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Cruise Circle for Solos

Cruise Solo Not Alone

Cruise Solo Not Alone

Introducing Cruise Circle for Solos: cruise groups for solo travellers who want to enjoy the benefits of solo cruising without the drawbacks of travelling alone.”

A New Concept In Solo Cruising

Whether you’re a seasoned independent traveller, you’ve always wanted to try going alone, or you just can't find a travel partner, there’s a lot to love about solo cruising:

  • You don’t have to rely on anyone else
  • You can enjoy your ‘me’ time
  • You get to choose your own pace
  • And most of all, you can do whatever you want — whenever you want!


But for all the great things about cruising solo… there are some downfalls that seem unavoidable.

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

“I enjoy solo cruises, but having a drink at the bar or dancing is no fun by yourself.”

“The singles supplement is so expensive! But I just can’t find any friends who like travelling the same way I do.”

“It’s great having freedom to cruise solo… but then I get to dinner and I’m embarrassed to sit alone.” 

"I hate having to answer everyone's questions about why I'm travelling alone. I can tell they think I'm weird.'"


If so, you’re not alone. And what's more, until now, your options for travelling solo have been pretty limited.

But at Encounter Travel, we live for the solo travel experience. And we believe singles cruising should be just as much fun, if not better, than travelling with friends or family.

Introducing Cruise Circle for Solos: Cruise Solo, Not Alone
Cruise Circle for Solos is a new concept in solos cruising: cruise groups for solo travellers who want to enjoy the benefits of solo cruising without the drawbacks of travelling alone. 

The idea is simple: we’ve partnered with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to create special exclusive travel groups — just for solo travellers like you to join. 

That means you can enjoy the luxury of a beautiful cruise vacation — without the usual problems of a solo trip, like being stuck alone when you are yearning for some company , or having nobody to split the room fees with. In short, it’s the best of both worlds!

And with a wide range of destinations including the South Pacific, New Zealand, Transpacific, around Australia, and more to come, Cruise Circle for Solos is the first offering on this scale in Australia’s history — and we’re incredibly excited about it.

Why Book With Cruise Circle For Solos?
Cruise Circle for Solos was designed with the independent solo traveller like you in mind. So when you book, you’ll get stuff that actually matters to you, like being able to:

  • Dine the way you want, every night. Every single night, there’s a table set just for your group, ready for you to join. Feeling social? Enjoy a meal with the group. Want some time to yourself? Dine solo tonight. You have complete freedom to choose how you want to dine — whether secluded or social.

  • Travel with friends, not strangers. Before every cruise, we’ll give you the chance to get in touch with the other solo travellers who are going to be cruising with you — so you can make friends before you even set foot on the ship or ‘set foot onboard’ together. So if you’re nervous about travelling with a stranger, don’t be — because you’ll be friends before you even get on the ship!

  • Enjoy pre-arranged drink meeting times. Before you travel, we’ll give the whole group some pre-arranged meeting times and venues — so you’ll know where to go if you want to catch a drink with some friends. No more drinking alone on solo cruises!

  • Save money by sharing a room. One of the worst things about solo cruising is that you’re forced to pay the single supplement fee — just because you have no travel partner. Of course, if you want to book out your own room, that’s fine — but if you don't mind sharing, we’ll match you with a same-gender buddy, and you’ll both save. It’s completely up to you.

  • We take the risk, so you don’t have to. If you tried to find a cruise partner on your own, and they cancelled on you, you’d be on the hook for all those hefty cancellation fees — and maybe even losing your booking! But with Cruise Circle for Solos, we offer financial protection on your booking — so you don't lose out if your cabin mate cancels.
     

The ‘Not-So-Fine’ Print
We truly believe this is going to be an AWESOME opportunity for singles cruising. But before you rush to book, there are a few things we do want you to know:

 

  • This is an unescorted cruise! We’ll provide the bookings, the meal reservations, the bar times, and the friends — but the rest is up to you. Yes, we know this freedom is exactly why you want to do this. But we’ve got to be clear!

  • Specialty restaurants are not included. We want you to be able to choose whether you want to dine at specialty restaurants — so with Cruise Circle for Solos, you're not charged upfront. You’re always free to choose to book yourself — or even go with others you meet in the group!

  • No inside rooms for room sharers. As experienced cruisers know, if you’re in an inside cabin, there’s two light settings: on, and pitch dark! And even if you and your roommate are the best of friends, a night owl and a sleepyhead might not get along well at 5am when the light suddenly starts blazing overhead… so to keep the peace, we keep shared rooms to outside cabins.

  • Help your roommate sleep! We want to make sure that when you cruise, you get a great night’s sleep — so when you book, we ask for honesty about your sleep habits: snoring, CPAP machines for sleep apnoea, insomnia, or other things that might disturb a roommate. If everyone’s honest, we can make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep!

  • We’re keeping it friendly. We know some people hear ‘singles cruising’ and think ‘dating’… but that’s not what we’re about. If you share, you’ll be partnered with a same-gender roommate, for obvious reasons. That’s not to say you won’t meet your match on board… but if that’s your main goal, Cruise Circle for Solos probably isn’t the right place to find it!

 

Testimonials

Moscow to Prague

May 2017

'Not only was my holiday great value for money, it was well organised and thoroughly enjoyable.  A lovely group of fellow travellers made it an experience I will treasure forever.'

Michelle, 53
NSW
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'I have just returned from my Italian Splendour trip. It was a fantastic holiday. Seeing historical sites, going on walking tours through cities. The highlight dinners were amazing. Everything was organised extremely well. Most importantly were the friends I made. We were like one big family!'

Kerry, 61 years
Sydney, NSW
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'I would definitely recommend Encounter Travel - I went on the Italian Splendour May 2017 tour (22 days).  I loved every minute of this adventure.  Our italian guide and driver enabled us to easily immerse into the fabulous culture and lifestyle of Italy.  Having a small group of 15 allowed us easy access to everything (less waiting times) and we soon became friends while exploring the magical cities of Italy.  I felt safe and totally pampered the entire time!  The hotels we stayed in and the restaurants we dined at were first class.  I left my heart in Italy.'

Tracey, 53 years
Gold Coast, QLD
Moscow to Prague

May 2017

'Russia to Prague an interesting and very informative tour, we saw so much. Beautiful Baltic countries.'

Sandra, 66
NSW
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'What an amazing trip to Italy. If you had told me that 15 complete strangers could be thrown together in a foreign country and all hit it off so easily I would never have believed it. It was nice to have 2 or 3 nights in each stop and not be moving on each day. From the history of Rome, to the stunning Amalfi coast, picturesque Venice, lunch under the Tuscan sun, vinegar tasting in Modena and relaxing at Lake Maggiore......every day was pure joy. I had looked at this trip for a couple of years before taking the plunge and booking it. A trip to remember for years to come and I have also made some fantastic new life long friends.'

Leanne ,56 years
Melbourne
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'What a wonderful way to see Italy. I had a magical holiday with the most amazing people. Thank you.'

Cay, 65 years
Sydney, NSW
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'Wonderful tour,  we visited many wonderful places, tour guide was excellent, as were the group, we had lots of laughs, and good times together, Good Hotels and food was excellent, would recommend this tour, and will definitely travel with Encounter again.'

Chris, 68 years
Sydney, NSW
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'I loved travelling around Italy with like minded fun people. The country is a must see and the Encounter tour was well planned and organised in every respect. I can't wait to go on another similar tour!'

Terri, 53 years
Sydney, NSW
Southern Spain with Morocco

April 2017

'This trip wasn't just very big, it was huge. So very enjoyable, and I couldn't soak up enough of it!'

Gayle, 74 years
Brisbane, QLD
Southern Spain with Morocco

April 2017

'I had a great time. Not only did I meet some lovely people but we were always on the go, discovering exotic new cities, customs and cultures. Excellent holiday as everything was very well organised.'

Laura, 69 years
Sydney, NSW

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Encounter Travel
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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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