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Hi everyone. I'm booked to sail on a 7 night Med cruise out of Barcelona on the NCL Epic in August 2021.  I'm staying in a studio cabin.  This is my first time cruising solo, and not sure what to expect with the studio and studio lounge experience.  I'd appreciate hearing about other people's experiences in a studio, and what the studio lounge experience was like (how many organized activities were there and their variety, number of folks that participated, demographic make up of other solos, etc)  I look forward to hearing back!  Thanks!

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My first solo was a studio on the Epic about 18 months ago.  I really enjoyed it.  

The cabin is smaller but I really didn't spend that much time there.  The bed was the same size as in a regular cabin but there is only a little room between it and the storage closets and shelves.  I had plenty of storage but maybe you wouldn't.  The shower is a little smaller than usual. The sink is tiny and the nook with the toilet is small but those things weren't a problem for me.  The one annoyance was that the bright bathroom light was turned on and off by a motion sensor.  If you were in there more than a couple minutes, you had to wave your hand around to stay lit.  To prevent the bright light fully waking me, I hung a washcloth over the sensor with a magnet and used a magnetic dim nightlight I always pack.

There must have been almost 100 people there for the first solo meeting.  Too many for me.  It slowed  down some later.  They had sign up sheets for several activities each day and also took a group to the evening show.

If the perks and price make the studio a good deal, go for it.  The lounge always had coffee, tea and cookies.  All solo cruisers are welcome to the lounge for the evening solo meet and dinner.  Studio cruisers have 24 hour access to the lounge,

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Thank you so much for your response!   I don't think the small cabin will bother me.  I already live in a pretty tiny apartment as it is. Plus, I'll be on a very port-intensive itinerary.  I won't be in my room, too much.

 

It's also interesting to hear that 100+ people came to the initial solo meeting. I wasn't expecting there to be so many solo travelers on board.  

 

I guess I'm curious, what the typical solo demographic is going to be.  I'm a male in my early 40s.  Am I going to be surrounded by 80-something year old widows en masse?  Which isn't a horrible thing. I just like to know what I'm walking into. :-)

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Well I was almost 69 then and there were younger and older.  I have been on 5 solos now and the longer the cruises tend to get more retired folk.  I will say that on my last solo in late February we had people from 25 to 80 and we all got along fine.  The solo host or hostess have been very good at getting all to participate.  Over the 5 solos women from 45 to 80 tend to outnumber the men but I have found fascinating conversations from women from the whole spectrum.

The Epic crowd was huge the first night but got smaller and more manageable.  Also we kinda made our own groups at times.

I would think that there will be fewer older people until there is a vaccine but I could be wrong.

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5 minutes ago, NSnJW said:

Well I was almost 69 then and there were younger and older.  I have been on 5 solos now and the longer the cruises tend to get more retired folk.  I will say that on my last solo in late February we had people from 25 to 80 and we all got along fine.  The solo host or hostess have been very good at getting all to participate.  Over the 5 solos women from 45 to 80 tend to outnumber the men but I have found fascinating conversations from women from the whole spectrum.

The Epic crowd was huge the first night but got smaller and more manageable.  Also we kinda made our own groups at times.

I would think that there will be fewer older people until there is a vaccine but I could be wrong.

Thanks. It sounds like I should expect a little bit of everybody, which is what I prefer.  I was a bit apprehensive that I'd find myself in a room full of seniors, and me.  Or, a room full of spring breakers, and me.  I wasn't sure if there was a typical "solo cruiser" on NCL.  

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I did a Trans-Atlantic last year on the Getaway.  I loved the Studio experience. 

  1. The first thing to note is it is not a singles place, it is a solo travelers place.  There are lots of single people in the Studio's and in the Solo groups but not all of the people are single they are traveling solo. 
  2. The rooms has everything you need in a small room.  I am 300 lbs and there was plenty of room for me and the bed is one double size bed and not two singles.  Makes it nice for spreading out.  The only real complaint is the toilet room (the shower and sink is in the room) is way to small.  I had to keep the door open when I used it.
  3. There is a studio lounge.  It is a small lounge area where people would gather in the morning and evening.  They have a free espresso machine, juices and snacks there all day.  In the morning there would be muffins, rolls and coffee.  In the evening there is a bar in the studio lounge. The only complaint is they took the cookies away about 11 pm at night.  I would get up at 4 am to do some work and there was no snacks.  All of this is in a locked area that is only accessible with a Studio Room key.
  4. There is a Solo Cruise Director.  They have a cruise director dedicated to the solo travelers; not just studio rooms.  On our cruise we ended up firing the Solo Cruise Director and getting a new one.  Our first one was new and could not get anything we wanted setup or going.  We went to the Cruise Director and he switch us to an experienced person.  The second one setup a standing dinner and reserved 3 large tables that would hold about 45 people.  Every after noon they would have games for the solo travelers.  In the evening they would do shows together.  Most of the nights we would stay at the dinner table talking for hours then move to the night clubs together.

The short answer is the Studio Rooms and Solo Groups are what you make out of them.

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I had a studio cabin on the Epic for a Caribbean sailing out of San Juan and loved it. I was part of a singles group, but met other singles outside the group through the solo lounge and meet-ups while onboard. People planned seeing shows together, specialty dining together, etc. I found the room to be perfectly suited for a solo traveler. The only thing I might have preferred is having a single bed instead of a full size to allow more space between the bed and closets. Bring hangers.... there aren’t nearly enough and I pack light. Stop by the lounge in the morning or after coming in from your excursion to get refreshments, meet other solos. Have fun and post a review about your experience.

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I've had a studio cabin on the Epic twice and have a booking for a third time. It has worked well for cruising on the Mediterranean and in the Caribbean - I'd be less optimistic about a cruise with few port days or when the weather is likely to be cold and wet.

 

Some other NCL ships also have studio cabins. There is one drawback to the Epic, in my opinion: it has less outdoor space than other ships of similar size. If you like to walk around a ship on the promenade deck, well, there isn't one.

 

You may see complaints about the bathroom layout but these pertain to standard inside or balcony cabins - they're all like the studios in that respect. The Epic has no non-balcony oceanview cabins, and the balcony cabins are more expensive than a simple OV would be, so some of the people discomfited by the bathroom layout feel that for what they paid, it should have been different.

 

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