Cruising with Friends

Cruising with friends has not always been a positive experience for me.  Everyone embraces the cruise experience differently and people I enjoy immensely on "land" have turned out to be "not so much fun" at sea.  What's been your experience when traveling with friends?

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I have only cruised alone except for one time with a past girlfriend but she had to move to the west coast for work.  None of my friends care or want to cruise so off I go alone.

Get new friends

Lol good point

or make new shipboard friendsBig Smile

Land friends are easy to get away from when the need arises, but on board, you cannot escape them. Shipboard friends you will only be with for the length of the cruise, so not enough time to grate on your nerves.

Having time away from friends is as important as time with your friends for the health of the friendship.

Last cruise we did, our normal cruise buddies could not make it, so my wife's best friend and husband came.  We bragged up cruising to them as this would be their first time.  Well, they did not have the best of time, and I felt like somewhat responsible to ensure they had fun.  Cruising is for some and not for all.  Needless to say, we will not cruise with them again I am thinking....

We don't vacation with friends, but we do make new ones onboard. One couple we met on our second cruise, have met up with us on our last cruise and will again next March. We do separate things during the day in the ports but enjoy sea days, dinners and evenings together. It gives us each the space we need/want for ourselves as couples and time together as friends.

That was the pressure I've felt to make sure they are having fun.  It's like taking someone to your favorite restaurant that you love and they happen to have a bad night ...

It sucks doesn't it.  It certainly takes away from your enjoyment and relaxation.

So much so that I've turned down offers from friends I know would not make good cruisers...

It really is too bad to be jaded like that but I certainly will not let anyone dampen my cruises again.  Life is too short for that....  And it is good money wasted

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