BE AWARE - POLICIES ARE CHANGING THAT AFFECT HOW SINGLES ARE BOOKED IN 2018. I just got back from Gems of the Dalmation Coast and tried (operative word) to book a small ship curise for the Riveria in April 2018. Unfortunately, I found that Grand Circle is changing how singles are treated. (I've taken 9 GTC trips so far with number 10 scheduled for August 2018. I try to take two trips a year and I've never traveled with any company except Grand Circle Travel.) Their small ships have a capacity of 50 and usually have two single cabins on the lowest deck. The cabins are usually identical regardless of location with the exception of cabins that have a baby balcony.
For both trips this year. I was able to go through Inventory to get an upper deck cabin with a balcony. I pay a single supplement and the hgher price for the better cabin but that's to be expected and I've felt the price has been reasonable.
For 2018, I've been told the small ships will have 4 cabins for singles for each trip. There will be the 2 on the lowest deck, 1 on the main deck and 1 on the upper deck. (This will also apply to ships on the river cruises.) OAT and Grand Cricle Land trips will have also "limits" on the number of singles that are permitted. For OAT trips, I was told it's 3 singles per trip - not sure about GTC land trips. Once the single spaces are sold, we singles are out of luck. Inventory will not change any rooms or spaces and at this point, it's "no exceptions." On my last trip, there were 7 of us who were "singles". Had this rule been in place for my recent trip, at least 2 or 3 of us would NOT have been on the trip!
The number of singles is growing and most of us - me incljudes - will NOT consider a share with anyone! And I'm willing to pay for a better cabin. I was able to book my Baltic trip for August 2018 because I gave GCT a deposit months ago and called the minute bookings were opened. But I can't usually book 15 months in advance as I teach and do consulting.
So - singles be aware of this policy change. I'm sure that if the cabins are not sold out, we might get something BUT it also means you cannot plan for any trips. To me, it also means that Grand Circle is changing to be less accommodating for singles. I certainly understand making a profit but the change is unfortunate. And I'm betting if any of us are willing to pay double we can book whatever cabin on whatever trip we want. It has already forced me to ask all of the people who were on my recent trip for recommmendations for other comapnies because I'm not going to stop traveling. My trips just may or may not be with Grand Circle anymore.