The answer to the question in the title – who goes on a singles cruise? – may appear ludicrously simple, and in one sense it is. Singles obviously go on singles cruises, and this is their greatest feature. Who else would take a cruise that exclusively caters to singles? But the word “single” ranges over many types of people, so we wanted to look into the different kinds of singles that take singles cruises. There are singles who go on these cruises to hook up and not much else, and this is probably the type of single that many people think of when they hear of singles cruises. But not everyone takes a singles cruise just to hook up with other passengers. Many people take them to meet other people who are at a similar stage in life as they are; that’s why there are singles cruises for specific age groups. Other people take them to meet like-minded people, and hence the existence of, for example, the Christian singles cruises that pop up from time to time. Basically, lots of different types of singles take singles cruises for lots of different reasons. A singles cruise needn’t be a celebration of promiscuity.
While there are lots of singles who take singles cruises to form meaningful, long-lasting relationships with other people, there can be no doubt that there are plenty of passengers who are just looking for a casual connection. Such passengers have roughly the same mindset as college students on spring break. They want to drink, dance, meet someone, head back to the room together, and you can fill in the details from there. Often, such a single is focused on the people he or she meets only during the voyage, and then doesn’t pay them any heed after the trip has run its course. These singles would probably be interested in, for example, the six-night Carnival singles cruise that leaves from Ft. Lauderdale. It is only for people in their 20s and 30s, and it occurs during the prime of spring break, from March 17th to March 23rd. There are also cruises only for those who have been divorced, and some of the passengers on these cruises may be eager to find a now-single person to have some fun with. We’re not passing judgement on any of these people – we’re merely saying that a sizable portion of singles who take singles cruises are only interested in hooking up with other singles in the basest of ways.
However, this is not the case with many passengers on board singles cruises. Consider, for example, the Christian Singles Christmas Cruise. The point of the cruise is largely to bring together singles to meet each other, but this Christmas cruise is not marked by the carefree decadence that tends to characterize some singles cruises. Spiritual formation and “wholesome” fun are a large component of the cruise, and many of the singles who take these kinds of cruises are hoping to form serious relationships with other passengers who share their core beliefs. There are also singles cruises that are specifically for senior citizens. Some passengers hope to meet partners, but a lot of the people who take these cruises are merely looking to spend time with people with whom they share a lot in common.
Needless to say, many singles on singles cruises have multiple motivations. In part, such people are interested in encounters that carry no attachments, but they may also be looking for a more serious relationship. The basic point we are trying to make is that there is not one kind of single that goes on singles cruises. Lots of people associate the I-only-want-to-hook-up mentality with all singles cruises, but this is not always the case.
For related discussions, check out our article on those who should take single cruises and those who should not take single cruises. We also dedicated an article to the tricky question of whether those in an open relationship or polyamorous relationship should take singles cruises.