I'm sure there are people who ask themselves...
"Why should I take a CruiseMates
Allow me to answer your questions.
CruiseMates is not a travel agency, we don't profit from our
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CruiseMates Cruises. Our goal is to find great deals on exciting new ships and itineraries and make them even better by offering the lower rates only available through group pricing. Then we enhance the experience by making it easy for you to find people you can enjoy sharing the experience with before you get on board.
We do it because it's a cool thing to do -- that's it. Lower prices and the fellowship of other cruise enthusiasts you meet here in CruiseMates. Our cruises are more affordable and more fun.
Can I get the same or even lower prices elsewhere?
Maybe, and you're certainly welcome to try, but our prices are pretty hard to beat. But that's not the only reason to book into our group cruises. The fun of sharing these sailings and itineraries with a bunch of like-minded "net friendly" cruisers is what truly sets these cruises apart.
Here in CruiseMates you get the opportunity to get together online, in our message boards and chatroom, and to correspond with the people you meet here via email before you go. Then you actually get to meet the same people in person during the cruise, to share the fun that cruising with a group offers.
Does it really make a difference to know people on board?
Take it from us --
It makes the entire cruise experience much richer when you share it with friendly people -- people you have things in common with. Here in CruiseMates you can get to know your fellow cruisers before you go - so you can find the people you have things in common with, and avoid those you don't.
No, we don't "force" you to socialize. You can cruise with us just to get the great prices, perks and itineraries we offer, you don't even have to tell us you're there. But we do make it easy for you to meet people if you want to, both before your cruise and onboard, and we think that's a pretty good thing, too.
So, who are CruiseMates Cruises for?
They are for everyone. All types of people join us; families, couples, and singles. CruiseMates offers a way for parents to "pre-screen" and introduce their kids to other families with kids, for couples to meet people who share interests in special activities to get together for talk or action, for singles to meet other singles, and for teens to make new friends in an unthreatening way.
By joining a CruiseMates Cruise you have the choice to go off and spend time on your own if the mood strikes you, but also have the choice of joining "the group" for all kinds of activities, both onboard and in ports of call.
What kind of activities?
Every CruiseMates Cruise is hosted by a CruiseMates staff member who makes sure everyone is aware of any special activities that are planned. Onboard the ship, from the "meet and greet" cocktail party to disembarkation, our hosts plan mixers, games and merriment. Depending on the cruise, you have the option of participating in the following activities, (none are mandatory); sharing a table at dinner, attending our introductory parties, and attending special tours we set up such as galley and bridge tours. In addition, CruiseMates Cruisers are often the recipients of special perks like champagne in the cabin and gifts from the cruise line.
In port, you can prearrange to share a boat, taxi, or car and guide for more adventurous
touring on your own. Some of our cruises include shore excursions exclusively for the CruiseMates group, to avoid battling the throngs lining up for ship's excursions.
Why can't I just wait to meet people on board the ship?
In our eyes, the anticipation of an upcoming cruise is as much a part of the experience as the cruise itself. In CruiseMates you can share the excitement with other people who are feeling the same way you are! Do you really want to call your friends and relatives who aren't going on a cruise and tell them all the details of a cruise they are not taking? You'll only make them feel terrible.
Share your enthusiasm with other people who are as excited as you are -- other CruiseMates! Plus, your fellow CruiseMates are an asset in helping you plan your vacation. Ask them what they are planning to do in port, share tips about excursions, packing and planning. You'll not only get new ideas and invaluable information, you'll make new friends in the process. Friends with whom you will soon be sharing a cruise.
We know you may be skeptical, who isn't these days? But there is no hidden agenda here --CruiseMates is not a travel agency, we don't profit from our CruiseMates Cruises. Our goal is to find great deals on exciting new ships and itineraries and make them even better by offering the lower rates only available through group pricing. Then we enhance the experience by making it easy for you to find people you can enjoy sharing the experience with before you get aboard the ship.
A word of warning though. A CruiseMates Cruise is is not your typical cruise experience. It's WAY more fun than that!