Tips for Single Cruising: Book a Ship with Single Cabins

by  Elissa Garay | Jul 1, 2011
Norwegian Epic
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Avoid the dreaded double occupancy demands made by most cruise lines and seek out instead the small smattering of companies that actually cater to the single traveler. Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) sleek new Norwegian Epic made waves last year with their 128 “Epic Studios,” designed specifically for single occupancy – the line has announced that the cabins proved such a hit that they’ll be more to come on NCL’s next two ship debuts. Royal Caribbean recently joined ranks, with its revamped Radiance of the Seas rolling out in June with the line’s first single cabins, though far less impressive than NCL’s attempt, counting only three in number, and windowless at that.

Several smaller cruise lines offer solo cabins, as well, like a duo of U.K.-based cruise lines: P&O Cruises’ Azura launched in 2010 with 18 cabins allotted to solo cruisers, while all of Fred. Olsen's ships have generous offerings for singles, with no less than 40 to 64 dedicated single cruising cabins and suites per ship. If a single cabin proves too elusive, opt instead for an inside cabin, which regularly offer the cheapest rates on the ship industry-wide, making it a financially viable option even if you do have to begrudgingly fork over 150 to 200 percent of the double occupancy rate to claim it as your own.

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