Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Some Cruise Lines Have Singles Match Programs

So, you want to go on a cruise, but you're single (or have a partner/spouse who doesn't like cruising). Whatcha going to do? Cruise lines base their prices on two people in a cabin, and if you get the whole cabin to your self, then you can expect to pay double. Eep.

Fortunately, there are ways to get around this.

The most obvious is to find someone to room with. Or better yet, let the cruise line find someone (same sex) for you to room with.

Some lines have singles partner programs, so you can cruise without paying twice as much for a cabin. Basically, they agree to find you a roommate to share the trip with, and you each pay the normal rate. If they can't find you a same-sex roomie, then you get the cabin to yourself, and you don't have to pay any more.

An example of one of the big lines with a singles partner-match program is Holland America:

"Single guests who agree to share a stateroom with another nonsmoking guest of the same sex pay only the per-person, doubleoccupancy rate. (If we can't find a partner for you, you cruise solo at the agreed-upon double-occupancy fare.)"

If you're looking to cruise solo, but don't want to pay the hefty charge of having a room to yourself, then see if the line you're interested in has a program like this or talk to a travel agent for suggestions.

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