I had attended a DC tour to Nikolaev a little over 5 years ago. Yes, it was a bit expensive - $4600, but that was the price to meet Ukrainian ladies face-to-face rather than trying the old fashion way of writing a million letters. So, I put down my money and gambled on a chance for success.
The success rate was not as high as advertised. Of the 13 or 14 guys that went on my tour, only two guys actually were able to start a relationship and to get engaged. Yes, the promise of meeting a lot of women was met, but there were women who were not vetted as Mark claimed. Some women were total walk-ins, and many were not listed in their database, which meant they were not registered with DC. Some ladies were totally bored through the two-day speed-dating process; one was on her phone all the time reading, another was reading a book and did not participate in any of the conversations. They were there for the free food and drink only.
A lot of the women do try to extract money from the men on tour. This not only happen to me, I had heard this from other guys on my tour as well. The woman I met wanted me to provide her daughter $500 a month to buy her affections, which I promptly said 'no'. Her daughter was 24 and was married. I asked: 'why couldn't her husband provide for her???' Needless to say, the relationship with this woman crashed and burned. This leaves one with the feeling that there are no honest women in Ukraine, but this is not true. I simply chalked up my tour to experience and stored it away in my drawer of experience - live and learn.
The upside is that I did have a great time in Nikolaev. All the guys who came on the tour were good, upstanding guys who I enjoyed meeting. My translator was first rate and I enjoyed her company as she had a good sense of humor. All in all, it was a great vacation for a week's time and I had good memories as well, even though I did not meet the girl of my dreams.
Being retired early now and I live in Ukraine 6 months of the year near Kiev, I have really learned a whole lot more about Ukrainian culture and its women. What I discovered is that if you come here to Ukraine and live for a time and don't subscribe to any dating sites, just live each day, you will meet women here by doing nothing. There are lots and lots of single women here of all ages. Another thing I discovered is that if you frequent many of the same places, like the gym, restaurants, even a museum, women will approach you. Yes, that's right! You can meet women here by doing absolutely nothing... Even if you don't speak the language to conversation level, it still works. Many of the women in Kiev speak English to various degrees of fluency. Also, living here in the land of beautiful women, I have also grown somewhat immune to the Ukrainian beauty because you see so much of it everywhere you go no matter where you are in Ukraine. I don't go ga-ga over them when I see or meet an beautiful woman here; I am very relaxed when talking with a woman here. However, if you choose to meet women here, they are indeed very approachable compared to the USA. The key here is just be yourself and don't put on any pretense and you will do just fine. Just always be neat in your appearance and dress, and always have good personal hygiene and you will do just fine; the women here do notice all of this about you. I find it a relaxing and enjoyable experience compared to the online dating world - no BS. I could never go back to Internet dating again, never.
So, guys, there are alternatives to DC or any other dating website out there. However, the choice is all yours - you decide what is the best option for You. DC wasn't the best option for me, but for some guys it was. It's really Russian roulette using any dating sites today - put your money down and spin the wheel to see if you get lucky. Best of luck, guys.