TRAVEL – TOM SMITH– More and more single travelers are looking at European river cruises for a trouble free vacation and the chance to see a great deal of Europe while only unpacking a suitcase once! The European river cruises offer small ships, open dining and inclusive shore excursions. What has been traditional in the past is that the single or solo traveler books a double cabin and pays for 2 while it is only he or she that will occupy the cabin. But, now things are starting to open up on most of the major river cruises. These cruises are relaxed and casual and because there is a small number of passengers on each ship (180 to 200) there is the chance to socialize easily. On board there are cruise directors that can really be helpful to the single traveler by connecting them and getting them involved with activities. The cruise itineraries really see the highlights of each country they sail through. The ships dock in the city center and it makes it easy to see the sights.
Good news from European river cruise lines now have single accommodations! For examples Scenic Cruises has one single balcony suite per ship, six Ama Waterways ships offer single occupancy staterooms. Tauck will feature four dedicated cabins per ship for singles. Uniworld will have one cabin per ship. Other cruise lines offer a good value for single travelers: A-Rosa has Category C thru F single supplements at a discount. Avalon Waterways has hundreds of solo travelers each year and waives single supplements on certain voyages. Uniworld provides single travelers with reduced single supplements on many departures as well as waived single supplements on 29 voyages in 2014. Ama Waterways has many designated voyages with no single supplement. Multiple 2014 Ama Waterways “wine themed” voyages also have waived single supplements if the cruise is booked and deposited by January 31, 2014