Norwegian Cruises Solo Cabins Added To Its 19 Ships
Solo travel is on the rise and we are seeing many cruise lines slowly adapting to this new trend, with Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) recently announcing the roll out of nearly 1,000 new solo staterooms across its 19 ship fleet. The addition of Norwegian Cruises solo cabins showcase the cruise line becoming more welcoming of solo travelers, with each vessel now featuring solo accommodation.
They have previously take a longer period of time to introduce as most cruise lines base their pricing on double occupancy, meaning if you’re traveling solo in a cabin designed for two, you often have to pay a hefty amount.
“We strive to provide our guests with diverse offerings to create their dream vacation. Since we first launched our solo staterooms in 2010 with Norwegian Epic, they have been quite popular with single travelers,” David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line, said in a statement released to Travel + Leisure. “We are continuously listening to our guests to deliver the experience they want. After realising the growing demand of individuals looking to travel on their own, we have now expanded single occupancy staterooms across our fleet.”
Norwegian Cruises solo cabins span across three categories: Solo Inside, Solo Oceanview, and Solo Balcony. Those traveling in solo staterooms will also have access to the private Studio Lounge on certain ships. This is a gathering place for other solo travelers, and it’s stocked with free coffee, beer, wine, and snacks. The ships also offer a specific solo traveler program to encourage individuals to mingle with others. These range from pub crawls to dinners.
Norwegian Cruises solo cabins expansion has come in response to a surge in solo travel, with the cruise line pointing out statistics finding that nearly 18% of global travel bookings were for solo travel. Pricing and availability will depend on the destination and demand, although solo travelers can expect to pay less for a solo cabin than a traditional double-occupancy room.
Although there are a number of cruise ships with solo cabin offerings, availability is still coming short. Believe it or not, solo cabins on cruise ships are often the first to sell out, requiring booking in advance if you wish to secure your own solo cabin.
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