I have been holding something under my hat for awhile now, and it’s finally time to share it with you all: I have a press trip coming up. Not just any press trip, but a press trip I wanted very, very badly. I will be sailing on Norwegian Epic‘s inaugural cruise out of New York City on July 2 (returning on the 4th). This is a short cruise to acquaint the media, travel agents, and other VIPs with Norwegian’s new pride and joy.
I’m thrilled to be part of it, because Epic has 128 Studio Staterooms that are sized (and priced) for solo travelers, which I think could be the turning point in revolutionizing the cruise industry (and, if we’re lucky, might spread to the hotel industry), making it more solo-friendly across the board. Obviously, that remains to be seen, but from what I’ve heard, sales for these staterooms are strong, which is a good sign. In any case, I’ll be able to check them out firsthand during this cruise.
Given that this is a press trip, there is an itinerary that NCL’s public relations people have pulled together for me. This itinerary includes press conferences, the christening ceremony featuring Epic‘s godmother, Reba McEntyre, and entertainment such as the Blue Man Group and Cirque Dreams and Dinner, among other things. I do have several hours to myself, though, to explore the ship and enjoy the facilities as any cruiser would. During that time, I’d really like to check out as many of the dining establishments and entertainment venues aboard the ship as possible.
My question to you is: What else would you like me to check out while I’m aboard? After all, this blog is for you, too, so I want to bring back information that you think is important. Is there anything about going on a cruise as a solo traveler that you’ve always wanted to know? Or anything in particular about the Epic that you’re curious about? (You can see information about the ship and its offerings at NCL’s Epic website.) Please add your response to the comments section below or on my Facebook page, or you can contact me directly. I may not be able to get to everything (as much as I would like to, I think I am incapable of staying awake for 48 hours straight, so my time is somewhat limited), but I’ll do what I can–especially if there’s something that a fair number of you are interested in.