Here are 5 things you need to know about going solo:
Usually about 8% of those on board a river cruise are travelling on their own so of an average of 150 passengers, 12 would be solo.
With the small number of passengers on board a river cruise ship, it’s a naturally social environment and the crew especially gets to know everyone within about 24 hours. So they are particularly focused on knowing the solo travellers and looking out for them whether it’s ensuring that they are happy with their dinner arrangements (solo, with another person or at a large table) or making sure that you have returned safely on board after an excursion.
Most river cruises are on an All Inclusive board basis which means that meals and drinks are included. That means once on board, you pay for almost nothing! In addition, river cruises offer daily entertainment including local cultural shows and regional fresh cuisine prepared by European trained chefs.
One of the best things about a small river cruise ship is that they dock in safe areas in the centre of towns or cities. With fewer people on board and landing in the centre of things, river cruising is for the traveller who wants to experience the destination in depth which you can do independently or in one of the many shore excursions that are led by English speaking local guides.
Many river cruise companies have special offers for solo travellers or have dedicated single cabins on board which means that you don’t have to pay any single supplements. These need to be booked well in advance as they sell out very quickly. Some companies offer no single supplements at certain times of the year such as the Festive season which includes Christmas markets and Christmas and New Year cruises.