Aurora Expeditions reports rise in solo travellers visiting Antarctica
by Shamoli Dutt


Aurora Expeditions has reported a 29 per cent increase in the number of single travellers visiting Antarctica. Figures from the last three years have shown a steady increase in the number of solo travellers booking on their small ship adventures.

The company claims the lifting of the “single supplement pricing option” has been popular with solo travellers for years, however there’s been a marked increase in solos on voyages offering additional activities including camping, polar snorkelling, photography and kayaking.

There’s also been a 65 per cent increase in women travelling solo in the past year.

Aurora Expeditions marketing manager, Fiona Twyford, believes the trend is indicative of the number of women who are choosing to travel without their partners.

“Whilst a proportion of solo passengers are single, we are seeing a growing number of female travellers who, despite having partners at home, choose to travel alone or with girlfriends to experience the destinations that appeal to them.

“The big trip does not always appeal to their partners, so instead of missing out they go alone."

Aurora offers a cabin-sharing service to keep the cost down for would-be solo travellers. The company will find a same-sex cabin partner for those travelling alone and if a suitable partner cannot be found, guests only pay the standard single occupancy rate; allowing solo travellers to keep the cost down whilst taking part in the ultimate small group adventure.

Alternatively, if passengers prefer to be guaranteed a private cabin, they may book a cabin for sole occupancy at a discounted rate: 1.7 times the twin share rate.

Carrying a maximum of 54 passengers, Aurora Expeditions' ice-strengthened vessel Polar Pioneer is designed for small groups. Led by a team of Polar Experts, voyages lend themselves to an informal style of travel, complete with open bridge policy, guided excursions, enriching lecture programme and a diverse range of activity options.

Visit for more information on avoiding single supplements and great tips about experiencing Antarctica.

Prices for the 2014/15 Antarctic season start from USD7100.00 per person based on a same-sex triple share cabin for a ten day cruise.

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by Shamoli Dutt - Austguide Travel News Editor