The idea of going on a cruise alone can be daunting — but especially in a post-COVID world, solo travel is the way of the future. Luckily, US News & World Report named Virgin Voyages “among the best cruises for solo travelers” in 2022, and that was before we opened new routes across Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. The verdict? There’s never been a better time to try something new. And doing so on your own terms.
Reconnect with yourself on a solo cruise
Partially as a result of a pandemic that closed borders, people are eager to get back out into the world. And data shows that people are increasingly willing to take on an adventure themselves if their friends or family can’t be convinced to join.
“There is a really wonderful circular relationship between self-esteem and traveling,” licensed psychologist Dr. Chloe Carmichael Peet told NBC News. “Traveling in itself is an act of confidence. The fact that you went somewhere by yourself demonstrates strength.”
We’re inclined to agree — although between the bounty of onboard shows and events we curate and our carefully compiled list of Shore Things for when you dock, you won’t need to demonstrate too much strength on a voyage.
A cruise for singles, couples, and everyone in between
People of any relationship status can find fun aboard one of our voyages, and our exclusively adult philosophy creates an alluring onboard atmosphere that draws like-minded people to one another.
Our Crew has put a lot of thought into inclusive activities and spaces on board the ship, from a “grog walk” (Virginese for “pub crawl”) through our many bars to the shared table concept at Gunbae, our convivial, first-to-sea Korean BBQ restaurant — where diners mingle while seated around a table, all sharing the same grill.
“I came expecting to relax, eat some great food and have fun. What I didn’t expect was to meet such an amazing group of humans while traveling alone,” posted Braunwyn Windham-Burke of The Real Housewives of Orange County about her experience cruising single on Scarlet Lady. “I’m coming back different than I left, healing through joy, stronger and more aware of myself.”
Our ships aren’t just retreats for the rich and reality TV-famous, though. The Insider and Sea View cabins are priced attractively for people traveling alone — and subscribers to the Virgin Voyages email list are often notified of promotions on double occupancy rooms with no single supplement, meaning you can spread out without the customary extra charge.
Solo travel on the rise
A 2022 study by MMGY found that one in four travelers plans to travel solo in the next six months. Will you be among them? Whether it’s with a classic, relaxing 4-night jaunt through the Caribbean or a sprawling 15-night getaway across the Mediterranean, you deserve some “you” time. See you on board!