Cruises offer single travelers in their 40s and 50s a comfortable launch pad for their global adventures. They can be great vehicles for meeting people and exploring in a group, while providing a safe base that's less isolated than other forms of travel.
Single travelers over 40 are often looking for ways to meaningfully connect with other travelers on a cruise, without the "meat market" or party cruise atmosphere. They also might be seeking trips that they can arrange around their work vacation schedule and itineraries that offer a good value. (Solo travelers frequently face the dreaded single supplement that tacks on a hefty fee to the cost of a vacation.)
The solution? Consider a cruise that meets the needs of singles over 40, whether it's a small river cruise company, a major line that sails the globe or a theme cruise specifically devoted to singles. Many offer adventures with learning components, laid-back bars ideal for chatting over a cocktail, group social activities and discounts for solo cruisers, making them a great choice for the traveler without a plus-one.
If a cruise is your preferred getaway, here are the best cruises for singles over 40.
For a general singles cruise option, look for a hosted cruise led by a tour company. Vacations To Go offers a variety of itineraries throughout the year for the 40-and-up crowd. Check other tour operators such as Singles Cruise, G Adventures, Peregrine Adventures or smarTours (which offers women-only cruises) for additional options.Want to cruise with people who share your religious beliefs? Check out Jewish singles cruises through Amazing Journeys or Christian singles cruises, such as All Christian Cruises, for example.There are a variety of LBGTQ-friendly cruise options, as well, with Atlantis being perhaps the most known.Finally, if you're interested in sailing on the wild side, Temptation Cruises will host its inaugural chartered voyage in 2020 -- an adults-only sailing for the sexually adventurous crowd, which is open to singles as well as couples.