What Can You Do on a Singles Cruise for Over 50s?

A cruise combines many travel experiences in one. Whether you want to soak up the sun, explore exotic ports of call, meet new people or have some quality downtime, a cruise holiday for over 50s allows for all of this and more. In this blog post, we’ll explore the various activities, excursions, and social events that await over 50s singles choosing to embark on a cruise holiday

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Get Your Sea Legs:

A singles cruise for over 50s is geared up to offer equal measures of activity and downtime. 

Our best advice? Start your holiday at a slower pace so you can fully unwind and recharge before heading out to explore the exciting ports of call. Whether it’s sunbathing on the deck, taking a dip in the pool, or indulging in a spa treatment. It’s up to you to choose how much or how little you want to do in a day. 

Cultural Immersion:

From exploring Bordeaux one day to stopping off in Santander the next, a cruise allows you to visit multiple cities and countries in one journey. 

Most cruise lines offer excursions and tours to give travellers a taste of the local surroundings. Book a walking tour through Barcelona, visit the pyramids in Egypt, taste locally made wine in South Africa, explore temples in Tokyo or take it easy on a beach in Goa. Whatever your preference, many cruise lines can take you right to the heart of the places you visit along the way. 


As well as excursions, there are plenty of activities on board an ocean or river cruise, that give you an opportunity to meet other guests. Plus, there are cruise lines that often organise get-togethers to encourage people to mingle. At a group dinner, quiz night or drinks party, you can meet like-minded independent holidaymakers. Some cruise services such as Saga Cruises, can also find you a companion for a day ashore and a dance partner for those moments when the band strikes up. 

It’s also worth noting, meals onboard cruise ships often work on a free-seating basis so you can choose to dine solo or join a group. 

Active Adventures:

For solo travellers, a cruise offers a range of fun activities both on and off-board. Onboard, guests can take part in yoga classes, dance lessons and fitness sessions. There are cruise lines that also offer wine-tasting events, cookery courses and enrichment talks, where speakers give insight into stops along your route or talk about a specific topic such as wildlife and birdwatching or art history. 

Beyond the boat, there’s a wealth of adventures waiting for singles over 50. From snorkelling in aquamarine waters in the Caribbean to braving the elements in Alaska. For particularly intrepid travellers over 50, it’s worth bearing in mind what activities you want to do while you’re packing. That way you can be prepared and well-equipped for going off grid. 


Often cruise lines will host A-list singers and bands for a few nights. Expect shows plucked straight from the West End as well as cabaret nights, magicians and comedians. As well as live performances, you might also find some cruise lines have an onboard cinema where you can watch a mix of movies, as well as casinos for a night when you feel like going all in on the poker table. Saga Cruises organise bridge games for players of all levels and other classic deck games such as table tennis, shuffleboard and quoits. Some cruise lines also put on pub-style quizzes and bingo nights, which are another opportunity to meet other travellers and scrub up on your general knowledge! 


Embarking on a singles cruise as an over-50-year-old offers an unforgettable experience and one that combines travel, adventure, and socialising. With activities tailored specifically to your interests, a cruise is a chance to meet new people and create lasting connections as a solo traveller over 50. From cultural immersion to active adventures and relaxing on-deck activities. If you have any further questions about booking a singles cruise for over 50s, we’re here to help. For a quote or booking enquiries, simply call us on: 0800 412 5678. 

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