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Old April 22nd, 2002, 11:21 PM
Pat Hagan, Singles Editor
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So many of you are asking which cruise lines do a "stranger share," as you are calling it, that I am going to check with all of them and find out, then I will post what I am able to find out here on Cruisemates' Singles Message Board.

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Old April 24th, 2002, 03:14 PM
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I'm interested in seeing what you find out. Not that I would "stranger share" on a cruise, but because of what was posted under one of the other topics relating to this same issue. Sometimes I get the feeling people post what they "think," not necessarily what is "fact."
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Old April 26th, 2002, 07:36 AM
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Well, now I'm interested in why you say you would not "stranger share" on a cruise. I'm not the one who coined that phrase by the way and don't particularly like it, as it sounds kind of cold, don't you think? I prefer to think of it as "cabin share." Besides, the way our Cruisemates Singles Cruise July 4th will work is that everyone will feel like they know everybody going in our group before they even board the ship, including their cabin mate, if they have one. A list of the e-mail addresses will be sent out a few weeks before the cruise, and folks will start writing back and forth, and, bingo! Before you know it, you've got friends already and anxious to meet face-to-face at the welcome aboard party by the pool as soon as you board the ship!

Come join us! And by the way, I am still working on the "stranger share" article, name to be changed, of course. :-))

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Old April 26th, 2002, 11:06 AM
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Pat,

I'm just one of those single people that "like my space." I've been on so many cruises alone, that I would find it very difficult to share a cabin with anyone else!

I'm with you....I don't like the term "stranger share." "Cabin share" or "single share" sounds much better!
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Old April 29th, 2002, 09:31 PM
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I have participated in the Holland America "Shared Single" program on both of my last two cruises and have enjoyed them both. The first cruise on the Veendan, no roommate was assigned to my cabin so I had the cabin too myself. I enjoyed the privacy.

On my last cruise, a 10 dayer to the southern Caribbean, on the Zaandam I had a roommate about 20 years my junior. I enjoyed his company emensely. He was escorting his parents on the cruise so he spent quite a bit of time with them. However, we spent quite a bit of time together on board the ship. To share his company was enjoyable, and yet, I was free to choose my own shore excursions and land activities.

I am gregarious and enjoy other peoples company. That is why I cruise. I also enjoy listening to others tales of cruising and travel, so those conversations, whether with a roommate or table mate, add another dimension to my cruise experience. I have found that a "Shared Single" cabin arangement presents me with another opportunity to make a new friend and enlarge my cruising enjoyment. Sharing a cabin may not be for everyone, but it has proved to be an opportunite to add to my cruising memories.

Venture forth and give it a try. You may just have the best time of your life.

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Old May 15th, 2002, 03:13 PM
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I am planning my second cruise this december and I am planning on doing a "cabin share" I like that phrase better. I am kind of a shy person when it comes to meeting new people and I think the idea of sharing a cabin with someone new will be an easier way to start meeting people on board. I must admit I am a bit nervous though. My first and only other cruise was a gift for high school graduation and it was with my mom. I have never been on a singles cruise and don't really know what to expect.
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Old May 16th, 2002, 10:42 AM
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Hi
Just noticed your message - be careful with the SINGLE SHARE program - I had a bad experience with it and it has soured me on doing this again - unless you can talk to and get to know the person you are sharing a cabin with prior to departure. Carnival had me in a single share cabin and had assured me that they would match up age groups - that was baloney! I was put with a guy 35 years my senior who was an alcoholic and a "pot" user - I was unable to switch cabins as the ship was full to capacity - and Carnival did nothing about it! I avoided my cabin like a plague but it was an unpleasant experience all around. After that , I refuse to do a share and save up my money and just pay the suppliment- its unfortunate but after an experience like that, its next to impossible to even consider a share program - one bad experience has cured me!
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Old May 17th, 2002, 06:14 PM
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I've done the cabin share one time. It did turn out well. We really didn't have anything in common and didn't hang out with each other but she was a considerate roommate. The "idea" of sharing a cabin with someone I didn't know sounded like an adventure; however the reality of it, I was sharing a cabin with a stranger. My experience could have very well turned out like the above poster and I could have been stuck for 7 days with no recourse and ending up having a bad cruise! So from now on, I either find someone I know to go with me or pay that ugly single supplement. I'm not trying to discourage anyone from doing the single/share, but just be aware of the downside that could happen.
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