Shelton, CT (PressExposure) April 09, 2007 -- Terry Hernon MacDonald may be a married woman, but she wanted to put together a cruise for singles and told her husband as much. âHe saw it as a natural extension of what I was doing already,â she says, referring to the newsletter she writes for single women. âHe told me to go for it.â
But she put it off for several years, even though sheâd had some experience organizing travel as an exhibits planner with a New York publisher. âThat was land travel, and it was strictly business,â she says. âI had only ever taken one cruise, and it was with my grandmother. I figured I might be out of my depth when it came to coordinating something fun for single people.â
That changed when MacDonald met Virginia DeDad, the owner of Cruise Planners, at a Connecticut Women In Business meeting at Panera Bread in Shelton. Because MacDonald had founded that networking group, DeDad thought sheâd be a natural to organize a trip for singles and encouraged her to go forward. âCruises are my passion,â DeDad says. âIâve been planning them and taking them for over 20 years, so I assured Terry that she and her guests would be in good hands.â
After hearing testimonials from several of DeDadâs happy customers, MacDonald agreed. The cruise planner suggested a 4-day jaunt to St. John, New Brunswick in Canada. âMy husband has family in Nova Scotia, and weâve stayed in St. John on our way up there,â MacDonald says. âItâs a breathtaking location, and if the weather is with us, itâll be a refreshing break from the August heat.â Her group, which she named Singles at Sea, will sail from New York on August 16 and return on the 20th.
The trip is open to single people, ages 30 to 50. Travelers who book before April 15th will be entitled to a 5% discount. They may call DeDad directly at 800-794-0741 or visit her website at http://www.royalservicecruises.com/specials.
âThe rates are very attractive,â MacDonald says, adding that sheâs thrilled about getting a group of singles together. âMen and women always ask me if I âknow somebody,â but Iâm the worst matchmaker in the world. I do throw a good party, so the goal is to put a bunch of fun-oriented people in the same place and let them take it from there.â