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Solo Vacations: The Ultimate in Self Indulgence
by Roy Witman © 2009

According to a July 2009 report by Travelhorizons, 11% of all U.S. adult leisure travelers are vacationing without a companion. Solo holidays are increasingly the trend and it's easy to see why. There's no one to answer, and you can concentrate on enjoying your holiday to the fullest on your own terms. You've worked hard at the office and at home. Your vacation is the time to get away from it all and do your own thing.

Focus On Yourself for a Change

Traveling with a companion can be a lot of fun, but when you want to visit a museum he has no interest in, or explore a town she's already visited, compromise becomes the rule of the day. Leave the compromising at the office. Now is the time to focus on you.

Meet new friends on guided tours, immerse yourself in a foreign culture, or reconnect with your own independent spirit. And just imagine the stories you'll share with your friends and family back home.

The Single Penalty

If you've vacationed solo in the past, you might have encountered what's jokingly referred to as the “single penalty.” This supplement is actually a surcharge that is added to your hotel room, resort stay, or cruise cabin. Until now, if you traveled alone, it was commonplace for you to pay up to 200% more than the published price for your trip. Unfair? Absolutely! That's why one cruise line decided to do something about it.

New Frontiers for the Single Traveler

For years cruise lines catered to couples and families seeking all-inclusive vacations. Recently, however, they have begun courting vacationers who prefer to travel alone. In fact, Norwegian Cruise Line has embraced solo travelers with their newest ship, Epic.

When you tour on Epic, you'll have your choice of 128 staterooms designed especially for single travelers, and with pricing to match: no supplements. These unique cabins feature full-size beds with a separate area for shower, sink and toilet. Many of the rooms are connected, making them the perfect choice for friends traveling together, and they all feature private access to the exclusive Studio Lounge. You can enjoy a gourmet coffee in the morning, meet up with fellow solo travelers for an excursion during the afternoon then enjoy a drink that evening before dinner in a private area designed just for you.

Of course all the other shipboard amenities are available as well, including the world-class entertainment for which Norwegian is known. Head off to one of the numerous night clubs and hit the dance floor or take in an electrifying Las Vegas style show.

If you prefer a more physically challenging vacation, Epic features a 33-foot-high rock climbing wall and the world's only floating, rappelling wall. After you work up an appetite, take your pick of 20 on board dining venues.

You have more choices now than ever before when traveling solo. Consider cruising for your next holiday. Sail off to worlds unknown, enrich yourself with a workshop you've always wanted to take, or try something wild and adventurous aboard a cruise ship made with singles in mind.

Read more about Norwegian Cruise Line.
Read more about NCL Freestyle Cruising.

*We can't publicly discount NCL Cruises on our web site. Please call (800.803.7245) for the best price.