While some companies specialize in arranging trips for single older adults, there are not any cruise lines devoted exclusively to singles or to those over age 60. Some cruise lines that have amenities and policies geared toward an older, single clientele include Holland America, Norwegian, Fred Olsen, Silversea and Crystal. Other cruise lines, such as Tauck River Cruising, International Expeditions, Cunard, American Cruise Lines and Azamara Club Cruises, tend to attract senior citizens who are looking to cruise without children.
Holland America Line offers diverse itineraries throughout the world, and features a unique Single Partners Program that pairs up same-sex single travelers with one another so that guests can avoid the single supplement fee normally incurred. There are singles welcome parties and cocktail mixers, and passengers can request placement with other solo travelers during dinner. On lengthier cruises, gentlemen hosts serve as dance partners for single cruisers.
The standard rule is that the longer a cruise, the older the clientele. Oceania Cruises, an adult-oriented, luxury cruise line, introduced 180-day cruises in 2015, while other world cruise sailings are available on Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea and Seabourn.
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, based in Britain, is praised for its single-friendly policies for older adults. While it is willing to pair single travelers just as Holland America does, it also offers some itineraries with no single supplements for certain twin cabins. There are numerous activities oriented for singles, and gentlemen and lady dance partners are aboard all ships.