Hi Pat. I have been cruising for 9 years. A few years ago I went with a singles group called Singles World but they have since gone bankrupt. Since then I have been going with Debbie Popick's Discount Travel Club. (http://www.singlescruise.com). It is by far much better going with a group of other singles rather than going it alone. That "lost in the wilderness of strangers" feeling is not there as the group gets together right off the bat and everyone gets to know each other. The camaraderie of your new instant friends adds a new aura of excitement to the cruise. Adventure seekers will love that. Ann Rotman the singles cruise director for the group does an excellent job of seeing to it that everyone has as nice a time as is humanely possible. Free parties with free drinks, games, get togethers of all sorts, special shore excursions and the list goes on and on. It is hard to keep up with it all.
I'm going again on the 8 night Southern Caribbean on Carnivals new ship Spirit for sure. At any rate Discount Travel Club is a cruise travel agency that I can recommend very highly.
I too am going on the Carnival Spirit Dec.5th with Debbie's group.
I was on the one she had last April 14th and had a great time. Good mix of age groups, we all got along very well. I usually travel alone but do like to go on at least one of her group cruises a year, and this time I picked the Spirit, it looks like a beautiful ship.
Hope to meet you on board,
Marilyn ( Cruzmama@webtv.net)
I agree with you 100%. I just came back from a Singles cruise with Deb's coordinator, Ann Rotman. She does do a wonderful job, and if you will check Cruisemates' home page in a few days you will see my article about the cruise onboard the "Paradise" January 21-28.
Well hello there Marilyn and thank you ever so much for your kind response. Since Debbie and Ann know me so well it is my intention to be as gracious as is possible in offering to you one free drink, one free dance, or one free gesture of any kindness from a gentleman as you see fit. Please however do not misinterpret this as an inappropriate offer of any kind as Ann or Debbie would surely cause me to walk the plank! Actually I'm looking forward to meeting you and all the other guests on board. Alan
Thank you Pat for agreeing with me 100 %. You have earned the distinction of being the very first person that has ever done that. Actually I can tell that you are a very kind person at heart and so commend you for that. I have to really try hard to ascend to the level of common courtesy and compassion for the feelings of others that seems to come by you so naturally. Some people seem to have all the luck! God bless you, Alan
Pat, great article about your singles cruise on the Paradise! I've been contemplating joining Discount Travel Clubs 4 day cruise in July. I've been hesitant, having never traveled alone, but after reading how well organized it is and that every seems to have a great time, I'm definitely going to go for it now!
I too just finished reading your article about the the singles cruise. As you mentioned you are never alone unless you want to be. There are many things planned for the group, and you are always kept busy.
Last April I booked my first singles cruise with Debbie, and had a great time, lots of fun. I just booked my second one with her for Dec.5th,2001, and can hardly wait. As you can tell by my e-mail name I love to cruise. This will be my 5th cruise on Carnival. Just came back (Nov) from Grand Princess which was just beautiful.
Thanks alot for all of your wonderful words about Debbie of Discount Travel and me as Cruise Director. Your article was really GREAT. It really does describe our singles cruises. Debbie and I work hard to make these singles cruises turn out the way they do. Many singles have met each other on our cruises and many friendships and long lasting relationships have evolved. With best regards, Ann Rotman, cruise coordinator, Discount Travel Club
Thanks for telling everyone about our cruises. We really appreciate your thoughts and describing the fun we all have. Its hard work but with singles like yourself, we have benefitted tremendously.
Happy Cruising - See ya in December, Ann Rotman
Hi Pat, I tried to email you through the link from your name on the board which is an AOL address..but said "unknown member". Do you have another email address? Please feel free to email me, I'll be glad to help you with any questions you have.
No problem Ann, I enjoy being helpful, it's part of the fun and excitement for me. Remember how I talked to the van driver in San Juan and got the price of our own private tour down to $10 each when the cruise ship wanted over $30? Anyway I had an idea. I clicked onto Post Your Cruise Pictures Here. There are some really nice pictures there. Maybe you could post a picture of one of our group photos here like on the stare case or something. That would be a great way to let others have a better idea of exactly who we are. You know, one picture being worth a thousand words and all. Just an idea.