Some people choose to travel solo because they prefer their own company, while others enjoy meeting new friends and value the security of travelling as part of a group. And when it comes to destinations, the only limit is your imagination. One of the huge advantages of expedition cruising is that it allows you to travel to remote regions with little or no tourist infrastructure, without sacrificing on comfort and without the hassle of independent overland travel.
Nevertheless, there are definitely certain expedition cruise companies that do more to cater to single travellers, whether it's dedicated activities on board or fairer pricing, with low or no single supplements. Here's a brief rundown of some of the best options…
Dedicated single occupancy cabins, low single supplements on selected voyages and a focus on small group exploration make Noble an excellent choice for solo adventurers. Their small ships have a loyal following and can take you to places that the bigger ships can't reach, offering an impressive range of exotic destinations such as Papua New Guinea, Antarctica and the Black Sea.
If you're looking for a more luxurious solo adventure holiday experience then Silversea Expeditions is a great option, combining a sophisticated and stylish onboard ambience with an inspiring team of expert guides, naturalists and scientists. They often offer reduced supplements on selected expedition voyages, travelling to destinations as varied as the Russian Far East, Australia's rugged Kimberley region and the wildlife paradise of the Galapagos.
The word 'adventure' can mean different things to different people; while some travellers seek simply to visit unusual and remote locations, others are looking for more of an activity holiday when they get there, and UnCruise Adventures offer a great combination of the two. Their intimate small ships have a great sense of camaraderie on board, with a laid back and unpretentious atmosphere, and offer the opportunity to explore wilderness areas such as Alaska, Costa Rica and Mexico's Sea of Cortez, with an emphasis on active pursuits such as hiking, kayaking and snorkelling.
Hurtigruten are best known for their classic Norwegian coastal voyages, which offer a unique way of experiencing the fjords, and their Northern Lights cruises during the winter. In recent years Hurtigruten have been expanding their expedition cruise programme, with purpose-built expedition ships exploring further afield, and they are currently offering a number of voyages with no single supplement to destinations including Greenland, Iceland and the Amazon river.
A river cruise is perhaps a less obvious choice for an adventure holiday, but AmaWaterways are known for opening up and developing new areas, with fascinating itineraries far off the beaten track. Options include the Mekong river and a very special cruise on the Chobe river in Botswana, and they also have a few itineraries on the Ayeyarwady river in Myanmar (Burma). AmaWaterways frequently run promotions with no single supplement on selected voyages, and they also offer some excellent themed departures, allowing you to travel with those who share a common interest.