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Jodi February 6th, 2004 01:54 PM

Over 30's singles non-Carnival cruise
Hi everybody! Just found this website. I'm newly single (well, almost 10 months now, so not so "new," I guess) and I've been dying to go on a cruise and figured now is good as time as any! I'm 34 and not a big "party girl," so I figure Carnival is probably not for me. Not that I don't like to have fun, but usually getting drunk is not included in my idea of having fun. ;) Any suggestions for which cruise line would be better for me? Something where there will be people in the 30's age range, where the emphasis is more on having fun and meeting great people than on getting drunk 24/7? Can't wait to hear from everybody!!!

Jodi (in New Jersey)

Dave the Wave February 6th, 2004 02:02 PM

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Hi Jodi, I am newly single too. Final 3/06/03. I am 39 I have been on 8 cruises (mostly Roal Caribbean) taking my kids on RCI Enchantment in May and am doing my first Carnival cruise in October. I like to party and have a good time and meet people. Not drunk 24/7 though. Now did you say you are not a big girl or not a big-party girl?

Jodi February 6th, 2004 02:08 PM

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LOL. I'm not a big PARTY girl. I mean, I'll dance at the clubs, I'll hang out until 3:00 a.m. , but I don't drink. I'm newly single, but never married. We were together for almost 8 years and well, now we're not. LOL. It's all good, though. ;)

Dave the Wave February 6th, 2004 02:17 PM

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Well, I am sure you will have fun on any ship. I would go RCI or Carnival. I sent you a message to your e-mail.

sailing along February 6th, 2004 03:48 PM

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we are in our 30's as well and going on Carnival in March. Carnival is not a drink til you drop kind of atmosphere, the pool scene is GREAT and laughs are even better, the best part in my mind. That's what a cruise is, just having a blast, not seeing who can drink the most. Although I do see some "chumps" that are there just to get blasted, but we aviod them.

Rita L February 8th, 2004 12:24 PM

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Hi Jodi,

i am also a single woman 34 (interesting to see there are quite a number of independent women in their 30s around). anyway, i will choose Princess over Carnival. Princess is more upscale, the age group is all ages. there are many middle class single men or women in their 30s and 40s in this cruise line, also Princess is popular with a lot of professional gays and lesbians who are well behaved and cool. Most staff of Princess are British, Canadian or Australian. They treat their customers more professionally.

I am going with Caribbean Princess (newest ship) to South Carib for 7 nights on 10/23/04. very good price from can be less than Carnival.

Dollie February 8th, 2004 02:28 PM

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Holly here. I hear they need guys on the singles group doing the Queen Mary 2. I plan to go over 100 booked now. Good odds for a guy that is single and the price I think is just over $1,000 including tax and port charge, double check just a rumor

Drew Lashbrook February 10th, 2004 05:02 AM

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hi Jodi im intrested in booking a cruise kinda soon or i need to get out for some fresh air , ya know ? im a single guy 35 looking for a fun not drunk till ya drop cruise. Do you know if there is any openings left for when you depart and by the way where is your cruise taking you? DREW.

Jodi February 10th, 2004 08:48 AM

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I don't have a cruise booked. I was just looking for advice from others on the best cruise line for me. :)


SML February 10th, 2004 01:50 PM

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Chene' February 12th, 2004 03:55 PM

1st Time Cruiser
Hi Dave,

I was reading one of your emails and noticed that you have cruised 8 times. I would like some advice on which ones you recommend. I'm 36 and preferably want to go to the Caribbean. I'm looking for a lot of fun and activities. Thanks for the impute.


Thomas February 13th, 2004 09:20 AM

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You're perception of Carnival being a ship where you drink 24/7 is inaccurate. People have propogated this image for years and it's hard for Carnival to shake that tag. If you're looking for "fun", try Carnival or RCI for more activities to keep you busy.


maryann February 14th, 2004 09:24 PM

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I'm 34 and a single female from New York and I"m going on an European cruise onn the holland america line in May. I don't like to drink and getting drunk isn't my thing either so my travel agent suggested Holland America when I told her I wan't a big party person. She'a been on alot of cruises to so I'm hopingthat she's right Maryann

susancruzs February 15th, 2004 09:56 AM

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Interesting post to read! I'm past 30 but thought I would comment as I've always been single and I have cruised ALOT!!!

Maryann, on HAL, Europe cruise, everyone is going to be older, possibly much older. I am surprised your TA suggested that, I would have said, Princess or RCI for sure.
Nothing wrong with older (I'm 56) but I'd do more homework first as you have time to change.

I think all the major cruise lines, Princess, RCI, Carnival are fine, you just have to know what you want from a cruise, what you like to do and you can avoid, the drink til you drop crowd. Carnival does get a bad rap, they don't deserve. Personally, I'm not wild about the layout of their new mega ships, but food, service, entertainment ranks right up there with the rest of the mass market.

I've been on 6 cruises in 3 yrs., five different lines and for people to assume Carnival is all drink, drunks, party, party is just plain wrong. My favorite lines are Princess and RCI but they just fit the bill for me personally, other people may see it differently. On a recent fall Carnival cruise (the new Glory) there was a huge variety of age groups and everyone seemed to find their niche.


marbru February 15th, 2004 01:53 PM

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Regardless of what ship you go on, the partying is pretty much up to the individual. Some singles groups are more party hardy, but there are other activities to particpate in as well.

For example, on our summer group most of the folks are anywhere from mid-30's to mid-50's and so far none of them are looking to go on this cruise and get smashed all of the time. Instead they are looking to have fun and meet new people with similar interests.

Most singles cruises will have fun activities to participate in as a group, so there are other things to do other than just party.

We have sailed a number of different cruise lines and like anything else, sometimes it is just a matter of what you make it.

Good luck and have lots of fun!


marbru February 15th, 2004 01:55 PM

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Just one more thing. Most singles groups for folks your age will be held on either Royal Caribbean or Carnival. I think you would have a wonderful time on either line.


jeana February 15th, 2004 07:23 PM

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At a fellow cruisemate's suggestion, last May I took a Princess cruise to the Mediterannean. Although they rarely will cut you a deal on a cabin share, I decided to book anyway. I booked a balcony cabin -no share - was just gorgeous and worth every penny. While there weren't a ton of single people. there were just enough to have a great time. The disco (if you're into that) is lively all night long. The casino fun - even if you never gamble - they give free lessons and you can have some fun there with roulette or blackjack, where your $$ can go pretty far.
The jacuzzis at sailaway (aft of the ship), the casinos, the early morning exercise classes (if you're into that) are great places to meet people. Also, the ship sponsors a singles get together the first night on board. Don't miss it. While most of the "singles" were solo travelers, looking for companionship, not romance, I made some wonderful friends and touring buddies that I never would have met if I hadn't gone to the get together. Also, (and maybe I shouldn't say this!) but there's enough testosterone on the ships and a single woman is definitely noticed. I even went back to my room one day and found roses and a bottle of champagne there (from the cabin steward way down the hall!). You'll have all the attention you want (or don't want), as the case may be! I had a great time that I went back in September for two more weeks!! Enjoy - whatever ship you take.

Pat Hagan, Singles Editor February 15th, 2004 07:56 PM

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Hey everybody, I am so happy to see so many responses here. It is great to read about different experiences cruising "solo." Please! Keep 'em coming. As you know, my favorite saying is: "Inquiring (single cruisers') minds want to know!" :-))

Jodi February 16th, 2004 09:23 AM

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Thank you everybody for your input!!! As I said in my original post, I'm fairly newly single and I've never travelled alone. I'm a bit nervous about doing it, but you guys all make it sound like so much fun, I know I'll definitely have to do it at some point!!! Thanks! And keep the posts coming. I keep getting more and more ideas!!

Pat Hagan, Singles Editor February 17th, 2004 02:52 PM

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Be sure to read all my articles on singles cruising in the Cruisemates Singles Section. And if you have any specific questions, please -email me, and I'll try to help.

Have fun!

Doug in Dallas February 19th, 2004 01:56 AM

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I have read several posts about whether or not Carnival is a "party", "drunk & punk" cruise line. Well. I am 39. Have been both single and divorced and have been on singles, couples & family cruises. 19 cruises in total (from the lower-end Carnival to the 5 star Cunard & Crystal lines).

My response to the Carnival comments is "you are all correct". It depends on your itinerary/length of cruise and the time of year that you are traveling. If you are planning on going on Carnival on their shorter 3/4 day and even the 5 day will be on a ship with many party-goers, singles, groups & families looking for value (and many first-time cruisers) Now, if you are planning a trip during to the Bahamas/Mexico during "Spring Break" then you will likely get a boat loaded with people looking to party (now if this is not for you...consider booking in the winter months....even Thanksgiving or Christmas (some good deals to be had around these holidays). Summer is usually a pretty dead time for the cruise lines and you can get some good deals (consider avoid 4th of July, etc. if you want to avoid the heavy partying). The Alaska cruises tend to have a tamer and classier crowd too.

Now. No offense to Carnival....but they are the Kmart/Walmart of the cruise lines. They work on high-volume & low price. They are strictly value oriented. You will not be pampered. The shows are fair. The food is fair. The Carnival kids programs were very bad and two of their day-care worker were pretty horrible. The cabins and the decor are not that great. Their private island is average. The atmosphere & nightlife are definitely geared toward fun. many....the price is right. I didn't find Carnival very roamntic at all. Carnival would be a good choice for a group a reunion, a bunch of friends/teachers getting families (it is a pretty good value if you have never crusied before). My 4th (and last) Carnival cruise ship caught on fire the day after we got off. I won't be going back for more.

However, if you are looking for something a little classier....a bit tamer (but not lame) and something romantic....then consider Celebrity Cruises. It was very close to 5-star quality at a 3 1/2 star price. A very, very good value (more expensive than Carnival but less expensive than the true 5-star lines). I've been on 8 cruises with Celebrity and have loved every one of them (Alaska was breath-taking). The rooms were large for a cruise ship and the food was superior to almost every cruise line that I have ever been on. Celebrity is owned by RC....but RC hasn't changed Celebrity's winning formula. RC (Royal Caribbean isn't bad either....I just don't find it to have the same price/value ratio that Celebrity enjoys). Cunard & Crystal are 5-star lines....they were nice....but my were they ever snooty. If you want pomp....and papal pampering (and a heft price) then these 5-6 star lines are for you. The crows are much older....same with Holland America (but Holland America is more of a 4-5 star line).

Do yourself a favor....evaluate the time of year you are travelling....where you are planning to travel too and the anticipated length of your trip.

I've also generally found that the shorter the cruise...the less relaxing it will likely be for you (anyone who has cruised knows how long & painful dembarkation can be..and a 2 day cruise...followed by dembarkation just doesn't cut it). 3 days is ok. 4 & 5 days is better....more time to relax. I personally found 7 days pretty much perfect for my tastes...although I would like to do a 10-21 day sometime.

Hope this helps. No matter where you go....and no matter what line you choose.....HAVE FUN and BON VOYAGE!!!!!!!!!!!


David Petrick February 22nd, 2004 06:09 PM

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As a gay single, I fit into an even smaller subgroup, and want to say that this posting was the most informative I have read. Thank you, writer!

billy February 25th, 2004 08:12 PM

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I'm going on the Diamond Princess March 27th, always have a great time on princess ships. I think the quality of the people on Princess does not get drunk 24/7 and if they do it's better alcohol.

Did you book a cruise yet?

Jodi February 26th, 2004 08:45 AM

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Haven't booked anything yet.

island04 March 1st, 2004 12:00 AM

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I would totally stay away from Carnival. I've been on 12 Carnival cruises, 11 Disney cruises, and 4 Royal Caribbean that order. Royal Caribbean's Voyager-Class ships are my absolute favorite so far! It's a great line and very comfortable. I've always met a lot of people on them. I'm a 36 y/o single male. I was just on the Mariner Of The Seas a month ago and I'm going again on March 21. I think you'd really enjoy it a lot. There's plenty to do and everyone is so frinedly. Give it some thought. Have a great day!

Jodi March 1st, 2004 12:50 PM

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Do you go on these cruises with a singles group, or just by yourself? Do they have any kind of singles get-togethers on board for people that aren't part of a group? Thanks!


Pat Hagan, Singles Editor March 1st, 2004 03:00 PM

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Jodi, most cruise lines have a get-acquainted gathering the first night for singles. If you don't see one listed in the information sheet, find the Cruise Director and ask him to organize one. Better yet, offer to help!

Have fun!

Trishmsh March 3rd, 2004 02:50 PM

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Hi there- saw that you have cruised aften and i could really use some help!!! I am wanting to take a great 5-7 day cruise-- but am finding tha being a single cruiser- is getting expensive!!!! Any ideas- or suggestion to not have to pay 800-1000 for a 400 dollor to 500 dollor cruise??

Its hard to enjoy sunsets and new places when it takes so much just to get a lower cabin- for myself :(


paulinuk March 4th, 2004 02:41 PM

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try the world residensea,but best to go with another as its not cheap.

Pat Hagan, Singles Editor March 4th, 2004 02:44 PM

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Please check the Singles Cruise Calendar in the Singles Section of for some great rates!

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