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by Danielle Contray

Cruising the Mediterranean

It's long been the gripe of solo travelers that if you cruise, you lose. Lose out on low fares, that is, since most lines charge single travelers as much as twice what a passenger who shares a room would pay. Enter the Norwegian Epic, the world's second-largest cruise ship, which debuted in summer 2010 with 128 Studio cabins designed specifically for singles. Now, before you get all excited about solo cruisers finally achieving equal rights, there is one big caveat: All of the studios are interior cabins that, at a snug 100 square feet, are just wide enough to accommodate a full-size bed. There is, however, a one-way porthole into the hallway to help ward off claustrophobia, as well as a mod lounge, for Studio dwellers only, that serves coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening. There are no assigned seats nor designated meal times aboard Norwegian's ships (they call it Freestyle Cruising), so you can make dinner plans with new friends instead of being stuck at a table with the same people night after night. The boat spends the fall and winter in the Caribbean before heading to the western Mediterranean for spring and summer.

Norwegian Epic
Tel: 866 234 7350
Studios from $799 for a seven-day Mediterranean cruise

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