I'm contemplating a solo cruise and looking at the costs, I've heard about the "single shares" program that some ships run (where they pair you with a roommate). I thought it was the same cost a double occupancy room but a travel agent sent me some prices and it seemed more expensive. Is it more? Has anyone done this? How was there experience? I'm not liking this travel agent and everyone here gives such great advice I thought I'd ask.
Why do the cruise lines charge so much for the single supplement. Most places I've traveled alone before (even Club Med) it's only 20-30%.
Kimberly, your question re. cruise lines charging so much for single supplements is one that has been asked and talked about for quite some time. I agree it isn't fair, but sometimes travel agents do find good prices without the supplement.
I just always tell people to consider an organized singles cruise with a roommate assigned according to age, smoking or non, early or late riser, etc. The prices for these cruises are always terrific. Check out the Singles Cruise calendar in Cruisemates' Singles section, especially the Cruisemates cruise July 4th sailing from Miami.
In addition, there is a club called J.U.G.S. (Just Us Girls) that finds congenial female traveling companions. Check out my article on that.
Good luck, and if you have more questions, just ask. We're a friendly bunch here on the Singles Message Board...and all over Cruisemates, for that matter.
On Princess, you can get a "guaranteed share" booking for the same fare as double occupancy -- but there is one caveat. If you book relatively late, they might insist on pairing you with somebody who already has a guaranteed share and remains unmatched. While you probably will get the type of cabin that you wish (inside, outside, balcony, etc.), it might not be the lowest available category of that type. In other words, you might have to pay for a cabin on an upper deck rather than on a lower deck. You probably can circumvent this by booking early, but be sure to have your travel agent check for lower fares periodically until you make your final payment (when the booking becomes non-refundable).
Personally, I'm just as happy to book a cheaper cabin and pay the single supplement -- which is typically 50% or 60% for an inside or standard outside cabin. Standard cabins have plenty of room for one person, and an inside cabin is adequate for sleeping, bathing, and changing clothes. I don't take cruises to hang out in my cabin!