At a seminar onboard the new Allure of the Seas, currently in Fort Lauderdale for its inaugural celebrations, the line's president and chief executive Adam Goldstein told travel agents, according to U.K.-based trade website TTG Live, that accommodation for solo travellers was a real possibility.
"We recognise that there is a demand for the single traveller business," he is quoted as saying. "We are going to be revitalising our older ships such as Radiance of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas, and so we will have opportunity to create spaces for single travellers then."
Single supplements are the biggest bugbear of solo travellers, who often have to pay up to twice the single fare if they want a decent cabin. Staterooms for one were simply unheard of on new ships until earlier this year, when both P&O Cruises and NCL introduced solo accommodation on Azura and Norwegian Epic respectively. Needless to say, the cabins -– 18 on Azura and a more generous 128 on Epic -- sold like hot cakes and single travellers are crying out for more.
But Royal Caribbean won't be making changes to its two biggest and newest ships, the 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. Instead, any single cabins, Goldstein continued, would be on the older ships due for revamps, including Grandeur of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas. Liberty of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas, both big, Freedom-class ships, are due for upgrades early in 2011, too, although nothing specific has been announced yet regarding these possible new cabins. On that, we will keep you posted.
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--by Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor