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Festive Winter Southern Caribbean Recap – March 16, 2014

This cruise we sailed from the amazing port of San Juan, Puerto Rico! Many of us were able to enjoy this port and then embark on our beautiful cruise ship, the Carnival Valor.

Plane roaring over the heads of beach-goers on St. Maarten

Having a blast on the beach in St. Maarten!

Our first port was on the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. We enjoyed the singles catamaran tour and enjoyed time to shop the port for souvenirs.  After a great day in port we had a blast at our Neon Glow Karaoke Party – the ship was all lit up, and it was our guests that made it happen!

A day at sea started off with meeting for breakfast and getting to know each other. We had a full schedule of private daily activities for the singles to participate in; there were fun games and a lot of laughter.

A beach day was planned for us at the magnificent port of Barbados. We experienced the white sand and clear blue waters.  The beach was full of singles relaxing, swimming and soaking up the sun.

Our private dance party that evening provided time to share all the fun stories about the beach day.

Approaching the slight rain and the greenery of the Piton Mountains in St. Lucia was breathtaking. The catamaran cruise to the Pitons took singles out for a day of enjoying the Piton Mountains, the history of St. Lucia and stories of the island. We had time to snorkel and see the natural beauty of the ocean and it was wonderful.

That evening we had our private “Name That Tune” party in the piano bar, which allowed us to enjoy the talents of the piano player and sharpened our knowledge of songs we have all heard many times before. Oh, and yes, we sang our hearts out!

On St. Kitts we were thrilled by the “Sky Safari Zip Lining Experience,” which everyone needs to do at least once! Zipping through the rainforest, seeing such beautiful scenery and smiling at the wild little island monkeys was breathtaking and memorable.

Our amazing cruise was sadly coming to an end, but not without a beach day at the French Beach Break, on the French side of St. Martin/St. Maarten.

The farewell party that night gave everyone a chance to say goodbye to their new friends, exchange emails and business cards to keep in contact and share the memories of the 7-night Festive Winter Southern Caribbean cruise alive forever.

I can’t wait to see you again – I’ll be hosting our Halloween cruise on Royal Caribbean International’s fantastic Allure of the Seas! I hope you can join the fun!

Your SinglesCruise Voyage Host,


Eastern Caribbean Singles Cruise Recap – January 18, 2014

At sea on Independence of the Seas guests during a day at sea

It was another wonderful sailing, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on the beautiful Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas. This ship is something special – truly extraordinary. The shows were exceptional and the ship includes distinctive venues such as a rock climbing wall, FlowRider® surf simulator and ice skating shows – all signature features on many Royal Caribbean ships!

On this trip, we traveled to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Royal Caribbean’s private island in Labadee, Haiti. With two days at sea, our 120 singles took advantage of  plenty of ship activities, sunbathing on the deck and getting to know each before we docked in St. Maarten.

We enjoyed the beach tour to Orient Bay in St. Maarten with crystal clear blue water, and many loved Maho Beach, otherwise known as the “Airport Beach.” If you are not familiar with the Airport Beach on the Dutch side of the island, it is famous for its close proximity to the Princess Juliana International Airport. Airplanes fly in extremely low over the beach, making a thunderous noise and kicking up extremely high winds. Not exactly made looking for a serene getaway, but it is a fun, unique hangout!

There were a lot of other fun things to see and do in St. Maarten, including getting great deals on jewelry from all the shops at the port.

Monkey on woman's shoulder

Playful monkeys abound on St. Kitt’s

Reaching St. Kitts was spectacular. Its green, grassy mountains bring the city alive. There were many souvenir shops available at the port, and great restaurants available to sit outside and watch the monkeys scattering throughout the crowds. Yes, we said monkeys!

San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a bustling city where old and new come together. Our visit provided our singles the chance to tour Old San Juan with cobblestone streets, wrought iron balconies and interesting architecture. San Juan is a working city and all the residents are actually spending their lunch hours at the sidewalk cafes – it’s truly authentic. They are very proud of their city and that gives San Juan character and charm. Shopping is enhanced with local artists’ work at the outdoor market – this port of call is a true gem.

Ah, more time to relax: We docked in  Labadee, Haiti, to chill out on a sandy beach with the ocean breeze and palm trees shading those who chose to stay out of the sun. Lunch was provided by Royal Caribbean and the drinks were flowing.

Our last day at sea was filled with activities, packing and saying goodbye to all the wonderful friends we met on the cruise.

Don’t forget we are going on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of Seas this Halloween – she’s like the mother of the Independence of the Seas! Hope to see you there.

Until next time!

Your SinglesCruise Voyage Hosts,
Doni and Kevin

Quiet street in Labadee, Haiti

Blue skies and palm trees in Labadee, Haiti