Oceania Cruises, a cruise line that focuses on fine dining and exotic destinations, has announced a first for the brand: The debut of solo staterooms aboard its newest ship, Vista.
The company says it's making the move to meet increasing consumer demand for single travellers as the trend of solo cruising is said to be on the rise.
According to a recent survey by Booking.com, solo travel is likely to gather even greater momentum in 2022 as the pent-up desire to explore means more people are willing to holiday around the world on their own.
Pre-COVID-19-pandemic data saw only 17 percent of travellers planning a trip on their own, but that's risen to 30 percent now saying they're planning a solo trip in the near future.
Vista hopes to cater to the solo traveller market with its new single staterooms it describes as "spacious yet cosy".
"Each stateroom features all the comforts and luxuries that Oceania Cruises guests expect, including a seating area overlooking a private veranda, separate sleeping area with a comfortable Tranquility Bed and copious storage space," the cruise company said in a statement.
Solo travellers would also receive additional amenities including free laundry service and keycard access to the Concierge Lounge, which is usually reserved for Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom guests and above.
"We are delighted to welcome the inclusion of our new solo staterooms onboard Vista," Jason Worth, Vice President of Oceania Cruises, Australia and New Zealand, said.
"These new single-occupancy staterooms are ideal for guests seeking the joy of travelling solo while experiencing the comfort and safety that Oceania Cruises provides for cruisers.
"With all our solo staterooms already fully booked for Vista's inaugural season, it is clear there is significant demand for options tailored to suit the growing solo travel market, and we are already in discussions to see how we can accommodate more solo staterooms onboard new ships in the future."