Solo travellers have had to suffer the dreaded single supplement for years now, whether they're staying in 5-star luxury hotels or cruising the seas.
It's been common, up until now, for cruise ships to charge single supplements for single travellers staying in a cabin designed for 2 or more people, and solo cabins are rare. But this year sees more cruise lines adding solo cabins to their ships than ever before, in a bid to appeal to those travelling solo.
Cruises offering solo cabins
Already Norwegian Cruise Lines, P & O, Fred Olsen Cruises and Royal Caribbean are offering solo cabins on some cruises, with more cruise lines set to follow suit.
It seems like 2015 is a year for changes aboard our cruises - more cruise lines are rolling out affordable high speed internet, whilst dietary restrictions such as gluten-free or low calorie diets are catered for.
Small ship cruising will also become more popular this year, visiting boutique destinations and offering a little luxury for travellers.
Cruises are great for solo travellers looking to meet new people and get involved in a range of activities. There's plenty to do on board, with sports, activities, fitness and dance classes as well as a variety of dining options.
Larger cruise ships have their own shops, beauty salons and spas, and of course there are plenty of excursions to book when you arrive at your destination. This organised method of travel can be less daunting for those holidaying alone, as you'll always have a full schedule and you'll be able to meet new people to spend your time with.
Don't forget your cheap cruise travel insurance
Heading off abroad without travel insurance for your cruise isn't a good idea. Cruise insurance will cover you for activities on board the ship and whilst you're on organised excursions or taking part in activities when you're docked.
You could even take out gadget travel insurance to keep your gadgets safe on your travels; nobody wants to lose their iPhone overboard, but you'd be surprised how easily it can happen.
Changes are afoot in the cruise industry this year, so there's never been a better time to head off on a cruise, whether you're travelling alone or with friends and family.