Going Solo: The Best New Cruise Ship for Single Travellers

Photo: Woman reading a book on veranda onboard Oceania Cruises' ship

There are plenty of reasons people choose to travel solo by cruise ship: meeting other like-minded travellers, the convenience of having a familiar home-base and the ease of a pre-planned itinerary being just a few. But on many cruise lines, traveling alone can also mean paying a premium to occupy a stateroom meant for two. The newest ship from Oceania Cruises will challenge that with personalized experiences specific to solo travelers — including cabins built for a party of one.

A Superyacht of the Sea

Sailing in 2023, Vista promises to set a new standard in residential-style stateroom luxury. For the first time in Oceania's nearly 20-year history, the all-veranda accommodations will feature a new category of staterooms dedicated exclusively to solo travellers. Measuring around 270 square feet, these new single staterooms boast many of the luxurious amenities of double cabins — such as oversized rainforest showers, large vanities, Tranquility memory foam beds and generous storage space — as well as additional Concierge-level perks, including priority embarkation, free laundry service, room service and special access to the exclusive Concierge lounge. You’ll even be welcomed with a complimentary bottle of Champagne, perfect for enjoying on your private, oceanfront balcony.

Photo: Vista sailing in Norway

New Gourmet Dining Experiences

Oceania Cruises is no newcomer to gourmet dining. Led by Master Chef Jacques Pépin, the culinary experience known as The Finest Cuisine at Sea® reinforces its reputation aboard Vista with several unique culinary enhancements. In addition to established favorites from Asian to Italian and everything in between, experience new dining additions like Ember, a fusion of inventive American creations and time-honored classics, and Aquamar Kitchen, a fresh perspective on dining and the pursuit of wellness. Best of all, specialty dining is complimentary and all venues feature open seating, allowing solo travelers to dine whenever and wherever suits them, enjoying a Michelin-grade meal alone or gathered with newfound friends.

Photo: View of Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center onboard Vista

Luxury Inclusions

Like Oceania Cruises’ other stunning ships, there is plenty to explore and enjoy aboard Vista. Join a fascinating conversation with a historian, naturalist or former ambassador, indulge in a treatment at Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center, take an oil-painting workshop at the Artist Loft or attend a hands-on cooking class at The Culinary Center. As the sun sets, sip a handcrafted cocktail or vintage wine in one of the many lively bars, attend a spectacular Broadway-style production show or take in an unforgettable musical performance. Known for their extensive inclusions – from included airfare to complimentary specialty restaurants, free Wi-Fi and special pricing with their OLife Choice package – Oceania Cruises promises a new level of all-inclusive luxury aboard Vista for singles and couples alike.

Reprinted with the permission from Travel Leaders Network | Dayna Engberg | April 21, 2022