BLYTH - Answered a Question by Daniels (17 Nov 08 09:53)

Http://www.cruise-network.com/singles.html?gclid=CNjf1fin4JQCFQuJ1Qod43GKSQ The information on this website claims a number of cruise lines charge less than 50% surcharge for single room including Thomson; P & O and Princess. There was an arrangement with NCL to be put together with a like minded single this was done months before you joined the ship and you could telephone/email that person and if all seemed well go for a joint share to keep your costs down so that might be worthwhile asking about via a call to 0800 091 1629 and speak to a cruise specialist to see if it still exists and then see if it could be for you, but perhaps a bit risky. More and more lines get the singles together once they are onboard and arrange get togethers, tables for them to sit at together if that were there wish etc.

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Davies - replied to BLYTH (19 Nov 08 10:41)

Thanks for you information but I have just tried the web address and Google and Yahoo could not find it. If single cruises at a reasonable cost are of interest to you try www.singlescruiseclubuk.co.uk they are not a dating agency, but are the first members only cruise club in the UK for people who travel on their own. Hope this is helpful.

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a - Answered a Question by Daniels (17 Nov 08 10:33)

..you may not be eating twice as much, but you definitely not spending as much as 2 people would - so they are missing out on drinks revenue, shore excursion money, casino donations, spa treatments - so the rate is 150% + to compensate for this.

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Stone - replied to a (17 Nov 08 11:32)

Hi A of N, I realise you're a mine of information and I greatly enjoy reading your excellent answers to questions on this site. However, I strongly refute your comments about single passengers not spending as much as two people would. I have been lucky enough to cruise on 25+ cruises, 90% as a single traveller. My on board spend is normally approx £500, split between, spa treatments, drinks, occasional shop purchases and the occasional shore excursion. One of the couples I dined with on the last cruise were shocked to receive an on board spend bill of £28, for a two week cruise! I realise this is probably an exception rather than the rule. I have booked Celebrity Constellation for May 2009 at a cost of £2,650 for sole occupancy of a standard outside cabin. I shall be monitoring the cost, as you have suggested in the past and if the prices go down I shall contact Celebrity and hopefully get a reduction. I realise I am fortunate to be able to afford to cruise, but I am past retirement age and still work to enable me to afford these luxuries. Incidently, I'm also vegetarian, so my meal cost to most cruise companies is considerably less than meat eaters choosing steak several times during a cruise. Happy cruising, Regards Jan .

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Aldrich - replied to Stone (17 Nov 08 19:16)

Dear Jan - I think perhaps you are the exception to the rule, and are having fun living life to the full, but that is my understanding of why they charge the supplements. I have seen them as low as 120% recently (wish I could remember what cruise it was on!). What level of memebership are you on with Captains Club because I know after a certain number of cruises the single person supplement is capped. What was your reaction to Mr and Mrs £28....?! What cheap skates! Keep an eye on the prices and fingers crossed for a reduction - I am guessing you are on the St P run so will have read the replies I have posted for each port but if you need any more just shout!

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Stone - replied to Aldrich (17 Nov 08 23:43)

Hi A, thanks for your reply. Yes, I do have fun living life to the full and I avoid the perpetual complainers like the plague when on board. The joke with Mr & Mrs £28 was the fact that the wife after opening the bill, turned to her husband and said 'I don't believe it Keith, there must be a mistake, as there's no way we could have spent that much!' The rest of us at the dinner table were flabbergasted. Suffice to say, the couple were tee-total and as far as I know only bought bottles of water and one photograph. You are correct in guessing that I'm on the St P run on Constellation, but as yet, not a member of the Captain's Club as this will be my first cruise with Celebrity. Interesting to hear that they 'cap' the single person supplement. Something to bear in mind for the future. I've cruised to the Baltic twice before including St P, but I wanted to try Celebrity and the dates fitted in with work commitments. I'll certainly shout if I need any more information, thanks for the offer. Regards Jan .

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Kennedy - Answered a Question by Daniels (17 Nov 08 21:27)

I too am a single cruiser - female, late 40s and in full time employment. I have no problem with the high single supplements because I can cruise when I want to, on which ever ship I want to and do the trips (or not) that I want to. OK so I don't eat or drink as much as two people but I use the same amount of electricity in the cabin, the cabin requires the same amount of cleaning as if there were 2 people occupying it, I usually get exceptional service and attention because I am on my own and if I had not booked the cruise line may well have had a couple that wanted my cabin. Single supplements are a fact of life - a fact that I have gotten used to and have no problem with. It annoys me sometimes when I would love to book a cruise last minute and I see the price for a couple as less than it would have cost me a few months before to book sole occupancy. But that is life. These are my holidays and I look forward to them a lot so I will not complain as long as I can afford them - which I hope will be for a long time.

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Davies - replied to Kennedy (19 Nov 08 10:28)

As I mentioned to the Daniels question, I would suggest you try the website which is set up for single cruisers at www.singlescruiseclubuk.co.uk. They can save you hundreds of pounds or in your case Euros for exactly the same cruise that many people are paying more for.

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Arguelles - Answered a Question by Daniels (19 Nov 08 09:14)

Yes you are quite right Mr. Daniels. I know that one has to pay for the singla occupancy of the accommodation BUT as what you said after all they are not eating twice, using facilities less and being accommodated less on all their holidays/cruises requirements. this single supplements inhuman when booking holidays all the time. If companies are offering holidays for singles, I find that these holidays are very exhorbitant and the holilay programmes are inferior in comparison to two or more people going on these holidays. It is time for cruise operators to find or create holiday programmes that are charging less if not no single supplements at all. I disagree in saying that single supplement is a fact of life. I can afford to go with single supplements but I find this inappropriate for people who work very hard in going on holiday without anyone to come along with them. God Bless. E. Arguelles, Hove, Sussex.

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Davies - replied to Arguelles (19 Nov 08 10:32)

Hello and I am in agreement with what you have said about the singles supplement that people have to pay on cruises or for that matter any type of holiday. But if you go to www.singlescruiseclubuk.co.uk you will find a solution for the high costs for cruising as a single. They are not a dating club but for people who for what ever reason travel on their own. They may be the solution for you on single supplements.

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