Finally, someone understands the plight of the solo cruiser.
Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that when the 150,000-ton Norwegian Epic debuts in July, it will include 128 cabins designed for cruisers traveling alone – with no single supplement.
The inside studio cabins go on sale Monday for all Norwegian Epic sailings.
With an estimated 100 million single adults in the United States alone, including 20 million in the 25-to-59 demographic, NCL doesn’t figure to have problems filling the cabins.
And although the cabins can be sold as a double with different pricing, NCL acknowledges the need to cater more to solo travelers.
At a starting price of $799, the inside-only staterooms overcome a stumbling block that has penalized solo travelers for years. Going solo always came with a penalty tax of 50 to 100 percent.
“Historically, the cruise industry has not embraced the large number of people who enjoy traveling solo,” said Kevin Sheehan, NCL chief executive officer. “We are breaking the mold of traditional cruising once again by offering a stateroom designed and priced specifically for solo travelers, making cruising a more attractive travel option.”
At 100 square feet there really isn’t much living space – just enough for one. Each room includes a full-size bed, a bathroom, sink and shower. Many staterooms are connecting, meaning friends can travel together but have their own private space.
The staterooms include private access to an exclusive lounge where passengers can mingle with other solo travelers.