I just came home from a Cruise onboard the NCL Epic. It was so much fun. The entertainment was great! Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams, Second City Comedy Group, Fat Cats Jazz Club and Legends in Concert were all fantastic! I usually never do “shows” (which always put me to sleep) when I am cruising, but these were definitely not “sleepers”! I was impressed.
And then of course, there was the nightlife. I am almost embarrassed to say how late I was up every night! Let’s just say that the night started with a Pub Crawl and ended with me singing Karaoke at Bliss Ultra Lounge! (Which I might not have remembered until I saw the video!!) The Pub Crawl was a great event that NCL does, because it is a great way to get to know other people on the cruise. (I recommend doing the Pub Crawl early in the cruise). I have cruised alot and it was evident that The Epic really goes out of it’s way to make this a friendly ship for Singles to travel on. But it can be daunting as a single to just walk into any of the awesome bars & lounges that are on the Epic –
Bliss Ultra Lounge – O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill – Sake Bar – Shakers Martini Bar – Svedka Ice Bar (YES! An ICE BAR AT SEA!) – Spice H2O – Fat Cats Jazz Bar – Cascades – Maltings Beer & Whiskey Bar – Waves Pool Bar – Humidor Cigar Lounge – Headliners – and most importantly for Singles “The Studio Lounge”!
I have so many friends and family that are single (I was there twice myself!) and going on a cruise alone is not just daunting, it is expensive (on a cruise, there is a higher charge to travel alone)! The really cool thing about The Epic is that NCL has solved both of those problems for Singles who want to travel by creating an exclusive Staterooms and a 2 story Lounge that make traveling as a Single both Affordable and Friendly!
The Studios – This is a private Key Card Access complex of staterooms designed and priced for the solo traveler. The staterooms feature a full sized bed, bathroom and one way window into the corridor. I have been in them and they are so nice! They did not feel small at all! It is the perfect room for a single. But the best is…..
The Studio Lounge – Only accessible by the Studio Guests, this is a lounge where you can feel comfortable meeting other Singles. Have morning coffee, watch a movie or Sports Game, have cocktails or just hang out! This was a great idea. Kudos to NCL!
As a single on my first cruise many years ago, all cruises have that infamous “singles cocktail party”…but it is not enough. It is actually very awkward. This Studio complex is not just an hour of pressure, it is a 24 hour long comfortable situation. The perfect way to mingle and meet others who want to enjoy all the entertainment the Epic has to offer. Make new friends and see the Blue Man Group or visit the Jazz club then stay out till the wee hours at Ultra Bliss! Remember, everyone in the Studio complex is a single…so there is no awkwardness!
Single and traveling with a Single friend? There are many Studio Staterooms that do connect, so you can have your doors open and privacy when you want. It is really a great situation for Singles!
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