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Cann - Answered a Question by Halliday (02 Sep 08 21:48)

Hi, we went on the Ventura maiden cruise in April and as it was a special occasion we had 2 cabins - one outside with a balcony and an inside. (my husband snores!) About 4 thousand but it was my 60th and my husbands 70th. Well worth it as I had good sleep and it was very romantic when he came to my cabin at 8 all dressed up in his DJ. Have a great cruise, Wendy and John - Torquay.

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Johnstone - Answered a Question by Halliday (30 Aug 08 21:50)

Not very many and mainly the older ships. You can of course book a double cabin for single occupancy, but the single supplements can vary a lot. If you already have an idea of where you want to cruise, speak to a travel agent that specialises in cruising to find out which ships have the lower supplements.

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MORRIS - Answered a Question by Halliday (30 Aug 08 22:02)

I have recently booked a cabin for single use on Island Star. Normally this would have been expensive as Island along with most cruise lines usually marks up to 100% extra for single useage, but when I enquired seems Island had an offer on for one month only *(Oct - Nov) and charged only £250 extra for the fortnight in a twin room - which is very good. Alternative to ringing them and others and asking (the US lines are usually very expensive for singles) try Gills Cruises as they do various cruises for people wanting a single cabin and some are fairly reasonably priced. I am afraid you just have to do a lot of phoning around and/or surfing the net - good luck!!

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Roberts - replied to MORRIS (31 Aug 08 09:21)

The single supplement on Island Cruises has been reduced by 50% since April http://www.islandcruises.com/press/release/22 I recently booked to go on the Island Escape in Oct following seeing a special offer in my local paper. The price came to £900 for sole occupancy of an outside cabin with the all inclusive package. I decided to book an additional week as it's my birthday and the total price came to £800....yes £100 cheaper for two weeks so it's worth phoning around and looking at various permutations. From looking myself all the major cruise liners charge a single supplement even the ones that have single rooms (a charge for sole occupancy in a single cabin to me is stupid). One thing to be aware of is when booking online is that most dont usually show you the additional sole occupancy charge until you have gone through all the steps to book the holiday. I'd recommend phoning around.

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Miller - Answered a Question by Halliday (31 Aug 08 12:48)

Free. Olsen and SAGA have a significant number of single cabins. Prices vary and there is no single formula. Look at their websites or ring the companies' reservations office.

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Ahab - Answered a Question by Halliday (03 Sep 08 02:52)

As a rule cruise companies charge "per room", as do many hotels, irespective of whether one or two people occupy it. Their justification is that they make their real profit from the xtras, bar, tours etc. that you buy.Two people buy twice as much. Only at the last minute, on the principle that any profit is better than none, do they offer sensible discounts. On the airfare element they claim that they block buy in advance and that some considerable time before the sailing date "release" back unsold tickets. So "Sorry we have to charge you the standard airfare" .

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reece - Answered a Question by Halliday (03 Sep 08 11:42)

I would also like to know the answer to this question, as island escape have single cabins, but they still charge single supplements, this is unfair, as these days there are a lot of single travelers.

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OConnor - Answered a Question by Halliday (11 Sep 08 15:47)

The Athena has two cabins for one. This is a small cruise ship, fine for a first cruise. Very comfortable and good food. I fly from Dublin to cruise with Island Cruises in the Med., I always round up a family member to join up with me, failing that put a note in the church porch or local library to find someone in the same boat as you. (pardon the pun) Join a gym or club and there are always singles who would love to cruise but can't afford to pay for two. It's worth a try. Good luck! Maura R .

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