The Best Cruises If You’re Single And Ready To Mingle

If you’re single and looking to mingle, then a cruise can be a great way to do it. However, there are so many different cruises and choosing the best one is something that you do not want to get wrong!

cruises for singles to hook up

There are all kinds of single people looking for romance at sea – from divorced parents who are cruising with their kids, to groups of friends in their twenties who want to have a good time with new people that they meet at sea.

Whether you want a clothing-optional ‘lifestyle cruise’ (which, just like pineapple, or flamingos, are a secret code for swinging) or just a regular cruise where you’re likely to bump into other singles on the dancefloor, there’s a cruise for everyone.

If you want to travel solo, as a single parent, or with a group of single friends, read on to learn more about the best cruises for singles to hook up…

Option one: Sexy Theme Cruises

Most ‘sexy cruises’ are actually swingers events. These are only open to couples or single women. So, if you’re a single man, or a woman looking to meet a single man, then this is probably not what you want at all!

If you’d like to know more, check out this guide to swingers cruises for all the details. They are typically advertised as “sexy” rather than sex cruises, so that they don’t sound quite so debauched.

When considering a sexy theme cruise, you should be aware that the average age of the passengers may be over 50. So unless you like the thought of seeing older couples naked in the buffet line, these cruises probably aren’t for you!

But are there sexy cruises for young, attractive singles? Absolutely! Temptation Cruises offers just that.

Photo credit: Temptation Cruises

What to expect on a Temptation cruise:

  • Fun pool parties
  • Topless-optional areas
  • VIP DJ performances
  • Spicy theme nights
  • Steamy workshops
  • R-Rated Red Room
  • All-inclusive drinks

On Temptation cruises, sex in public is not allowed, but what happens inside your own stateroom is up to you. You can probably even have sex on your balcony, if you wish.

If you want a sex cruise, these are probably the best option.

Option two: Singles Cruises

Another option to consider if you want to meet other single people who are up for a good time is a singles cruise.

On these cruises, not everyone on the ship will be part of the singles cruise, but there will be a group of between 50 and 500 people who are all travelling alone. Arranged by travel agents, singles cruises include hosted events like cocktail parties, breakfast meet-ups, games and even water slide races.

However, if you’re looking for the best singles cruises to hook up with no strings attached, these might not be it. Some people will be looking for love and others will just want to make friends.

So, while you should never assume that everyone on a singles cruise is up for it, you’ll stand more chance of meeting someone who wants to get down.

Some singles cruises are only open to certain age groups, like 20s and 30s, over 40s or over 50s. If you prefer to meet people of the same age as you, it would be wise to choose one of these options.

And be aware that while some of these sailings will be singles only cruises, others will be singles events on a cruise that also has other passengers – so be careful not to chat up someone with their partner onboard!

For more information about singles cruises, check out my guide: Single Cruises: How They Work & Best Options.

Option three: Music Themed Cruises

If the idea of a dedicated singles cruise sounds a bit too much, then there are some other themed cruises that might be better suited to you. These can give you a good chance of meeting someone you like, but with no pressure.

There’s a whole host of music-themed cruises to choose from in 2024 and beyond, covering every genre you can think of including rock, pop, reggae and heavy metal. These cruises are like floating festivals – one key difference being that everyone’s had a shower (you would hope!)

The Kiss Kruise
Photo credit: Sixthman

On a music-themed cruise, you’ll be able to dance the night away to songs from your favourite artists, whether that be KISS or Kesha. And while you’re doing that, you’re sure to bump into other single people with the same musical tastes.

Click here to see a list of music cruises

Option four: Regular Cruises

Oftentimes, the best cruises for singles to hook up aren’t specialist themed cruises at all, just regular cruises. And there are some cruise ships which are much better for meeting other single travellers than others.


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The best cruise lines for singles

Firstly, you’ll want to choose a cruise line that has other passengers in your age group. If you’re under 30 or 40, then you’ll want to consider the following cruise lines which attract a younger crowd:

  • Carnival
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Virgin Voyages
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Celebrity Cruises

If you’re over 50, then these cruise lines are more suited to single seniors:

  • Cunard
  • Fred. Olsen
  • Holland America Line
  • P&O Cruises
  • Saga

Read more: The Best Cruises For Singles Over 50

If you’re looking for a fun adults-only cruise, then I would highly recommend Virgin Voyages. Richard Branson’s new cruise line is unlike any other and offers the ideal place for younger singles to meet and have fun.

Carnival cruises also tend to attract a younger crown, particularly on short weekend cruises and during the spring break season. You can read more about Carnival singles cruises here.

Scarlet Lady

Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line both offer singles mixers events. These can be a great place for single parents to get together at set times while their children are in the care of the kids’ club.

Read more: The Best Party Cruises For Fun & Nightlife

The best destinations for singles

The next thing to think about is the destination. You’ll probably want to pick somewhere warm, as the combination of sunshine and swimwear will set you off on the right path.

If you’re in the US, then a cruise from Florida to the Bahamas is a great option. These short cruises tend to include a day at a private island where you can spend the day at the beach with people from the ship.

Perfect Day at CocoCay
Perfect Day at CocoCay

If you live in the UK, then a short cruise with an overnight stop in Amsterdam would be a great option for people who like to have a good time. Consider booking an excursion with the cruise line as a way to get to know your fellow passengers better.

Shorter sailings, particularly weekend cruises tend to attract more groups of friends and solo travellers. On a longer cruise, you’re likely to find more couples and families.

Try a cruise dating app

If you want to find people to hook up with on your cruise, it’s worth downloading the Cruise Ship Mingle app. This dating app has been specially developed for cruisers so that you can message or chat with like-minded people before and during your cruise.

It’s not weird to cruise alone…

It is not weird to go on a cruise alone. The single cruise market is fast-growing with most modern ships including dedicated single cabins for solo passengers, rather than asking them to pay a single supplement for a double stateroom.

So don’t be put off by thinking it might be seen as weird. It’s totally normal.

It’s also normal for single guys to go on a cruise. However, it tends to be more single women that travel alone.

It’s a good, safe option for solo women. Cruise ship staff are always on-hand to provide assistance and passengers are generally looking for a friendly atmosphere. Organised excurions are a good option for women who are worried about going ashore alone.

Most people make friends on cruise ships. Sitting at a large table for meals is a good way to get to know others over dinner. Some people find friends that they cruise with again many times in the future.

Cruises and sex

Cruise ships used to have a reputation for being a little wild for one night stands but they are now much more relaxed, with most ships welcoming families on-board.

It’s certainly possible to get laid on a cruise ship. You can boost your chances by booking a fun party cruise or a speciality singles cruise, rather than a cruise ship that has a lot of couples and families on board.

Many cruise ships sell condoms in the onboard shops, but not all of them do. And some cruise ships offer the morning-after pill in their onboard shop, but most don’t. It’s always best to plan ahead and pack condoms or the pill to take with you, rather than rely on the onboard stores to have some if the opportunity arises.

Just be aware that any kind of romantic encounter between cruise ship workers and passengers is forbidden as part of the crew’s contracts. That’s not to say it never happens, but make sure you are careful if you hook up with a crew member as they could lose their job. It’s best to try to meet other passengers.

To sum up

There are many different cruises for singles, just as there are many different types of people. If your main focus is a cruise to get laid, then the best singles cruise would be a sexy cruise such as one chartered by Temptation Cruises.

If you’d prefer a regular cruise with a chance of meeting someone you like, then look for short cruises to fun destinations like the Bahamas or Amsterdam. You’ll also want to check the cruise program for details of any single meet-ups.

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Cruise Mummy

Jenni Fielding is the founder of Cruise Mummy. She has worked in the cruise industry since 2015 and has taken over 30 cruises. Now, she helps over 1 million people per month to plan their perfect cruise holidays.

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19 thoughts on “The Best Cruises If You’re Single And Ready To Mingle”

  1. Hi Jenni
    wow that’s the first time i’ve seen this type of comment on cruise mummy
    refreshingly informative without being drawn out
    answering or giving advice to questions that I should imagine quite a percentage of people are interested in but are a little shy to ask about
    well done and thank you
    (also voted for you )

    • Hi there Thomas , I’m a divorced 40 year old lady, looking to go on a singles cruise with a partner. Perhaps pay for the both of us or each person can pay for himself/herself. I have interests in music and being on the sea. Let us connect and see what can come out of it. My email is [email protected] . You should expect that I’m a photo journalist , blond and average height .

  2. Hi I live in Melbourne I want to do a cruise for my 60th next year end of sept to October single cruise would be nice to meet friends maybe my soul mate how do I go about this please thanks marie

    • Hi there Marie , I’m James a 63year old divorced man looking to go on a singles cruise with a partner. Perhaps pay for the both of us or each person can pay for himself/herself. I have interests in music and being on the sea. Let us connect and see what can come out of it.

  3. Hello. I’m looking to book a lifestyle cruise in 2023. I like the temptation cruise you talked about. How do i go about booking that?

    • Hey Paul. You can book that online here Enjoy! Jenni

      • Hi how do I book I’m looking to meet someone or just have fun

  4. Wow very interesting ! Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not a train 🙂

  5. I want to book a crusie

  6. Amazingly direct and up front, Jenni. While not looking to “get laid”, I AM looking for “encounters of the third kind”. Adventures and writers’ cruises. I WILL find something … and let you know. More, MORE, m’ dear! A. Mach, Expat American in Austria.

  7. Scott, I’m 45 years old been divorced now for almost 7 years really would like to choose the best option for me to meet a Nice Christian Woman. Any advice that you can offer would be appreciated 👍

    • Scott, i don’t believe there are ” best options” every option is deferent on it’s own way and you just don’t know…

  8. I’ll be 50 in September and I wanna find the perfect ship and I’m travelling solo…I would like a singles cruise but I’m not sure…I’m a cruise virgin 😂

    • Definitely do a Singles Cruise. You won’t be disappointed. You will 100% make as many friends as you can handle, and if you are looking for some vacation romance, there are many opportunities to mingle with men who are open to it and you know are single. It is also a great culture where people look out for each other, and predatory types are dealt with, usually by other veteran singles cruisers who are protecting the community that means a lot to them.

  9. I’m a single lady she 71 and would like to go on a singles cruise with single people of similar age. It would be nice to meet a nice gentleman who feels the same. Marianne .

  10. I’m a single male in my mid 30’s, is it ok to goin these singles cruises or am I too old? I like the Virgin Voyages, are the female to male ratio good?

    Also looking at regular cruises.

    • Hey Bobby. You are definitely not too old, I promise! Virgin Voyages hasn’t set sail yet so it’s hard to know for sure who the customers will be, whether they have a lot of solo travellers, groups of friends or mostly couples remains to be seen.

    • Singles Cruises tend to be a bit older, actually, more like 40’s and 50’s. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other 30’s on the trip – there are- but there are fewer of them. Your best bet is one of: Halloween, New Year’s or Valentine’s Day cruises.
      If you simply travel solo on a traditional cruise, I’m afraid you’ll likely be disappointed. Mostly couples and families.

  11. What a great article Jenni


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