I can find great last minute deals on vacationstogo but they're not hosted singles cruises. Any ideas? I also need a cabinmate (I'm straight, female, non-smoker). I'm ready to go on my first cruise--soon & cheap!
Well your options are book a normal cruise and try a guarentee share program, Princess and Holland america have this. I belive you must book directly with the cruise line though, so the prices might be high. You get the price you agree on and they find you a same sex cabin mate if not you get the cabin to yourself with no singles supplement. But you won't find many singles on a normal cruise. There is usually a singles party on every cruise but the number may be slim to none. So be prepared just to enjoy a nice vacation, and try to mingle and talk to people to make friends.
You can post a message on this site under "seeking cruise companion" forum and try to meet another single travel partner. Or book with friends. Last minute travel is cheaper if you can do it. So is traveling with a group such as a cruisemates group cruise. There is also a travel chum web site to meet potential travel partners.
Or save your money longer and book the escorted singles cruise. Check all the agencys look for the (Singles cruise calender) on this site, and search all the companies, the 3 and 5 day singles cruises are cheaper. So is an inside cabin.
Over all they are more expensive then a normal cruise but they are more fun since you have a group to hang out with.
No guarentees on finding anyone your attracted to, though so go with the intent to make friends and for the travel experiance first, not to meet a guy or you could be disapointed. Romance is a possibility, so is a meaningless fling just keep your eyes and ears open, some guys are looking for just one thing. It's up to you. I think the experiance of hanging out with a group of singles makes paying a bit more worth it at least your not stuck with all couples and familys.
To get last-minute deals on organized singles cruises, you can contact the various agencies (listed on Cruisemates' singles calendar in the singles section) and ask to be put on their e-mail list. I often receive e-mails offering great last minute discounts. But remember you have to be flexible and able to get your act together and travel without a whole lot of notice.
I truly don't believe there is such a thing as a last minute Cheapy Singles cruise. The main reason I say that is because I notice that Traveling Singles groups always end up with a long list of Singles wanting to cruise at the last minute and they get left behind. They put themselves on the waiting list.
My advise is to book early on a Singles cruise. I personally prefer to book a single supplement cabin if I don't have a friend to travel with. I don't want to meet up with a roomie from hell. I have had one really bad experience. Most of the time I had many very nice room-mates. I am able to afford my own cabin so that is my preference.
I think the vacationstogo.com Hosted Singles presently has great rates for their Halloween cruise on Oct.29th, on the Carnival Pride. It is very affordable and it will attract around 200 singles or more. There is going to be a waiting list too.
I have cruised and traveled many times with Singles and I know what I am talking about.
Note to Pat Hagan - I truly loved your article on "Ten Questions Singles Ask." The info is really accurate on single cruises. I have always cruised for just the joy of cruising with a group of singles to keep me company. It is always so much fun for me. Thank you, Luci