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onewaytooz July 18th, 2007 05:12 PM

cruising solo
 
Hello
I keep asking this question on various message boards, but have yet to find a satisfactory answer.
I am planning to relocate to Australia - from North America. I have to travel solo. I cannot sleep with another person in the room. I need to fnd a cruise that a) is going to Australia and b) has low single supplement.
Can you help?
I am running out of time to book.
Thank you
onewaytooz (christine)

Donna July 18th, 2007 05:38 PM

I think you'd need to find a good travel agent that can tell you if there are some cruises that have specials for the single supplement. Sometimes you can find them, but it may take a cruise specialist that would know.

Good luck and Happy Cruising.

jeph July 21st, 2007 01:06 PM

go west, young woman
 
Christine, have you looked into freight vessels that also carry a small number of passengers? (Typically 12-20, if I recall...)

I don't know if Cruisemates has much info on this, but there are probably specialized websites about freighter travel you could check. From what I've heard, many people swear by this mode of cruising.

Good luck in your quest to avoid flying! (And who can blame you?)

Lisa July 21st, 2007 10:16 PM

I know for a fact that Princess has a couple of repositioning cruises that leave from California and end up in Sydney, Australia. They do this run maybe just twice a year...............but these cruises are long ones and therefore are not "cheap". You might find an agency with group space on one of these cruises. But frankly, you might be better off flying than cruising.

kryos July 24th, 2007 05:08 PM

Re: cruising solo
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by onewaytooz
Hello
I keep asking this question on various message boards, but have yet to find a satisfactory answer.
I am planning to relocate to Australia - from North America. I have to travel solo. I cannot sleep with another person in the room. I need to fnd a cruise that a) is going to Australia and b) has low single supplement.
Can you help?
I am running out of time to book.
Thank you
onewaytooz (christine)

I'm not an expert on single supplements, but I know Holland America offers some really decent ones, especially on long cruises ... generally 40 to 50%. If you take one of the luxury lines, from what I understand on certain cruises their single supplements run next to zilch because they run 2-for-one sales. But then you pay more for the cruise itself because it is generally all-inclusive.

Repositioning cruises will often be among your best deals since a lot of people would not want to deal with flying one way. Also, on a cruise going as far as Austrailia, your airfare coming back is not gonna be cheap. But in your case, since you wouldn't be coming back, that wouldn't be a problem.

Once you do book something, however, keep an eye on the prices for that itinerary. Get your travel agent to do the same. Repositioning cruises often drop in price over time ... simply because they often do not sell as well as a regular cruise. Thus, you could book at one price, and find that your price at the time of sailing has dropped a grand or more. Just keep an eye on this, and get your travel agent to cancel and rebook you at the lower price right up until you enter the penalty period.

Good luck to you and enjoy Austrailia!

Blue skies ...

--rita


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