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Single on a cruise: How can I avoid that pesky supplement?

The question: I want to get on an Oceania Baltic cruise in June and the cruise line insists on a hefty fee.

TRAVEL CONCIERGE: Single supplement: two words that make solo adventurers growl.

The industry generally prices everything – cabins, hotel rooms, guided trips – on per-person, double- occupancy rates. When a single traveller takes up a double-bunk room, the single-supplement charge incurs. On cruise ships, that extra charge runs from 10 to 200 per cent of the lowest fare, says Denis Lim, president of Cruise Experts Travel.

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For Oceania's Baltic Treasures Cruise, which sails from Copenhagen to Stockholm, fares start at $7,398 (all amounts in U.S. dollars) a person, double occupancy, or $14,796 with the single supplement. "Oceania Cruises occasionally offers a reduced single supplement on select sailings, but they are more the exception than the norm," the cruise line says. Lim recommends asking your cruise agents to help you select a ship that charges singles less, or to ask whether they know others

interested in sharing a cabin. Or suss out friends and family. Who wouldn't want to join you exploring the medieval squares of Tallinn this summer?

Send your travel questions to Travel Concierge.

Karan Smith is a former Globe Travel editor.

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