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Single Cruisers - What Percentage Are You Willing To Pay For Solo Occupancy?

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Hi  Calling all single cruisers.  Most cruise lines charge extra for solo occupancy (I am not getting into the rights or wrongs of this supplement) but what percentage extra are you willing to pay in order to go on a specific cruise.  In my case I am willing to pay upto 25% extra without feeling ripped off, and would definitelyI refuse to pay more than a third extra   As a single cruiser what supplement do you consider reasonable?

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I have never done a cruise on my own and can honestly say, I would probably find it a bit daunting if I did, but from what I have seen, I won't be doing it anytime soon due to the sheer expense.  The only way I see it as being value for money at the moment is with cruise lines that offer specific single person cabins like P&O and NCL.  

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As little as possible….. It really gets to me that even a single cabin is loaded and sometimes costs more than paying a single supplement.

 

I got a questionnaire from P & O on line after my last cruise and did put it on along with other things….

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I hope I do not ruffle any feathers but I understand that 2 berth cabins do need a supplement in order to balance the amount spent on board between a single and 2-4 passenger cabin, afterall the cruise companies are a business and are set to make profit (too much profit is another debate) . however i completely agree a specific single cabin should be priced fairly, charging guests the same per passenger price as a comparable two berth grade.

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Hi  Calling all single cruisers.  Most cruise lines charge extra for solo occupancy (I am not getting into the rights or wrongs of this supplement) but what percentage extra are you willing to pay in order to go on a specific cruise.  In my case I am willing to pay upto 25% extra without feeling ripped off, and would definitelyI refuse to pay more than a third extra   As a single cruiser what supplement do you consider reasonable?

 

 

I have never done a cruise on my own and can honestly say, I would probably find it a bit daunting if I did, but from what I have seen, I won't be doing it anytime soon due to the sheer expense.  The only way I see it as being value for money at the moment is with cruise lines that offer specific single person cabins like P&O and NCL.  

 

 

I've done two cruises on my own, one on Fred Olsen's Braemar for 14 days up the Amazon and to Devil's Island and one on Queen Mary 2 for a trans Atlantic crossing last November. 

 

I certainly paid more than a 50% supplement  on the Fred Olsen cruise but, as the QM2 Trans Atlantic was a last minute deal it is hardly fair to attempt a percentage.

 

I enjoyed both and loved having a 'double' cabin/stateroom all to myself.

 

Having been in the hotel trade I can well understand the pricing structures.

 

I've also noticed that solo travelers find it hard to accept the economics of the system and do themselves no favours by perpetually moaning.

 

One very good reason to travel with Cunard. There is always a high percentage of solo ladies on board and no matter how many  I have met I have never yet heard a moan about their fares.

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I hope I do not ruffle any feathers but I understand that 2 berth cabins do need a supplement in order to balance the amount spent on board between a single and 2-4 passenger cabin, afterall the cruise companies are a business and are set to make profit (too much profit is another debate) . however i completely agree a specific single cabin should be priced fairly, charging guests the same per passenger price as a comparable two berth grade.

 

No feathers ruffled here AFC.

 

You are perfectly correct, the cruise companies calculate their prices on 'double' occupancy and that forms the basis of their pricing structure.

 

I get the feeling that P&O are now leading the way with the introduction of single cabins.

 

Personally, if I were a single traveler I'd prefer a larger cabin and bed. 

 

Just in case of course.   ;)  ;)

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I would just like to say that if I was 'moaning' about single fares and supplements then I wouldn't have done 20 odd cruises paying them. My objections is that people keep saying that there are single cabins on board… my point is - these cabins are loaded and it is far better value to pay a single supplement and have a double cabin. However, whilst paying this supplement it would be nice to get the same percentage in additional obc after all it isn't costing the cruise lines much to do this in comparison to what they are getting off the single cruiser.

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50% extra seems fair enough providing is it a cabin for two people not just for one person. After all only one person will be eating the food. If the cabin didn't sleep two why would we have to pay any extra. As for people spending on board sometimes one person of a couple doesn't drink because of medication so no income for the cruise company there. The tips would be the same but the steward would only have one bed to make, and the bathroom area has to be cleaned whether it's one or two people using it.

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I always sympathise with the cruisers requiring single occupancy .

We have a friend , a widow , who over the years has paid out a small fortune for her cruises. The fact that she lived alone meant she wanted to be on board over the Xmas and New Year holiday period and she really resented the amount 'over the odds' she paid for these highly supplemented cruises.

She felt that even though she was a single traveller she spent far more on board than many of the 'couples ' who had paid less for their cruise.

She said she had spent many years with different dining companions where 'couples' were so stingy with their on board spend , no wine , no tours purchased by them .

Whereas because she was travelling alone she always purchased the ships tours because she felt safer with organised tours, she went to the hairdressers for every formal evening ,purchased all the photographs and always had drinks with her evening meals. She also purchased many items from the shops on board.

Perhaps it might be fairer if the cruise line could in some way look at individual passengers historic on board spend via their loyalty number and agree a discount for such loyal single passengers.

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I always sympathise with the cruisers requiring single occupancy .

We have a friend , a widow , who over the years has paid out a small fortune for her cruises. The fact that she lived alone meant she wanted to be on board over the Xmas and New Year holiday period and she really resented the amount 'over the odds' she paid for these highly supplemented cruises.

She felt that even though she was a single traveller she spent far more on board than many of the 'couples ' who had paid less for their cruise.

She said she had spent many years with different dining companions where 'couples' were so stingy with their on board spend , no wine , no tours purchased by them .

Whereas because she was travelling alone she always purchased the ships tours because she felt safer with organised tours, she went to the hairdressers for every formal evening ,purchased all the photographs and always had drinks with her evening meals. She also purchased many items from the shops on board.

Perhaps it might be fairer if the cruise line could in some way look at individual passengers historic on board spend via their loyalty number and agree a discount for such loyal single passengers.

 

Interesting point Northern Star but, as you say, your lady wanted to cruise over Christmas and New Year.

 

Now in my experience that is the one time of year when the cruise lines don't discount. Indeed, we had one member on here earlier in the year claiming he had paid almost 3 times the normal fare for a Christmas week on Thomson.

 

So I would say that that particular gripe doesn't actually stand the test.

 

On the opposite side of the coin I have often mentioned my widowed neighbour. This year she completed her 8th World Cruise, all on P&O's Aurora.

 

I spoke to her earlier this week and her first sentence was ..."I had a Fab Time", promptly followed by the second..."Booked for next year".

 

Never a moan, never a problem. Makes one wonder sometimes.

 

Have a nice day.

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I always sympathise with the cruisers requiring single occupancy .

We have a friend , a widow , who over the years has paid out a small fortune for her cruises. The fact that she lived alone meant she wanted to be on board over the Xmas and New Year holiday period and she really resented the amount 'over the odds' she paid for these highly supplemented cruises.

She felt that even though she was a single traveller she spent far more on board than many of the 'couples ' who had paid less for their cruise.

She said she had spent many years with different dining companions where 'couples' were so stingy with their on board spend , no wine , no tours purchased by them .

Whereas because she was travelling alone she always purchased the ships tours because she felt safer with organised tours, she went to the hairdressers for every formal evening ,purchased all the photographs and always had drinks with her evening meals. She also purchased many items from the shops on board.

Perhaps it might be fairer if the cruise line could in some way look at individual passengers historic on board spend via their loyalty number and agree a discount for such loyal single passengers.

 

 

Or their loyalty to the cruise line and how much they have spent on cruises over the years.

 

 

But surely loyalty is rewarded already. It certainly is on P&O and Cunard.

 

That 5% off the fare for past passengers ain't to be sniffed at.

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Solent Richard not everyone is in the same financial position that your neighbour is obviously in. To be able to do so many World cruises on the Aurora paying single supplements is most peoples dream, single or widowed or neither.

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great news for single travellers cunard are to put single cabins onboard queen elizabeth as part of the refit so another ship with dedicated cabins for single occupancy

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great news for single travellers cunard are to put single cabins onboard queen elizabeth as part of the refit so another ship with dedicated cabins for single occupancy

Hi  As a single cruiser the addition of single cabins is welcomed but remember that these cabins are often 50-60% more than those of twin occupancy cabin per person price and in addition are usually positioned in unfavourable parts of the ships  Unfortunately they are also on Cunard and unless you sail Princess Grill or above the cruise experience isn't that great and Cunard always charge a 100% supplement for singles requiring Grill's class.

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Solent Richard not everyone is in the same financial position that your neighbour is obviously in. To be able to do so many World cruises on the Aurora paying single supplements is most peoples dream, single or widowed or neither.

 

Good afternoon Cruiseada.

 

Surely the financial position of relative solo cruise passengers is not the issue here.

 

Whether or not one has the money, the issue being discussed is the 'supplement' being charged and it's justification.

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They get you right left and centre…..

 

...and presumably in the wallet. ;)  ;)

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great news for single travellers cunard are to put single cabins onboard queen elizabeth as part of the refit so another ship with dedicated cabins for single occupancy

 

Yes Cruise Chef.

 

And isnt it interesting that this innovation is coming to Carnival Group cruise lines - Cunard and P&O. 

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I do not agree with the hefty pricing for single cabins but think that an extra 50% is acceptable in a twin cabin.

 

We have a widowed friend who continues to cruise but seldom manages to get a single cabin as there are so few of them.

 

However, I did meet someone who booked and paid a 'Getaway' fare for her and a friend. When the friend had to cancel at the last minute, the lady ended up with a twin cabin for half the price she would have had to pay had she booked as a single traveller.

 

Food for thought.....

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I'm fairly new to cruising, having only been on 2 cruises. On both occasions I paid extra to go into an inside double cabin. Trip one was on Azura, the cabin was relatively spacious - I opted for this as the single cabins were on the same level as the casino & I thought that it could be noisy. My second trip was on Oriana, there are only a couple of single cabins, so I had no option than to go for a double cabin, I was very glad that I was alone in the cabin as it was tiny, I really don't know how two people could exist in it!! I have booked to go on Britannia for her maiden voyage & again have gone for a double cabin (60% supplement!) as the single cabins were below the swimming pool, so again potentially noisy. One day I'd love to have a balcony cabin but I really can't justify the cost - I was going to have to pay £900 more on the Azura trip!! I'll just dream on!

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