What are the potential savings by registering with us?
There are so many wonderful cruises to choose from these days that it’s impossible to estimate how much you would be savings by registering with us. Just to give you an idea of the wonderful savings you could make, we have put together a few examples below.
Example 1. Peter became a widower a couple of years ago. It, understandably, took a while but he realised he needed to move forward with his life. Peter used to enjoy cruising with his wife, so he finally decided to go on another cruise by himself - a European River cruise sounded just fine. A visit to his travel agent was a learning experience for him. Only ever booking for two before, he was unaware of the 'single supplement', which doubled his cruise cost. Peter was feeling quite down, until a friend mentioned Mature Cruising. He registered, and entered his details. It wasn't long before he was messaging with Juan, whose circumstances were remarkably similar to Peter's. They both wanted to keep the costs down, so agreed to book an inside stateroom.
If they thought they had a lot in common before booking, that was nothing compared to when they actually got together onboard. They had such fun, and both of them felt 20 years younger! By meeting on Mature Cruising, they had both avoided the single supplement, reducing their fare by half, and had a wonderful cruise.
Example 2. Mary decides she needs a holiday, and picks a cruise as the most relaxing option. A wise choice. She mentions it to friends and family but they are all too busy to go with her. Mary still wants to go. Now with the help of Mature Cruising, she has options.
We will use a 7 night cruise of the Bahamas onboard Grandeur of the Seas in May 2015 as an example. http://www.royalcaribbean.com/findacruise/cruiseDetails/itineraryAndPricing.do?packageCode=GR07Y023&selectedCurrencyCode=USD
If Mary decides to book and travel alone, she is subject to the 'single supplement', which is an additional charge by the cruise lines levied on a person occupying a Stateroom alone. It is often an additional 100% of the advertised rate. You will see 'per person, based on two people per Stateroom' on the cruise lines pricing lists.
Mary, in this 'real world' example, therefore has a choice of;
- An inside stateroom at $1498
- An outside stateroom at $1898
- A balcony stateroom at $2998
- A suite at $3398
Mary expands her options.
Mary puts her details into Mature Cruising to find someone to share the costs of the stateroom with. Our site finds a match for her desired dates, destination and other criteria. Mary, and her new companion, Jane, now have these options.
- An inside stateroom at $749 each
- An outside stateroom at $949 each
- A Balcony stateroom at $1499 each
- A suite at $1699 each
With the money they have saved, Mary and Jane now have further options.
Mary and Jane live quite a long way from each other. During their messaging and live chatting on our site they decide, as they have saved so much money, they can now afford to book a Suite.
Let's have a quick look at the numbers. If both Mary and Jane had just booked their Suites without meeting on this site, they would have paid $3,398 each. Now that they are only paying $1699 each. Happy days!
Of course they could have also chosen another accommodation category, Inside Stateroom for example, and still be only paying half of the price - $749 instead of the $1498 they would have paid if they had not made contact by coming to Mature Cruising.
Our next example has a couple of middle aged guys, living in Melbourne, Australia, who have been holidaying together for years. They are looking forward to their yearly break and choose to go on a cruise. However, they are on a tight budget and find the cost of $1800 each to share a stateroom is a bit more than they can manage.
They join Mature Cruising to find two more people to share a Stateroom with, which will reduce their costs considerably. They pick the cruise that fits their needs, and put those details on their profiles. In this example we will have the P & O Australian Southern Adventure. http://www.pocruises.com.au/FindACruise/pages/CruiseProfile.aspx?CruiseCode=J510A
Joe and Dimitri are matched up with three people by the Mature Cruising software, also wanting to cruise out of Melbourne on the same date. They have a couple of lengthy chats with John, who is in Malaysia, and after some live chatting with Dianne and Tony, who both live within driving distance, they organize to meet Dianne and Tony.
They found the three people quite compatible, and invite John and Dianne to share the Stateroom with them.
Everybody is happy. Joe and Dimitri have saved $600 each, and Dianne, who would have had to pay $2842.40 to travel by herself, now enjoys a huge saving of $1642.40, by registering with Mature Cruising.
Beyond wanting to see some of Australia, John didn't really have any set plans and had put 'any Australian cruise' and 'any time' in his profile. He was pleased to meet new people AND save a lot of money.
Tony was happy to make a couple of new friends in John and Dianne and, with extra funds available from sharing, was very happy to go on the same cruise in a twin share situation, with another person that matched his needs on Mature Cruising.