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“Why does it seem unfair to pay double to cruise single?”

Cruising Solo

“Do I really have to pay 200%?” 

I have been a Cruise Specialist for almost 12 years now and approximately 1/4 of  my clients are solo/single travelers.  Cruising is a great way for singles to travel.  Whether it is with a group or a couple of single friends, after a day on a cruise solo travelers are suddenly “not so solo” anymore!  On any given cruise ship there are bound to be quite a few singles…so you won’t be alone!  Cruise lines do cater to the singles by hosting “meet & greet” cocktail parties throughout the cruise.

For singles & solo cruisers, having your own cabin is often the most preferred way to cruise as it is nice to have the privacy of your own cabin. There is however, one question that always comes up when someone traveling solo calls for information…

”Why do I have to pay double to have a have my own room?”  

For those of you unfamiliar with cruising, the cruise fare is usually quoted in a “per person”  rate.  That rate is always based on double occupancy.  However, if you are planning to have your own stateroom as a solo you are required to pay “double” (except on very few occasions where the cruise line is running specials).  For many this seems unfair and sometimes it is a deciding factor in cruising for a single/solo.

Although on the surface, it does seem unfair.  But if you think about the cost of a cruise in terms of booking a hotel rate, it is really not unfair at all.

If you are planning a weekend vacation at a hotel, you are quoted a “per night” rate based on the room you choose.  For example, you may choose a hotel accommodation that costs $300 per night.  If you are traveling alone it will cost you $300 per night.  If you are sharing with a friend and splitting the cost, it would then cost you each $150 per night.  The hotel does not charge you half the room price if you are only 1 person in the room.  The hotel bases their operating budget on the cost of the room, whether 1 or 2 guests are in the hotel room.

A cruise ship is very similar.  If a stateroom costs $300 per night, as a solo you would pay $300 per night and if you share the stateroom you would split that.  Sounds fair…but why does it seem so unfair?

It is the way Cruise pricing is quoted…on a “per person basis.” If a client hears that a cruise is $150 per person/per night, it is hard to understand why as a solo you have to pay double ($300 per night).  It somehow sounds wrong for a cruise to charge a 200% cruise fare for a solo traveler.  But the reality is that the Stateroom has to be paid for, exactly like the Hotel room.  The Cruise lines formulate a budget based on each stateroom being filled whether 1 or 2 guests are in the stateroom. IF the cruise was quoted in a “Per Cabin” rate instead of a “per person” rate, no one would think twice about the solo pricing.

Some cite that the difference is that Cruise fares include meals and the solo traveler is only eating for 1, so shouldn’t there be a discount?  Yet if you were staying at a hotel that included daily breakfast, you would not get a discount on the Hotel room rate if you are solo.  Again, it is thought of in terms of a “Room charge per night”.

As a solo cruiser, it might sound unfair to pay double, but when you compare it on equal terms to a hotel vacation, you will still find the Cruise a much better value…even when you are traveling solo!

So don’t let that 200% charge for a Solo Cruise fare scare you away…it is just in the way it is phrased.  And let’s not forget the benefits of having your own room – privacy, space and your own closet!  Plan your solo travel today! 

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“Single” Traveler Heaven on the NCL Epic!

 

 

 

 

Studio Updates from your friendly bartender!

Part of the Studio Lounge

Corridor for The Studios

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!

To see more on the NCL Epic Studios click here!

To find other Singles interested in travel- Meetup with Single Cruisers!

For great pricing and other information on the NCL Epic: I recommend ME! I’ve been there and experienced the Studios! Visit CruiseOne!

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