NCL Escape Studio Cabin Review – Solo Suites
If you’re traveling solo, the Studio Cabins on NCL are a hip, economical way to sail the seven seas! These magnificently designed suites are dedicated to travelers voyaging on their own.
On most cruises, if you’re traveling by yourself, you have to pay double the fare for a cabin. However on NCL’s mega ships (5000+ passengers), you can book smaller (inside) rooms for solo travelers. They cost about 150% of the typical inside fare - but they are less than paying the single surcharge that is charged in regular cabins.
(There are ways to get even cheaper fares though - read my blog on Glam For Less: 3 -Steps for Singles to Save Big on Luxury Cruises.)
I recently sailed on NCL’s Escape from New York to the Bahamas in their Studio Cabin. Here’s my review:
The Studio Cabin
Bottom line – these cabins are über cool and different than any other accommodation at sea (even when compared to other rooms on the Escape.)
For some reason, the ship’s builders decided to amp of the design esthetic in these suites – and the lighting is a major factor.
The room is basically all white – and, with the help of LED hue lighting, it completely changes color to meet your mood. From red, to yellow, to deep blues – you can set the pigment you want. For disco lovers, there’s even a feature where the room changes color every 30 seconds.
Its like sleeping in the hottest Parisian nightclub.
Beyond the lighting – the cabin has a hip vibe. A white leather headboard, curves throughout, and built in sinks and shelving all help create a futuristic, space-craft feel. I felt like I was flying in something that belonged in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
On paper, the cabin is actually quite small and I was a bit nervous booking one. However, my fear of suffering a panic attach was lifted within seconds of entering the room.
They have designed the cabin so well – that it actually feels spacious. Everything has a spot, the closet door slide sideways (instead of opening into the room’s space) and the walls all curve.
The only minor criticism I could make with this room was around the shower.
It looks amazing – but it’s a tad small (but to be truthful I am a tad big!). The shower stall also doesn’t have a shelf to put toiletries on it. (Honestly though, that really isn’t a major problem.)
Some people might not like the fact that the ‘toweling-off area’ is located outside the shower in the main part of the cabin…but that didn’t bother me. The room is broken in two by the use of diverse flooring (wood laminate and carpet) – so there’s actually a mental separation of the ‘toweling off area.”
All of the Studio Suites are inside cabins – but they have a feature that plays another mental trick: a faux window. It’s a large porthole, with a frosted glass, that’s covered with a blind. The allusion made be feel like there was an opening to the outside world.
The Studio Suites actually have an air of exclusivity associated with them. All of the Studio cabins are housed in the same section of the ship on decks 10,11, and 12.
You can only access the Studio section of the ship with a key card. This immediately created a quite zone compared to the rest of the vessel. The passageways were quite and people free. No families, no groups, and no kids – just other solo travelers (by itself that amenity is worth a mint!).
As an added benefit for solo travelers – NCL has a dedicated lounge for everyone sailing in Studio cabins. It was a popular hangout – especially for people looking for a dining group. They even had a calendar of events for outings to the theatre or beach!
A nice touch if you didn’t want to feel like you were traveling alone!
I’m a complete fan of the the Studio Suites. I raise my glass to NCL on creating these gems!
I love the cabin design, especially the lighting. The rooms are fab and I wish more cruise ships had suites like these.
I wouldn’t hesitate to sail in them again on my next cruise.