Do I have to be single, or a solo traveller, to benefit?
Absolutely not. You could be a couple, or a couple of friends, that would like to meet others to cruise with. You do not have to share a stateroom either. All the choices are up to you.
Do I have to share a stateroom?
It is your decision. If saving money is not a high priority for you, but building a friendship prior to sailing, and having someone onboard to perhaps dine or participate in activities with is, then you simply make that clear in your profile. The option of meeting but not sharing a stateroom may also be suitable for those with romance in mind.
What is the 'Single Supplement'?
Most cruise lines quote their prices on a 'twin share', or sometimes 'quad share' basis. That means the quoted price is per person, based on the number of beds in the stateroom. People choosing to occupy a stateroom on their own are required by the cruise line to pay a 'Single Supplement' for that privilege. It is often 100% of the quoted price, depending on the cruise line. That effectively doubles the price for a solo traveller. One of the reasons for joining Cruise Introductions is to avoid that single supplement. Click on 'Is it right for me?' for further explanation.
Is the information that I put into the software secure?
Yes. We have installed Secure Socket Layer (SSL) which you may have seen elsewhere, to keep your information safe.
We DO NOT ask for, or need, any of your financial details. Membership payments are through normal third party trusted online systems, such as Paypal.
We also DO NOT ask for, or need, your address, phone number or similar. Your email address is in our records but will not be shared, sold or made accessible to anyone, including other members. Your contact with other members is made through your profile.
How much will it cost me to join, find a compatible person and save a lot of money?
We are offering a free 'Introductory Special" for a limited time. In the near future there will be, very reasonable, membership fees.
Can I find romance on here?
Of course! It is up to the individual what type of relationship they are looking for. Some might be only looking to save money and not really spend much time with the person they share with. Others might be looking for company for the whole trip, someone to dine with, or just join in an occasional activity with. These criteria are selectable in both your profile and searches. Members can elaborate on their expectations in their profile.
I have done a search, using my desired dates, location, age group, etc but I only get 'No results found'. What do I do?
With nearly 300 cruise ships, heading off on 10,000 cruises each year, there is a lot to pick from. If you search with less specific criteria you will have a better chance of finding someone with similar requirements. For example, you might prefer to cruise in March but February or April would be fine for you too. If you only put March in your profile and search, you could miss out on somebody that has put April, and vice versa. The same theory applies to most criteria. You might select 'inside twin share' but a person with everything else the same as you may have selected 'outside twin share'.
Use as wide a search as possible, and then narrow it down from there.
If I am just looking for someone to be friends with, or share costs with, why are there questions about my height, weight, eye colour, employment etc?
Answering the questions under 'Optional Information' is your choice. The questions are there to provide some extra details for members that are;
a) would like to cruise with a person from a specific employment group, cultural group, religious group, language group, sexual orientation group, etc.
b) seeking, or open to, romance.
Are the people on here real? I have heard of sites that have lots of fake profiles.
We will not create fake profiles. We see that as a waste of your time, and ours. When you make contact, you want to be interacting with a real person, not a profile made up to boost the numbers.
Is meeting somebody on here safe?
Like all things in life, it is up to you to make the final decision about the person or people you share with. With our messaging and live chat options you should be able to get to know each other at least reasonably well before either booking or sailing. Where possible, meeting in person would be a good idea.
I found someone that wants to go on the same cruise as me, but they want me to send them my money so they can book the stateroom. Should I do that?
There is no reason to do that. You organize with your selected cruise line or travel agent to pay independently for your portion of the stateroom booking.
I met a compatible friend on here and we started to make plans but my circumstances have changed. What do I do?
When using our messaging or chat facilities, we encourage direct and truthful communications at all times. Be nice, and tell them your situation.
I have found someone that I am looking forward to cruising with. How do we book?
If you have a travel agent or similar that you are comfortable with then booking with them is fine. Otherwise, book direct with the cruise line.
When booking, if sharing, you will need the details of he person you are sharing with, to ensure the bookings are made as one, even if payment is coming from different places.
Is Mature Cruising a 'stand alone' site?
Mature Cruising is a sister site to our main site, called Cruise Introductions. The software at Cruise Introductions is for all age groups and you can select the age groups of the people you are willing to share with. A Mature Cruiser might be willing to share with, or meet, somebody of their own age group, a different age group, or maybe age just doesn't matter to you. It is all your choice. You simply decide what your preferences are, and enter them into your profile.