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quahog03 October 19th, 2005 09:21 AM

Single Share program ?
 
Holland America claims to have a single share program. My question is has anyone ever been able to book a cabin under this program. And if so how was your cabinmate match?
Seems like when I inquire about the share program,it's either not available or the agents quote me a single supplement fare.
I've sailed on HA and really enjoyed their service.
Ed

poetic license October 23rd, 2005 01:01 PM

Ed,

I did successfully book a cruise with an online travel service, but had to cancel my reservation a month later for a family emergency. Not all online services do it, in fact, few do.

How did I find out who did? I just went through the whole reservation process (yes, every screen) and at the end you will know if they recognize the Share program by offering you either a GUAR or SHAR category. If you pick the SHAR, you will pay only the per person/double price and the cruise line will attempt to match you up with another like cruiser who is also travelling alone on the same itinerary. You might get a roomie, and you might not. In any case, you still pay only the pp/double price for one person.
www.bestpricecruises.com has the HAL SHAR category .... but only after you go through all the screens to select a stateroom.

Hope this helps.

Happy Sailing,

poetic license October 24th, 2005 10:04 PM

Additional online travel services who acknowledge HAL share
 
For anyone's further information, you can also book online and designate the share program with the following travel services:

www.cruisemarketplace.com
www.cruisedeals.com

I believe only the bottom category for an inside room and the bottom category for an oceanview will allow you to do this.

Happy Trails,

quahog03 October 25th, 2005 02:19 PM

Thanks Nicki
 
I was able to get to the single share area on the first web site you gave me.
I may take a chance and book a shared cabin. I'm wondering what the odds that they'll find a room mate ?
Ed
Thanks again :)

suehaleynyc December 1st, 2005 02:02 PM

I think the odds of having the room to yourself are better for men than for women. In all my cruise travels there appear to be more solo female travelers than male.

Sue

earl December 1st, 2005 06:23 PM

I have use the single share 3 times in the past. I have not regretted
it. my 3 room mates all have been wonderful to be with.

I was rarely in my room , we saw each other at supper time to
change and clean up. I am going on a 14 day cruise on the Ryndam
april 2. I will be using the share program again.

maybe this time I might be alone

callie December 3rd, 2005 01:57 PM

I'm booked on the Ryndam 2/19/05 14day southern Caribbean booked a share with AAA category E (large outside) I've traveled with HAL before at the single rate and thought I'd give the share a try. I think I have a good chance of no roommate due to the length of this cruise,or I'll get a lady like myself who's healthly (no meds) and willingly to travel alone.ANy older people out there who've tried the share on HAL? :)

Fieldmouse December 3rd, 2005 05:27 PM

This share program sounds great. It's just what my husband and I have been looking for.

My brother who frequently travels with us, (he is in his early 50's) finds it very expensive to pay for a cabin for two, but since he has no one else to who is interested in cruising he's stuck. This share program may be just what he needs.

This type of shared information is what makes CruiseMates priceless!!!

Thanks again CruiseMate Posters!

Spud December 22nd, 2005 12:38 PM

HAL Single Share
 
I have used the Single Share program on HAL twice, and each time have had the cabin to myself. One was a 10 day and one a 7 day. Both were in early December. I too am only in my cabin to sleep, shower and change clothes and long ago learned to sleep with ear plugs.


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