Of the 12 Olivia cruises I've had the pleasure of experiencing with Olivia, I have been single and Solo for eleven of them! I've roomed with friends, paid for the whole room many times, and let Olivia pick my roommate. Let me just say that Olivia does an excellent job of matching roommates! They take their time and try to match you with someone with the same likes, etc, as much as humanly possible! That being said, no one is perfect! If they match you with someone who just isn't compatible with you, go to the Olivia Desk and talk with them. They will do everything possible to resolve the situation. They want you to be happy and they'll do everything in their power to make you happy and get you to travel with Olivia again and again and again! I was very, very happy with the wonderful person they chose for me to room with! We got to know each other before the cruise through emails and everything was great!
If you're too worried about getting matched with someone compatible, paying for the whole room is a great option, albeit a pricey one depending on the room you choose. Having the extra space is a plus and you don't have to worry about someone who snores or talks in their sleep or stays up late or parties too much or not enough, etc. Either way you go, I am sure you'll have an awesome time and experience with Olivia!
Also, Olivia has "Solo's Coordinators" who make sure you're having as good a time as possible! They have special "Solo's" activities, excursions, dining together, etc. Be sure to check in with them and take advantage of all they have to offer!
This cruise will be a great one for all the newbies who've never experienced Olivia! Be prepared to be overwhelmed by all that Olivia offers! Looking forward to meeting you all!