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Riviera Travel last week announced they were offering an additional 300 cabins for solo passengers.

And as European river cruising resumes, cruise lines are now looking to create more offers and deals to entice solo travellers back. 

Some cruise lines waive the single supplement on select cruises, or have additional offerings for solo cruisers. 

We’ve found some of the best river cruises for singles so that you can save money on your next holiday and meet new people.

Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel is offering three hundred cabins for solo cruisers on select itineraries and cabin grades through April 2022.  

The reduced fare is offered on the eight day Seine, Paris and Normandy River Cruise for solo travellers, with prices starting at $4,789 compared with $8,958. The ship sails on the beautiful Seine River into one of France’s most historic and picturesque regions and you’ll enjoy all the usual inclusions such as morning/afternoon tea and coffee and all excursions without the additional cost.

You’ll sail on the 29th of March, 2022 on the MS Jane Austen, a ship that was built in 2015 and has a passenger capacity of 140.

There are only 300 hundred of these fares available and they are sure to sell out fast.

Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises’ single supplement is extremely high, with solo travellers paying up to 200 per cent of the rate that other travellers do. The rate can make travel expensive for solo travellers, however from time to time, the river cruise line offers discounts for solo travellers, but these fares are limited so you’d better get in quick so you don’t miss out. 

The room is exactly the same as a couple will get and you’ll still receive the same high quality of service that Viking is known for.

Uniworld

On occasion, Uniworld offers reduced fares without the singles supplement on select river cruise itineraries. The effect of this is that you only pay for single occupancy, which can save you around half of the cruise fare. 

Their itineraries have been carefully planned and designed for solo travellers. The excursion groups are small and you’ll have the opportunity to travel with other single travellers.

Scenic River Cruises

The best thing about travelling solo is that you don’t have to consider what someone else wants so you can travel wherever you want and do things at your own pace. The worst thing however is that you often pay more for less. In cruising this is known as the singles supplement. 

If you’re budget conscious though, you can now rejoice because  from time to time, Scenic sells cruise fares without the singles supplement so you will save money without compromising on the excellent service that Scenic is known for.

Unlike some other cruise lines, the staterooms on Scenic’s cruise ships are designed specifically for singles.

Emerald Cruises

Emerald Cruises’ intimate ships sail on some of Europe’s most iconic rivers, with itineraries carefully crafted to give guests immersive experiences in port.  Emerald’s cruise ships all feature two single staterooms with picture windows. The rooms are smaller than the other staterooms at 10.9 square metres compared with 15 square metres but you can save around 40 percent on the fare. 

The room includes an ensuite bathroom, complimentary WiFi, a flat screen TV and a deluxe single bed and is situated in the middle of one of the lower decks.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways is another river cruise line that offers specials for solo travellers throughout the year on select European river itineraries. The fares are available in limited categories and they sell out fast. You can’t book them online, so you’ll need to contact Avalon Waterways to find out what dates the reduced fares are available. 

Unlike some other cruise lines that offer a room with a single bed, it appears as though the bed configuration is the same as if two guests were travelling, without the additional cost. 

Crystal River Cruises

River cruising can be expensive, with solo travellers spending significantly more than those who travel as a couple or in a group. In some cases a solo traveller will pay double the rate that a travelling couple will.

It’s not all bad news though, with Crystal River Cruises offering a limited number of solo fares on their itineraries. The fares are extremely limited but if you’re lucky enough to snap one up, you could save up to 50 percent of the regular fare. 

You’ll still get the same level of service that full-fare guests on the line do, with selected drinks, unlimited Wi-Fi and internet access; and complimentary shore excursions.