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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!



Red Centre Discovery

June 2017

<p>'My holiday to the Red Centre was a very humbling experience.  This holiday exceeded all my expectations.  Being my first holiday as a solo traveller I was apprehensive, now I have had the experience I recommend it.'</p>
Sue, 51
Kyogle, NSW
Discover Greece & The Islands

May 2017

<p>'My holiday to Greece exceeded my expectations. I learnt so much about the amazing ancient history of Greece, and it was as beautiful as I had imagined.There were a great mix of couples and singles on the tour and we all got on so well.'</p>
Kerrie, 52
Bali Resort Escape

June 2017

<p>'This was my first travelling solo experience, Justine &amp; the team at Encounter made it so easy. I don't have doubts about recommending this to anyone.'</p>
Gwen, 56
Bali Resort Escape

June 2017

<p>'My second Encounter tour, and the common thread is that you're with a group of people, of a similar age, who are all looking to enjoy their holiday. Makes for a good dynamic.'</p>
Mark, 55
Red Centre Discovery

June 2017

<p>'This trip was such a great adventure. The tour guide was absolutely brilliant and informative. The whole group got along famously even though there was a large age range! It was certainly one of the best experiences I've ever had!'</p>
Lisa, 45
Coolum Beach, QLD
Bali Resort Escape

June 2017

<p>'Great holiday with a lovely group of people in a fantastic resort!!'</p>
Gail, 44
Red Centre Discovery

June 2017

<p>'Fantastic, well organised tour with a great group of people. Highly recommend Encounter Travel.'</p>
Deb, 55
Wamberal, NSW
Bali Resort Escape

June 2017

<p>'I was a bit nervous about doing this, having never travelled solo, but I'm so pleased I went! The Bali escape was outstanding, so well organised, wonderful location and a really lovely group of people. I'm definitely going to be booking an Encounter holiday again. '</p>
Susan, 48
Auckland, New Zealand
Moscow to Prague

May 2017

<p>'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.'</p>
Michelle, 53
Bali Resort Escape

June 2017

<p>'Thoroughly enjoyable experience! Exactly what I needed!!'</p>
Andrea, 43

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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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