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Promoting Romance, Adventure and Recognition for People of All Ages! )
   November 17, 2005
For you in this issue:
  • Vicki
  • Gael
  • Corinne Jean
  • Lori
  • Vija
  • Cindee
  • SENIOR BACHELOR ALASKA CRUISE!!
  • Senior Bachelor Cruise #1, "Zaandam" Aug 11-18
  • Senior Bachelor Cruise #2, "Westerdam" Aug 20-27
  • How to Book Your Senior Bachelor Group Cruise!
  • Cruise Summary
  • PerfectMatch.com- Free Compatibility Profile
  • It's All About You- The "Fabulous Females" Page!
  • On the Road-- FINALLY!
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    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Grab a fresh cup of coffee and find a comfortable chair-- this is going to be a loooong one!

    It has been almost seven months since the Senior Bachelor Search for Romance and Adventure was launched on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and it has been at times exhilarating, educational, frustrating, but without question, overall, a wonderful, fantastic experience. And the "good" part is just beginning!! The Journey. My love of traveling started this whole thing and now, in less than two weeks I'll be starting the Journey in Rio de Janeiro! I love writing while on the road and sharing all that I am experiencing with my friends-- you got a taste of some of the emails I sent from Southeast Asia last December in previous newsletters-- now I have thousands more new friends!

    Please stay tuned, as the Newsletters will continue while I'm traveling with many pictures by Umberto, along with almost daily updates, also with pictures, on the blog. The Newsletters and blog will also have comments from my Traveling Partners. This should add a whole other dimension to the Adventure-- I'm looking forward to it!

    Everyone who has been reading these Newsletters is aware that I have "two missions." One, my Search and Journey for my soul mate. Second, what I presently refer to as "the greater cause," which can benefit literally millions of people 45 and over, and especially people 50 and over. We have the Ladies' interest and attention; my main goal is too get the men's attention and interest. Simply put, my goal is to get men 45 and over, and especially men 50 and over, interested in woman of a similar age. In fact, while I am traveling, and for sure upon my return, this will be my #1 mission. Be sure to post your photo and bio in the new Fabulous Females page described at the end of this Newsletter to help you find your soulmate- especially if you were one of the 2,000 who submitted materials for the Search. You've already written your bio and got your photo together! Joe says he will have the new page ready real soon.

    Please, please, stay tuned and read each week's Newsletter, as there are some exciting projects and events in the works that could prove to be life-changing experiences for folks our age. And we, this group, are in the forefront of a tremendous grassroots movement. Again, stay tuned!!! This will be for ALL of our benefit, male or female.

    And now the Search for Six Traveling Partners has come to an end, and heralds the start of a new beginning-the Journey itself. And what a Journey this will be! One, I hope, of Romance and Adventure.

    Selecting six women who I felt would be good Traveling Partners of course also entailed making sure they would also choose me as a Traveling Partner. This is a very aggressive itinerary to some of the most difficult yet amazing and beautiful locales in the world: South America, Africa, and India, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and possibly Irian Jaya and Papua New Guinea. This will not be a journey for the faint-hearted, that's for sure.

    I would like to now introduce the Final VI Traveling Partners. Following are individual sections with pictures, short biographies, and an idea of the anticipated itineraries. There ended up to be 22 Fabulous Finalists and each one received support from the people assisting me in the decisions. My eldest sister Connie, a good friend Kim, two of my sons, Chris and Gabby, Gabby's wife Lauren, and many friends who met and got to know the 22 Finalists, all gave me their input as to whom they felt would make the best Traveling Partners. Also, each of the 22 Fabulous Finalists took the Free Compatibility Profile from Perfectmatch, and I relied heavily on the results to help me in my final decisions. If you have not taken the Free Compatibility Profile to help you find your soulmate, I encourage you to do so as well- just click here.

    I also asked each of the two groups of Fabulous Finalists to list who they felt would be the best traveling partners. The top six choices of the Finalists were identical to the top six choices of everyone assisting me.

    Finally, my sincere thanks to ALL of the more than 25,000(!) Women and Newsletter readers and, especially, the 2,000(!!) Women who sent in their materials and attended the Events. Without you none of this would have been possible- not just for me, but for the TENS of THOUSANDS for whom you have provided HOPE and INSPIRATION! You are to be thanked and congratulated by ALL OF US for stepping outside your comfort zone and taking positive steps towards your
    RE-AWAKENINGS!! And many thanks to all 22 Fabulous Finalists, all of whom turned out to be Fabulous!!!

    And it gives me great pleasure to announce, the Fabulous Final VI!!!


    Vicki
    Vicki

    Travel Time: December, 2005

    Itinerary: South America (Brazil)

    Primary residence: Florida. Secondary residence: Georgia. Longest residence: Over 30 years in Miami, Florida until Hurricane Andrew blew us away. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Yes, I have trouble deciding which place to call home!

    Age: "Young at heart!" And...probably the oldest in the group...a reality that I might as well embrace since I'm definitely NOT going to be getting any younger!

    Number of kids: 10, not really, but it often seemed like that many! Actually it's only 4, ages 21 to 34. It's FINALLY official! They're all now "of age" and responsible for bailing themselves out of jail!! YES!!

    Number of grandkids: Not enough!! Babysitting them is the BEST and so is the joy that comes from giving them back to their parents!! Mommy and daddy always lay down the rules and then I proceed to break ALL of them! Dinner with me is often chocolate chip mint icecream!! The drama that occurs when I'm leaving town could win an academy award! It goes a little like this. "Queenie" or "Big Mommy" (it's a loooong story how I got those names.) "You CAN'T leave me now!!!" "I NEED you!!!" "PLEASE don't go!!" "I'm BEGGING you to stay!!" Now that's LOVE!!!

    Claim to fame: Being on the Oprah Winfrey Show twice this year (one was a rerun), on a show titled "Women Who Look Younger Today Than They Did Ten Years Ago." Fortunately for me, Oprah, her best friend and several of her staff are all over 50 and are easily impressed with those of us who over the years have lost many of our brain cells and consequently do stupid things like "dive off of the roof of our home" as a form of exercise to stay in shape!! I have been a high diver for over 40 years, competed in the Olympic Trials as a teenager and have continued to compete in master's events for many, many years with several national titles and world rankings. I attribute my success to no fear and good genes along with knee, back and joint memory loss!! My passion is athletics and I worked in the modeling and film industry for 28 years doing mostly extreme sports and stunt work that other models and actresses refused to do. Before that I was a Speech Pathologist /Audiologist and taught the deaf for many years.

    Why I wrote Richard: Who knows??//#?? Maybe it was an alcoholic stupor but that's doubtful since I rarely drink! Maybe it was aliens, divine intervention or simply Oprah encouraging us women to "step out of the box" and take a chance and do something out of our comfort zone. I'm going with the latter and the journey has been great fun! Also, I've watched my kids do a complete role reversal during this process. I'm not allowed to do anything with the "Senior Bachelor" without their approval. They have been my mentors/confidants throughout the past six months and I've come to realize that they actually DID learn something from me over all the years. That's priceless!! So, I feel like a double winner...I've met a great guy with good intentions who feels VERY guilty about not saying "yes" to ALL the women who have written him and I've also been jolted out of my "I hate all men" phase, the result of a painful divorce after 36 years of marriage not to mention the fortune I saved for therapy that I did NOT need!! Thanks Rich!!!

    To all you readers: Keep enjoying and following this intriguing "romance, adventure and journey." It's positively, absolutely sureal for me to be part of it and and I am very grateful!!

    Gael
    Gael

    Travel Time: January, 2006

    Itinerary: South America (Chile and Argentina)

    Hi, My name is Gael, I'm 54 years old and I'm sooo excited!! Excited to have the opportunity to travel with Richard! I grew up outside of Boston and now live on Cape Cod, MA- sort of like a Manhattan Beach "East". I guess I was born with a business brain. Bought my first piece of land (and brand-new sports car) at 19: got married at 20: built my first house at 21: opened my beauty buiness at 22. Between family, friends , husband, tenants, employees and life, it's been a roller coaster ride.

    Originally, I had wanted to be a flight attendant because of the travel access...I was too petite. Had the offer of a string to be pulled that would get me into Eastern Airlines (very desirable), but I refused. I knew I wouldn't feel good about it or me. I love to travel and usually go WARM. Greece and her Islands, Turkey, Antigua, most of the Virgin Islands, Dominique,Spain, Belize, Abbacco Islands, Italy, Paris, Canada, Mexico and many places around the U.S.. I so want to see the South Pacific..or Africa..or ANYWHERE!! I love animals and have worked with both wild and domestic. Love them one and all!!! I have Tucker,( 17yo, 100lb golden), Tessa(8yo, 16lb cat) and Sascha(1yo, 4lb pom). They make every day a better one. I have amazing friends and a good family life...it's just missing an appropiate, loving man. I'm often told(by men), that I'm intiminating. I find that stunning..and STUPID!! I HATE drugs and alcohol excess. Married that..makes life HELL!! Mostly, I'm flexible. When it comes to morals, ethics , honesty and trust,,I am NOT flexible at any level. I'm honest and faithful to a fault. I love new experiences and see even the difficult ones as an opportunity to learn (some moaning and a few I would have liked to skip). New faces, new places is fun for me. I've been told I look FLUFFY...it's an illusion. I tend to be athletic (work out often) and adventuresome (prefering remote destinations). I just enjoy looking like a GIRL!!

    Gael in a nutshell: I laugh easily and often, cry rarely, travel lightly, work hard, and love to distraction. I'm like a Lind chocolate- firm on the outside- soft on the inside!!!! Can't wait see South America! Warmly, Gael

    Corinne Jean
    Corinne Jean

    Travel Time: February, 2006

    Itinerary: Africa (probably South Africa, Namibia and Botswana)

    My name is Corinne Jean. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI .I am 47 years old. I come from a large family, 4 brothers and 2 sisters and have 7 nieces and 11 nephews I adore.

    I married my high school sweetheart at age 18 and had 2 sons shortly after, Matthew now age 26 and Michael age 25. I was a stay at home Mom doing part time modeling for fun until eight years later unfortunately became a single Mom. I began working full time at this point and taking modeling seriously. I was the "Harley Davidson and Miller Beer" Model for many years. I also did runway and TV commercials.

    I quickly realized modeling wasn't a career to last much beyond age 30 so went back to college full time. I graduated with honors from Alverno College in 1989 with my Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing. I now work in the Intensive Care unit specializing in Cardiology. I also precept new nurses and teach cardiology to medical students.I have continued with my education since graduation and have advanced certification in critical care, respiratory care, pediatric and advanced adult critical care. I also work in the emergency department as needed.

    I love what I do and feel my purpose here on earth is to Live Life to the fullest, continue to learn, grow and be there for others in need. To me there is nothing more important than being there for each other, in both the good times and the bad times. For fun, I enjoy competing in Triathlons and Marathons. Crazy I know. But its fun and an outlet for me. I also enjoy music, I play the violin, enjoy theater,(New York City is the best for that) love to travel and explore and just have fun.

    Anyway, I have been extremely busy with my career and raising 2 active sons. and after two serious heartbreaks I decided I would wait to date until my sons were off to college. So that brings me to today. Last September I decided to do something I really love and now have the time and resources to do, which is travel. I am fortunate to be in a profession which offers me that opportunity so have been traveling and working as a nurse for the past year. I love it, but it does get lonely at times. When I saw Richard on the Oprah show I was excited to meet someone with my same desires. So here I am. Looking not only for a travel partner, but also for My soul mate. Would be an "unusual" way to meet, but you never know, God works in mysterious ways.

    Lori
    Lori

    Travel Time: March, 2006

    Itinerary: Southern India and Burma

    I am a happy, independent, sassy, consultant/project manager; working on HP's website and the HP Learning Center (free!) online classroom. I love to be outside doing just about anything, but find myself most often hiking, biking, diving, skiing, sailing, walking or hanging out where there is warm water. For fun I travel. My job allows me to work from almost anywhere and I take advantage of that whenever I can. Much of my wandering is back and forth between the grandbabies so I can establish myself as an unforgettable and love-filled part of their lives, but I also travel internationally and have been to about 30 countries I think I have never actually counted them all up.

    I am one of the luckiest women that I know in that I have wonderful family and friends, I am reasonably healthy, I have seen and tasted and smelled many amazing things, have loved and been loved by many diverse and remarkable people. I have experienced things many people only read about or watch on TV, yet still have an insatiable appetite for more. My life is very good.

    I raised my children by myself, mostly while living in Boise, Idaho. I was born in California and have lived a few years in both Colorado and Oregon along the way. Boise will remain a base for me as long as most of my family is there and it just happens to be a great location for outdoor activities. The experiences I had with my children made me resourceful, hopeful, resilient, forgiving and patient. I dont regret having to 'do it alone' for we had lots of fun and it has given me excellent perspective. I made lots of mistakes, of course, and can laugh about most of them; I tried many relationships and learned something from each of them. Being a single mom forced me to try new things and test my limits. I am a stronger woman, and know more about myself today, due to these experiences.

    My appetite for life has definitely allowed me to try a variety of things. I have had the opportunity to pilot a plane, a kayak, a stroller, a luge, a pair of skis, a parachute, a dump truck, go-kart, golf cart, camel, a little red wagon, and whitewater kayak. I have chased after lizards, children (and grandchildren) under tables and through bushes, sunsets, fireflies and rainbows, sea turtles and lobster, my dog across the street and my heart halfway across the world. I've slept on the ground, on a straw mat, in a tent, in the desert, on a trampoline, in my car, in a treehouse, on the beach and in 5-star hotels. Ive eaten meals most people would consider unpalatable, slept in places some would consider not fit for their pet. And of course would do it all again if presented with the opportunity.

    I'm a very free spirit with a ton of curiosity about the world around her and usually will travel light and with no set itinerary. I meet people easily and usually end up with at least one new friend. I tend to avoid big cities (although I have fun when I am in one) and will frequently land in another country and simply rent a car and drive off into the unknown. I am there to learn and to explore not to impose. I don't pitch a fit if the plane is late, the weather turns bad or the bathroom has a bucket instead of running water. I always manage to laugh regularly in spite of, and in most cases because of, adversity. Those times always seem to make the best stories. Always ready for the next chapter, I look forward to the opportunity to share some of my crazy adventures with other men and women who might enjoy the same perspective and love of life.

    Vija
    Vija

    Travel Time: April, 2006

    Itinerary: Laos, Cambodia and, perhaps, Hoi An, Vietnam

    Richard. You have met your match!

    I was born in Latvia, grew up in CA, graduated from U.C. Berkeley in Biological Sciences and spent most of adult life on the east coast (mostly Northern Virginia). I was married 21 years before it unraveled and had a daughter and son.

    When I graduated from CAL, while deciding what to do with my life, I applied to the airlines. (Back then it was a big deal to be a "Stewardess"). It was a perfect job for me. I put a lot of myself into it and loved making people glad they were taking a trip that day. I stayed with the airlines for over thirty years, and left them approximately a year and a half ago. It was a great ride but decided it was time to start crossing some things off my lifes list.

    Who I am: I am described by others as attractive, intelligent with a good sense of humor. My own opinion is that I am a special, unique, multifaceted individual who does not fit stereotypes. I am attractive but I have a brain. I am strong and capable and yet soft and vulnerable. I am self assured but nice. I am classy but not afraid to try to fix a toilet. My interests are varied. I do not look, act, or feel my age and I approach life with enthusiasm. Sometimes I am nutty and fun loving, sometimes serious and intellectual. I want to constantly learn and I read voraciously.

    The one thing I do know for sure is that travel is a part of my soul and who I am. I am suffering from incurable wanderlust. I have an adventuresome spirit, a great curiosity about things, and I count my blessings for all the wonderful things that have happened to me in my life.

    India was particularly fascinating to me. So many asked "yuk, why would you want to go there?" One must look beyond the filth, poverty, beggars, lepers, cripples and cow dung, etc. to sea the beauty that lies in this vast vibrant country. The Maharajas lived in regal splendor and created magnificent forts, palaces, castles, and sandstone cities with splendor seen rarely elsewhere.

    I am excited for all the good things that are yet to come. Life is good. Let's go, Richard.

    Cindee
    Cindee

    Travel Time: May, 2006

    Itinerary: Australia, or Irian Jaya and/or Papua New Guinea

    I'm Cindee, from Byron Bay, Australia, one of the most beautiful spots on the planet with a population of people from all over the world. I was born in the U.S. but have lived in Australia for the last 20 years, so I have dual citizenship. My father was a military man and as a child I lived in numerous U.S. states and also Japan and Bolivia. Half of my childhood years were spent out of the U.S., so being Australian now seems pretty natural to me.

    During my move-around life, I attended 10 different schools and 3 colleges before graduating from the University of California with a degree in English and Humanities and two teaching credentials. I married my university sweetheart in 1969 and settled down to what I thought would be the rest of my life. It was not to be, and after 8 years and 2 children, we divorced. I married my Australian husband in 1984 hed been in the U.S. for many years doing a graduate degree - and we moved to Australia.

    I've always loved writing so I became a journalist in Australia - a feature writer and columnist. I wrote about relationship, multiculturalism, and social issues like domestic violence, sexual abuse, and teenage pregnancy. My columns were a bit more light- hearted! I won a few awards, was very involved in the community, and became a popular public speaker. Increasing understanding of one another and healing the rift between the sexes were the passions that directed much of my work. With this in mind, I put together personal development workshops based on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, which I conducted for many years.

    Nine years ago my husband and I decided to go our separate ways. I moved from the city to Byron Bay, dedicated to discovering more about myself and my own deepening as a woman. I dropped out of the mainstream, as it were, and was blessed to be given everything to allow me this luxury. I explored a wide variety of healing modalities and alternative spiritualities, as well as creative pursuits. I like to paint; I've done a little acting, which I love although I don't think Meryl Streep has to move over yet; belly-dancing, yoga, and body work were physical arts I came to appreciate. Through all this which I call my "cocoon phase" - I've come to the conclusion that really, just mature human behaviour, common sense and an open heart are what its all about. And I want to give again. I'm doing a little work editing a friend's book, but there's so much more of me I'd like to express. I'm ready to jump back into life, though I'm not sure just where to focus yet. All I know is that I want to laugh a lot!

    I love living in Australia. There is so much I haven't seen and look forward to exploring it with Richard for part of our travel time together. The pace of life is slower and attitudes seem much simpler. I always go through an adjustment period when I first return to the U.S. for family visits. Things like driving on the "wrong" side of the road come back pretty quickly, but the television culture, the shop-shop- shop mentality, and the constant technological advances can put me into overwhelm. But I do like the times I spend with my family in California. Both of my children attended university there and ended up staying. I'm very close to them and I miss them very much. Especially now that I have grandchildren, the pull is even greater. I have managed to spend a few months each year in the U.S. the last 3 years, helping my daughter Katy with the "babies"- she and her husband Nick have twins, Mia and Brandon (now almost 3). And now there's their new baby, beautiful Ava, born just last month. I also like having some quality time with my son Quinn and my daughter-in- law Tarah who also live in Pacific Beach, San Diego, just a few miles from Katy.

    I've led an exciting adventurous life. Besides living in Japan and South America, I've spent time in Europe, India, Crete, Fiji, Mexico, plus most of the U.S. states. In my younger days I was a thrill seeker - I've skied, white water rafted, sky dived, dune-buggied, scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef. I still enjoy milder versions of my old vices, but now my rushes come more from connecting with people and by being awed by the beauty and grace of life. I also have to admit, books are some of my favorite friends. All in all, I love to laugh and dance the dance. The spontaneity of "now" is my thrill. Hobbies? Love to design and sew my own clothes, getting my hands dirty in the garden, adore dogs and cats (though don't have any at present), I have a real knack for interior decorating, and I love good films. Also have a soft spot for musicals either stage or film versions (Camelot, Les Miserables, Phantom, the like). They make my romantic heart soar and my tears gratefully gush.

    I am healthy and body conscious, alternating between doing pilates, yoga, weight training, ocean swimming or hiking. My family are all sports nuts, so anything goes when we're together, from volleyball on the beach, to roaring over the TV when there's a play-off. I like looking good and even more, I think the radiance of inner beauty is what really makes a person attractive. I eat well and am a morning person. I LOVE the sunshine, and sunrise is my favorite time, though long walks under a full moon come a close second.

    I have missed having a partner, a beloved, for many years. I know I thrive most in relationship. I love the give and take and the joy of sharing. Since my divorce 9 years ago, I have had only one partner, and that intermittently, until I finally decided it was dead-end. I am definitely a one-man woman. I don't know HOW to "play the field". I had begun to think that I am just too picky, but at another level, I know the timing is always perfect. I would like to think that time is approaching. I didn't see the Oprah show in Australia, but my daughter did and she was adamant I jump in the running.

    This experience of presenting myself has reminded me of how great a life I have and how blessed I am to have done the things I have done. I am very much looking forward to meeting the other women and sharing our stories.

    Life to me has purpose and meaning, and a mission for each individual. Richard's trip idea, and documenting it, could be an incredible gift to the world. The man/woman relationship is the first us- and-them experience, the microcosm for all differences- therefore all misunderstandings all the way up to war itself. I can think of no higher service than to explore these differences with vulnerability and courage- and lots of humor! In a way, my whole life has been about this. I'd like to think that we, meaning the "older generation", could impart a legacy to our peers and to those younger, that it's never too late and love DOES conquer all. Love to all, Cindee.

      

    There they are!! To see more photos of the six Finalists during their recent stay in Manhattan Beach, click here. I'm going to have my hands full. Be sure to follow along on our Journey and Adventure. Umberto and I leave on November 28th and we go to Atlanta to meet up with Vicki and then the three of us are on to Rio!

    Thanks, everyone. Stay tuned!!

    Warmest Regards and Safe Travels,

    Richard

    SENIOR BACHELOR ALASKA CRUISE!!
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    WOW! Here we go. As I have mentioned so many times before I love to travel. I really enjoy poring over the details of a trip and planning it as much as actually going on it. Planning the Senior Bachelor Group Cruises has been no different!

    Not only will we be experiencing a first class cruise line, Holland America Line (your #1 pick!) with Five Star dining, entertainment, activities and an amazing itinerary to Alaska packed with views and Adventure-- we get to have our own group parties, events and meetings. It's like all we have done so far rolled up into one HUGE seven day extravaganza!!

    Take a look at the ships we will be on:

    And here are the respective itineraries:

    Zaandam Sailing- August 11-18, 2006 From and To Seattle!

    Westerdam Sailing- August 20-27, 2006 To and From Seattle!

    And like we all saw when we negotiated our special Senior Bachelor Group rates for the hotels at the Meet the Senior Bachelor Events in Manhattan Beach and Chicago, for the Odyssey Cruise and for all the great group dinners-- together, as a group, we negotiated much better rates! This is no different. Here are just some of the great EXTRAS I was able to negotiate for our group:

    • A FREE hosted cocktail party!
    • Special gatherings just for our group!
    • Our own, dedicated Senior Bachelor Group "Personal Cruise Consultant!"
    • Group seating at dinner!
    • Special party events just for us (think "Crazy Hat Party")!

    You've seen how much FUN we've had together at all of our Events (click here to see photos!!) And, if you have ever been on a cruise, and particularly a Holland America Line Cruise, I'm sure you had a great time. Imagine how much more FUN, entertaining and meaningful it is going to be to go with a group of friends and share all these great times! And, our Senior Bachelor group rates for the cruise are less than what you will find by booking yourself on Holland America Line's own website.

    Look at all the exclusive Senior Bachelor entertainment I have planned when you book your cruise with the Senior Bachelor Group: (Note: you will only be able to attend these events if you book through the Senior Bachelor Group)

    • The first big extra will be small group meetings where I will share, for the first time, fantastic stories and never-before-seen photographs of The Royal Family of Monaco and famous movie-star guests. I was married to Grace Kelly's niece, and spent more than 15 visits to Monaco staying with The Royal Family in The Palace.
    • I will talk about my unique experiences with another of the world's great women- Oprah Winfrey and my two appearances on her Show.
    • I will be able to relate THE WHOLE STORY of Senior Bachelor as I will have returned from the world Journey by then- and maybe be joined by my special Perfect Traveling Companion!
    • I will also discuss the inner-workings of Hollywood, and how to make an Academy Award Semi-Finalist film, as my son Chris and I did with "POP&ME."
    • And don't forget, our terrific parties!!

    Again, you will only be able to attend these special group events if you book with the Senior Bachelor Group as explained below. And these cruises are open to anyone you wish to invite! So bring your family, friends and, most important, any men you know who would want to meet, literally, a "boat load" of wonderful women!!

    Following is the basic information for the (2) cruises to Alaska next summer. Please read it carefully and decide what best fits your calendar, tastes and budget. Prepare the information we talk about below, visit the Holland America website for more information, prepare any questions you may have and then call!

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you reserve your berth as soon as you can, as Alaska is amazing in the summer, and Holland America Line is a fantastic cruise line, and berths will go quickly.

    Here's what you should start thinking about before you contact us to book your cruise.

    1. If you already have a roommate lined up, this will avoid the single supplement charge, and you can book right away- call now!.
    2. If you want your own cabin, and will pay the single supplement, you can also book right away- call now!.
    3. If you want to book a cabin and want us to help you find a roommate, we can help do that for you. To start this process, simply REPLY to this email and put ROOMMATE in the subject line.

    Please understand that all funds are paid directly to Holland America Line and the $350 deposit is 100% refundable up until the end of May, so you have nothing to lose by making your reservation right away!!

    Senior Bachelor Cruise #1, "Zaandam" Aug 11-18

    Many of you have cruised before and know that there are several categories of cabins based on size, location on the ship and availability of a window with a clear or obstructed view. These are called "Categories" and are listed as letters or combinations of letters. Below are the general categories of cabins available for the Zaandam cruise and their respective price ranges.

    Ship- Zaandam, Sailing August 11, 2006 from Seattle, returning August 18, 2006

    Inside Cabins


    Category: M thru I

    Prices: $1,009 to $1,229 per person based on double occupancy.

  • This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable) but does not include the Government fees of $63.85 per person.
  • Outside Cabins- Ocean View, no obstructions
    (this is a cabin with a large window, not a porthole)


    Category: FF thru C (Does not include Category DD)

    Prices: $1,341 to $1,549 per person based on double occupancy.

  • This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable charges) but does not include the Government fees of $63.85 per person.
  • Verandah Suites with a usable balcony
    (the balcony has a lounge chair, table and chair)


    Category: B, AA, A

    Price: $1,949 to $2,149 per person based on double occupancy.

  • This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable charges) but does not include $63.85 government fees per person
  • Deluxe Verandah Suites
    (can accommodate up to 4 people)


    Category: S

    Price: $3,049 per person for each of the first two persons

    • This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable charges) but does not include $63.85 government fees per person

    • The price for the 3rd and 4th person is $599
      This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable charges) but does not include $63.85 government fees per person

    • This balcony is much larger and has 2 lounge chairs, a bistro table and four chairs

    • Includes use of the Concierge Lounge and free dry cleaning!

    Deluxe Verandah Suites
    (can accommodate up to 4 people)


    Category: S

    Price: $3,049 per person for each of the first two persons

    • This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable charges) but does not include $63.85 government fees per person

    • The price for the 3rd and 4th person is $599
      This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable charges) but does not include $63.85 government fees per person

    • This balcony is much larger and has 2 lounge chairs, a bistro table and four chairs

    • Includes use of the Concierge Lounge and free dry cleaning!

    Something "Suite" to consider! If you are part of a group of four who wants to share a Deluxe Verandah Suite, consider this. The total price for all four of you is calculated like this- $3,049 for the first two persons and $599 for the 3rd and 4th persons- for a total suite cost of $7,296. If you divide that total by four (4) the cost per person ends up being $1,824 apiece. Something to think about!!

    Senior Bachelor Cruise #2, "Westerdam" Aug 20-27

    The Westerdam is a different ship than the Zaandam and has different prices and one more choice of cabin type. Many of you have cruised before and know that there are several categories of cabins based on size, location on the ship and availability of a window with a clear or obstructed view. These are called "Categories" and are listed as letters or combinations of letters. Below are the general categories of cabins available for the Westerdam cruise and their respective price ranges. IMPORTANT: All beds that are pictured as queen-size beds can be made into two twin beds.

    Ship- Westerdam, Sailing August 20, 2006 from Seattle, returning August 27, 2006

    Inside Cabins


    Category: K, J, I

    Prices: $1,129 to $1,279 per person based on double occupancy.

  • This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable) but does not include the Government fees of $51.17 per person.
  • Outside Cabins- Ocean View, no obstructions
    (this is a cabin with a large window, not a porthole)


    Category: E, D, C

    Prices: $1,529 to $1,579 per person based on double occupancy.

  • This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable charges) but does not include the Government fees of $51.17 per person.
  • Deluxe Verandah Outside Cabins with a usable balcony
    (the balcony has two chairs and a table)


    Category: VE, VA, VD

    Price: $1,660 to $1,779 per person based on double occupancy.

  • This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable charges) but does not include $51.17 government fees per person
  • Superior Verandah Suite with a usable balcony
    (the balcony has three chairs and a table)


    Category: SS

    Price: $2,179 per person based on double occupancy.

  • This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable charges) but does not include $51.17 government fees per person
  • Deluxe Verandah Suites
    (can accommodate up to 4 people)


    Category: SA

    Price: $3,179 per person for each of the first two persons

    • This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable charges) but does not include $51.17 government fees per person

    • The price for the 3rd and 4th person is $599
      This includes all port charges (also known as non-discountable charges) but does not include $51.17 government fees per person

    • This balcony is much larger and has 2 lounge chairs, a bistro table and four chairs

    • Includes use of the Concierge Lounge and free dry cleaning!

    Something "Suite" to consider! If you are part of a group of four who wants to share a Deluxe Verandah Suite, consider this. The total price for all four of you is calculated like this- $3,049 for the first two persons and $599 for the 3rd and 4th persons- for a total suite cost of $7,556. If you divide that total by four (4) the cost per person ends up being $1,889 apiece. Something to think about!!

    How to Book Your Senior Bachelor Group Cruise!
    Lido Dining Room

    So-- Princess Grace Kelly, Oprah Winfrey, the Senior Bachelor story, Hollywood first-hand stories, FREE group cocktail party, special group gatherings, special dinner seating, exclusive group parties- JUST FOR OUR GROUP! Again, space is limited and is first come, first serve. Keep in mind that the deposit is only $350, and it goes DIRECTLY to Holland America Line. This deposit is COMPLETELY, 100%, REFUNDABLE up until almost June 1 of 2006!!! What have you got to lose by saving your place TODAY.

    To be eligible for the Senior Bachelor Group rate, you need only mention you heard about the cruise special from the Senior Bachelor! This offer has LIMITED CAPACITY and is open to any single males or females 45 and over, and especially 50 and over and to married couples. It must be booked through our dedicated Personal Cruise Consultant, Ms. Shawn Calvo, or me.

    Here are the Sailings:

    First Sailing-August 11-18, 2006, From Seattle, return Seattle. Cruise ship- "Zaandam"

    Second Sailing-August 20-27, 2006, From Seattle, return Seattle. Cruise ship- "Westerdam"

    EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH. YOU CAN ONLY BOOK THESE SPECIAL CRUISES ONE OF TWO WAYS:

    1. Directly with our Personal Cruise Consultant, Ms. Shawn Calvo:
      Email: Shawn@seniorbachelor.com or
      Call 1-800-355-3017 Ext. 4294 Mon- Fri, 9:00AM to 6:00PM, PST

      (If you get Shawn's voicemail, please speak slowly and clearly and repeat your phone number twice and the best time to call you back. She will get back to you promptly.)

    2. With Richard Roe, Senior Bachelor Group Leader:
      Email: Richard@seniorbachelor.com

    Please have the following information available when you are ready to place your booking:

    1. Current United States or Canadian Passport (why do you need a passport, click here).

    2. Provide your name EXACTLY as it is written in your passport.

    3. Address where you will have the cruise documents sent.

    4. Phone number at the address where you will the cruise documents sent.

    5. Credit Card (Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Visa) for the deposit and for Cancellation Protection Plan purchase. Click here for details on the Standard Plan and the Platinum Plan. (Note: These plans buffer you from the Cancellation Policies noted below and need to be purchased at time of deposit for your booking.)

    6. Any special dietary needs.

    7. Any special medical needs.

    8. Any celebrations you plan while on board.

    Please remember that Shawn will be very busy with bookings so if you get her voicemail, please speak slowly and repeat your phone number twice and what would be the best time to call you back. She will do so very promptly.

    Other Items to Consider:

    Cancellation Policies

    For information about the Cancellation Policies- that is, if you decide to cancel your booking within 75 days of sailing, please click here or read below:

    Holland America Cancellation Policy

    For most cruises and cruisetours, a full refund (except for amounts paid for Cancellation Protection Plan) will be made for written cancellations received by Holland America, 300 Elliott Ave. West, Seattle, WA 98119 at least 76 days before the date on which you are to commence travel (by air, rail, sea or otherwise). Passengers who cancel after that date for any reason, including medical or family reasons, are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees:

    • 75-57 days before commencing travel: an amount equal to deposit requirement;

    • 56-29 days before commencing travel: 50% of gross fare;

    • 28-16 days before commencing travel: 75% of gross fare;

    • 15 days or less before commencing travel: 100% of gross fare.

    For certain cruises and cruisetours, different cancellation policies apply. Please consult the brochure for your cruise or cruisetour to confirm the applicable cancellation policy. Given that the resale of cancelled space will likely result in a lost opportunity to sell other space, these fees are due regardless of resale. Fees incurred as a result of cancellation cannot be applied to future bookings. Refunds will normally be made to your travel agent. Travel agents may impose their own cancellation fees. Agency fees of any nature are a matter to be decided on solely by the agency and passengers. Name changes require the prior approval of Holland America and may not always be possible. Cruise and Cruisetour Contracts are nontransferable. Name changes and departure date changes are considered reservation cancellations and are subject to cancellation fees.

    Cruise Summary
    Main Dining Room

    You've all been so patient with me while I've been planning these great cruise events. I took extra time to make them EXTRA special!! I know you will have a fantastic time with Holland America and the Senior Bachelor Group. With everything we are going to be doing, we are going to be the ENVY of the ship!

    All the information in this Newsletter and more is on the Cruise Page on the Senior Bachelor Website- click here and save it in your "Favorites." Be sure to save this Newsletter for furture reference as well. Have it handy when you are ready to make your booking. If you misplace it, it will be available on the Senior Bachelor Newsletter Archives.

    Oh, and future Senior Bachelor Cruise Newsletters will go into more detail about the amazing amenities provided by Holland America Lines on their cruises. These are wonderful touches you would expect from a Five Star outfit. And if you need to convince your friends who you want to go along just how much FUN we have as a group, have them click here to go to the Senior Bachelor Photo Page and show them!

    I look forward to seeing many of you, again, on the cruises and many of you for the first time. Please take some time to review all of this information, I know it is a lot and, when you are ready, give Shawn a call at 1-800-355-3017 Ext. 4294 Mon-Fri, 9:00AM to 6:00PM, PST!

    As always, I invite you to forward this Newsletter to your friends and family so they can consider going along!

    Warmest Regards and Bon Voyage,

    Richard Roe
    Senior Bachelor

    PerfectMatch.com- Free Compatibility Profile
    Richard and

    Ladies and Gentlemen, many of you have taken the free PerfectMatch Compatibility Profile to learn more about themselves to get better prepared to meet and date. You should try it out, too.

    One of the criteria for the 22 Finalists was to take the Free Compatibility Profile.

    I did take the Free PerfectMatch Compatibility Profile, and it described me to a "T." It was simple and took less than 15 minutes. Of course, the proof is in the pudding, and only time will tell how this service works for you. My recommendation is to take the Free Compatibility Profile (click here to try it), and if you like what you see with the Profile results, and your budget can afford it, give it a try, and then later tell me your feelings. Good luck. We all are looking for our Perfect Match!!!

    Many people have asked about our association with PerfectMatch. After seeing Duane Dahl, the founder of PerfectMatch on Dr. Phil this past June, and doing some research, we felt this was a company we would like to start an association with to see what kind of results they might provide. I know from working with the Oprah folks how careful they are to research their guests, as does Dr. Phil, and this encouraged me. (Photo courtesy of "Merry Mary".)

    From Linda- "You asked for feedback regarding PerfectMatch. I have subscribed to several online relationship sites with varying amounts of success. However, I believe PerfectMatch has combined the most succinct and efficient program available for those of us with the mature status. Not only is help readily available if needed, the site navigation is seamless. I believe the questionnaires are very well done and if participants answer truthfully, the potential for finding the "perfect match" is excellent."

    From a reader in Georgia- "I never desired nor felt the need to join a dating service. On a lark, I decided to try the free personality profile with PerfectMatch. I was floored and amazed how right on they were on about me."

    It's All About You- The "Fabulous Females" Page!
    Chicago Navy Pier

    It's all about YOU!!

    So many of us are trying to find our soulmates out there. I am going to try and help you have your "Wildest Dreams Come True!"

    I have not forgotten about all the wonderful women who brought me to this point in my Search. That's all of YOU. All of you who sent in materials and all of you who have been following along and sending me such inspirational messages about how the Senior Bachelor endeavor has touched you.

    So now is the time for you to prepare and send in your photos and biographies so we can help you find your soulmate. Posting your photo and biography on the Senior Bachelor website only increases your chances of finding a soulmate as we have tens of thousands of unique visitors per month to our website combined with the many thousands and thousands who receive the Senior Bachelor Newsletter and forward it even many more thousands!

    Please send your photos and bios by email to joe@seniorbachelor.com. To help out Joe, please put the following in the Subject line of your email: YOUR NAME- PHOTO AND BIO. (If you do not have a digitial photo or you have only a printed photo, email Joe and he will make arrangements to scan it for you at no charge. It is best to write your bio in WORD and attach it to your email. If you cannot, then simply write your bio in an email and send it to Joe. Please refrain from using special backgrounds and emoticons (smiley faces, etc.).

    May I suggest you take some time and study the bios the Fabulous Finalists have provided- click here. They all speak from the heart. I don't want to say there are any limits but anything more than a page in length is probably too long.

    To assist you with writing your bio, think of answering these three questions:

    Who am I?

    What do I like to do?

    What am I looking for?

    At this point, we are going to post the photos and bios exactly like we posted the photos and bios of the finalists. Please refer to the Fabulous Finalists Page by clicking here. We will post your photo and then display your biography below your photo. At first, your photos will appear in alphabetical order by the first initial in your first name. WE WILL NOT SHOW YOUR LAST NAME.

    WE WILL ONLY POST THE PHOTOS AND BIOS THAT ARE SENT IN FROM THIS POINT FOWARD. WE WILL NOT POST ANY MATERIALS YOU HAVE SENT IN PRIOR TO THIS DATE. And here is our release statement: By submitting any materials, you agree that they may be used in any manner or media worldwide as determined solely by me, including, but not limited to, a future episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and its promotion. If you are not comfortable with having your photo and bio on our website, please do not submit them.

    Posting of your photo and biography on the Senior Bachelor website in the manner described above will be totally free of charge for you to use.

    The overriding concern so many expressed to us was safety in providing contact information. We are still working on setting up the secure communication service with PerfectMatch. This will give you total control of how people will contact you. In order to use the communication tool, you will need to have a current PerfectMatch membership. Thousands of you have already taken the free Compatibility Profile offered by PerfectMatch and hundreds and hundreds of you have already signed up for a membership. For more information about PerfectMatch and to take the FREE Compatibility Profile, click here.

    We know there are a lot of men who receive this Newsletter and who visit the website. "Richard's Rangers" and so many of you have are continuously telling men you know about Senior Bachelor. And many of you have written telling of men you have met by just talking about the Senior Bachelor events and things. It requires "stepping outside the box!" It will be a slow but steady process but they will come. And Gentlemen, the offer of posting your photos and bios applies to you as well! (The only requirement for men to post photos and biographies at this point is they must be referred by a Bachelorette and they must be single, of course.)

    Someone wrote to me once with a great motto that is made up of all two-letter words: "If it is to be it is up to me." Well, it is now up to you! Get yourself out there and let the world know you are a woman who seeks Romance and Adventure!!

    On the Road-- FINALLY!
    1978 Roe Boys at Taj Majal

    Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for your support over these past months. I am so excited about going on the trip and will leave shortly after Thanksgiving to Rio. Now I'll be focusing on Thanksgiving with the family and the last details of the trip. It's hard to believe that I won't be home for SIX months!!

    You all be safe, have a great holiday season with your loved ones and I'll be checking in with you next week just before going to the airport, and the following week from the Road!

    Ciao for now,

    Richard Roe

    Senior Bachelor

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