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CruiseMomma August 25th, 2007 01:28 AM

Caribbean Cruise Companion Needed
 
Greetings To All,

I'm a 39 year old, african-american, single mom, looking for a female to share the cost of a cabin to the Caribbean. Im finally tired of all the work and no play that I do, so I decided to finally take a break. Also, this will be my first time cruising, so I'm looking forward to enjoying myself with someone fun, down-to-earth and compatible. I'm flexible with the ports of call and I can travel in late Sept 2007-2008. However, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve I would need to spend with my daughter. If you're interested, please leave a brief bio of yourself and your contact info. Thanks

wallygator21015 August 25th, 2007 03:52 AM

Re: Caribbean Cruise Companion Needed
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CruiseMomma
Greetings To All,

I'm a 39 year old, african-american, single mom, looking for a female to share the cost of a cabin to the Caribbean. Im finally tired of all the work and no play that I do, so I decided to finally take a break. Also, this will be my first time cruising, so I'm looking forward to enjoying myself with someone fun, down-to-earth and compatible. I'm flexible with the ports of call and I can travel in late Sept 2007-2008. However, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve I would need to spend with my daughter. If you're interested, please leave a brief bio of yourself and your contact info. Thanks

LOL
I strongly recommend that you consider booking a Singles Cruise. There are several web sites that offer information regarding booking Singles Cruises.
1. CruiseCritic.com - go to their Boards and click onto their Singles Board
2. CruiseMates.com - go to their Message Boards, click onto People, and then select Singles

From my personal experience the singles groups are evenly balanced with the same number of males and females. The ages vary a lot. About half are between 25 & 35 years old, with about 35 % between 35 & 50 years of age, with the remaining 15 % ranging from age 50 on up! Not everyone is always single. Some folks are just traveling solo and aren’t interested in romance or playing games.

By Definition….
A pleasure voyage on a ship, usually with stops at various ports with persons pertaining to the unmarried state or sometimes married folks traveling solo.

By Experience….
The singles vacation is a vacation of a lifetime! If you’re single and perhaps a first time or experienced cruiser, singles cruises are the ultimate way to vacation.

Singles cruises usually provide private singles activities and events hosted by professional group cruise directors on the worlds leading cruise lines and cruise ships. You’ll receive all the standard amenities’ available onboard the ship, PLUS entrance to all exclusive singles events. Singles guests are offered private meet and greet singles events, cocktail mixers, lectures, theme & costume parties, a separate dining area for their group and ongoing activities organized by dedicated cruise directors. They also feature pre-cruise activities including a private message board (you will be given access about 60 days prior to sailing) and invite all of their single guests to an optional pre-cruise dinner party, sometimes they also secure discounted group hotel rates for those choosing to arrive early at the embarkation city.

The entire ship is not just for singles, however only members of your Singles group will be invited to the special singles activities. They provide you with a detailed program of activities customized for the entire trip. The encourage you to participate in all the fun & games as this is the best way to fully experience what singles cruising is all about.

Bon Voyage

CruiseMomma August 25th, 2007 12:06 PM

Thank you Wally for that informative advice.
Being a newcomer, I did not think of that option. I will look into a Singles Cruise first then for that time frame. Have a great weekend!

wallygator21015 August 25th, 2007 12:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CruiseMomma
Thank you Wally for that informative advice.
Being a newcomer, I did not think of that option. I will look into a Singles Cruise first then for that time frame. Have a great weekend!

Another valid consideration for going on a singles cruise is that the agency booking the singles cruise will upon request assign a cabin for you to share with another passenger of the same sex, smoking preference, and same age group, thereby reducing your overall cost.

Here are three leaders in the Singles Cruise business:[/color]

http://www.cruisingforlove.com
http://www.vacationstogo.com
http://www.singlescruise.com
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samantha August 28th, 2007 12:46 AM

Question....I have never been on a singles cruise and am considering one. Are there ATTRACTIVE singles? I belong to a singles dining/travel group, and the women in the group are tons of fun, but the men..... not so good.

Divemaster August 28th, 2007 11:58 AM

With 50% of marriages ending in divorce there are plenty of attractive singles out there. Whether they are participating in various singles groups is hard to say. Women are socializers, men are more solitary by nature. I think the high woman to man ratio in singles cruises is skewed by the age of participants (less men around as a population ages) and by the socializing differences.

BTW, I recommend you gals look at the demographics around you. National Geographic recently did a nice map of the woman to man ratio by area of the country. In San Antonio we have a gal surplus, in Austin a guy surplus. 8)



Quote:

Originally Posted by samantha
Question....I have never been on a singles cruise and am considering one. Are there ATTRACTIVE singles? I belong to a singles dining/travel group, and the women in the group are tons of fun, but the men..... not so good.


samantha August 28th, 2007 07:39 PM

Thanks. What you say makes sense. And, I will check out the demographics survey!

jimh49 August 31st, 2007 12:50 PM

Samantha, I understand your concern, but in a different way. I am a 58 yo widower and to keep busy and meet people I took up dancing (all styles), I absolutely love it. I also love cruising and somtimes cruise as a solo. Divemaster is right about the singles on cruises, they tend to be older (like moi), and the single women out number the single guys. I've been on one Carnival cruise and the passengers were definitely younger, so it was especially good for singles.
It may be difficult to find an attractive guy/gal on some cruises, but for me is it almost impossible to find good social dancers on most cruises. So I end up teaching ladies how to dance, which is almost as enjoyable.
I know I am getting old when I get excited when I see a lady who knows how to dance, and looks are a distant second.
Good luck Samantha, you will have to give cruising a shot sometime...., cheers ... Jim.

Divemaster August 31st, 2007 02:34 PM

Hi Samantha:

Have the National Geographic page at my work cube, but the page does not show the issue date - below is one site that currently has a copy to see. Generally speaking if you are a woman living east of the Mississippi your situation is hopeless (the gals of Sex and the City lived in a virtual desert). However, you are tripping over single guys in California.

http://www.boreme.com/boreme/funny-2007/singles-p1.php



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Originally Posted by samantha
Thanks. What you say makes sense. And, I will check out the demographics survey!


CruiseMomma September 1st, 2007 02:58 AM

Wally: Your two for two now! :D
Thanks once again for your insightful advice!
I will check them out.

Samantha: My sentiments exactly. But, hope you find someone interesting on your singles cruise.

Jim: I think thats fabulous that you love to "shake your booty," because most men dont even like to dance. We need more like you!

Divemaster: Thanks for the link to research the demographics of single males in different parts of the country. I will check it out.

Divemaster September 1st, 2007 09:34 AM

Hi Samantha:

BTW, saw your profile with interests in traveling, food, scuba, fishing. Must be getting old like Jimh49 when I get excited when I see a lady who knows how to scuba. LOL What part of CA are you in? Where do you dive? Where do you want to dive?


Quote:

Originally Posted by jimh49
I know I am getting old when I get excited when I see a lady who knows how to dance, and looks are a distant second.


samantha September 2nd, 2007 08:11 PM

Jim, I have been on several cruises, but never a singles group cruise. I'm understanding a little more about them by the postings. Hey, I heard men who are great dancers can cruise for free as dance escorts. I don't know which lines, but have been told their job is to dance with the women.

Divemaster,
I only certified a little over a year ago. I have since been to Honduras, Cozumel, Bahamas, and of course living in So Cal, lots of Catalina dives. I would like to go to Thailand, maybe next year. :) I'd also like to go on the Western Carib cruise that stops in the Cayman Islands, Belize, and I think Roatan. The best of both worlds, cruising and diving.

Divemaster September 3rd, 2007 03:45 AM

Always glad to find a mermaid in the sea! LOL

Would be very interested in your tips for diving Catalina. Planning to dive there and considering cruising the Monarch November 19, 2007.

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Originally Posted by samantha
Divemaster, I only certified a little over a year ago. I have since been to Honduras, Cozumel, Bahamas, and of course living in So Cal, lots of Catalina dives. I would like to go to Thailand, maybe next year. :) I'd also like to go on the Western Carib cruise that stops in the Cayman Islands, Belize, and I think Roatan. The best of both worlds, cruising and diving.


samantha September 3rd, 2007 03:45 PM

Hi Divemaster!
Catalina...2 words....cold....low visibility. Average temp about 58, average visibility, about 10 ft. I have a drysuit. Why do I dive it? Because it is there. Actually, it is the only place I have seen blue/green starfish with mother of pearl looking bumps....incredibly beautiful! I booked a dive boat for Catalina 9/22. This time I'm taking my camera! Aren't most of the short cruises with great dive spots out of Texas and Florida? If you go on the trip and can find the time, diving La Jolla cove in San Diego the day before, or the morning of boarding is recommended. Do you think the others on this site think we should be chatting on a dive forum? :)

Divemaster September 3rd, 2007 06:12 PM

Hi Samantha:

Wow, knew Catalina would be cold, but expected the vis to be a bit higher.

My tween kiddo and I do plenty of short cruises and hops from Texas and have covered much of the Caribbean and been down to Cozumel a few tiimes this year. There is a scout camp on Catalina which offers scuba, which is why I am interested in checking the island out. Thanks about the tip on La Jolla dives.

Divers are a small minority on most cruises since as a group we tend to do more specialized dive trips. That said, lines like Carnival which appeal to younger demographics, tend to carry more divers.

Have fun diving Catalina later this month. This life guard will be at work on the Nueces River near Uvalde that weekend watching over a few dozen scouts.

Dave

Quote:

Originally Posted by samantha
Hi Divemaster!
Catalina...2 words....cold....low visibility. Average temp about 58, average visibility, about 10 ft. I have a drysuit. Why do I dive it? Because it is there. Actually, it is the only place I have seen blue/green starfish with mother of pearl looking bumps....incredibly beautiful! I booked a dive boat for Catalina 9/22. This time I'm taking my camera! Aren't most of the short cruises with great dive spots out of Texas and Florida? If you go on the trip and can find the time, diving La Jolla cove in San Diego the day before, or the morning of boarding is recommended. Do you think the others on this site think we should be chatting on a dive forum? :)


jimh49 September 5th, 2007 01:00 PM

Dance Host
 
Thanks Samantha, you are correct. I know about the Dance or Gentlemen Host opportunities. I have actually been offered numerous cruises but haven't taken them up on it, as yet. With retirement I will take advantage, especially to the more expensive cruise regions or even on a world cruise.
There are advantages to being a host, the big one is the cost of the cruise it is almost free. But there are some minor disadvantages such as losing a little of one's freedom; although I love to dance, there are times when I like to just do other things. Also, a host cannot play favorites, which makes sense. In other works don't even think about any kind of a relationship with anyone you may meet. Finally, the host can't go near the casino and I really enjoy playing BJ (bit of a card counter). So a lot for a healthy, relatively "young-senior" to give up.
You and Divemaster are so excited when you talk about diving. Certainly something I always wanted to try, but growing up in Newfoundland, Canada the North Atlantic was much too cold to swim, so I am not a strong swimmer. My brother was a scuba diver for the Navy and he spends a lot of time down south diving.

Quote: There are few shortcuts to Happiness, dancing is one.

(and scuba diving, ha)

samantha September 5th, 2007 03:50 PM

Hi Jim,
I see your point and agree. You are an employee of sorts as a dance host. You don't really have to be a strong swimmer to dive. You might want to give it a try sometime. They have intro dives at most vacation spots. I plan on taking ballroom dancing instruction in the near future.

Divemaster September 5th, 2007 04:49 PM

Hi Jim:

Suggest you try an Intro dive at a Scuba Center with a pool before doing an Intro dive at the vacation spots. At 58 you are not too old to dive, but you might get a physical first. 8)

Hi Samantha:

Ballroom dancing is cool - my audit director was into it competitively a few years back. 8)

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Originally Posted by samantha
Hi Jim,
I see your point and agree. You are an employee of sorts as a dance host. You don't really have to be a strong swimmer to dive. You might want to give it a try sometime. They have intro dives at most vacation spots. I plan on taking ballroom dancing instruction in the near future.


jimh49 September 10th, 2007 10:49 PM

Thanks for the advise on diving. I definitely plan on checking it out - my brother would be pleasantly surprised. I am in pretty good shape and have great lung capacity. Always been a success in athletics and sports. Dancing is also good for endurance and I do a lot of it.

Dancing is also very social and Samantha, Divemaster, if you take it up you are bound to make new friends. Where I take lessons, 70% are singles and most are professionals (yes, and attractive). Cheers .....Jim.

Divemaster September 10th, 2007 11:53 PM

Hi Jim:

Might be an idea worth pursuing down the road as I've BTDT at many formal functions where lessons would have come in handy. Just a bit time bound at present with the scouts and my kiddo. Might have my kiddo take classes, though ...

Quote:

Originally Posted by jimh49
Thanks for the advise on diving. I definitely plan on checking it out - my brother would be pleasantly surprised. I am in pretty good shape and have great lung capacity. Always been a success in athletics and sports. Dancing is also good for endurance and I do a lot of it.

Dancing is also very social and Samantha, Divemaster, if you take it up you are bound to make new friends. Where I take lessons, 70% are singles and most are professionals (yes, and attractive). Cheers .....Jim.


cateyes2u October 9th, 2007 07:46 PM

Cruisemama,

I am a SBF. Just got off the Glory on 10/06 with VTG. It was fun, but not a lot of African American's in the group. I see you do not want cruise during the holidays, but I would love to go aroung NYE. I too would like to spend time with my grandkids and daughter/family at Christmas. I live in No CA., near S.F

I love the Carribean, but have been looking at the Mexico cruise for economical reasons. The cruiselines tend raise their prices at holiday time.

VTG has a 7 night cruise on the Carnival Valor for $1,035, including port charges, which isn't bad. Go to their site Vacations to Go and look at the hosted singles tours page. We had 3 funtions:
1. Mascarade Ball
2. Pirate Party
3. Hawaiian Party
Most people participated, but I like my alone time, so I ventured off to other things.

I'm interested in sailing again within the next 6 months. I saw Angelgirl's post and looked at the post. The price is nice, but during Christmas.


What ships are you interested in? I'm 52/single, state employee (30 years), and have been on 11 cruises, RCCL NCL and Carnival. Hard to find a relible travel partner. When it times to book, people always excuses, bt this does not stop me, which is why I sailed with the group this time.

PJ

cateyes2u October 17th, 2007 03:57 PM

Hi Cruisemama,

Did you find a cabinmate?

I decided to go in April 08. The sail date I am looking at is 04/05/07. My birthday is the cruise week. I always wanted to sail on my birthday.

NCL has a new ship, Gem, that sails from NY to the Bahamas (only). I checked out the rates at Crusie Value Center. They quoted me $891.93 per person, which includes $165 port charges and $92.93 in taxes. This is Cat H, OV guarante.

I am going to book it single, if no one is interested. I have a girlfriend in NY, who is "thinking about it". You know how that goes.

If this in interesting to you, send me an e-mail pjchubs@aol.com.

LWatkins02 October 26th, 2007 05:53 PM

Cruise Companion
 
Cruisemama,

I will be booking a cruise from Port Canaveral, FL to the Bahamas between 1-21 November 2007.
I am a 41-year-old black female. I am retired Army and I travel frequently. I don’t drink, smoke or do any kind of drugs, but I do like to have a good time.

Beachbum1226 October 28th, 2007 03:26 AM

I need a cabinmate too
 
I am a teacher looking for someone to share a cabin with me during spring break, March 15 - 23, 2008. This will be my 6th cruise in five years. I live in the midwest, and like you, I am tired of work. I am 44 years old, single (yet straight), light drinker, loves to shop, read, and RELAX by the pool or on the beach!

55war55 November 1st, 2007 11:16 AM

fun
 
very interested call me at 920-331-4597 tim

Cypress November 22nd, 2007 08:48 PM

Re: I need a cabinmate too
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Beachbum1226
I am a teacher looking for someone to share a cabin with me during spring break, March 15 - 23, 2008. This will be my 6th cruise in five years. I live in the midwest, and like you, I am tired of work. I am 44 years old, single (yet straight), light drinker, loves to shop, read, and RELAX by the pool or on the beach!

Did you find a room mate. I am going on Carnival Triumph March 15-22

foolishgirl November 27th, 2007 04:00 PM

Hello also a single mom looking to take a cruise sometime next year. This would be my first time cruising and I'm just now starting to look into it. Hispanic, female, 38 with a daughter. The fall would be a good time for me. Please write back if you might be interested.

M


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