Solo Antarctic Travellers
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

There are two options for the solo traveller

1 - Pay a supplement to stay alone in a single cabin, the cost of this varies, usually being a greater proportion of the unused occupancy as the standard and price of the cabin goes up from 50% to 100%.

2 - Share a cabin with another same gender solo traveller, in these cases there is obviously no supplement due and you will most likely make a new friend in the process.


Q:  Do all ships accept bookings from solo travellers for shared cabins?

A:  With only a few exceptions, almost all ships cruising to the polar regions allow solo travellers to book shared cabins with other solo travellers of the same gender. If you're willing to share, then you can travel in a twin, triple, or quad cabin at rates that are significantly lower than paying a single supplement (which can be up to twice the double-occupancy rate) for your own private cabin.


Q:  Are there any particular ships that are more suitable? Why?

A:  The "best" ship really depends upon your preferences. There is more chance of finding someone to share with on one of the larger ships - more passengers likely translates to more travellers who are also travelling alone.  A couple of ships have especially good single-cabin options for guests who prefer private accommodations.


Q:  If I as a solo traveller book a shared cabin, am I guaranteed to keep that? i.e. if no other solo books to share it with, is the ship going to try and "bump" me off in some way to get a pair of travellers into the now single occupancy, single fare, double cabin?

A:  Once you're confirmed in a shared cabin, you're guaranteed that cabin (and fare) even if the ship doesn't end up matching you with a roommate.


Q:  Are there restrictions to the category of cabin bookable by solo travellers?

A:  Any cabin may be booked by a solo traveller, the single supplement and option for sharing varies by cabin category and shipping company.  With a few exceptions, generally the lowest 2-4 categories are available for shares.  Premium cabins and suites often carry higher single supplements and usually cannot be booked as a share.


Q:  Is dining is "open" in that all tables are available to all travellers?

A:  Yes, and that is part of the beauty of expedition travel!  Dining is casual, and is an excellent way to meet other fascinating, likeminded travellers.


Q:  Is there a way that the solo travellers on a ship can find each other quickly once on board?

A:   If you book as a share, one of the first people you meet will be your roommate - who is also travelling solo.  While there aren't any formal mechanisms onboard for solo travellers to meet up, small expedition ships are known for their casual atmosphere and camaraderie.  You will likely meet other solo travellers as well as friends travelling together right away, as your small group of explorers will be gathering daily for briefings, Zodiac cruises, shore visits, and socializing in the lounge.


Q:  How likely am I to be with other solo travellers or will it be mainly couples?

A:  You'll find there is a fantastic mix of travellers who are drawn to small ship travel to the polar regions.  That said, larger ships that offer designated solo cabins as well as ships with generous share policies are more likely to attract more solo travellers.


 


Trips from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula are the most usual cruises.

If you have more time, you can visit sub-Antarctic islands and the Falklands too. Some trips offer a flight for part of the journey.

 

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Antarctica Ross Sea Region Cruise

Antarctic Peninsula - Sample Cruises - 2016 / 2017

Trip Highlights Prices USD* Days
Antarctica Cruise - Discovering the 7th Continent South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries, Lemaire Channel Optional kayaking, camping and snowshoeing $6,995 -
$13,995
11
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula Classic Antarctica, pristine scenery, classic sites of scientific and historic interest, experienced naturalist guides. Optional kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing and mountaineering $6,295 -
$18,195
13
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise Fly over the Drake Passage in both directions, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Wildlife, Scenery, Ice Optional kayaking and snowshoeing $10,795 - $19,995 8
Antarctica Ross Sea Region Cruise

South Georgia / Falkland Islands / Antarctica - Sample Cruises - 2016 / 2017

Trip Highlights Prices USD* Days
Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites, optional kayaking $23,100 -
$40,690
24
Antarctica and South Georgia Two great destinations, anticipate penguins, whales, seabirds and seals as well as scenic highlights $9,995 - $20,995 16
Notes

* Prices are based per person, the lowest price is usually for triple occupancy in a basic cabin, the highest for double occupancy in the best available suite.

Options may be at additional cost and are usually booked when the cruise is booked - it may be too late once the cruise has started.