Cruising the Single Seas: Norwegian Cruise Lines Set Prices for the Single Traveler

By Melanie Nayer

norwegian-epicheroicOne thing that really cuts to the core of single travelers is having to pay for the dreaded single supplement fee – the extra fee that travel agencies often tack on for saving space for the single traveler. But one travel company is offering solo travelers a break from the dreaded cost: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Freestyle Cruising on the Norwegian Epic.

The Norwegian Epic features studio staterooms designed and priced for single occupancy, starting from $799 on the ship’s seven-day cruises that feature various Caribbean itineraries. These single studio staterooms will be available on all of Norwegian Epic’s sailings and go on sale Monday, January 18, 2010.

The single rooms are located on two decks and take up approximately 100 square feet of living space each, complete with a full-sized bed and full bathroom. In addition, guests in the single suites will have private keycard access to their rooms and private access to the exclusive “Studio Lounge,” where singles can grab a cup of coffee or a cocktail with other single cruisers. Our favorite part? Many of the single staterooms are connecting, allowing friends to travel together without encroaching on each other’s personal space.

“Historically, the cruise industry has not embraced the large number of people who enjoy traveling solo,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 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. We invite all solo travelers – whether they are first-time cruisers or cruising veterans — to sail on our incredible new Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic.”

For those of you who have cruised before, get ready for a good time at sea. Norwegian hosts a variety of entertainment including performances from Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams and Dinner (theatrical dining experience with music, mayhem and acrobatic imagination) and various live music activities including the ever-popular Howl at the Moon, the world’s greatest rock ‘n roll dueling piano show.

The ship also boasts a water park complete with plunge pools and seven decks of ‘outdoor’ activities including rock climbing and bowling. Hit the high seas, ladies!