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  1. You need to go through the whole booking to see what the actual discount is. That is the only way to truly know the difference because you are not including taxes, fees, discount on second person which is sometimes part of a solo cabin depending on how the discount works. Also, the studio balcony may be slightly bigger than a smaller/partially obstructed balcony.
  2. I know people who have and loved it. I haven’t because I don’t have the length of time needed and I like to explore lots of different areas. Though if a really good deal comes along I may jump or do a fall cruise up the coast to use my FCC. Was supposed to be On a European cruise this past May 😟
  3. Yup! On Ovation to Alaska it was great because you could still open the windows and get great photos/breeze but also stay warm/comfortable. By the hot tubs there were wings on which you could walk out to the sides if you wanted some fresh air. It’s in the front of the ship, made for a great opportunity to see the wildlife.
  4. Yes, it’s adults only with a few hot tubs, relaxing/sitting pools, a bar, and waiter service. The restaurant was nice for breakfast and lunch buffet, then dinner was a combined service. Buffet for apps and dessert and the waiter will bring your entree. There was no charge to use the solarium or eat in it. The only charge is if you decide to upgrade your entree.
  5. RCL was great for a solo experience and sq ft wise the solo cabins - interior and balcony are slightly larger than NCL. I wanted the opposite of NCL in which I didn't feel the need for the lounge and didn't want to have a lot of solo meet-ups and activities for solos. I just wanted to be on vacation and if I met people naturally (which I did, that would be great) but if I didn't I was perfectly content. I believe I did see meet-ups every morning and maybe for a happy hour each day on the itinerary but never want. My room steward was great, waiters were perfectly fine, I never felt I was treate
  6. Oooh that is tempting with NCL. I think you are talking about the Solarium on RCL, the adults only section? If so, they still have it and it's fantastic! My favorite place to go on the ship and can just stay there all day. If you need a hotel, you could do the W in Hoboken for a night and then it's a really quick uber ride over. Doing that would cost you less than 1 night of hotel in the city. I do know many people who leave their car at the Bayonne port for the length of the cruise. Feel free to message me if you would like to talk about options/need more info. Happy to help.
  7. Have you checked RCL out of Bayonne? I know they have the Quantum ships with studios that leave from there. Not sure what is scheduled for this year but it is another option that is a short taxi ride away.
  8. I did on Ovation last year to Alaska and thought it was a great space. I liked the location, it had a lot of hidden storage space, and I never felt closed-in because of the virtual balcony. It was bigger than a porthole and gave me a great outside view. Now if you are tall that could be an issue. I am 5’ and the bed was fine. But if I were much taller it would be an issue. It’s a small room but they do make good use of the space. I was actually surprised as to how nice of a size the shower was. I would stay in one again. If you have any questions please ask. Happy to go int
  9. Ok I’m going to stop you right here with this comment. When I travel solo, cruise or otherwise, it is to travel, try new things and food and see what I otherwise would not. I meet people and chat but I am not socializing with other solos, doing group activities or anything, hanging out in the solo club, etc. That is not my purpose of a trip. I can travel without having to be with other people. Your purpose of going on a cruise solo is to socialize with a lot of other people. That is fine, but do not say that others should be in isolation if they don’t want to socialize how you thi
  10. You are expecting/wanting quite a bit from a cruise. The only type that would meet most of your criteria would be a specific singles cruise.
  11. This selfish reason is why we cannot travel, why no country will allow us in and why there are state quarantine lists. Because of your need to have a social experience that is more important than trying to get this virus under control and stop it. This could have been stopped ages ago but for selfish, self-important, righteous "I am smarter than doctors and don't care what anyone says or who I transmit the virus to as long as I am having fun" it continues. If everyone does their part we can travel and get back to a social world, if everyone does not do their part we are stuck like this.
  12. I actually disagree with your NCL vs RCL assessment of which is more solo friendly. It really depends on what you are wanting from your trip and what would make your trip more comfortable. When I cruise solo I am going for me to just be by myself. Yes, I meet people and make friends but I don’t need/want a studio lounge or someone to arrange dinners, shows for me. I much prefer RCL for the virtual balconies in the solo cabins which are mid-ship so I don’t feel claustrophobic and are slightly bigger than NCL.
  13. Something to keep in mind, at least with RCL, if you book using a TA or transfer to one, everything then goes through your TA. Getting a different price, different cabin, refunds, postponements, etc. would then need to go through them. I haven’t had much success with TA’s so I’d rather handle everything myself if I’m already doing all of the research.
  14. I’ve always found calling RCL directly to book a studio very helpful. They’ve found them when the website had none. I have also been able to get a non-studio interior w/virtual balcony for a cheaper price than a studio even with paying more. It’s really a matter of checking prices and seeing what it all comes out to. For the balcony studios I’ve seen the same thing - listed online but also have called and they’ve found one or the regular balcony room was the same price.
  15. I really liked my solo interior on RCL as it had a virtual balcony/window. Basically a tv turned on it’s side connected to a live camera feed on the ship. It was better than having a porthole. I do know they also have studio balconies, as I was about to book one right before COVID for next year. These studios are usually on the larger boats. I had a great time being solo on my Alaska trip. Met people when I wanted to, was by myself when I wanted to, chatted, etc. I was looking forward to my trip this year in Europe - I was to have a regular interior with virtual balcony/window.
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