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Old 09-12-2018, 08:41 PM
 
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I have never been on a cruise and am considering it now. However, I will be traveling alone. Are the prices all double occupancy? I am checking last minute cruises as my vacation is less than a month away. Also, how much money would I need to plan on above the quoted price of the cruise? I live 4 hours from departure city so would drive to that.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Yes, the prices listed are per person for double occupancy. As a single, you will either need to have a friend come along or pay extra in the form of a single supplement to get a cabin to yourself. You should be able to find the single supplement cost listed on the cruise line’s website.

How much additional money you’ll need will depend partly on what is included in the price for the cruise (usually you’ll want to buy a drink package, and tips for the crew are usually not included in the price, nor is dining in any specialty restaraunts), and partly on what you choose to do during port visits.
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Several cruise lines have ships that offer cabins specially built for singles. NCL even had them with their own lounge area for singles/solo travelers.

Occasionally, single supplements will be reduced to 150%. I remember princess used to do this, but I haven't looked in years.

Best thing you can do is to get involved with a GOOD travel agent. That would be the thing to do to assure you get the best price and, more importantly, help you find a cruise that will fit what you want and enjoy. As a solo traveler, I think it's REALLY important to consider your preferences.

Big box and big online travel agents have their place, and I use them. But I've been on 20+cruises. As a first time cruiser, you should not use them. You would be FAR better off with a different type of travel agent.

PM me if you want a recommendation for a very good, personalized Agent. (Other frequent posters on this forum also use her.)
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:44 AM
 
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I've been on multiple cruises and my next one will most likely be solo.


I would recommend you go vacations to go dot com. In there, they have a link that will show you the price for traveling solo. That way, you'll see the real number without having to estimate for the single supplement.


Then, after you find a cruise you like, you can book through their agent or from the cruise line. It's a great place to compare prices across different dates, places, and cruise lines.
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I've been on multiple cruises and my next one will most likely be solo.


I would recommend you go vacations to go dot com. In there, they have a link that will show you the price for traveling solo. That way, you'll see the real number without having to estimate for the single supplement.


Then, after you find a cruise you like, you can book through their agent or from the cruise line. It's a great place to compare prices across different dates, places, and cruise lines.
I think Vacations to go has a TERRIFIC search engine. Just great, and I use it often. But I won't use them again for booking a cruise, and I sure as heck wouldn't recommend them for an inexperienced cruiser.

New cruisers will greatly benefit from a good, personal travel agent who specializes in cruises. Experienced cruisers can use big, online travel agencies - but there are MUCH better ones that VTG, both in pricing and customer service.

For mass market cruises, booking directly with the cruise line rarely produced the cheapest deal (Note I said "deal" not price. Two different things when discussing cruise pricing.)
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:01 PM
 
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I think Vacations to go has a TERRIFIC search engine. Just great, and I use it often. But I won't use them again for booking a cruise, and I sure as heck wouldn't recommend them for an inexperienced cruiser.

New cruisers will greatly benefit from a good, personal travel agent who specializes in cruises. Experienced cruisers can use big, online travel agencies - but there are MUCH better ones that VTG, both in pricing and customer service.

For mass market cruises, booking directly with the cruise line rarely produced the cheapest deal (Note I said "deal" not price. Two different things when discussing cruise pricing.)
We booked our first cruise using a website. I guess it all depends on the needs of the person. I don't see the benefit of having a cruise agent unless one is afraid or gets overwhelmed by options. I hope you aren't shilling for your friend.

As far as deals vs price, I don't drink so I don't care about drink packages. I never go to any of the upcharge specialty restaurants, and I know how to research the best deals with onboard credits.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I think Vacations to go has a TERRIFIC search engine. Just great, and I use it often. But I won't use them again for booking a cruise, and I sure as heck wouldn't recommend them for an inexperienced cruiser.

New cruisers will greatly benefit from a good, personal travel agent who specializes in cruises. Experienced cruisers can use big, online travel agencies - but there are MUCH better ones that VTG, both in pricing and customer service.

For mass market cruises, booking directly with the cruise line rarely produced the cheapest deal (Note I said "deal" not price. Two different things when discussing cruise pricing.)
I did not use a travel agent for my first cruise and still haven't after going on many! Cruise line websites give plenty of information and there are many ways to contact them directly so ask questions. I just don't see the point of using agents these days with the accessibility one has to online information.
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Old 09-21-2018, 08:21 AM
 
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I did not use a travel agent for my first cruise and still haven't after going on many! Cruise line websites give plenty of information and there are many ways to contact them directly so ask questions. I just don't see the point of using agents these days with the accessibility one has to online information.
I'd agree. I've done the same. I really thought travel agents went the way of Blockbuster video... killed off by the accessibility of the internet.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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When someone asks the kind of questions asked by the OP, they need some assistance beyond the extensive research available on line. Clearly, the OP knows nothing about cruises and probably very little about traveling in general. I'd say that's somebody who really should get some personal assistance from a human that they can talk to BEFORE they shell out thousands of dollars.



The travel agent that I would have recommended is not my "friend" and I'm not "shilling." She is someone that I used several times. Her advice and expertise save me a lot of money, endless hours of time and disappointment during those cruises when I was a newbie, or sailing on a cruise line with which I was unfamiliar. Both of which describe the OP.



We can agree to disagree, but I will continue to say that inexperienced cruisers will have a better result if they use a good TA. Experienced cruisers are a different community entirely, and usually don't need a TA.
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Old 09-21-2018, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Cruises are priced "per person" BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY. So, consider that the cabin is double the "per person" price. Very few lines have "solo" cabins...and those that do rarely are "1/2 price" of a standard cabin.
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