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Old January 7th, 2006, 11:53 PM
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Default Southern Carribean Cruise 3/12/06

I am going to be on my first cruise on March 12, 2006. It will be on Carnival's Destiny leaving from San Juan. I wanted to know if anyone else is going. I wanted to meet some people now so I can look for you on the cruise.
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Old January 15th, 2006, 09:58 PM
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Hi Nastasha, Well, you picked a great cruise for your very first one. There'll probably be at least 200 of us with the group. We should be getting our own personal site to talk to one another around the end of the month. I'm a Texas boy and sort of a regular on the single's cruise scene. I've been on a lot of single's group cruises and this is about my 6th with this agency. You're in for a lot of fun! If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them. It was nice touching base with you. My sign in or screen name is WhiteKnightPPO. Take care. Myles
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Old January 16th, 2006, 07:14 PM
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Myles,

Thank you for responding and for the info. I cannot wait for cruise and will be on the site set up by the singles group. I am looking forward to the packet that tells about the excursions. I am thinking about arriving the day before the cruise but have not decieded yet. Any thoughts?
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Old January 16th, 2006, 09:10 PM
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Yeah Natasha, I'm ready to head to San Juan also. That's a good idea to go at least a day early. We always have a group get-together for drinks and dinner the night before the cruise for everyone who shows up early. Our fearless leaders always pick out a nice restaurant and then we go to some place like Senor Frogs or the Hardrock for drinks, dancing and a little precruise party. It also cuts down on the worry about airline delays, since you'll be there early. I'm going to arrive in San Juan on Friday morning, so I'll have half a day to kill before I can even check-in at my hotel. I'll just leave my luggage with the front desk and go sightseeing until check-in time at the hotel. Everyone who comes in early, and there will be a lot of us, will post their arrival times and hotels on our private site and we'll arrange to hookup sometime Friday afternoon or evening or both and check out the place. That's the normal procedure most of us follow.
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Old January 21st, 2006, 12:00 AM
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I just posted a new topic on this exact same subject. Oops!

Anyway, I was wondering if either of you are using singlescruise.com to book this, or Carnival. I'm not sure what to do. Advice?

Thanks!
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Old January 21st, 2006, 09:10 AM
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Hi Miryo76, You can book the cruise either way, but you can't participate in the group's activities unless you book through the single's agency. You may even be able to book at a better price through Carnival, but if you're going by yourself, it's worth much more than the difference to hang out and dine with a group of new friends and even some old friends, if you've done this before.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 07:08 PM
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Myles,

Thanks for the info. It sounds like you've been to San Juan before. I'll be arriving Friday, so I'll need a hotel for a couple of nights. Can you tell me which parts of town to avoid? Thank you.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 11:01 PM
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Hi, Yeah, I've been there several times. most of the cruisers stay in either the Condado area or the Old San Juan area. The Old San Juan area is closer to the cruise port, walking distance or on the free trolley route from some of the hotels. That's where most of the nice restaurants, clubs and the historical sites, such as forts are located. The Condado area is the tourist area where the beaches are located. They're both nice. It just depends on what you like to do. You can get from one to the other fairly easy with a taxi or you can ride the A5 bus if you know where you're going. The locals are real friendly, but the bus drivers don't speak a lot of English, mostly Spanish. If you're going as part of the single's group, you might want to wait until their private message site is set up for the members to talk to one another and you might be able to share a hotel room with one of the other girls or stay in the same hotel as most of them. That'll be one of the subjects that everyone will be discussing. I hope that helps.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 12:33 AM
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It is best to book through the agency sponsoring the singles cruise, because if you don't you will not be allowed to attend their activities, and on my last several singles cruises I have been so impressed at the large number and the variety of hosted events. So even if it costs a bit more (and sometimes it doesn't) to book with the agency rather than through the cruise line, it's worth it; otherwise, you are not going to be a happy cruiser having to be on the outside looking in.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 10:38 AM
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Hi Myro76,

I am going thru Singlescruise.com. This is my first cruise and my first time using them. I am flying in on Saturday. I hope to see both you and Myles there.

Myles, thanks for the info on the hotels. That was going to be my next questions but Myro beat me to it.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 06:21 PM
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No problem! I could give you detailed information on some of the hotels, but as a general rule, the people from the agency that escort the group and handle all the arrangements, are more knowledgeable about their hotel preferences and the proximity to the restaurants and clubs. You'll get a wealth of information on our message site that's much better than what I could give you. If there are areas that they're not sure of in San Juan, I could probably fill in the gaps since I'm very familiar with San Juan, but we'll cross that bridge when we need to, if needed.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 03:45 PM
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singlescruise.com has the Yahoo group set up for us now. I just registered for it today. When I booked the cruise, I was told that they will tell us which hotel we can stay at that will give us a group rate, so I guess I'll hold off on booking a room for now.

This is gonna be a blast! I look forward to meeting both of you.

Miranda

P.S. - I speak spanish, so if you need a translator . . .
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Old January 24th, 2006, 05:37 PM
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Hi Miranda, Sounds good! I speak a little spanish, enough to get by. It's almost a second language here in Texas. It helps a lot in San Juan when you're talking to the local population, although English is almost a second language in San Juan. I also just received notification that the Yahoo group is set up for us. It'll be a blast alright and I look forward to meeting you and everyone else, too. Myles
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Old January 24th, 2006, 09:59 PM
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I did not recieve the email but was not at work today. I had so many errands I took the day off. I am so excited. I look forward to meeting the both of you. I do not much spanish. So, I might need one of you to help me out. By the way, Myles, I live in Texas also.
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Old January 25th, 2006, 09:00 AM
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No problem! We'll save a place for you. See you on the other side. Ooops, I meant the other site. Have fun at work.
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hallo i have a quistion i'm from the netherlands and booked this cruise 13 month ago there was now sine for a single cruise. we are making this cruise we have our 25 anniverserie now is my quistion do i my wife and twoo friends of us can we used the cruise like a normal cruise or is any thing used by your group of singles. i read you have your special dinning room and swimmingpool you are yousing the thearter and some party's on the ship. can you explain me what can i do.

and this is also a st.patrckcuise can you tell me what this means.

thank you when you give me some answers.

mayby also you know how far is hotel normandie from the carival destiny

i meet you on board mayby
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 01:46 PM
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Hi Arie,

If you booked thru the singles cruise site you can do all of the singles cruise activity as well as the activities on the Carnival Cruise itself.

I do not know how far the hotel is from the dock as this is my first cruise but if you log in to the message site that the group has (and you can only do this if you booked thru the group itself) there a lot of people who can answer your questions there.

I hope to meet you and your family and friends, even if you are not part of our group.

Happy Anniversary.

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Old February 2nd, 2006, 04:33 PM
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thank you and when we meet than we take a drink we are in in mini suite
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Old February 4th, 2006, 10:05 AM
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hey everyone! That looks like a great cruise and pending these blankety blank tax forms I might get to go. I consider San Juan to be another port and I would and would advise others to go early. The el yunque rain forsest is a real experience as is Old San Juan. Inexpensive precruise accomodtions are not prevalent in Old San Juan as they once were. The Hotel Plaza de Armas for example has been bought by an american chain which promptly doubled the price. I know a privately owned hotel reservations only on the phone and it helps to speak Spanish kind of leaveing out half the "s" but its a bout a hundred bucks....walking distance to the dock if you pack light. Old San Juan has these really cool Salsa Bars with free lessons for the ladies around happy hour time, and the paseo along the old city walls is really great in the evening. Also try the Pharmacy Museum very interesting. Interestingly enough but you do seem to get better deals if you speak Spanish for things like belts and other leather goods.

Somebody mentioned coming as a couple but with two single friends. I have seen that situation where the couple didnt book the singlescruise, and the singles did book it (it usually does cost nominally more for the singles cruise but then you get all the activities and the complemenary cocktail parties etc. and I have also seen couples book the singles cruise just for the party ambience).

These cruises do often have a bunch of "regular" singles on them which at first impression seems rather awkward for newcomers because it appears as if "everybody" knows everybody already which is just an impression because there are plenty of people who have not yeat met and the groups are big enough to have people with all kinds of interests, in all age ranges etc. Just an oppinion, but some of the singles cruises especially ones like Halloween have too much of a "booze cruise" ambience for me.

The precruise message board is also a good way to meet some people via typing and scope who is going and the general feel of how the "group" is going to be as well as the "heads up" on the precruise activities and where the various people are going on excursions. Ok back to the taxes!
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we are twoo merried copples and think its gonne be fine. i hope you will sellebrate with us our 25 anniverserie but take your own pass with you we will selebrate thursday 16 march and have mini suite 7214. thank you so far our names are Arie and Yvone plugge let us surprise my wife doesn't know this.
sea you that day.
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Old February 5th, 2006, 06:50 AM
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Arie, that is a little different ...25th anniversary! The married couples ive seen on singles cruises are often recently married with one of both knowing a lot of the other cruisers to "share their happiness" so to speak.

The St Patircks day probably it would be good to look up on line because when I start "holding forth" on a subject you can only believe half of what I say. The USA had heavy Irish immigration during different periods. The way the Irish are cough cough quite uh well whatever so it ends up that many americans do have Irish blood and besides that Americans like to have a party at about any excuse!
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Old February 5th, 2006, 12:22 PM
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Arie,

You are surprising your wife with this cruise? I think that is so sweet. You and your friends should embrace this as the adventure and new experience that it will be.

Looking forward to meeting you, your lovely wife and your friends.

Belinda
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i think its goone be one party from start too finish. and i too were glad too meat some of you. we only must wait 33 days verry long days. beside we are flying with u.s.airways on saturday 11 we stapped over in philidelphia i spell wright. sorry for my bad englisch. we arrived 10.45 in evening on san juan. and than we are going too hotel normandie. i don't what time we must go too the ship.
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are there so little people how go with this cruise.
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