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Old June 30th, 2012, 11:02 PM
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i am 54 a widower, cruised 7 times but now by myself. going back out on sept 2 royal carribean freedom of the seas (great ship) from port canaveral looking for partner prefer female. no strings attached. just want to get back out there, and save money. i need some honorable advice. how can you get together with a partner and not be cheated in the seperate paying between the 2. how is that process usually handled. just asking thanks
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I can only give some advise on the business end: If you use a TA they could collect from the two individuals so neither would have to be the 'lead' contact. The Cruise line will not allow you to split the payment so one could get burned if the other didn't pay their share.

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what is a TA thanks
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hi mountain top,

Snoozeman is right. It is no problem to give credit card info to a TA.

It's really not that hard to tell if the person you are thinking of going with is trustworthy unless they don't have the same language and background as you. Just talk and listen to them on the phone a lot, and also if they are a frequent poster on cruisemates THAT is a good clue they are for real unless they say weird stuff.

Lots of times one person, ( maybe you if you like to book early) books the room solo ahead of time so youthe 2nd person just promises to show up with cash in hand. Or after 1st person has indeed booked the room on the cruise line web site and added 2nd person to the booking, you2nd person could mail them a check.

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I've booked with a roomshare. The booking was completed with use of a booking agent. Each person completed their own part of the transaction.

Another time, I went with a trusted associate. I started the process with an agent with the downpayments, she mailed me her check. I had previously met this individual while solo, we both needed a cabin share. We've since cruised twice. While on our shared cruise, we met other solos, and now my friend is going to Alaska with others.
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I agree the best / safest option is to have each party pay seperately through a travel agent - banks will send checks through twice before notifying someone it is not valid. You potentially could not know that until after a cruise.

Also, the cruise line will generally put all room costs on the one credit card the initial cruise was booked under. Be sure on the First day, that you & your travel companion contact the front desk to be assured that each room card has a seperate Credit Card number attached to purchases.

NEVER front money to someone who "assures" you they will pay you back later - no matter how much you want to go on the cruise...would probably be cheaper to simply pay the Solo rate.
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thank you for the help
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well thanks for the tips men. going out to have a good cruise no matter what. thought it would be better with someone. i just moved back to state of mi. most friends are still working, i have retired. i believe $650 will pay your way. plus room attendant. prefer a woman but not necessary. i no longer dress up. no strings attached, lets just enjoy the week for a good price. go our own way most times. create new times. anyone interested in this cruise???
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thanks for your time and help
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have you checked to see if there is a reduced supplement rate for solos?
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well thanks for the tips men. going out to have a good cruise no matter what. thought it would be better with someone. i just moved back to state of mi. most friends are still working, i have retired. i believe $650 will pay your way. plus room attendant. prefer a woman but not necessary. i no longer dress up. no strings attached, lets just enjoy the week for a good price. go our own way most times. create new times. anyone interested in this cruise???
Don't give up on a companion yet Mountain Top ! Come back once a week and add another reply to your original post saying you are still looking for a nice roommate. If I was you, I wouldn't say right off that you don't dress up any more though; bring one nice suit; that's one of the easy ways to make a memorable impression (dressing up and acting like you enjoy being on top of the world again).
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Don't give up on a companion yet Mountain Top ! Come back once a week and add another reply to your original post saying you are still looking for a nice roommate. If I was you, I wouldn't say right off that you don't dress up any more though; bring one nice suit; that's one of the easy ways to make a memorable impression (dressing up and acting like you enjoy being on top of the world again).
Oh, you're such a romancer
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there is, but not alot. i am using a certificate for the 1st time. i am a member of crown and anchor with RC. i will save some. could save more with a partner. thanks!
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i did enjoy the dress up. but it would depend on who i was going to be with. it will be someone new. extra packing for 5 hrs. thanks for the advice. i guess i will try again, and better explain myself, and the cruise. freedom of the seas is my ship. this will make 4 on the freedom.
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Dress up needs only to include a pair of pants, shirt and perhaps shoes. ( Not a whole lot of extras), who knows who you'll meet on board
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