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Hey Norm, thank you so much for the handy hint of owning RCL stock. Since I was a little girl I have wanted to own stock in some company. It looks like I have a lot to gain by buying stock in the parent cruise companies.

Hey guys, my friend Jag paid $920. for an 11 day cruise on the Mercury Ship cruising to Mex-Riviera. Because the staff was putting so much chlorine all over the ship to protect them from the norwalk virus they all complained about the fumes and discoloration of their clothes when they would touch the chlorine on the rails or elevators.... they got a 25% refund on their cruise and a 25% discount for a future Celebrity cruise. I think that is a fantastic deal. My friend Jag is an environmental chemisit so I think the fumes didn't bother him since he works with chemicals everyday.

Pat Hagan is right about the importance of arriving one day early before your cruise because many things can go wrong with the airflights and air ports.
I think I will start a new topic on this subject . Luci
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owning RCL stock. Since I was a little girl I have wanted to own stock in some company. It looks like I have a lot to gain by buying stock in the parent cruise companies.
Since I love cruising i attempted to put some money where my heart is by buying a few Carnival stock but my "bookie" wouldn't hear of it. Perhaps I just need to talk him into it ?
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Hey Norm, thank you so much for the handy hint of owning RCL stock. Since I was a little girl I have wanted to own stock in some company. It looks like I have a lot to gain by buying stock in the parent cruise companies.

You're most welcome! This is positively the best shareholder benefit that I have ever seen -- and you still get dividends and, hopefully, long-term apprecation of share value, too!

Pat Hagan is right about the importance of arriving one day early before your cruise because many things can go wrong with the airflights and air ports.

That's usually a good strategy, but it can backfire. On my last cruise, an 11 night "Mexican Riviera" voyage aboard MV Mercury (Celebrity Cruises) departing from San Diego on 13 February 2006 (Monday), there were over two hundred passengers from sountern New York and northern New Jersey who had booked flighs out of the three major airports that serve New York City (La Guardia, Kennedy International, and Newark International) on Saturday, 11 February, or Sunday, 12 February. Ynfortunately for them, a major Nor'Easter hit that area on the weekend, closing all three airports (La Guardia, Kennedy International, and Newark) for nearly all of both Saturday and Sunday. The affected passengers not only could not get out on their scheduled days, but they could not reschedule their flights on Monday, which was the day of the cruise, because the flights were full and there were too many other affected passengers. As a result, of the affected passengers some joined the ship in Cabo San Lucas on Wednesday, 15 February, missing the first two days of the cruise, and the rest joined the ship in Mazatlan on Thursday, 16 February, missing the first three days of the cruise. Passengers coming from Boston would have had a similar problem -- although Boston's airport did not close, the airlines cancelled 90% of the scheduled flights on both Saturday and Sunday due to the storm. Those of us who booked flights on Monday, however, had no problem....

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Since I love cruising i attempted to put some money where my heart is by buying a few Carnival stock but my "bookie" wouldn't hear of it. Perhaps I just need to talk him into it ?

I have to agree with your "bookie" on this one. The unified business of Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL) and Carnival Plc. (LSE: CCL) is not an entity in which I would invest. There's a lot that's shaky behind a balance sheet that may lure suckers. The company seems to act about like General Motors. It has grown only through acquisition over the past several years, and it has pretty much run out of potential acquisitions. I'm guessing that its balloon may burst very soon. Also, Carnival Corporation's cruise lines do not have anywhere near as much pricing power as their competitors in respective segments of the market. Beware.

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I can't belive how many people book normal cruises and then want to meet singles, this can be like finding a needle in a haystack, not impossible, but not that easy as the majority of cruisers are couples and family's.
Greetings,

I will be cruising for the first time late this summer on the Pride of Aloha. After a bad experience shelling out a lot of $$ to a dating service that misrepresented that level of service they provided, I was very reluctant to book a singles cruise through an online service. This is a lot of money for me to spend, and I wanted to book with someone I knew and trusted. Meeting fellow singles would be excellent, but I am a lot more concerned with having an enjoyable overall vacation experience and knowing I can contact a live person if I have any problems with the booking.

It does seem that a lot of the services have received positive reviews from the posters on this forum. I think it would be a great marketing tool for the singles cruise companies to host an event at the end of their singles cruises for *all* singles, and charge a premium for those who didn't book through the singles cruise company. I'd be a lot more likely to book with a particular company if there was a way to meet the staff face to face -- and talk with participants about their overall experience, particularly how well-organized the activities were, what problems might have occurred, and how they were handled.

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Hi Kimberly, If you want to meet the people that work for vacationstogo.com you should go visit their office located in Houston, Texas. They have 200 employees. My favorite agents are; Alexis Fisher, Romeo, Dixie, Ahsley, Ken Doll, Jonathon, and Katie Lee who is in charge of the Hosted Singles division.
You can also request to get a newsletter from the owner Allen Fox where he lets us know what is new in cruising and new deals, etc. Check out their website. You can ask me and Carol any questions you want about vacationstogo Hosted Singles. I have booked cruises with them for 4yrs.
Some of our members have met personally with other Single cruising leaders/travel agents. They can give you a short review. Luci
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Luci - Thanks so much for the info on vacationstogo.com! I'll definitely check this out for future trips.
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I have to agree with your "bookie" on this one. The unified business of Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL) and Carnival Plc. (LSE: CCL) is not an entity in which I would invest. There's a lot that's shaky behind a balance sheet that may lure suckers. The company seems to act about like General Motors. It has grown only through acquisition over the past several years, and it has pretty much run out of potential acquisitions. I'm guessing that its balloon may burst very soon. Also, Carnival Corporation's cruise lines do not have anywhere near as much pricing power as their competitors in respective segments of the market. Beware.

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Thanks for the input Norm. The stock man said that the company's price is something like $57 a share and there is a lot of room to drop. He said this isn't a stable market. I'll stick to safer bets...oh I mean investments.
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Hi guys, how much does it cost per share in RCL stock? Luci


Gettng back to the subject of this topic of meeting singles..... I have never gone with the idea of meeting a guy. I truly enjoy the company of other singles. I always go with the idea of meeting compatiable singles to be room-mates with so I can save money and have a nice roomie.
My advise is to book your own cabin for the first time cruising with a singles group and then find some nice people to be roomies with. I found six possible gals to be roomies with for my future cruises. I stay in touch with them and talk about future cruises. Presently, we are looking at VTG Singles for Alaska, July 23, 06 on the Sun Princess and Mexican-Riviera on the Carnival Pride, Oct.29th. I have friends booked on these cruise-ships.
Going on a Singles cruise is like returning to High School again. It is a lot of fun. You always have someone to talk with and eat with and hang around like buddies. If you are a loner you can take off on your own and do your own thing. Luci
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Hi guys, how much does it cost per share in RCL stock?

The common shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) closed at $42.04 last Friday, 07 April.

Gettng back to the subject of this topic of meeting singles..... I have never gone with the idea of meeting a guy. I truly enjoy the company of other singles. I always go with the idea of meeting compatiable singles to be room-mates with so I can save money and have a nice roomie.

In that case, be aware that the Shareholder Benefit is "per cabin" so you will receive only half of the amount if your roommate also qualifies.

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Kim, please call Romeo at Vacations to Go. He is wonderful, he answers all your questions, and returns phone calls and e mails promptly! This is my 2nd singles cruise with them. I was very happy with the service offered by this company. The escorts on our cruise were easily found on the ship, and availible for us singles. They are very organized and the do a great job. Before my singles cruise I had no one to travel with now I have a bunch of great girl friends to book trips with. The girls don't like to hang out with married couples and familys, so we book other singles cruises together. I say give it a try with this company I don't think you will be disappointed. As far as booking a cabin with a stranger yes it's a roll of the dice, but if you don't care for the person you can still avoid them on the ship it's your vacation after all. Ditto for hanging around with the singles. Some activity's I do some I don't. I come and go at my leisure. I would not have booked this second trip if I was not happy with the service. No guarentees you will meet your soul mate but you will make friends and meet potential travel partners of the same and opposite sex. Any questions instant message me! Happy cruising!
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Understood about the "no guarantees" -- I'm mostly looking for a singles-friendly travel environment. Many thanks for the info. I'll definitely keep an eye on Vacations to Go for 2007. I'm thinking about Mexico, as I'd love an opportunity to practice my very rusty Spanish.

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Kibmerly,

Understood about the "no guarantees" -- I'm mostly looking for a singles-friendly travel environment. Many thanks for the info. I'll definitely keep an eye on Vacations to Go for 2007. I'm thinking about Mexico, as I'd love an opportunity to practice my very rusty Spanish.

You'll find a "snigles-friendly travel environment" on just about any of the major cruise lines.

>> Security on most cruise lines is absolutely top-notch, in spite of recent distortions in the press.

>> The envoriment and blend of activities aboard are very conducive to encouraging passengers to mix and mingle, it's very easy to meet people whose interests are similar to your own.

>> Shore excursions offer a very safe way to go ashore as part of a group, with a guide who knows the area, when you land in foreign places. In my experience (20 cruises), the passengers do tend to look out for one another, too.

>> In the main dining rooms, you can ask to be seated with other passengers at breakfast and lunch and you will be assigned to a table with other passengers at dinner. This is also a great way to meet people.

>> Finally, most cruise ships do offer events for passengers who are not travelling with a spouse or "significant other" regardless of circumstance where you will have some chance of meeting other single passengers.

I have met other singles on nearly all of my twenty cruises (thirteen on Princess and seven on Celebrity -- lines not exactly "recommended" as havens for singles) to date. I think it best to take cruises and shore excursons that match your interests and to show up for activities that match your interests aboard ship because that's where you'll meet people whose interests match yours. Also, choose a line that's a good fit for your perferred style.

Have a wonderful cruise, whatever you decide!

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You'll find a "snigles-friendly travel environment" on just about any of the major cruise lines.

>> Security on most cruise lines is absolutely top-notch, in spite of recent distortions in the press.

Norm.
Thanks for the comments...particularly on security, which has definitely been a favorite media topic of late!

I do already have that first cruise booked (PoA late this summer). I was looking for a way to "sample" the Hawaiian islands without having to pack up and move every couple of days. Can't wait!
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Kimberly,

Thanks for the comments...particularly on security, which has definitely been a favorite media topic of late!

You're welcome!

I do already have that first cruise booked (PoA late this summer). I was looking for a way to "sample" the Hawaiian islands without having to pack up and move every couple of days. Can't wait!

Norwegian Cruise Line is a mainstream line and it delivers all the essentials, but apparently not without some rough edges. As a result, I have heard very mixed reactions from people who have taken cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line -- some folks loved it and some folks felt that it fell short of their expectations. You probably will have a great vacation if you keep your expectations in check so that you don't set yourself up for disappointment.

Have a great cruise!

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The Pride of Aloha ship had a bad start in the beginning. But, I think the service has improved. Most of the employees are Americans. NCL Cruiselines made a deal with the Leaders of Hawaii that they would only hire Americans. NCL was given permission to by-pass Fanning Island that takes the cruiseship far away from the islands. Excluding Fanning Island makes it possible to spend more time on the Hawaiian Islands. But I think that cruisers are passing up a wonderful experience in meeting some wonderful natives from Fanning Islands. The Natives are the most interesting people you will ever meet. They believe in sharing their things like pots and pans, bikes, gifts, food, etc. Most of them are Catholics. The Australian people are helping the natives survive on their island with providing food and needed school supplies. The natives don't have cars, electricity, etc. and live in small shacks. Their beaches are nice and clean.
It has been predicted by scientists that the island will be sinking under water in twenty years. They are going to have to move out.
NCL has hired some of the natives to work on their other cruise ships like the Norwegian Star. I met one of the native girls working as a server. I was so happy to see her that I hugged her.
I am pretty sure that the Natives miss meeting the cruisers on the NCL ships that used to make stops on their island. The kids were given ice cream because they had never tasted ice cream before the ships showed up. The passengers would take the kids toys, bubble gum and candy and school supplies. I took a cake and candies to a family and they had a picnic. Plus, they got to keep the NCL beautiful plate.lol. Luci
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Luci,

But, I think the service has improved.

I hope that you are right, but a coworker who just returned from a cruise aboard MV Pride of Aloha was pretty disappointed. He said that most of the staff were not very congenial, though the service itself was adequate.

Most of the employees are Americans. NCL Cruiselines made a deal with the Leaders of Hawaii that they would only hire Americans. NCL was given permission to by-pass Fanning Island that takes the cruiseship far away from the islands.

There's no special permission involved. The vessel does not have to call in a foreign port because it is registered in the United States. Note that the vessel flies the Stars and Stripes at the mast while underway and from the stern while in port.

But I think that cruisers are passing up a wonderful experience in meeting some wonderful natives from Fanning Islands. The Natives are the most interesting people you will ever meet. They believe in sharing their things like pots and pans, bikes, gifts, food, etc.

I agree. The Polynesian culture of thw western Pacific Islands is very interesing, and has much to inform us! Some elements of it still exist in the fiftieth state, but it has been diluted by heavy infiltration of Americans and Asians.

It has been predicted by scientists that the island will be sinking under water in twenty years. They are going to have to move out.

Scientists???

This sounds much more like the doomsday predictions of the "global warming" crowd than anything that would qualify as real science.

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Hi Norm. This is what I have heard on the deal made between NCL and U.S.A. and Hawaii. The Jones Act has always demanded that a ship not registered with America has to stop at a foreign port. This is why all ships not registered in America end up having to make stops in Canada, Mexico and other ports besides American ports.
NCL's deal was that they would fly the American fly and get registered in America. Since they wanted the Pride of Aloha to have their home port in Honolulu they made a deal that Americans especially Hawaiians would be the ones to get the jobs first. The mayor of Honolulu agreed with NCL.
So they hired mostly Americans from Hawaii. Their first 3 day trial run out to sea was a complete flop. The workers revolted and chose not to work for one whole week and NCL had to cancel the 7 day cruise they had planned.
Eventually they found workers who are willing to work on their ships but American workers do not kiss any passengers' hinney's because they know they can get a job someplace else in America and get a good paying job.
The Hawaiian workers on the NCL cruiseships are wonderful workers if you treat them with respect. I spent time talking with them and they were respectful to me. Don't expect them to be smiling at you and kissing your hinney as you pass down the hallways or when they are serving your food. They all act as American workers normally act.
Foreign born workers can lose their jobs and then they have to go back to their countries that lack jobs. This is why they kiss a lot of hinney.
We American cruisers are truly spoiled and are used to cruising on ships that are registered in foreign countries with foreign employees who are happy to have their jobs.
I noticed recently on the Costa Med Ship.... that the Italian workers just did their work and they never kissed anybody hinney's which is okay with me.. Some Americans who are used to having their hinney's kissed didn't like their attitude. I treat all ship workers with respect and if anybody is disrespectful to me I do report them to their immediate supervisor. I am in the habit of buying gifts for my food servers and cabin stewards. Plus, I always give them their tips personally. I am generous with them because I know they work hard many hours per day.... and they are poorly paid.
As an American citizen I don't go around kissing anybody's hinney unless it is the hinney of a delicious guy. Luci
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This is what I have heard on the deal made between NCL and U.S.A. and Hawaii. The Jones Act has always demanded that a ship not registered with America has to stop at a foreign port. This is why all ships not registered in America end up having to make stops in Canada, Mexico and other ports besides American ports.
NCL's deal was that they would fly the American fly and get registered in America. Since they wanted the Pride of Aloha to have their home port in Honolulu they made a deal that Americans especially Hawaiians would be the ones to get the jobs first. The mayor of Honolulu agreed with NCL.


Again, this is not part of any "deal." American maritime law requires vessels of American registry to have licensed American crews. There is nothing to negotiate, and the Mayor of Oahu (in Hawai'i, mayors are over counties rather than cities) did not have anything to say about the matter.

The mayor might have used the inaugural ceremonies as an opportunity for some grandstanding, though!

Eventually they found workers who are willing to work on their ships but American workers do not kiss any passengers' hinney's because they know they can get a job someplace else in America and get a good paying job.
The Hawaiian workers on the NCL cruiseships are wonderful workers if you treat them with respect. I spent time talking with them and they were respectful to me. Don't expect them to be smiling at you and kissing your hinney as you pass down the hallways or when they are serving your food. They all act as American workers normally act.
Foreign born workers can lose their jobs and then they have to go back to their countries that lack jobs. This is why they kiss a lot of hinney.
We American cruisers are truly spoiled and are used to cruising on ships that are registered in foreign countries with foreign employees who are happy to have their jobs.
I noticed recently on the Costa Med Ship.... that the Italian workers just did their work and they never kissed anybody hinney's which is okay with me.. Some Americans who are used to having their hinney's kissed didn't like their attitude. I treat all ship workers with respect and if anybody is disrespectful to me I do report them to their immediate supervisor. I am in the habit of buying gifts for my food servers and cabin stewards. Plus, I always give them their tips personally. I am generous with them because I know they work hard many hours per day.... and they are poorly paid.


I'm not convinced that one can equate kissing passengers' "hineys" with being personable, though. I see a lot of very personable Americans working as waitstaff at chain restaurants, and they do a terrific job. The five minutes that a member of the crew spends in a casual chat about activities that he or she enjoyed in a particular port of call just may make the difference between an "okay" experience and a great experience for the passenger, and thus the difference between repeat business and loss of a customer to a competitor for the company.

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Norm, I use the term deal because NCL and U.S.A. & Hawaii did have to discuss how it was all going to work out for American workers before they made the agreement. Hawaii leaders did have a say so in making this deal.
American workers on NCL have American work laws to protect them. But the work is harder working on a cruiseship than working in a chain restaurant. They have to get up at 4a.m. to start working. They don't get to go home and be with their families. Sometimes they get cranky having to serve fuzzy cruisers who are very demanding and are used to getting top service. I have seen the demanding clients on cruiseships. The workers and waiters are stuck with them day and night.
Room food service is 24hours and I have seen people order food after 12mid-night. A worker has to get up from his bed, get dressed just to take the food to the person who requested it at their cabin. Workers have given me that information.
My roomie from hell told me that her bedspread was not put on perfectly and wanted the cabin steward to fix it right. She also said the bathroom was dirty. It was clean and only had a towel thrown on the floor that she had done herself. It is people like her that make the work extra hard for the cabin steward.
When another roomie that I cruised with asked our foreign-born cabin steward for a fresh bucket of ice during the day.....the steward said,"Is it okay if I go eat lunch and then bring you the ice? My roomie said, "Okay". I wonder how an American employee would respond to that question. I would have answered, "As soon as I eat my lunch I will bring you the ice." If I got reported to my supervisor I would remind the sup. of my work legal rights as an American.
I have known from the first cruise I took that the ship workers are overworked and underpaid. They usually work 12-14 hours and I see them doing different jobs. Their worse job is having to pick up the luggage on the last day from the hallways. I mostly see the cabin stewards doing that work on the ship. Once the luggage is off the ship then Porters luggage workers take over that job.

I wish there was a way to highlight what I have said and what other people have to say in a post. For example; maybe a light blue color. I am not computer savey to know how to do that. Luci
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Luci,

I use the term deal because NCL and U.S.A. & Hawaii did have to discuss how it was all going to work out for American workers before they made the agreement. Hawaii leaders did have a say so in making this deal.

You are missing the point. U. S. law requires that a vessel have an American crew, licensed in the United States, in order to register it in the United States. The state of Hawai'i had nothing whatsoever to say about this. U. S. federal law also governs the employment of crew on a vessel of American flag automatically, so there was nothing for Hawai'ian officials to negotiate there, either.

There probably was some kind of deal between NCL America and Hawai'ian authorities surrounding the availability of pier facilities and the ships' schedules, but it is exceedingly unlikely that such an agreement would have imposed further restrictions on the crew of the vessel.

But the work is harder working on a cruiseship than working in a chain restaurant. They have to get up at 4a.m. to start working. They don't get to go home and be with their families.

Yes, but they also have much higher pay. The U. S. maritime unions are among the strongest in the world, which is why Congress passed the Jones Act in the first place.

Room food service is 24hours and I have seen people order food after 12mid-night. A worker has to get up from his bed, get dressed just to take the food to the person who requested it at their cabin. Workers have given me that information.

My understanding is that most ships have a night detail that handles room service orders. Most ships now are large enough so they probably get a pretty steady stream.

My roomie from hell told me that her bedspread was not put on perfectly and wanted the cabin steward to fix it right. She also said the bathroom was dirty. It was clean and only had a towel thrown on the floor that she had done herself. It is people like her that make the work extra hard for the cabin steward.
When another roomie that I cruised with asked our foreign-born cabin steward for a fresh bucket of ice during the day.....the steward said,"Is it okay if I go eat lunch and then bring you the ice? My roomie said, "Okay". I wonder how an American employee would respond to that question. I would have answered, "As soon as I eat my lunch I will bring you the ice." If I got reported to my supervisor I would remind the sup. of my work legal rights as an American.


There is no excuse for such rudeness on the part of the passengers. OTOH, a member of the crew who "mouths off" to a passenger also is out of line. You have to remember that a passenger's request for ice could be an emergency of which the member of the crew is not aware, and it should not take that long to get a bucket of ice.

[/i]I have known from the first cruise I took that the ship workers are overworked and underpaid. They usually work 12-14 hours and I see them doing different jobs. Their worse job is having to pick up the luggage on the last day from the hallways. I mostly see the cabin stewards doing that work on the ship. Once the luggage is off the ship then Porters luggage workers take over that job.[/i]

Members of ship's crews actually are paid VERY well, at least by the standards of their home countries. Life at sea is arduous and long periods of separation from one's family are also difficult, yet the members of the crews of cruise ships sign up voluntarily to do this. They are free to leave upon completion of any contract, yet they choose to return. The motivations? Good pay and good working conditions.

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Norwegian Cruise Line is a mainstream line and it delivers all the essentials, but apparently not without some rough edges. As a result, I have heard very mixed reactions from people who have taken cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line -- some folks loved it and some folks felt that it fell short of their expectations. You probably will have a great vacation if you keep your expectations in check so that you don't set yourself up for disappointment.

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I picked up a Berlitz book on cruising and cruise lines, and the ratings for PoA were mediocre. My biggest concern? A below average rating for the ship's coffee.

The book did say that NCL was a good option for first-timers, so that's a positive sign. And even if the cruise turns out to be a complete disappointment, I'll still have a few extra days on Oahu at the end of the cruise to look forward to!
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Hi Kim, On NCL, I have noticed that all of their ships have a coffee maker/tea maker in each cabin. So if the taste of coffee is important to you then you should take a small bag of your favorite coffee. Your cabin steward can bring you the cream and sugar for your coffee.
Most coffees in some ships taste too strong for me. It is like drinking an esspreso. The worst coffee served was on the Costa Cruiseline. Their coffee is bought "frozen" surup like substance and then defrosted." But their cappuchinos are great in the mornings and are only free in the mornings.
Most ships charge a small fee for a cappuchino.

RCL has the best coffee because it is Seattle Coffee. I would order coffee each time I would sit down to eat. It was super tasty and smooth.
They even have a Seattle Coffee Stand where you can order specialty drinks. They charge a fee at that place. But coffee is free on the ship.

I do like cruising on Norwegian cruiselines. My favorite ship is the Norwegian Star. All NCL ships have plenty of places to eat whatever you like. They have a late night pizza and sandwich place. They also have a small coffee shop where you can order great food of burgers, fries, macoroni and cheese, chili fries, buffalo wings, fried fish andd chips, won-ton soup, an Asian dish, pastries and cookies. They also have a frigerator where you can open up yourself and choose salads, milk, and other carton drinks.
The Daily Buffet area has a desert station, a fantastic fresh fruit station especially on the Pride of Aloha, a specialty food station and the normal buffet. You will not go hungry on any ship.
You will find several places to dance at, lectures, workshops, computer lectures, food lectures-you get a sample, health lectures at the Spa.
The Spa is a great place to go swimming in an indoor pool and a great jacuzzi.
Kim, you will have fun, fun, fun on the Pride of Aloha. If anybody is rude to you and it upsets you..... go to the front desk and tell them to give a message to the HOTEL MANAGER. THAT IS is name of the top officer in charge of all the ship's service areas and cabins. They consider all ships as hotels.
Hey Kim, my favorite buffet is the Afternoon Chocolate Buffet. They have the best chocolate to die for. All NCL ships have that wonderful buffet.
You are going to have a blast!!! Cheers, Luci
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On NCL, I have noticed that all of their ships have a coffee maker/tea maker in each cabin. So if the taste of coffee is important to you then you should take a small bag of your favorite coffee.
Hmmm...perhaps I'll have to go in search of some great Kona coffee during one of my shore excursions.

Thanks for the tip!
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my wishful thinking is that maybe there would have been a place on the web where people with generally the same interest could meet BEFORE purchasing a cruise ticket because as it stands it seems like buying a singles cruise ticket is like playing the lottery, you never really know what you're going to get.
If your goal is meeting that "special someone" you could also say that a regular (non-singles) cruise is also like playing the lottery, except with worse odds due to the fact that there won't be nearly as many single people on board. Heck, going anywhere is a lottery as far as meeting meeting that "special someone" is concerned.

If you're spending such a large amount of money on any cruise (Single or non) with any type of goal involving meeting someone that you're planning on having any type of relationship with, you're probably setting yourself up for disappointment. That's why the realistic thing to do is to make your goals more along the lines of: Spending a week relaxing and catching sun and celebrating the fact that you're not stuck in an office behind a stack of papers. If you happen to be fortunate enough to meet someone there, it's just an added bonus. The fact that it's a singles cruise merely increases the odds of that happening.

I am about to go on my first cruise and I agree with you totally. I intend to go with nothing more in mind but having a great time. If I were to meet someone, that would be icing on the cake. I live in Louisiana and am traveling to Galveston to sail so I would think anyone I met would be a long distance anyway and those do not work.

By the way, is anyone cruising out of Galveston on June 22nd?
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Hey Folks:
I am recently divorced and thought a singles cruise would be a great way to meet new people. My first thought was how cool and romantic it would be to meet a new guy..face to face, and unlike the bar scene, see him for several days. (And during that time hopefully get the conversation going) You have all made me rethink that thought...and now I can see how tough it would be to in the right place at the right time and meet Mr. Wonderful. HOWEVER, I still really like the thought of meeting new friends and will undoubtedly book a cruise at some point soon.
Thanks for the insight!
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I view the term "singles cruise" as simply an opportunity to meet like-minded people with much in common with me -- both men and women.

I'm not going with the goal of meeting Mr. Right ...... or even Mr. Right Now

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The best part by far of cruising is meeting new people and making new friends and future travel partners. Relationships come and go, but true friendships can with stand the test of time.

I was scarred the first time I traveled solo, but I took the chance, and now I get phone calls and emails from my cruise friends from different states and countries. Every time I cruise my circle of friends expands. I no longer sit home because a lot of my friends are married or can't afford to travel. I get the urge and I go!

Sometimes someone can be married and have different travel preferences then their spouse, who might prefer to go camping say then take a cruise.
If this were my case I would just go solo, while the spouse can fight off the bugs in the tent with his buddys, I would be sipping a foo foo drink by the pool on deck with my gal pals! 8)

There are also so many activities to choose from it's never boring, and the prices can't be beat on land! Cruising is so social as everyone is on the same boat so to speak!
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I agree with you completely, You havea great insight on cruising. Same as mine. Later yall.
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