Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

The river cruise industry, like much of the travel trade, has in recent years become increasingly generous with solo travelers, offering discounts and waivers to what are traditionally high single supplements.

Those waivers, however, are generally limited to just a few cabins per ship, and often are only for lower deck cabins without balconies.

Riviera River Cruises, a fairly new and fast-growing player on the European rivers, has upped the ante, dedicating a half dozen sailings this year to solo travelers that eliminate single supplements across the entire ship.

The number of sailings is triple those offered by the company last year. And as Riviera  says on its website, they give single travelers the chance to "book that Diamond Deck Suite you've always imagined, without the roommate and the single price tag.”

"So whether you're the kind of person who prefers traveling alone, or you just want your own cabin while traveling with friends, our Solo Traveler options bring your perfect European vacation within reach."

Other lines also offer some relief to single travelers. The river cruise-focused travel agency Premier River Cruises ranks Tauck, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, AmaWaterways, Emerald Waterways and Avalon Waterways as the most solo-traveler friendly for offering guaranteed solo discounts in standard cabins on all their itineraries.

Some also offer discounts on more premium cabins, but only on limited sailings and in limited numbers.

But Riviera is new on many North American agency and traveler radars. The U.K.-based company just began marketing to the region in 2017, and is beefing things up this year under cruise industry veteran Marilyn Conroy,  who recently joined as vice president of sales and marketing for North America.

Conroy says Riviera is the only line to offer cruises dedicated soley to single passengers. She says the company launched the program last year with two sailings dedicated to solo travelers.

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