The Best Cruises for Young Singles

Singles cruises are now often organized by age group.
Singles cruises are now often organized by age group. (Image: Space-kraft/iStock/Getty Images)

Singles cruises offer an all-inclusive and easy option to meet other young travelers. Voyages usually include the cruise, a room, food and activities that range from wine tastings and cooking lessons to theme dances and Jacuzzi parties. This wide variety of included items and close proximity with other active and social singles can result in good value for the young traveler on a budget. Before booking, call the cruise line to see how many other singles are expected to attend and the projected male-to-female ratio.

Halloween Spectacular Cruise

The Halloween Spectacular cruise is hugely popular with singles. Over 600 people were onboard in 2012. The cruise is typically a week long and the route varies. In 2013 the cruise departed from Miami and toured the Caribbean. There's a costume contest, Halloween-themed mixers and events, a 3D movie theater and a Broadway play. It all takes place aboard the Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. This ship is equipped with amenities such as climbing walls and surfing pools and exciting shore excursions that will appeal to young singles.

Singles Cruise’s 20s and 30s Spring Break Cruise

Departing from Fort Lauderdale, the 20s and 30s Spring Break cruise is a 6-night voyage specifically designed for younger singles. The Carnival Conquest ship takes you through the western Caribbean to white-sand beaches and azure waters and promises plenty of swimming and snorkeling. The trip includes cocktail parties, costume and theme nights, dance lessons, speed dating events, pub crawls, karaoke parties and shore excursions with activities such as ziplining, sailing, beach parties and more. Singles Cruise can pair you up with a roommate to cut costs and make friends, if desired.

Variety Cruises

Variety is known for its more intimate singles cruises. Its small ships and yachts sail to more far-flung destinations such as the Mediterranean, Seychelles, Costa Rica, Cape Verde and West Africa. The ships have only 25 to 30 cabins and they tend to stop at smaller ports instead of the larger, more touristy ones to give travelers a more authentic experience of each destination. Themed cruises, such as Yoga Cruises for the health-conscious and Rainbow Spirit Cruises for LGBT folks, help singles meet people with similar interests and sexual orientations.

Abercrombie & Kent

Travel outfit Abercrombie & Kent offers canal and river cruises for 20-somethings. Their cruises marry ultimate luxury with authentic experiences that explore in-depth the cultures and cuisines of their destinations. Enjoy fine wines and top-notch food as you explore Europe and its vineyards, historic buildings, country roads and tiny villages. Trips are typically nine to 10 days long and groups are limited to 24 people. Destinations include the Danube River at Christmastime, Paris and the south of France and Holland/Belgium.

Norwegian Epic

This cruise is seen as one of the best to meet other singles. Norwegian Epic offers 128 studio cabins that are intended and priced for singles. No single supplement is charged and occupants have access to the Studio Lounge, a social space where you can mingle with other solo travelers. Singles can also head to one of the 11 bars and lounges or the bowling alley, comedy club, spa or one of the 20 restaurants to meet other people. Entertainment offerings such as the Blue Man Group and a variety of casino and party events make being social easy.

Carnival Live! Cruises

Carnival offers short cruises that have lively party atmospheres that singles will enjoy. The three- to five-day cruises depart from Florida, Charleston and Los Angeles and visit the west Caribbean, the Bahamas or Baja in Mexico respectively. They also typically feature concerts with big name acts such as Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson and Lady Antebellum, though these concerts cost $20 to $40 extra. There are plenty of activities to keep singles occupied and mingling, such as swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, beach visits and touring ruins.

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