Top five cruises for solo travellers

25 October 2015 ( 27 September 2016 )

Going on holiday alone needn't be a scary experience, and one of the best solo holidays to try is a cruise. Read our pick of the best cruises for solo travellers.

Travelling the world on your own is a great adventure. Solo travel can boost your confidence and make the experiences you have as you sail more meaningful.

You might also find that you become a better observer of the world around you. Being an outsider can positively impact the way that you view others and can give you a new perspective on life.

It might surprise you to find out that more than a fifth of Saga travellers prefer to travel alone.

Sail away on a solo cruise

Embark on a solo cruise and you will soon realise that such a vacation is much easier to plan than a traditional holiday. On a solo holiday like this you are the master of your own itinerary and budget. You decide which destinations to travel to, which cabin best suits you on board the ship, as well as the optimum amount of ‘me time’.

You will also share new experiences with new friends from the UK and elsewhere. It’s often said that meeting likeminded people in a holiday environment is one of the best parts of a solo cruise. Who knows, by the time you get home, you might miss all of this freedom!

Read on for five perfect cruise destinations for solo travellers...

Related: Cruising for solos; what you need to know.

Voyage to Scandinavia

Many cruises are voyages in search of sun, sea and distant shores – but cruises come in all shapes and sizes. Choosing to tour Scandinavia will allow you to do things like uncover the heritage and culture of the Vikings! During the winter months, you can also seek out the spectacular Northern Lights. Just make sure you wrap up warm, as the weather here might be a little brisk.

Popular stops on Scandinavian cruises include Norway, Denmark and the Shetland Islands. A Scandinavian cruise will show you the magnificent coastal scenery on the North Sea, as inhabited by the Viking civilisation in days past. Sail along the fjords of Norway, and you’ll find a landscape of mountains, waterfalls, farmland and wildlife that is truly unforgettable.

Meanwhile, a stop in Denmark with Saga offers visits to ancient port towns and the prosperous capital Copenhagen, the home of beloved children’s author Hans Christian Andersen.

The journey back to the UK will sometimes call in to Scotland too. Remote isles like Shetland give travellers a chance to explore the history of the Norse people in Scotland, while Glasgow has opportunities for culture and retail therapy.

Related: Why Norwegian cruises are perfect for solo travellers.

Adventure in Spain and Portugal

Travellers who cruise around coastal Spain will get the chance to explore Barcelona, Valencia, Lisbon and other sizzling destinations on the Iberian Peninsula.

Lisbon has majestic architecture, wide boulevards and an elegant riverfront that travellers will enjoy strolling along. The buzz of Barcelona is incomparable, epitomised by the bustling market stalls, boutiques and open-air cafes of Las Ramblas. Vibrant Valencia is the home of paella – what more do you need to know!

Take in the electrifying atmosphere of wonderful Spanish cities on an incredible adventure. You could even book a trip that combines mainland Spain with a visit to islands like the Canaries.

Related: The top reasons to choose a Mediterranean cruise. 

Discover the Dutch waterways

With some of the most well-connected canals in the world, there’s no better way to see the Dutch landscape than by cruise. The capital city, Amsterdam, has an incredible 165 canals. 

You can make the most of your vantage point from the ship to get a good look at the city’s wonderful architecture.

Spend your time in Amsterdam soaking up the uniquely European atmosphere. Whether you relax on the riverside in summer and watch people pass by on bikes or take a springtime walking tour in search of the city’s many beautiful flowers, you will fondly remember your time in Amsterdam.

The Netherlands is the ideal holiday destination for a solo traveller. Other highlights include cities and towns like Zaandam and Hoorn. 

Embrace your inner culture vulture and take a Saga cruise to this diverse country, which is teeming with intriguing museums, good coffee and beautiful tulips.

Related: Which is the best European river cruise for you?

Embark on a Mediterranean odyssey

Take in the best that the Med has to offer on a sun-seeking Saga cruise. Going on a Mediterranean odyssey can take you to places as diverse as the busy port of Santorini in Greece, the shimmering waterways of Venice and the historic city of Rome, to name just a few stops.

If you journey to Santorini, you will have the chance to walk on the edge of an undersea volcanic caldera. Look out for its incredible black-sand beaches and lovely villages with whitewashed houses built into the cliffs.

Consider spending a day touring the famous landmarks of Venice. The Piazza San Marco and the elegant Rialto Bridge will leave you in the mood to see more of beautiful Italy. This dreamy city can be explored independently, or on guided tours.

Rome – accessible from the beautiful, ancient port of Civitavecchia – boasts a number of sites protected by UNESCO World Heritage status. 

Take an expedition to visit renowned attractions like the Colosseum, Vatican City and the Trevi Fountain, where you can throw a coin over your shoulder for luck. 

Related: The top places to visit on a Mediterranean cruise.

Cruise to the Caribbean

Set sail for the sun-drenched shores of the Caribbean on a Saga cruise. Travellers will stop at many different islands, each with its own distinct character and history. Our luxurious Saga ships will take you across the ocean to destinations such as Antigua, The Azores, St Lucia and Barbados.

Highlights of the region include the welcoming and friendly island of Grenada, the most southerly of the Windward Islands. The aromas of the spices grown on this sunny island carry on the breeze as you take in the lush surroundings and gentle atmosphere.

The butterfly-shaped island of Guadeloupe is an overseas region of France that exhibits aspects of French culture with a Caribbean twist. Admire the Place de la Victoire, with its royal palms, mango trees and statues of famous island residents.

Many would say that the temperate climate in the Caribbean provides the perfect weather for a cruise – find out aboard an amenity-packed Saga ship sailing to these beautiful islands!

Related: The top reasons to take a Caribbean cruise. 

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