variety and choice: "Even though we specialize in sports vacations, we also offer a large selection of international explorers, cultural tours, and fun cruises."

Details: Singles Travel Service.


Adventures for Singles Since 1989

Atlanta, GA. Adventures For Singles will soon enter its 28th year of presenting extraordinarily imaginative journeys for single and solo participants. All of AFS bucket-list destinations provide stimulation, education, relaxation, and adventure, says founder Suzy Davis who now has 140 country stamps in her passport. "We are dedicated to maximizing your vacation experience with the best value. All accommodations are upscale at three-star prices. And we do all the work for you so you can travel effortlessly and hasslefree."

The AFS focus is quality over quantity with only 16 meticulously planned adventures offered each year. AFS trips sell quickly as 75% of each group are repeat travelers. Countless "forever friendships" have developed as well as 21 marriages on these trips since 1989.

Details: Adventures for Singles.


Singles in Paradise – #1 From the West Coast!

As owner of Singles in Paradise, Ed Reder has been organizing singles travel for over 30 years. "Our trips are all thoroughly researched, custom itineraries," says Reder, "and we maintain complete control through direct relationships with the hotels, buses and guides, which also helps us secure the best possible prices."

Singles in Paradise specializes in adventure travel as well as tropical and European itineraries geared toward the physically fit. On average, 80% of Singles in Paradise travelers are in their 40s-50s, 10% are under 40, and 10% are over 60. Each tour is personally escorted by Ed, so participants may rest assured that everything will be well taken care of. And, Singles in Paradise is one of the few companies that purchases blocks of airfare from LA so the group can all travel together, which, says Ed, "will save singles hundreds of dollars. Plus our roommate matching program also adds up to big savings."

Details: Singles in Paradise.


Singles Travel Getaways

Roswell, GA. Singles Travel Getaways has been organizing vacations just for singles since 1994. Back then, founder Eric Kravitz started out as a division of Travel Services Worldwide called All Singles Travel. Later on, he went to Singles Travel Escapes and then took some time to write a book. But he just couldn't stay away from the travel business and came back reincarnated as Singles Travel Getaways. He usually offers a dozen or so trips each year.

Details: Singles Travel Getaways.


One Traveller – Best for Mature Singles
No Single supplement

One Traveller is the UK's number one singles holiday specialist for the over 50s. Created in 2007, this family-run company is the brainchild of travel expert Ian Darkin, who has escorted singles holidays all over the world. Ian's vision is to address the shortcomings he spotted during his time as a full-time tour manager by designing holidays specifically for the mature solo traveller. One Traveller provides an opportunity for like-minded single people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s to travel in a safe environment on a holiday with no single supplements.

Details: A handy feature on the One Traveller site allows you to view all of the destinations in departure date order. Visit this page here: Holiday Availability.


Kick-start Your Spirit of Adventure With BikeHike Adventures

Vancouver, BC. BikeHike Adventures specializes in small group, multi-sport, worldwide adventures. Company Director Trish Sares says "We are single-friendly, with no extra fees for solo travelers. We match single travelers of the same sex, and if we can't find a partner, individuals get their own room at no additional cost."

Three-quarters of BikeHike Adventures travelers join on their own. They come from all over the world anticipating an unforgettable, soul enriching and empowering active vacation using their own muscle-power. Mountain Biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and caving are just a few examples of the high adventure activities that await. Destinations include countries in North, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Trip levels are graded into four categories: easy, moderate, and challenging – something to suit everyone.

Details: BikeHike Adventures.


SoloMate Travel – First-Class Trips

The folks at SoloMate Travel understand that it can be hard for singles to find people to travel with. "That's why," says founder Andrea Leber, "I started SoloMate Travel, so that singles could enjoy the hassle-free experience of a preplanned, escorted trip with 6 to 14 like-minded travel chums. A small group allows us to see more and do more with a greater feeling of friendship. We pride ourselves that many clients return for new adventures with us."

While "first class" is top priority, travelers looking for the most cost effective holiday may save money with SoloMate's guaranteed room-share program, yet anyone wanting a private room always has the choice of selecting the single occupancy option, which Leber has negotiated to the lowest possible price. In choosing SoloMate as a travel partner, solos may rest assured that they are joining one of the most exclusive singles vacations on the market. "That's a promise," says Leber.

Details: SoloMate Travel.


SinglesCruise.com – A Full Season of Cruising Just for Singles

Ft Lauderdale, FL. When you travel with SinglesCruise.com, you travel single but not alone. SinglesCruise.com is part of Travel Leaders Leisure Group, a division of Minneapolis-based Travel Leaders Group. Such hefty backing is only one reason why this specialist agency ranks among the largest and most successful singles cruise operators in the United States. Just as importantly, SinglesCruise.com has been booking singles cruises featuring exclusive events hosted by a dedicated staff of cruise directors since 1991. SinglesCruise.com guests may expect private meet-and-greet singles events, cocktail mixers, dance lessons, lectures, theme parties, and a separate "singles mingle" dining area that allows new dinner companions each night. Other extras include complimentary roommate matching, singles-only shore excursions and the opportunity to connect with singles on your cruise in a private online chat forum before the cruise sets sail.

Details: SinglesCruise.com.

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