Expert Author Anil Swarup

If the track 'Sail On' by The Commodores leaves you longing for the freedom of life on the ocean waves, it's completely understandable. Sea breezes, tantalizing horizons and no two days that are ever the same. The great news for single travelers is that many of the major cruise companies now cater especially for passengers on their own. Here are five cruise lines to consider for your next singles' cruise. Happy sailing!

Crystal Cruises
With a definite dash of opulence, Crystal Cruises is ideal for the single traveler seeking a touch of luxury. With up to 15% of their passengers traveling alone, their cruises offer singles' parties, gentleman hosts and assigned dining room seating so you're guaranteed to sit with the same people (if you want to of course!). Be sure to seek out the Creative Learning Institute. Activities on offer include language classes - ideal if you meet an enigmatic stranger speaking in a strange tongue. If your aim is to shoot for the stars don't miss the astronomy lessons!

Singles Supplement: This varies from around 25-50%.

Norwegian Cruise Lines
The cruise ship Norwegian Epic offers an astonishing 128 singles cabins, together with the Studio Lounge, an exclusive area to hang out and meet other singles. At certain times the lounge has its own bartender. For the 'morning after the night before' syndrome coffee making facilities are also on tap. What more could you ask except for no single supplement? Well, guess what....

Singles Supplement: A big fat zero

Holland America Line
Famed for their accommodating (excuse the pun) approach to singles, Holland America offers plenty of social activities that don't require partners. Ladies, be sure to take your cocktail dresses for the cocktail mixer evening. If wine is your preference, discover new tastes on a wine tasting night. Unfortunately, there are no deals for solo travelers but you can join a Single Partner's Program for same sex room sharing.
Singles Supplements: From 140 up to 200% so the Single Partner's Program is a great idea if your budget is limited (leaving more money to sample that cocktail menu!).

The P&O Azura and Ventura cruise ships boasts 18 cabins exclusively for the use of solo travelers. What's more, there are no solo supplements on these en-suite boutique style cabins kitted out with flat screen televisions. A warm welcome awaits you in your cabin with complimentary water and the alluringly named 'pamper packs'. Be sure to visit The Retreat - an adults-only haven.

Singles Supplement: Another big fat zero

Cunard offers a relaxed ambience for solo travelers who are normally assigned to dining tables with other singles. Budding thespians can take part in drama workshops and performances by the Royal Academy while gentleman hosts are available for ladies who love to dance.

Singles Supplement: Discounts are rare - up to 200%.

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