Single Women Form Lasting Friendships at Sea

December 14, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Fort Lauderdale, FL (December 14, 2006) – Soul Sister. The words Cathie Mazzarella used to describe the new friend she met onboard a singles cruise this past September. “Our backgrounds couldn’t be more different but yet there was something that clicked,” said Mazzarella. “She is a southern belle and I am a hard, fast New Yorker, but when I heard her yell my name in that southern drawl on the ship that first day, I knew we’d be friends for life.”

According to, stories of budding female friendships like Mazzarella’s that occur onboard their speciadults an opportunity to meet new people, companies like offer women a safe way to travel single but never alone,” explained Hattem.

In Cathie Mazzarella’s case, she and her new friend Renee first met before the cruise set sail through’s hosted message forums where they discussed their excitement for the upcoming adventure. Since the Fall cruise, they have already met up two times, with more get-togethers planned for the future. Along with the pre-cruise message forums, the company also hosts a Bon Voyage dinner the night before the cruise departure to introduce the travelers in the group, and offers a complimentary roommate matching service for adults traveling on their own who want to take advantage of the more affordable shared cabin rate.

“While some romantic relationships do develop within the large onboard groups, all of our guests walk away from their trip with new friendships they made throughout the week,” adds Hattem. “Many of the alumni travelers also meet up around the country and end up planning other vacations together.” offers a variety of winter escapes to the Caribbean ranging from 3-nights to 11-nights. For more information about any of the upcoming sailings, visit or call 800-393-5000.


About is the largest singles cruise operator in the United States and has been booking singles cruises since 1991. Offering exclusive events hosted by professional cruise directors, provides a unique and memorable vacation experience for singles looking for fun and adventure with new travel companions.

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is part of Carlson Vacation & Business Travel (CVBT) a division of Carlson Leisure Group, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Carlson Travel Group, Inc. More information on Carlson is available at


Vickie Meeuwsen