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Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway from historic Charleston, SC, to Amelia Island, FL, with Singles Travel International! This post-Thanksgiving cruise is sure to be a hit with  American history lovers, nature […]

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Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway from historic Charleston, SC, to Amelia Island, FL, with Singles Travel International! This post-Thanksgiving cruise is sure to be a hit with  American history lovers, nature lovers and Foodies!

INCLUSIVE FEATURES OF OUR CRUISE:

  • 7 Nights Aboard American Cruise Line’s American Independence 
  • Visit these exciting ports: Charleston, Beaufort & Hilton Head, SC; Savannah, Jekyll & St. Simon’s islands, GA; and Amelia Island, FL
  • 3 Sumptuous Meals Daily in the Main Dining Room daily  – 7 Breakfasts; 7 Lunches; and 7 Dinners 
  • Complimentary cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres each day! 
  • Complimentary wine and beer at lunch and dinner each day!
  • Prepaid Gratuities to American Cruise Line’s crew INCLUDED in your fare!
  • Complimentary excursion to Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation in St. Simons Island, GA
  • Guided Shore Excursions in Every Port that bring out the distinct flavor and unique culture of the destinations we visit
  • Onboard historians and naturalists join every cruise, creating an entertaining onboard experience
  • Locally sourced and regionally inspired cuisine, prepared to order by American Cruise Line’s master chefs
  • Onboard musicians play music unique to the region of the U.S.
  • Port Charges, Government Fees and Fuel Charges of up to $250 are INCLUDED in our fare

UNIQUE SINGLES TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL BENEFITS:

  • Premium Members Save Up to $3270 on Your Own Space™!! Click here to start saving or purchase at check-out.
  • Optional 1 Night Pre Cruise Package in Charleston at the Hyatt House Charleston Historic District* (Nov. 24-25, 2023)
  • Group Dinner Together Each Night – so that you dine with other singles!
  • Breakfast Club Together Each Morning
  • CLUB STI: Our Version of the Hospitality Desk with a Fun and Casual Atmosphere
  • Singles Travel International Professional Concierge commitment to an exceptional member experience assures that you get the most from your vacation
  • Customized, Day-to-Day, Activities Calendar exclusive to our singles group!
  • Camaraderie of Adventurous Singles who Enjoy Life!
  • Virtual Pre-Trip Get-Together to plan excursions and more!
  • Free Membership to SingleLife.Today, our 365 online community for singles ages 50+
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation
  • Safe travel protocols – Reference our Travel with Confidence Promise
  • Fit & Willing to Travel Commitment signed by all members assures a mutually respectful environment

*Hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Singles Travel International and we reserve the option to swap for a similar property for any reason, at any time.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of Singles Travel International. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

 

Itinerary

Friday, Nov 24 :  Charleston, SC : Optional 1 Day Pre Package Arrivals
Sat, Nov 25:  Charleston, SC – Embarkation / Board the American Independence (L,D)  – (1:30 pm departure)
Sun, Nov 26 :  Beaufort, SC (B,L,D)
Mon, Nov 27 :  Hilton Head, SC (B,L,D)
Tue, Nov 28 :  Savannah, GA (B,L,D)  
Wed, Nov 29 :  Cruising Intracoastal Waterway (B,L,D)  
Thu, Nov 30 :  Jekyll Island & St. Simon’s Island, GA (B,L,D) – Complimentary Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation excursion in St. Simons Island.
Fri, Dec 1 :  Amelia Island, FL (B,L,D)
Sat, Dec 2 :  Amelia Island, FL / Disembarkation  
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Cruise Departs Charleston, S.C.: Saturday, November 25, 2023
Cruise Ends at Amelia Island, FL: Saturday, December 2, 2023

OPTIONAL 1 NIGHT PRE CRUISE PACKAGE in CHARLESTON  – November 24-25, 2023

Our Package includes:

  • Company of other Single Travelers
  • 1 Night Single or Double Occupancy Accommodations at the Hyatt House Charleston Historic District*
  • Hotel Tax
  • Local tax
  • Optional Dinner and Nightlife
  • Transfer to American Independence on November 25
  • Personal Services of our Singles Travel International Concierge

 


Note that our cruise begins in Charleston, S.C., and ends in Amelia Island, FL.

If you are arriving on the day of the cruise (November 25, 2023), please note that boarding is between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm only, so you should arrive on an early-morning flight and transfer directly to the ship.

American Cruise Lines offers a complimentary post-cruise transfer to the Jacksonville Airport (JAX) that leaves at 8:00 am and takes about 40 minutes, so please schedule your departure flight on December 2, 2023, to depart after 11:30 am.

 

 

 

FAQs

Congratulations on making a reservation with Singles Travel International for your next vacation!

WHAT NEXT? Complete your profile and post a message on the chat to say hello to your fellow travelers.

REVIEW the important information on the FAQ tab for this trip and visit our Help Center. We strongly encourage all our members to check the latest travel recommendations by the US State DepartmentCDC and air carriers to review the latest information for travel risks in order to make an informed decision about their travel safety.

SOCIALIZE Say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat and start enjoying our live, virtual community events for Singles 50+ where you meet singles your age all year round. Sign Up Today!

DON’T MISS OUT Get the best deals on optional “Add-ons.” Review the Trip Options and make all reservations so you don’t miss out on any limited or time-sensitive offers.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

FLIGHT INFO Two months prior to your vacation, you’ll receive a “Get Ready” email with a link to upload your flight information. This is important for us to be able to schedule your optional transfers.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers are strongly recommended to have a travel insurance policy valid for the duration of the cruise. In addition to regular medical cover, this insurance should cover all costs related to Covid-19 sickness including, but not limited to, treatment ashore and repatriation. We also strongly recommend that the policy cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days, or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

 

No. American Cruise Lines does not require that passengers be vaccinated to board vessels operating solely in the U.S.

Should local requirements change, proof of COVID-19 vaccine may be reinstated.  Members are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this vacation.

If you have any questions, please call us to inquire.

Your knowledgeable team at Singles Travel International will keep you up to date at all times prior to your departure.

 

The cruise begins in Charleston, SC, on November 25, 2023, and ends in Amelia Island, FL, on December 2, 2023; therefore, the vacation is 7 nights/8 days.

Add our Optional 1 Night Pre Package in Charleston (Nov. 24-25, 2023) to get even more out of your vacation! (See Book Now or Price My Trip Tab)

A deposit is due at time of reservation, and final payment is due on July 12, 2023.

We’ve made paying your balance online as easy as 1-2-3! You’ll be able to see your balance directly within your Singles Travel International profile. Under the shopping cart icon, choose “Reservations and Payments” from the drop down to view your dashboard. To see how to use this NEW reservation and payment feature, watch this quick VIDEO. You may also call us at 877-765-6874 ext. 4 and provide us with your preferred payment information.

If you make a reservation after July 12, 2023, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

 

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

After deposit and at any time of cancellation prior to July 12, 2023, your deposit will be refunded minus a $250 per person cancellation fee imposed by American Cruise Lines.

*Between July 13 and August 27, 2023 – a 50% penalty will be incurred.

From August 28, 2023, up to the day of cruising, any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut-off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut-off date.

 

Although Singles Travel International is committed to keep our members informed regarding the current status of our partner-vendor policies, you are ultimately responsible for your health and well-being when making travel decisions. We  strongly encourage all our members to check the latest travel recommendations by the US State Department, CDC, World Health Organization (WHO) and air carriers to review the latest information for travel risks so they make informed decision about their travel safety.

For those who make the personal decision to travel and in order to assure a mutually respectful environment surrounding Covid-19 safety, each member will need to sign a Fit & Willing to Travel Commitment. Please familiarize yourself with our other new protocols by CLICKING HERE.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

 

As part of Singles Travel International’s Optional 1 Night Pre Package in Charleston, your Concierge will host a Singles-Only Meet-and-Greet at our hotel and optional dinner on November 24, 2023. So be sure to arrive at the Charleston Airport (CHS) by 4:00 pm and transfer to our hotel so you can participate in the fun!

If you are arriving on the day of the cruise, on November 25, 2023, please note that boarding is between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm only, so you should arrive on an early-morning flight and transfer directly to the ship.

American Cruise Lines offers a complimentary post-cruise transfer to the Jacksonville Airport (JAX) that leaves at 8:00 am and takes about 40 minutes, so please schedule your departure flight on December 2, 2023, to depart after 11:30 am.

 

Singles Travel International offers an optional fun-filled night in a Charleston hotel (November 24-25, 2023), which allows our members to get a head start on socializing and ensures that you won’t miss the boat!

If you decide to participate in this evening, try to arrive at the Charleston Airport (CHS) by 4:00 pm and transfer to our hotel.

All meet-up details will be provided in your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information on the “YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS” tab on the left navigation bar on the trip website 21 days prior to departure.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by Singles Travel International. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate.

You are responsible for beverages (except when included in accommodations events), shore tours, shopping and gratuities to your Singles Travel International Concierge ($15 per day). Cabin incidentals such as laundry, phone calls and internet access are also at an additional cost, and all items will appear on your final billing statement at the end of the cruise.

You will be given specific details on the excursions offered on your cruise 60 days prior to sailing.  Singles Travel International will email you a sign-up sheet along with descriptions of excursions. All excursions are booked on a first-come/first-serve basis and range between $20-$70 per person. There is one complimentary excursion in St. Simon’s Island, GA: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation.

Your Singles Travel International Concierge will also offer Independent Meetups in each port so that members without an excursion may connect and spend time exploring together.

Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by July 10, 2023. Guarantees are based on the lowest priced category. Upgrades are charged the full single rate less the lowest share credit if no equal match is found.

Of course, single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by American Cruise Lines. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.

Our guarantee is based on the lowest, inside cabin share rate. If you opt for a higher category and we are unable to match in that category, you are responsible for the difference to move a member into your cabin to make a match. You may also opt to take your own cabin at that time for the single cabin rate. Assessments are made at final payment date (July 10, 2023).

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. Singles Travel International reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 29 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day.

From the moment you arrive at the pre cruise hotel or on board the ship, our Singles Travel International Concierge is waiting to meet you at our Hospitality Desk or Welcome Event.

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the Singles Travel International Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

We also invite you to join our 50+ singles community when you are not on the road, before and after your vacation @ www.SingleLife.Today. Membership and most events are free and when you upgrade to Premium, you’ll have access to our live, virtual tours to exotic locations plus save $1000s of dollars on Your Own Space™.

All meals are served either buffet style in the main restaurant or full service in the main dining room; the dining room can accommodate all of the ship’s guests at one seating, so we are free to dine at any time during the open dining times. Singles Travel International hosts the Breakfast Club each morning and Group Dinner each evening, and your Singles Travel International Concierge will advise you once onboard via our weekly program.

 

Yes, there are hairdryers in each cabin. Electrical current is 110, which is the US standard. If sharing a cabin, we recommend bringing along a power strip so that you both may recharge phones, cameras and add additional items such as a curling iron.

Weather at this time of year along the Intracoastal Waterway from Charleston, SC, to Amelia Island, FL, is mild, with highs averaging in the high 60s to low 70s, and lows averaging in the mid-50s.

Along with those mild temperatures comes very little rainfall, even though the skies may be cloudy. Fall is the least wet time of year in this part of the country, November being particularly so.

There is no baggage limit onboard ship.

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

You’ll feel perfectly comfortable in what we call “resort casual” clothing. When you’re ready for dinner, it’s collared shirts and pants or nice jeans for men. Slacks or jeans, dresses, skirts and tops are perfect for women. If you want to dress up and add a little glamour when you dine out, go for it. Singles Travel International members generally add a little class to any venue!

Daytime wear is casual and comfortable for touring/shopping.

Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.

Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items:

– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes
– Clothing for active excursions
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc)
– Ladies will want to bring a nicer warm wrap and/or sweater and gentlemen a nicer jacket or sports coat, for evening wear. Evenings aboard the ship are sometimes cool due to the air conditioning, so a cover up is essential if you tend to get cold easily.
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Power strip for all your gadgets – some cabins have only one outlet
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, Neosporin or other anti-bacterial medication
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.

 

Travel Insurance is not mandatory, but, based on our experience, we highly recommend it. In addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.

When selecting a travel insurance policy, we recommend that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. We also strongly recommend that the policy cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days, or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

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Ceptembre (CJ)

I have always had the love for travel ever since I was a little girl! The idea of discovering new places and people always intrigued me! After college, I became a Tour Director and have worked in travel for about 20 years! I also had the privilege of living in London for a year. It's an honor to help people's dreams come true at Singles Travel International! When I'm not on the road, I live in Albuquerque with my wonderful family and my Shi-Tzu, Shortcake!

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