Cruising for Love
When it comes to singles meeting singles, today’s perspective mates are dependent upon the vagaries of online dating web sites. But nothing beats making that perfect connection in person. And what better way to do that than on a cruise.
Cruising is a great way for singles to meet and is an ideal vacation option for those traveling alone. Where else but on a cruise ship would you feel more comfortable dining with new people or meeting Mr. or Ms. Right over drinks?
According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), most ships have parties tailored especially for singles, usually at the beginning of a sailing so people can get to know one another right away. Many ships even offer social hosts who can be dance partners, dinner companions or a card partner.
Once onboard, the focus is on activities geared to the single set. Many ships offer singles' cocktail parties at the beginning of each sailing. If you are traveling solo, you'll also want to choose a cruise line that is most likely to entice other singles with your same travel interests. For example, if you enjoy an active lifetyle, pick a cruise line that offers a lively atmosphere along with plenty of adventurous excursions, creating the right atmosphere for mixing it up with other singles. Or, look for a cruise that offers special interest seminars where you might meet others who share your same interests - whether it's antiques and popular culture to food, wine or music.
One of the easiest ways for today's singles to meet and socialize is on the dance floor, and today's ships offer ample opportunities. Some cruise lines provide gentlemen hosts - so the single gals can enjoy a dance partner. If you are a true jitterbug, look for a big band theme cruise, complete with dance lessons and big band parties. Dance classes aboard ships aren't limited to big band, either. Depending on the cruise line and voyage, you may be able to learn how to swing dance, do the salsa salsa, or even pick up a few hip-hop moves. Additional classes from ballroom to bellydancing are offered on select ships. And once the lessons are over, most ships offer adult nightclubs.
So, whether you are a swingin' single or prefer to look for love in the (cruise) library, don't worry: there is a cruise for you...and maybe even a love connection.