NCL has announced a fleetwide expansion of its solo stateroom category, introducing nearly 1,000 dedicated cabins for single travelers across the fleet.
Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled a significant expansion of its solo stateroom category, introducing nearly 1,000 dedicated solo accommodations across its diverse 19-ship fleet.
Starting this week and on a rolling basis, the company will open for sale three new solo stateroom categories: Solo Inside, Solo Oceanview, and Solo Balcony. These solo options will be available for future sailings beginning on January 2, 2024. Depending on the destination and demand, solo travelers can anticipate pricing that’s more budget-friendly compared to traditional double occupancy rooms.
In a press release, NCL president David J. Herrera emphasized the company’s commitment to providing diverse offerings that cater to guest preferences: “Since we first launched our solo staterooms in 2010 with Norwegian Epic, they have been quite popular with single travelers. We are continuously listening to our guests to deliver the experience they want. After realizing the growing demand of individuals looking to travel on their own, we have now expanded single occupancy staterooms across our fleet.”
Guests staying in the new solo stateroom categories will also enjoy access to the Studio Lounge, accessible via key card entry on select ships. The Studio Lounge offers a dedicated space to relax, a bar stocked with beer and wine, and a variety of daily snacks. Additionally, solo cruisers will have the opportunity to participate in activities designed for single travelers, providing a platform to socialize and connect.
Expanding solo stateroom categories from nine ships to the entire 19-ship fleet means that solo travelers now have more opportunities to explore sought-after destinations like Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand on vessels that have not traditionally offered this unique option.
The expansion is in response to the growing popularity of solo travel within the tourism industry. A study by Travelport revealed that solo travel accounted for nearly 18% of global bookings in the travel industry. Recent solo travel statistics from Radical Storage reported a remarkable 267% increase in online searches for the term “solo travel” between December 2020 and April 2022.
From 2019 to 2022, Norwegian Cruise Line also experienced an uptick in guests booking accommodations as single occupants in non-studio staterooms.
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