(10:15 a.m. EDT) -- Solo travelers interested in a small ship-cruising experience can now look forward to new dedicated river and ocean itineraries offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel in 2020, as well as more solo-friendly accommodations on brand-new ships in 2020 and beyond.
Below is a breakdown of what Vantage has in store for the next few years:
The company will offer a slew of solo-only river cruises in destinations such as Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Portugal and France, in 2020. Also on the roster are solo-only, small-ship ocean charters throughout Croatia, the British Isles and Ireland, the Baltic (including Russia), the Greek Islands and more. All cruises feature no single supplements, and sightseeing tours are included in the fare.
While the company already has accommodations dedicated to solo travelers on its riverboats, it will add 62 new solo cabins with French balconies (again, with no single supplement) across its fleet in 2020.
"Solo travel is gaining in popularity," said Vantage founder and chairman, Henry Lewis. "We recognized early on that not all travel is done in pairs or groups, and so we continue to make strides to not only accommodate solo travelers, but cater to them and their unique needs."
First-Ever Ocean-Cruising Ship
As previously reported by Cruise Critic, the company will welcome its first small ocean-cruising ship in 2021. The 170-passenger Ocean Explorer vessel will sail under the Vantage name (as opposed to the company chartering another line's ship) and feature 15 solo cabins. It also will be equipped with ULSTEIN X-BOW technology, allowing for smoother sailing and polar exploration.
Ocean Explorer will visit Asia, Europe, Central and South America, and Antarctica during its maiden season. Standout amenities include complimentary beer and wine at dinner, as well as multiple launching platforms stocked with kayaks, standup paddleboards and other watercrafts. A sister ship to Ocean Explorer -- Ocean Odyssey -- will launch in 2022.
New Luxury Riverboat on the Nile
Furthermore, Vantage will debut a new luxury river ship, Nebu, built to traverse Egypt's Nile River in 2020. Among the 84-passenger ship's 44 accommodations will be spacious, 210-square-foot solo cabins. The remaining staterooms will range from 310 to 600 square feet.
Nebu will mark the company's first-ever owned vessel in Africa; the Vantage fleet is currently comprised of five European riverboats, as well as several charters.