Huge news for singles!
In an amazing announcement for single cruisers, the new "Studio Staterooms" on Norwegian Epic will be sold to singles with NO singles supplmenent. These rooms feature a bedroom and bathroom, but just a small seating area. The 128 Studio Staterooms do share a common living area, however, which will make cruising like one big happy family for singles.
Nothing like this has been offered a cruise ship ever before - a distinct area for singles with a living-room style common area.
Norwegian Epic's Studios are now the first staterooms specially designed and priced for single occupancy - starting at just $799 per cabin on either of the 7-day Eastern or Western Caribbean itineraries. The Studio staterooms are available on all of Norwegian Epic's sailings - with no single supplement.
They go on sale Monday, January 18, 2010. Norwegian Epic is scheduled to debut in America in May 2010.
"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."
The Studios area onboard Norwegian Epic is a private key-card access complex. There are two decks with 128 staterooms and the Studio Lounge. This unique and thoughtfully designed concept provides comfort and convenience for the solo traveler. Each Studio stateroom is approximately 100 square feet with a full-size bed and separate areas for the commode, sink and shower.
Guests in the Studios have private access to the exclusive Studio Lounge to get coffee, drinks and snacks, meet up with fellow cruisers and relax at night. Many of the Studio staterooms are connecting so friends can travel together and still have their own private space.
The Studio staterooms represent a new concept for accommodations in modern cruise ships. The name and the design come from urban "studio apartments" that have just one room with all the basics. These staterooms, at just 100 sq. ft., contain a queen-size or two twin beds and separate bathroom facilities. The shower and toilet are each in separate compartments.
They have the same modern design as the other staterooms on the ships (see our article on F3 stateroom design), but also come with customizable color-changing lighting effects that mirror different stages of the day or the guest's mood, including a "love" setting for romantic nights at sea.
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Studio Stateroom Studio Staterooms Common Living Room
All studio staterooms are centered on a two-deck-tall common area called "the Living Room," featuring a concierge, bar, room service, two large TV screens, and comfy seating for hanging out, reading a book or just enjoying a cocktail before dinner. Each "Studio" has a large, round picture window looking into the common corridor; keycard-controlled access to the living room is limited to the guests staying in one of the 128 studio staterooms.