Hi Karon, I like to cruise out of Los Angeles Ports or west coast ports because it is so easy just to be dropped off at the port and not have to book a pre-cruise hotel or have to pay for a flight.
I totally just enjoy being on a ship and the experience of being with a Singles group. I don't care if I cruise 100 times to the same ports either... since I have been to all the ports in the Carribean, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada and Alaska.
I am not in the mood for traveling/cruising to Europe or other countries.
I would like to go back to the east coast and cruise again to the Canada/New England cruise soon this year. I might have to cruise solo to do that.
I love Canada and plan to visit Canada as much as possible until I get bored.
Since I have cruised 20+ times...... I see myself as an advisor for the new cruisers who know nothing about cruising. I notice most travel agents don't tell you what to expect and I had to learn things on my own as I have cruised over and over. On each cruise I learn something new.
Or I learn that what used to be free is nolonger free like cappuchinos at dinner time in the dinning room. On some ships they are free and on others they are not.
Some new cruisers may say "What snacks should I bring on the ship"?
That tells me that new cruiser needs to know what to expect on a cruise ship and not to pack any snacks unless she can't go one week without her favorite snacks. I have seen cruisers pack their own snacks and joyfully eat them on the ship. I pack small bottled cokes. I also pack a small fan for my cabin to circulate the air in the cabin. I don't know of any other cruiser that does that. All ships have air-conditioning but I still like my small fan blowing air on my face as I put on my make-up.
I think since you are planning to cruise once per year then yes it is important to choose a group that is planning to go to a port you want to visit.
"Travelin Singles group" does book cruises to all over the world like China, Middle-east, Greek Islands, Australia, etc. These are the big time cruises that cost lots of money.
There are several Singles group agencies that plan exotic cruises.
There is one port I would like to visit someday and that is Tahiti island.
It is true that VTG Singles mostly plans cruises to the same ports over and over. They just barely got started a few years ago. I am sure they are looking ahead and planning new ports for 2008 which will also include land Resorts for Singles.
Presently, I totally enjoy cruising with VTG Singles and I don't care if they cruise to the same ports over and over. Besides the vendors/salespeople already are starting to know me in each port and I have fun talking with them and buying things from them. One time one of the sales guy went to town and bought me some special hair oil for my dad that my dad wanted from Mexico. It only cost me $4.00. I call that great service. The Mexican people give me great deals because they know me already. My dad has now requested a special blend of Mexican coffee that he wants me to buy when I go back to Mexico. It's funny because I told my dad I would buy it for him at Wal-Mart in Puerto Vallarta in October when I cruise there for Halloween.
Yes, I am pro VTG because that is the only recent singles cruise group I have been cruising with and I totally enjoy crusing with them.
I think in the future I will also be cruising with other singles groups too.
I don't plan to limit myself to just one singles group. Angelgal