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Old July 20th, 2005, 10:23 PM
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One of my favorite ways to meet other singles onboard is to check at the shore excursion desk and ask which excursions seem to be favored by solo travelers and whether any have signed up. By doing so, I sometimes meet both males and females who are cruising alone whom I might not have met otherwise. Recently I received an e-mail from a woman traveling by herself who said she took my advice and wound up touring Paradise Island in Nassau with a man also sailing solo. They hooked up for the rest of the cruise, are keeping in touch, and seem to have a *hot* romance going.

Does anyone else have a tip for meeting other singles onboard? If so, please share.

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Old July 21st, 2005, 12:35 PM
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Reading the message boards and posting on this site; it has worked for me in the past.

Also advertise you are traveling with your relatives, friends, colleagues, etc. They may know of someone who else will be traveling on the same ship as you.

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Old July 21st, 2005, 01:43 PM
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I like to hang out at the pool near the bar, scope out the action. It helps to have an extra chair next to you just in case. The Schooner bar before and after dinner, the disco late night. It is pretty easy to tell the single people. Go to the meet and mingle if they have one. Don't be shy, strike up conversation. Sitting on the side of the pool with a bucket of beers to share is a good ice breaker. It is also important to be seen as well as to see. Participate in the pool games, the quest game, ect... it is also a good idea to have a little bar set up in your cabin. Always a good excuse. "Hey, while we are walking down the hall, let's stop by my cabin and make a drink" or "Would you like to see my seashell collection?"

As far as excursions go, do the ships trips. Good ones are the party snorkeling trips or beach trips. Other singles are going to be drinking too. Reason, usually people on with you will also be from the ship. It does not much good to meet people from another ship or vacationing in town as you will be leaving the same day and you can't go on their ship or them on yours.

That's enough for now. I can't give out all my secrets.



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I have a T-shirt that says

On the rebound.
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Shall I take it on my cruise??
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YES!!!

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Brenda: Love it !!! That will definitely attract a lot of attention !!
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I take the ship's excursions, rather than striking out on my own. Safety in numbers plus I'm more likely to meet other singles on the ship.

At bingo or things like the Newlywed Game, I look for someone sitting by themselves. I sit nearby and introduce myself. Ask if they're by themselves or with someone.

Have a pre- or post-dinner drink in one of the bars. Ask the bartender or waitress to point out any solo cruisers.

Smile.

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Old July 23rd, 2005, 10:57 PM
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I've heard to ask the head waiter or Matre'D to seat you with other singles on board. Also talk to everyone, but best way is to book a singles cruise with a singles group, this way at least you will make friends if not find a romance, you will have a whole bunch of people to hang out with, and maybe future travel mates!
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Old August 1st, 2005, 10:56 AM
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All these suggestions and tips and hints are great! Let's hear more. I'm going to do an article on this.

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Like Shelby said...SMILE! And do it a lot. When you smile at someone of the opposite sex it can be taken a couple of different ways. They may see it as a subtle flirt if they are hoping to be flirted with. If they are interested in meeting you then hopefully they will take the next step. But, if the other person isn't single and not looking for someone then they'll just think you are happy and friendly.

Well, that's my theory but pretty often it backfires and only the people you aren't interested in respond to your smile. But it never hurts to smile a lot anyway, you'll feel better.
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One thing cruise ships could easily do is that when they assign people to dining tables assign single people together by age and half male and half female if possible of if free style set aside a table for singles or if there are a lot of singles singles by age
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I think that if you aren't in a singles group per se the Matre'D is and essential part of the formula. On my first cruise in 2001, the guy seated virtually all the singles (with no kids dragging along) at two tables for 8. Some nights as people did various other thing we mixed and matched in to one table for 8. Afterall eating with people is the way people get together since the stoneage or before. it was almost 4 years ago three of us still keep in touch. Be sure and leave a good tip for the guy. (which I didn't because I thought that was normal for a Matre'D to do.) I have also found that single occupancy balcony cabins work well after the initial meeting and chit chat to get to know somebody better without somebody asking her to dance or seating themselves at your table.
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My experience is similar to John G.'s--my first cruise, I was not in a singles group (though I joined a roll call on that other message board), but was seated with 7 other singles on the Triumph (May 2004). I am still in regular contact with two ladies and one man from the group. It was 5 male, 3 female, and we were all in our thirties.

Since then, I've taken two cruises with a singles group (CSC), and am 77 days from my fourth cruise (third singles cruise).

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Old August 14th, 2005, 03:20 PM
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"I have a T-shirt that says, 'On the rebound. YOU'LL do for now'"

As a male it would get my attention from day one.

Though if a single male wears this shirt women will avoid him like the measles.

Another way to attract single is to get on the floor and start dancing by yourself anyone with courage will walk up and dance with you.
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so what if you are single and traveling w/family....can't really sit at a single's only table. any suggestions there?
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Old August 15th, 2005, 12:11 AM
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For singles with children book a singles with children cruise, or a regular singles cruise and do some of the activities while your kids are at one of those ship sponsered childrens activities. Or bring a single friend also with kids and switch off on who watches them so one of you can mingle? Ormaybe you could leave the kids home with a family member ,and cruise without them which would also be cheaper. I don't have kids so these are just some sugestions. There are single parents cruises though not as many as regular singles cruises.
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don't know if you were talking to me or not....but i did not mean children. sorry!! i am traveling with my mother and aunt and uncle....
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Sorry question I misunderstood...Hmmm, not sure about that one. If you book with a singles group you can all sit with them I belive. If not I don't think they would put you with a group but you could ask the Maitre D, there are singles who travel alone and not with singles groups, Im sure you might be able to sit with them. My cabin mate in fact was married, she booked with my travel agent who booked the singles group. Her group was women on a bachlorette cruise. Some married some not. They booked with our agent cause she gave them a good rate, not to meet guys. They were sort of a group within a group I guess, but they did eat in our section of the dining room I only had to walk over a table to chat with them and they were fun. Hope that helps, otherwise try the bars, pools and talk to as many people as possible some familys may have single family members traveling with them.
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I would imagine that going with other people not in the singles booking "group" per se because most of these singles cruises from several companies are also booking you the cabin. (they don't just charge you a fee to be part of the group). why not book a cabin yourself and then let mom and dad and auntie or whoever book a 3 place cabin outside the group for them? Then auntie or whoever could crash in your cabin when you are not "busy" and needing your cabin. Sounds like a situation to call the singles cruise booking company.

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My husband and I like hanging around singles or slightly wild couples.
We've found that most couples on cruises like a little too much "alone" time.
Although we enjoy the time alone with each other, we like to mingle in social settings with fun people.
I don't recommend any single ladies trying this, but here's what my husband did;
He was putting lotion on me by the aft pool. It was a not too crowed.
It caught the attention of a couple guys. When they walked by, my husband asked if they wanted to help with the lotion. They both jumped at the chance.
We had a nice conversation.
I wouldn't call it an ice breaker, it was more like an ice melter!
Although it was all pretty innocent, it was the best feeling conversation of the cruise!

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Old August 22nd, 2005, 11:44 AM
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Oh, by the way...
We will be going on our 2nd cruise Sept 4, 2005 (less than two weeks!)
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I am not sure I would want a couple guys rubbing lotion on my date (wife).

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Hello you need to do something wild and fun the first day on the boat when you are still in port. I know in the past the best way myself and friends have met many singles and lots of people is to build the tower of drink glasses on the deck. It works great with Carnival glasses. You can only do this when the boat is docked if not the movement will knock it over. If you want to know more or see pics drop me a line

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teez, that is a great pic. wish you guys were going on the navigator of the seas on october 1. i am going as a single guy. bob
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Thanks Bob G. I like friendly compliments.
Too bad I don't have more pictures of our last cruise.
We will have to get some good ones this time... Set sail Sept 4, 2005.

This is a good topic. Let's hear more ideas on meeting singles.
...and what singles are looking for.

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What are singles on a cruise looking for?

Fun?
Long term, short term, doesn't matter?

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teez What a thrill Next pic ???????????
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Well Teez,

After seeing your photo you husband is one lucky guy!!!
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BOING!!!!!!!

Got my attention!!!!

I had some extra lotion and I didn't now what to do with it until now!!!!!!

BOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Getting back to Pats original post,
I would still like to hear more ideas on meeting singles on board.

If you follow Pat's idea of booking excursions, be sure and pick an excursion that you are interested in. Don't pick it just because there are a bunch of good looking guys or gals. In order to hit it off, you need to find some common ground.

You may have some self implied rules like; "Don't pick up singles in a bar."
You are better off putting all hangups aside while on a cruise. Be open, but be honest.
There are a lot of guys who dont normally hang out at bars... except when on a cruise.
So dont be too jugmental.

Which brings me back around to my last question;
Let me ask each person individually, what are you looking for?
An innocent fun time, wild romance, or open to both?
Short term, Long term or open to both?

Just curious.

We will be sailing in a short time. Sept 4th on Carnival.
My husband and I usually have a way of running into exciting people... singles and couples. We haven't given a lot of thought on how to meet them, it just sorta happens.

I think we will ask other singles (while on the cruise next week) about their experiences and report back to you all.
Anyone interested in hearing the stories?
I'm guessing we should post in the picture galleries too?

Don't read too much into anything I've said.
We are fun... but innocent.

Feel free to email me with any other comments.

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