SURGE IN GOING SOLO
River trips with rewards for lone cruisers
Planning a river cruise and looking to do it by yourself ? There’s never been a better time to travel solo. Select cruise lines are realising the surge in its popularity and so are dropping prices to lure us in. And it’s about time the dreaded single supplement was waived. Why should solo travellers pay for two?
In Lonely Planet’s recent research to coincide with The Solo Travel Handbook (lonelyplanet.com), it found more than one in three Australian respondents to its survey claimed to have felt disadvantaged when choosing to travel alone, despite 85 per cent of those asked having done, or planning to do, a solo trip in the future. And in the past, one in two Aussie travellers said they’ve had to pay a single person supplement when travelling alone, and 90 per cent of those surveyed said they would look positively on a company that did not charge this.
In this Choose Cruise (#ChooseCruise) month, we reveal river cruises that reward solo sailors.
AQUA EXPEDITIONS’ AMAZON AND MEKONG SAILINGS
Choose to cruise the Mekong or the Amazon with boutique river cruise line Aqua Expeditions’ solo traveller offer where the single supplement is waived on select departures.
Both the Aqua Mekong and the Aria Amazon have a capacity of 32-40 passengers which means you will be exploring and enjoying the experience with like-minded cruisers. Excursions include biking, hiking, fishing and swimming.
Afterwards, sit back and enjoy the renowned cuisine and company of fellow guests. On board there are spa treatments, cooking classes and entertainment programs.
Aqua Expeditions says solo guests incorporate cruises into longer travel itineraries in which they may choose to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia, stay in Phnom Penh or Ho Chi Minh City before or after a Mekong itinerary or take a trip to Machu Picchu or Lima, before or after the Amazon cruise. AQUAEXPEDITIONS.COM.AU
SEE EUROPEAN WATERWAYS WITH RIVIERA
Unprecedented demand from the solo-travel market has prompted fivestar river cruise line Riviera Travel to increase the number of cruises for solo travellers in 2019, with all cabins free of single supplements.
Four European river cruise itineraries have newly added departures reserved exclusively for solo travellers including a sevennight, roundtrip cruise from Porto along the Douro River in Portugal, two seven-night, roundtrip cruises from Budapest on the Danube River and a seven-night cruise on the Rhone and Saone rivers from Lyon to Avignon in France.
The cruises have been planned for spring and autumn 2019, when the destinations will be more relaxed so customers don’t have to jostle with summer crowds. The biggest river cruise operator in the UK market, Riviera Travel made its first foray into the growing Australian market in 2016. RIVIERATRAVEL.COM.AU
AVALON WATERWAYS’ ACTIVE DISCOVERY TOURS
Avalon Waterways’ has announced it has waived the single supplement across select European and Asian river cruises.
According to Avalon, its Active Discovery tours are popular with solo cruisers as they encourage passengers to explore. With itineraries such as the Active Discovery on the Rhone, solo travellers can admire the scenery of the French countryside, join a culinary walk to discover architecture and local specialties, or take a cooking class in Lyon. You can cycle, canoe and choose to take a chocolate factory tour, perhaps visit a French museum of perfumes or return home an accomplished artist by taking a painting workshop in Arles, in the style of van Gogh. AVALONWATERWAYS.COM.AU