Cruising as a solo traveler is a smooth, safe, and enjoyable process on the Norwegian Escape. Studio rooms created just for the solo traveler are an affordable choice. Unlike other cruise lines that charge double, a studio cabin on the Escape can be very affordable. Norwegian’s Breakaway, Epic, Getaway, and Pride of America offer studios also.
I found all different ages and types of people staying in the studios during my voyage. There were folks in their young twenties to seventies. Some people were traveling with others staying in other sections of the ship and some were traveling alone. It was a great opportunity to meet many different people.
There are many studio cabins on the Escape. The studio cabins are located on Deck 11 and 12. Card key access is required to get into the corridor in the studios. Each cabin is 100 square feet. In the cabin there is a full size bed and plenty of space for storage. The cabin is well designed.
In the middle of the studios hallway, easily accessible from all studio cabins, is a lounge area called the Studio Lounge. In the lounge there is a bar, specialty espresso and cappuccino coffee machine, fresh orange juice, snacks, a white board to help people connect, and comfy, attractive couches and chairs. There is a solo traveler host available during the cruise (one of the cruise staff) that can help solo travelers with any questions and in help making group reservations. On embarkation day there is an opportunity to meet other solo travelers during a meeting that takes place usually around 5:30-6:00. Everyone that attends introduces himself/herself and tells a little about himself/herself. It is then nice when seeing these individuals during the cruise. There is an optional meeting at 5:30/6:00 each day in the lounge to help people connect for dinner, excursions, shows, or other activities.
If desired dining alone on the Escape is very comfortable. There are many tables for two that easily will accommodate just one. Many of these small tables are located near windows in either Taste, Savor, or The Manhattan Room. Some tables for two are located near the band in the Manhattan Room. If eating in the Garden Cafe buffet, there are plenty of seats available. I especially liked the tall table and chairs on the end. The other complimentary option is O’Sheehan’s and there are usually plenty of seats there also. I never had to wait for a seat to become available at any of the dining locations.
There are many entertainment options on board that a solo traveler can take advantage of. Free entertainment includes After Midnight, Levity Comedy, Vocal Overdrive, Howl at the Moon (Dueling Pianos), Jazz, and many other music choices. For a fee, there is a dinner show ‘For the Record – The Brat Pack’ that is excellent also. Shows can be signed up for before sailing, from on the TV in your stateroom, or at the Box Office right on the Escape. If you enjoy a certain type of show, you can attend another performance by either booking again if the show is not full, or arriving 10 minutes before the show and going in the stand-by line. Getting a seat is not usually an issue at all.
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