What is a cruise roll call?
Whether you’re an outgoing social butterfly who can’t wait to start meeting your fellow passengers or the shy type who would feel more comfortable already knowing a few people on the ship, signing up for a cruise ship roll call allows you to start getting to know the people on your cruise while your feet are still on dry land. Here, answers to your most basic questions:
1. What exactly is a cruise roll call?
Technically, it's a forum thread for passengers on the same sailing. Think of it as a shared message board: Boards are broken down by ship and sail date, so the only people on the thread will be passengers you'll be sailing with on your cruise.
2. So is it just for meeting other people?
Nope, it's way more than that. Cruise ship roll calls are also a great source of information. For those who’ve never stepped foot on a ship, it’s an excellent opportunity to ask more experienced cruisers questions before the sailing. And even if it’s not your first cruise, it never hurts to ask those in the know for recommendations on everything from restaurants to shore excursions.
For travelers who like to plan in advance, a roll call is a great planning tool. If, for example, you’d rather go scuba diving with friends than strangers, there’s no need to wait to see if you meet fellow divers on the ship — just see if any are in your roll call. Some tours also offer discounted rates for groups, so bringing other travelers along can save you money as well.
3. How do I join a roll call?
You can join roll calls on Cruiseline.com, but we've focused on optimizing the experience on our app, Ship Mate. You'll get push notifications when someone replies to your question, and you can even send direct messages to other cruisers on your sailing. Simply add a cruise on the app, then click "Roll Call" at the bottom.
4. What should you do once you find yours?
If you have a burning question about anything from drink packages to shore excursions, go right ahead and ask it. If you don't just sign in and introduce yourself. It's not a bad idea to add a little about what you like to do and whom you’re traveling with, since couples, families, and single cruisers will often be looking for different things on a cruise.