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Carnival used to be my go-to cruise line for cheap solo cruises, but lately they do not seem to have any.

 

However, if I check the NCL website everyday, I often find interior cabins (not solo) at the cheapest prices, not only do you have the extra room but on the last two cruises with them I was allowed to use the solo lounge (I have heard others were not allowed) but if you are like me not needing others to be with you an interior room is great.

 

Notice, you can still get good deals if you book a cabin for four or more on Carnival, I did that for my landlady and her sisters - they had a great time, but I was also invited along and since I did not want to share a cabin with four sisters I looked at getting a solo on the same ship --- it was only 25% less for just me as what they asked for the four women.  They really want to pack as many people as they legally can in a cabin.

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I went solo 3 weeks ago on the Legend to see Alaska.   I find $300 a night to cruise still a bargain.  I paid $2,200 for my 7 days and that included room, food, and entertainment.  Hotels today will cost you  $200+.  One good thing that helped me was I had a voucher to use from American Airlines.  9 months ago I gave up my seat to go on a later flight.  So my $430 Philly to Seattle flight was a freebie.   Doing that Alaska cruise was wonderful and worth every dollar.  I did three excursions.  I ordered one Margarita, and that was basically it for the extras

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On 6/18/2019 at 5:51 AM, ed01106 said:

Reread what you wrote.  Then ask yourself, "if I was the CEO of a cruise line how much effort am I going to put into attracting PerfectlyPerth to sail with us again?" 

 

In case you are missing what I am saying:  Every cruise line knows exactly how much each type of traveler racks up in on-board expenses.   If singles as a class spend less on drinks, casinos, port exertions, premium restaurants, spa, shops etc than couples than the cruise line has a strong incentive to want couples over singles. 

 

And then even with in the class, lets say the top 15% of singles spend on board $350+ per day, but you only spend about $25 a day. 

 

Take a wild guess  who is going to get the email "Congratulations as past single cruiser of XYZ lines we have a special offer exclusively for you.  The regular double occupancy price for cruise ABC is $1299 pp double occupancy.  But we have a special offer if you reserve within the next 7 days you can have the cabin as a single cruiser for only $1300.  Yes, that's right a $1 dollar single supplement.  But there is more, we will include a $150 OBC and rather than our normal policy of giving singles double points, for this cruise offer only we will triple them.   This offer is not transferable and only applies  the named rewards member." 

 

I will give you a hint:  You are not going to be on that email distribution list.  But the singles who spend $350 per day will be.  There is a reason why one of my sisters is constantly getting free hotel stays at the local casino, despite her claim she doesn't gamble very much.   

  

 

Ummm care factor zero! Seriously. I am not loyal to any specific line because I select my travels based on destinations. I really don't give a toss about "OBC" - that is not remotely part of my decision making process when booking my travel. And given some of my trips have cost over $60k each - I really don't care whether some bored CEO is checking what I am spending in a gambling den or giving any thought to whether I will travel with their line again.

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How little I spend per day may not give the whole picture.  I have been personally responsible for 9 people taking their 1st or 1st & 2nd cruise.  I paid all or much of the fares for the cruises.  If I wasn't cheap,  I couldn't afford it.  I enjoy solo cruising,  and I love introducing my family to cruising. 

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