If you’re thinking about going on a singles cruise, there are plenty to choose from. Singles cruises go to all the major cruise destinations – places like Alaska and the Caribbean – and they depart from many different locales around the world, ranging from Miami to Seattle to Barcelona. Singles cruises also last for varying lengths of time and take place throughout the year. There are even singles cruises that focus on specific holidays, like Halloween, or interests, like football. With all these choices, how do you decide which singles cruise is right for you?
The answer to this question of course depends on what you hope to get out of your cruise vacation. If you are primarily interested in meeting singles and don’t really care where a cruise takes you, then you have a lot more options from which to choose. You can basically choose any singles cruise you want because every one of them will give you ample opportunities to meet other singles. However, the aim of your cruise vacation might not be so one-dimensional. You probably want to travel to a cool part of the world (the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, etc.) that you want to see and meet singles along the way. Or you might be concerned with the cost of a cruise, in which case price will guide which singles cruise you end up booking. Some singles cruises start at around $500, but most are more expensive, and you can end up spending thousands of dollars depending on the type of on-board accommodation you seek. You’ll also want to consider where you live. Even after you book a cruise, only half your planning is over. You still need to figure out how to get from your home to the port of departure, and some ports are a lot easier (and cheaper) to get to than others.
Before deciding which singles cruise is right for you, you’ll also need to determine when you want to take a cruise, and for how long you want it to last. Is your time off from work restricted to certain parts of the year, and how much time do you get off? Are you determined to take a singles cruise during, say, spring break? (Carnival offers a spring break cruise, for the record.) Most singles cruises last about week, although there are several eight-night cruises and a few that last less than seven days. (The shortest we were able to find is a Carnival cruise that leaves from Miami that lasts for four days.) Finally, you need to make sure you book a singles cruise that is appropriate for your age group. Most singles cruises aren’t restricted by age, but some of them are, requiring all passengers to be, for example, 40 or older.
One rather obvious thing to keep in mind is that there aren’t nearly as many singles cruises as there are regular cruises, so you’ll likely have to settle for a singles cruise that isn’t perfect in every way. You may have to travel far to get to the cruise that goes to the place you want to go, or you may have to pay a little more for a cruise if it is the only one available during your time off. But there are still lots of singles cruises – there seem to be around a couple dozen or so a year – so you should be able to find one that is right for you.