"The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them."
- British Explorer, Freya Stark
Virgin Voyages is considered one of the best cruise lines for solo travelers for a number of reasons, including:
Solo-friendly cabins: Solo Insider, SOLO SEA VIEW, Sea Terrace, or Suite, the rooms are modern and stylish. Most Sea Terraces and Suites are equipped with exactly one hammock.
The HAPPENINGS CAST: These 12 "cruise directors" "make ship happen" all over the ship by hosting social events and activities. Get to know them.
Solo-friendly activities: Virgin Voyages offers a variety of activities that are perfect for solo travelers to join a team or meet other sailors. Look for the Grog Walk, trivia competitions, board games, yoga classes, cooking classes, karaoke, and a FREE video game arcade. Leave your quarters at home. Participants and winners at many events score a round of drinks.
Solo-friendly pricing: Virgin Voyages at times offers solo sailor deals. Connect with me if you want to be notified when a solo sailor deal is going on or want to join a hosted sailing.
At Gunbae (Korean Barbecue) parties are combined to make 6 (or in some cases 10) people at a hibachi table.
Virgin Voyages is also known for its edgy and stylish atmosphere, which appeals to many solo travelers. The ships are designed to be social and interactive, and there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends.
My personal experience the first (and second) time on Virgin Voyages...
Initially seven solos (who knew each other for years or in some cases from past sailings) booked a transatlantic cruise. Thanks to a specific solo sailor deal I decided to also book the next 6-night cruise, but none of the other six on the transatlantic could stay for the next one. We had a great time on the transatlantic, but I would argue that I had an even better time on the next cruise as a solo traveler. The next cruise was a Halloween cruise and the MerMaiden Voyage of Valiant Lady from Miami, which is why you may see me in a banana costume and a merman tail. Sailing solo on the second cruise allowed me to prioritize the classes and events I most wanted to attend (as opposed to attending EVERY single trivia event that my friends wanted to do on the previous cruise). After that, two of my next four cruises were as a solo traveler. Every cruise on Virgin Voyages is memorable because of the other people I meet onboard.