I booked Caribbena Princess to East Carib on 10/16-10/23 (confirmed!) there is also a single group going (check the single calender on cruisemates). so as many of us might think it's a bit uncomfortable for cruising alone. think about the fact there are actually a whole group of singles on the same cruise. i guess the age ratio will be lower on that cruise too.
Anyone going on 10/16-10/23 Caribbean Princess? i will sign up the roll call later to meet another. CruiseCritics has that!
Let me introduce my self as
shebi zacharias living in kerala state of India.
I am verymuch interested i travelling by sea and seeing the places around
i facinate it verymuch.
but I donot think my financial situation will ever permit me to do that.
So I think of an alternate way of knowing the places around by means of having
some one, who travel, willing to share me the experiances of sea journey and the
places they sea,.
I am insearch of such a person.travelling by sea.
so please help me and share your experiences in sea and the places you see.
I'm recently single and just thought going a short 3 or 4 night cruise would be just the thing to get her off my mind. I'm from Philadelphia, 31M, professional, great sense of humor, and just ready to relax in the the midst of good people and great laughs!
We've all talked about it, now let's start booking something!
First while HAL may have a slightly older crowd, that has outlasted me on every HAL cruise I have taken. I travel HAL because 1) it's Single Share option and 2) my repeat cruiser discount. Besides, I just like it.
When I travel by myself, I book a single share, but try to find a roomie up until I leave. I don't mind sharing with someone I don not know. I figured that with some of the roommates I had in college or shared an appt with for a term or year, I can put up with almost ANYONE for 7-14 days. And if HAL doesn't find you a roomie, you get the cabin by yourself for the double prince. That has happened to me each time.
I will be traveling on the HAL 10-day Eastfarer on Dec 6, 2004, so if anyone wants to share, contact me. I don't care gender, preference or anything else because it will be strictly platonic.
I am a never married single, who isn't a big partier or drinker (but I must have a few fru-fru drinks with an umbrella)
Thanks for that info regarding HAL. I am giving serious consideration to going on the new ms Westdam from Harwich to Copenhagen via the Norwegian Fjords during the summer solstace (wow was THAT ever a mouthful, hehe). If I book as a single through HAL, I wonder what my odds are of getting my own room.
Would they match me only if they found a male who was around my age and a non-smoker?
I am a non-smoking, non-drinking, straight 51 year old divorced guy who has done some of the singles cruises, but this itinerary sounds awesome! I've been trying to convince a few friends to go, but it isn't cheap and they decline.
Another tricky point on this cruise... I would have to either take the airfare that HAL arranged, OR if I want to do my own air. The trick is that the cruise requires one to fly to London in order to get to Harwich, and the cruise ends in Copenhagen. So I suppose I could buy a round trip air ticket to London from the US for $700+, and also a round-trip from Copenhagen to London for about $250 as a one way ticket from Copenhagen to London costs almost $500! So I wonder if there is any danger buying the CPH - LON and LON-CPH but simply never use the 2nd half of that ticket. Are there any airline rules that don't allow this sort of purchase? Anyone know?
Anyway, thanks again, maybe I'll find a good cruise-mate or take a chance on their Single program.
You can buy a 3 city round trip ticket. I bought a round trip ticket with the first leg of the flight from DFW to Seattle and the second leg of the flight from Honolulu to DFW. Some of the airline booking sites give you that option.
can i put my 2 cents worth in? i am a single lady a few years older than you. i just went on the royal cruise line from march 6-11 and it was wonderful,but i have no other to compair it to for it was my first, the lady i went with has been on 3 ships, the other 2 were carnival. she said that they all were great. as far as being a partier that is your choice. on ever ship they have many activities that a person can chose from.we went on the splendour of the seas. they have a live band every evening, 2 swimming pools, a theater that puts on live shows, a movie theatre, kariokie, and also a casino. jodi tese are just a few of the activities that you can choose from. no cruise has to be a partying cruise. as far as meeting folks we had at least 1800 passengers to meet and we also met many of the staff.oh! and buy the way if you are one that cant stay away from the computer they also has a place for that too, but you have to pay dearly for the use. i never tried it but someone told me the computers are slow coming up and pay so much a minute to use them. well that is my 2 cents worth jodi, hope you dont mind me commenting.
hello jodi its me again. i forgot about telling you about where we went. we took a 5 day cruise. first place we went was to cozumel. there we took an excursion on the semi-sub glass bottom boat. the sun was shining and you could see the fish and coral, it was beautiful.there are many excursions that one can choose from also jodi. the from cozumel we went to costa maya the tour guide told us that they dont have cruises there in the summer time because it is so hot , but if you want to see something beautiful go the the ruin excursion in costa maya. we also got to see a real live tucan sam. lol well jodi good luck on making your decision.
I'm going on the westerdam 05/31 and then the amsterdam 09/26. I'm a single going by myself and I paid the single suplement because I don't think that I could room with anyone. I found hal to be the cheapest when it came to the single supplement. I looked at all the cruises to Europe on all cruise lines and for what I wanted to see this was the best deal I could find, the same with the amsterdam.
Hi, I'm a solo traveler, 45 years old, and love to cruise but never can find anyone who has the time or the money when I'm going. I love getting a verandah (nothing like it when you're cruising through the Med - if you try it you'll never want to go back to the alternatives!). Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any cruise line that does single shares or provides any alternative to paying for two for these cabins. Always looking for a share, but never have had success on the boards with this. Would be wonderful if HAL (or any other lines) opened up the single share program to cabins with verandahs, or if we all had more effective ways to "hook up" for a cabin share!
This thread is a lot of fun to read. I have done a number of cruises with singles groups, most were a lot of fun! I have gone for 3 Halloween cruises in a row, though this year I made a vow to break the trend. These were all on Carnival, twice on the formerly non-smoking Paradise and once on the Triumph. Although I did notice little things being taken away each year (cheap-o cost cutting if you have been around to a lot of these), as a non-drinker I was always able to get punch or lemonade almost around the clock, as well as pizza! And the pizza was yummy, a surprise since one would think it would be bad when at sea. And we could always have frozen yogurt or ice cream, though it was only chocolate and vanilla. Until 2002, you could also put lots of yummy things including chocolate syrup over this, but Carnival cut that out last year, sad to say, hehe.
The singles groups were a lot of fun, going together with others on excursions were a terrific way to meet others. This particular singles group sometimes had an imbalance of too many males, it seemed this would happen if the cruise was "cheaper" in price.
So I went with a friend for a quick 3 night cruise to Ensenada Mexico a few months ago, this was on the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas. The ship was beautiful! Much bigger than the Carnival Ecstasy which stood in the same harbor in Ensenada. But.... it is funny how my expectations for RCL came up short. Dinner entrees were more limited than any Carni cruise, but the baked Alaska was the best I've ever had. Get this... pizza was offered from 2pm to 7 pm and from 9pm to 1am or close to those hours. Hmm, and no way you could get anything to drink other than purchased soft drinks or booze. Or water (yuk). Hmm. No yogurt or ice cream at all, unless you want to buy Ben & Jerry's which WAS available until late at night for regular retail prices. It all just seemed stingy to me. So in an odd way, Carnival actually looked better from a few points of view! And Carni was a lot of fun, not the crazy wild drunkeness some people always seem to mention.
As for singles, this was mostly couples, not very many singles. In fact it was odd going to dinner as my friend I went with is female, we are not a couple, and eating at dinner the waiters as well other couples at the table thought we were a couple and all kept forgetting that. One night she would not go to dinner as she met someone. At dinner everyone kept asking "what happened to your wife?" , very funny.
So singles, you CAN have a fun time on non-group cruises if you are adventurous and like to do things, go on excursions, etc, even if you go alone. But I recommend trying to find a singles group, there are lots of them and some are WAY better than others. (I'll tell you who I went through if anyone would like to know).
But don't be afraid, get out there and enjoy your life! Nobody is going to bite you
Bruce, thank you for a very interesting post. I am sure you have enlightened a lot of our readers here on the Cruisemates Singles Message Boards. It sounds like you are a very knowledgeable cruiser, and we appreciate your sharing your experiences. Please do so again.
My name is Pattie.....I've also been new to the 'singles scene' again......a bit longer.....little over 3 years, but still can't quite get used to it. I'm also not into the drinking 24/7 thing and when I read your post I wanted to tell you about a cruise I saw on the Travel Channel. This week is Cruise Week......so if you get a chance.......watch.
anyway........there is this cruise called Windjammer Barefoot Cruise. It was strictly for singles and the people they showed looked older than in their 20's. It's also only 100 people.......50/50 ratio on the SV Polynesia. Also......you could get involved with helping the crew with hoisting the sails and such. It seemed like something I would want to check out and that is what brought me to this message board and site.......cruisemates.com
I'm 41.....live in Southeastern PA.......no kids. Pretty fit, and have lots of energy. Self-employed and flexible to be able to travel. Just have to make sure my finances are in order before planning a trip.
Oh.......I'm straight! haha! But love to meet new people....male and female alike. I don't have many single girlfriends that could go on cruises like this and I thought it sounded like fun. You're welcome to email me ....... email@example.com...........I'd love to hear from you............what are you looking for cruise-wise?........have you ever been cruising?........where are you from?....
Hope to hear from you
I have been hesitating to write but I guess it's time I did. I am looking for cruises where I can meet other solo travelers and have companionship at dinner, excursions, and ship entertainment / events. I am 45 and single, female, and ... I'll be blunt - I am not one of the "beautiful people" and my best outfit is NOT a bathing suit. Don't want to feel "out of place" because (1) everyone is younger, bikinied and looking to hook up with someone. I have always felt that taking a singles cruises will be uncomfortable for this reason, even if they are not overtly advertised as such. I'm not saying I am not interested meeting people of the opposite sex, just that I don't want that to be the focus of my cruise and those around me. I am not generally a bar / singles /pickup scene kind of person at home, and don't want to be in this type of environment for a vacation either. Yet, I can be enthusiastic, witty and fun, and I do want to have companions (both male and female) who are somewhat like minded for vacation fun. So, can others who have been on singles cruises be honest - which are the best to take, given my age and interests, and which are best avoided? Is it best to avoid the singles cruise altogether and just take my chances traveling solo? Thanks.
Dear fellow cruisers,
It's been very interesting to read all your replies to Jodi's original message - I thought I would add my two bob's worth!
I have done 20 cruises over the last 30 years, the first was in late 1974 after my marriage breakup - someone said I would meet lots of new people & have a fun, relaxing time, and it was wonderful, - I did'nt think of home or problems for the whole 12 days!! Since then i have really become a cruise addict, I did three 1/2 world cruises on P&O's "Canberra', and I think some of my most enjoyable times have been aboard that and other ships. Most of these times I shared a cabin with someone I had never met before as I could not afford to book a cabin all to myself. You actually don't spend much time in the cabin anyway, showering & sleeping is about all! I had no problems at all , once you decide who's cupboard is who's, thats about it!
I am in my very late 50's - (OK,OK, just 60 then), single, and now have the time & income to do lot's more cruise in the next 15+ years, but I am very, very annoyed that alot of cruise lines won't let you 'share with a stranger' any more. If I want a cabin all to myself I am willing to pay for it, but I don't, and I'm sure there are lot's of other singles who would willingly share. Personally I think these cruise lines are trying to 'gouge' extra money from singles just becauce they don't have friends with the time, money or interest in cruising. So thats my little 'moan' for now --I will cruise again, but not so much if I have to pay the dreaded 'single supplement' ...... Happy cruising!!
It's me again, ran out of space last time. I wanted to say that cruising is not just about being INSIDE the ship, it really is wonderful just to lean over the rail and see nothing but sea and sky in all directions, and if you spend the time it's amazing the seabirds and flying fish you cansee. As for the nights, there is something magical about being on deck on a moonlight night, and seeing the moon and stars swing gently above as the ship rolls. On a dark night, the only lights are those of the ship, all around is blackness, and the feeling is like being on a spaceship - a unique experience! I hope you can all experience it soon!!
Iím a 37-yar-old single woman from South Florida. Iíve been on 4 Carnival, 1 Royal Caribbean and 1 NCL cruise over the last few years. When I sailed with Carnival I was either traveling alone or with a single friend. Iím not a big drinker or major partier. All experiences have been good. I had an especially enjoyable trip on the Legendís inaugural Caribbean voyage from Ft. Lauderdale in 2002. I traveled alone on that one. I was seated at a table with 5 other single passengers Ė this was a big plus. I think Carnival has improved in that respect. I was surprised at how many repeat passengers there were on that cruise and there were many older passengers as well Ė quite the contrary to Carnivalís reputation. My last Carnival cruise was on the Ďsmoke freeí Paradise. Although Iím not a smoker, it really doesnít bother me to be around smoke. I only selected that ship because of itinerary and price. I found that the non-smokers were also less likely to be big drinkers and gamblers (the casino was pretty empty in the evening compared to all of the other cruises Iíve been on). Again, Carnival did a good job with the seating arrangements - my travel companion and I were at a table with 6 other singles.
So Jodi, donít be so quick to count Carnival out.
Now that I have read all of the posts here (excellent info, by the way!) I have a couple of questions. After stumbling upon Patís Singles Cruise Calendar, Iíve found a singles cruise that Iím quite interested in. It is the Hawaiian cruise on NCLís Pride of Aloha 12/5-12/12 through TSW Singles Vacations (www.allsinglestravel.com). Has anyone here traveled with TSW Singles Vacations in the past? Any feedback about them would be appreciated. Also, this will be my first time using roommate matching. Can anyone share there experiences with that? Lastly, does anyone have anything to share about pros and cons of a Hawaiian cruise for singles?
Thanks everyone for the great posts Iíve read so far!
I just wanted to point out that many of the agencies sponsoring singles cruises that are listed in the Cruisemates singles calendar have guaranteed share programs. This means if they don't find a cabin mate for you, you have the cabin all to yourself and don't have to pay anything extra. All have match programs to find someone to share with you.
Jeena, do not avoid the singles cruises, because many travel agencies that sponsor singles cruises are realizing more and more that a lot of people feel as you do and are actively promoting the kind of cruise you are looking for...quieter and more "sedate."
I would like to point out, however, that it has been my experience that the shorter the cruise, the harder the partying and the younger the passengers.
Please feel free to email me with any specific questions and I will try to help you find the perfect cruise. Believe me, I understand how you feel.
Hi, I was on two singles group cruises. One was with TSW over New Years on the Costa. I had no problems or issues with TSW and would use them again. Costa had a few problems with a new ship, crew issues, and food quality, but that was not TSW's fault. TSW tends to have smaller groups, 25-30 people. The other group I went with had 350 singles and there was more group interaction and involvement. I enjoyed both groups. I had roommates assigned and didn't have any problems.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Over 30's singles non-Carnival cruise
I am 48 and cruised alone for the first time last year and had a blast. I was nervous at first, but once I let my hair down and decided to go with the flow, I began to relax. The only drag is eating alone. I went on NCL. They have the freestyle dining, so you don't have an assigned time or table. This was a drag because they put me with 1 couple the first night (boring) and totally alone the second (really boring!!). I am going on my 4th cruise in September (2nd alone) on the new Mariner. The single supplement is a bit steep, but to me it's worth it to have the cabin and balcony all to myself.
I too am single and am traveling alone to Hawaii in September. Unable to convince my usual cruising friends to go with me I decided to go it alone. I am 56, non smoker and drink very little, dinner wine or an occasional drink. I am usually quiet and not a "Party Gal" I tend to rise early though and can be found roaming around on Lido deck sipping on coffee and watching the sunrise. The ship I am going on is Carnival Spirit on Sept 22. this will be my 9th cruise and 6th with Carnival. The "Party Boat" rep that Carnival has is unfair. I cruised this same ship last year and found it to be very pleasant and quiet. Many families aboard age range was from the very young to the very active elders. There are usually a lot of gatherings to go to where other singles can be found. Whichever line you chose, have a great time and don't be shy about meeting others.
ďTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didnít do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.ď
I'll make this short and sweet. As a fellow New Jerseyan, I can tell you this. I'm married, but when I did the "single" thing on "CARNIVAL", I had blast. I met a really nice young lady from "Flint, michigan", and had a good time together. We were never drunk. As a matter of fact, three of us were on the "FANTASY" and my other friend actually met his wife in the cruise...HOW COOL IS THAT, and I USED to think that only happened on the love boat. Sorry, the point is, it's what you make of it and want it to be....you can have a blast without being trashed.
Hey yall! I was on a mission to find a fun singles cruise for a graduation gift to myself and found this message board. I am an old fart (43) and never been on one of these things. I am so excited! Yeah, I am newly single, after three years, and really want to mix and mingle again-just like you Jodi.
It all sounds like a blast! But since I am living off of student loans right now-money is gonna be tight for something like this. My last semester ends in December, Bob, is that too late to join you? If you like we can talk off list-my addy is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all of yall for sharing your experiences with us!! I really learned a lot.
am just split from partner. we had booked to go on celebrity eastern carribbean. I am 26 and wondering if i would be really bored on own? please advise as would like to go on cruise onmy own to get away from the stresses of the breakup!