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I think your elderly relatives would be very suited to a 'traditional' cruiseline such as Fred.Olsen or Cunard (QE2). They both offer ballroom dancing, afternoon tea & single cabins aboard their ships. Fred. Olsen is probably the cheaper option but I may be wrong.
QE 2 offers single cabins with alot of ball room dancing. however, there is only a limited number of them so book quick! Prinsedam - Holland America Line ship also offers Single berth cabins but don't offer as much dancing. All cruise line offer some sort of ball room danicn.
QM2 seems to cater for elderly people extremely well. It has the largest ballroom of all the ships with dancing every evening and the services of professional dance instructors/classes on sea days. Look for special deals to get the best prices. We have just completed a 12 day Med cruise on QM2 which was fabulous as we enjoy ballroom dancing. I'm not too sure about single cabins so you might need to enquire if you decide to pursue the Cunard option.
Submitted by: Robinson, Mancheste.
Orient Lines - Marco Polo. Although I personally have 2 left feet, when I went 2 years ago (Barbados - Panama Canal - Chile) they had ballroom dancing every evening and small or no single supplement on some cruises. If you prefer a traditional ship rather than a floating block of flats this is well worth a look.
Have taken my mother aged 92 on Princess they were fantastic with her and they have the ballroom blitz programme. Now going to try QM2 as the ballroom is super.
Fred Olsen's Black Watch would suit your elderly relatives. They have a lot of dancing on the ship together with 'dance escorts' who will dance with single people. Most ships have single cabins and there is normally a charge for this.
The QE2 has a very nice ballroom(Queens Room)also Dance Hosts for ladies travelling alone. Cunard has 117 single cabins on QE2,I have been on this ship several times as a single and would recommend it. Food is excellent too !!
Thank you to everyone who has replied to my question. I have just booked for us to go on a 12 day Med cruise on the QE2 at the end of July and managed to book two single cabins for only slightly extra cost. Thanks for all the advice.
Saga do not charge for single occupancy on many of their cruises.
The ORIANA is excellent for ballroom dancing as are the Cunard ships. They also provide gentlemen hosts if these are required.
I regret I know of no company that offers 'cheap' single cabins.