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The best cruises for the type of traveller you are

To the point Here are our cruise suggestions for a trip as a solo traveller, as a couple or as a family.

We love cruises for many reasons. The main one is certainly the fact that you can explore multiple destinations without too many complications. One can visit different cities, countries or regions without having to worry about planning each step of the trip.

In addition, some cruises offer unique and memorable experiences, such as expedition cruises to remote locations, themed cruises focusing on cuisine, music or movies, or luxury cruises offering exclusive services.

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Second, cruises often offer a higher level of comfort and convenience than other types of travel. On board, there are a variety of services: restaurants, bars, stores, spas and sports facilities. There are also activities and entertainment for all ages, including shows, themed evenings, swimming pools and sometimes even children’s aquatic facilities.

It is also an excellent way to disconnect since it’s important to know that on the high seas, the wifi connection is often spotty, or even lacking. That’s when we MUST focus on relaxation, pleasure and discovery!

Now, with all the cruise lines on the market, how to find your way? Here are our suggestions, depending on whether you are traveling solo, as a couple or with your family.

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Going on a cruise with the points

To save or pay for a cruise with points, you’ll need to use travel rewards points on certain credit cards. Here are some of them:

For example, the Scotiabank Passport™ Visa Infinite* Card and the American Express Cobalt® Card offer a redemption rate of 1,000 points for a $10 credit. This can be applied to the cruise payment transaction to get a statement credit.

You can also book your cruise directly with loyalty programs such as Aeroplan (with Air Canada Vacations), AIR MILES and Marriott Bonvoy.

Read our complete guide on how to go on a cruise with the points :

Solo cruises

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages, an adults-only cruise line, is known for its quality dining experiences and impeccable service. There is no buffet on board and all specialty restaurants are included as well as tips.

Other highlights of this new cruise line include: Wi-Fi is included throughout the ship, the atmosphere on board is reminiscent of Las Vegas, and the theme nights and shows are very original. In addition, 80% of the cabins have a balcony or a sea view.

Virgin Voyages

The Scarlett Lady has been sailing since August 2021 and since April 2022, Virgin Voyages has a second ship in its fleet, the Valiant Lady.

In December, Virgin Voyages will launch new routes Down Under with cruises in Australia and New Zealand. The company sails regularly in the Bahamas and the Mediterranean.

Here is an example of a simple but original itinerary with Virgin Voyages: Fire & Sunset Soirées

Day 1: Miami

Day 2: Key west

Day 3: Beach Club in Bimini

Day 4: At sea

Day 5: Miami

 

Viking

Viking offers adult experiences that are ideal for cultural immersion.

The company has a fleet of approximately 100 ocean-going, expedition and river vessels, offering cruises to every continent on the planet.

It offers an upscale cruise experience, with more time in port than most cruise lines. On board, you will not find any casino or auctions or fees for specialty restaurants and no inside cabins either.

Viking

One of its highlights is a free shore excursion offered in each port where the cruise stops.

Among the most impressive upcoming itineraries, in 2025, the Viking World Cruise lasts 138 days from Ft. Lauderdale to London, with 57 free guided tours and overnight stays in 11 destinations.

Viking Cinderella en Suède

Hurtigruten

The Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten specializes in showing you the authentic Norway on a cruise to meet nature, in the form of fjords and Northern lights. You will be able to visit several other destinations, including Iceland, the Arctic, Antarctica, Argentina and Madeira Island.

Each month, it announces new cruises as part of its “no single cabin supplement” offer for solo travelers.

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These offers are applicable on 18-day cruises to Antarctica, 11-day trips around the Galapagos Islands, and 10-day cruises around Spitsbergen.

The company has 7 small capacity vessels, ideal for expedition travelers.

Other cruises to consider for solo travelers include:

Norwegian Cruise Line, the first to provide studio apartments for single travelers; Silverseas and Carnival offer one-on-one dinners and welcome cocktails to break the ice between singles.

Norwegian Encore

For families

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and the brand new Disney Wish are family favourites for their kid-friendly atmospheres, whimsical amenities and well-equipped cabins.

Each ship has themed pools, youth clubs, stores, several restaurants and even adult lounges.

A variety of Disney-inspired entertainment is also offered on board, including shows, movies and character encounters.

Disney Cruise Line

With Disney Cruise Line, voyages range from 2 to 14 nights, with cruise lengths varying by itinerary and destination.

Disney Cruise Line itineraries depart from several ports such as Miami, San Diego and Galveston, Texas. Your itinerary may take you to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.

To learn more about Disney cruises, read our complete guide:

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International offers travel to over 300 destinations in 71 countries on 6 continents. No matter which ship you’re on, you’ll have a generous selection of restaurants and activities for all age groups. These include children’s entertainment programs, marine amusement parks and adult-only pools.

Royal Caribbean International

There are five kids’ clubs on the company’s ships. From 3 to 5 years old, the Aquanauts; from 6 to 8 years old, the Explorers; from 9 to 11 years old, the Voyagers; and two clubs for teens from 12 to 17 years old. All of these spaces together form the largest space at sea reserved for young people.

Royal Caribbean ships depart from ports throughout the United States, including Seattle, Boston and Ft. Lauderdale, but also from several international ports.

RCI – Symphony of the Seas

Other cruises to consider for families include:

MSCwhich has the best spaces dedicated to the little ones; and NCL with its children’s and teen clubs.

MSC Cruises

For couples

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises‘ 11 ships are designed with finesse and elegance in mind, offering couples an affordable, high-end product.

All Celebrity Cruises cruises, without exception, now include the “Classic” beverage package, which includes a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, the “Surf” WiFi package and all cruise gratuities.

Celebrity Apex

On board, you will be treated to romantic dinners, with menus created by a Michelin-starred chef worthy of the best luxury lines of the sea.

One of Celebrity Cruises’ most romantic itineraries is undoubtedly Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Greek Islands .

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Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has a reputation for offering some of the most romantic couples cruises. On board, The Sanctuary is a full-service retreat with waiters and a menu of care treatments, including a couple’s massage in a cabana.

You can also book a Sky Suite, available on Sky Princess, Enchanted Princess and Discovery Princess. These staterooms include huge panoramic balconies, a personal concierge and a complimentary wine tasting.

Princess Cruises – Piscine

Princess Cruises offers many dining options for two, but you may want to opt for the very romantic experience of dinner on your balcony. For an additional fee, cruisers are treated to a lobster dinner with champagne.

Among its most beautiful destinations to visit as a couple: the Mediterranean, the Adriatic Sea and the Aegean Sea. Some Princess Cruises depart from Barcelona, Athens, Rome or London (Southampton).

Princess Cruises – Spa

Other cruises to consider for couples include:

Seabournan upscale cruise line that offers a bottle of champagne as a welcome gift and offers itineraries untouched by mass tourism; and Silverseawith its intimate and ultra-luxurious setting.

Silversea Cruises

Bottom Line

Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple or with your family, the cruise offer is more generous than ever. All that’s left is to find your ideal combination, the right balance between on-board services that meet your expectations and an itinerary that makes you dream.

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Marjorie
Marjorie has three passions in life: writing, travel and the world of wellness. The last decade has been full of exploration for her! Her travels have taken her all over the world, from Central America to Asia, Europe and Africa. This former travel consultant loves to inspire us and share her best discoveries. She is also the author of several novels and guides.

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