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5 Ways to save when travelling solo

5 Ways to save when travelling solo

It doesn’t really seem fair that solo travellers pay more than those travelling with partners or friends – after all, you shouldn’t be disadvantaged for travelling alone.  However, from a hotel or ships perspective, the room or cabin price is set at a certain amount and if only one person is using that room, then it falls to them to cover the entire cost. 

So, how can you reduce your costs?  We’ve got a few tips:
1.     Check which cruise lines offer special solo deals.  Some cruise lines will offer a “matching” service where you can share the cabin with another solo traveller of the same sex and therefore pay the twin rate.  Some cruise lines will offer reduced solo traveller rates – in other words, you will still pay a surcharge, but not the full cabin price.  Occasionally you’ll find a special deal where there is no single surcharge at all.  Often these will be on select departures, or in select cabin grades, so it pays to check.
2.    If there are meet-and-greet cocktail parties before your cruise, it’s a great idea to go.  Not only are they fun and give you the chance to meet other solo travellers before your voyage, but if you meet other like-minded guests, you can often share taxis/sightseeing options and reduce costs.
3.    Check which transfers are included in the package.  Often the transfers to/from the wharf will be included but check if any others are.  For example, Ultimate Cruising includes chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from your home airport – so there are not airport parking fees. 
4.    Check what is included in your voyage – for example, are gratuities already included?  Are all meals, beverages and excursions?  Often a more expensive voyage ends up being far better value when you consider everything that is already included in the price.
5.    Talk to the experts.  Our team are fully trained on the various cruise lines and their offers so they have all kinds of tips and information that can be of benefit.  Give them a call and make use of their expertise.