How Celebrity Just Became The Least Solo-Friendly Cruise Line

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Even as studies show that more and more travelers are looking to take trips on their own, one cruise line has quietly made a shocking move: It appears Celebrity solo cruisers are being charged more that double the going rate for staterooms.

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Celebrity Solo Cruise Pricing

Over the past few years, a growing number of people have opted to travel solo. As a result, several cruise lines have made major strides in their efforts to woo those would-be passengers.

Most notably, Norwegian Cruise Line introduced solo staterooms built around a centralized lounge on several of their newer ships, while also announcing plans to offer lower pricing on select staterooms across all cabin categories, fleet-wide.

Celebrity Cruises, however, seems to be taking a different path. Solo cruisers have, for years, become accustomed to paying a “single supplement”, which meant they were charged double occupancy rates despite being a stateroom’s only occupant.

While many complained, others rationalized that it was somewhat akin to staying in a hotel, where prices do not vary based on single or double occupancy. (This is something of a false equivalency, of course, as hotel rooms do not typically include meals, entertainment and other extras which are folded into the cruise fare.)

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Celebrity Cruises, however, is now charging those who opt to travel solo more than twice the going rate for a room.

For example, after being told of this pricing by several readers, we made numerous mock bookings. And in each case, with all things equal — stateroom number, ship and sailing — solo pricing ranged between $300 and $800 more than would be charged for two people booking the same cruise.

One of the mock bookings was for a seven-night Caribbean cruise in November 2025. It was a balcony cabin for two people, priced at $3,054.14. The same sailing for a solo guest was priced at $3,433.57.

According to two sources close to Celebrity’s sales department, the move is being made to counter the loss of additional onboard revenue generated by a second guest. In other words, money they would have spent in the casinos, shops and restaurants above and beyond the initial cruise fare.

This comes as parent company Royal Caribbean Group has reported record bookings at higher-than-expected pricing and significant upticks in onboard spending.

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