I'm also a Black female, 44 yrs old and a smoker as well. I am going on my first cruise on August 1st on the Pride of Aloha to Hawaii and if I really enjoy it (which I know I will) I may be interested in future cruises. I'm married but my husband refuses to go anywhere near a ship so I'm going with a fellow female co-worker this time. I'm sorry, I can't make it this time on the cruise your taking due to work.
I live in Houston, TX and we have ships sailing from here to the Caribbean as well. Maybe we can get on one of those sometime. Good luck finding a roomate and have a great time!