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Good News for Solo Cruisers

Let’s face it, the cruise industry has not been all that kind to solo travelers, with most ships charging as much as double to those who want to have a cabin to themselves. But, it's not all bad news for singles: Norwegian Cruise Line announced last week it would change the game when it launches its newest and largest ship, the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic, in July. Epic is paying attention to solo travelers with a new category of very hip cabins (above) affordably priced for one. Known as "The Studios," the 128 identical cabins are small (100 square feet), have double beds, and do not offer views (they are all inside).

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But design firm, London-based Priestmangoode, makes the most of the space with padded walls so you can sit up and lounge in bed, portholes on the doors so you can see people passing by, and funky, colored, controllable LED lights, so you can set your mood despite the lack of windows—blue in the morning, red for a love, bright to put on your makeup.

The Studios are located in an exclusive area with keycard access that also includes The Studio Lounge (above), a two-deck hanging out spot with a bar, coffee service, snacks, reading area, large plasma TVs, comfy seating and room to spread out. You’ll be able to mix and mingle easily there. Pricing for the cabins is from $799 for a weeklong eastern or western Caribbean cruise.

Guestblogger Fran Golden is a cruise expert and frequent contributor to TravelandLeisure.com.

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