As solo travel soars in popularity, European Waterways is enjoying record bookings among single travellers.
According to Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways, the luxury hotel barge company has seen a 50% increase in solo travellers in the past two years, and to enhance the value of their cruise experiences, European Waterways is waiving the single supplement fee on more than 40 hotel barge departures this year, on cruises that span eight regions across Europe.
This includes Burgundy and the Canal du Midi in France; Venice and the Po Valley in Italy; the rugged Highlands of Scotland; and a tulip cruise in Holland. Eligible cruises are available from April through July, with savings of up to $2,550.
Banks noted that the growing presence of solo travellers on European Waterways cruises provide a lively addition to the unique mix of international guests who share gourmet meals onboard, as well as exclusive excursions to castles, chateaux, local markets and wineries, among other attractions.
“Our ‘floating boutique hotels’ hold just six to 12 guests, for the most part, making them ideal for single travellers,” said Banks. “The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with all excursions and special events done as a group. Moreover, there’s no such thing as a ‘singles table,’ as all our guests dine together, swapping stories and making new friends as they enjoy the regional cuisine and fine wines served by an attentive crew.”
He added, “It’s a great treat for both couples and single travellers to share the daily escorted excursions to fascinating ‘off the beaten track’ places and renowned attractions. In fact, interacting with so many interesting fellow passengers from around the world is often the best part of the cruise, according to many of our guests.”