Meeting fellow cruisers

At first on my cruises I avoided people as much as possible.  But after watching a YouTube video about things to do on a cruise that included meeting people in a way that doesn't make you look like a weirdo I decided to go for it on the last two cruises.  I've met a lot of great people. 

 

Do you all like meeting people or just keeping to yourselves?  Have you stayed in touch with any of them for an extended period of time?

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I'm more of the anti-social typeBig Smile

I tend not to socialize with the rest of the passengers.

I do politely converse in such areas such as the smoking area or MDR, but really nothing more than light polite conversation.

I try to talk to people while on the cruise, but more than likely I end up talking with the crew. I remember on our last cruise, I had went to where there was a football game on, the Carolina Panthers were playing, I am a die hard anti panther person, to illustrate, I would pull for the joint ISIS/ISIL team against the SMATHERS... Anyway, I pulled up to the bar, started talking to these two guys about football, they said, yea our quarterback is not doing too well. I said, Thank God its not (SH)Cam Newton. Alas, they were from Charlotte, NC...

 

Chan, Chris and Danyl have no problems talking with the other cruisers. Kyle works his one word pickup line "HeeeeeY!", ends up getting hugs from the girls in bikinis and high 5's from everyone else.

I like meeting people but I'm very cautious at first of becoming "too involved" with people who want to stay joined at the hip for the rest of the cruise.  My son knows everyone on the ship the first day - lol.  I have remained friends with one couple I met on my second cruise and stayed in touch ... lost touch with most others.

I have a really crazy story about two women my son met ... but I'll save that for another day.

 

Yes I think people tend to be clear with body language and also reading between the lines when it comes to "Yes you can stick with me" or "I'll see you again at the next trivia (or what ever the event) but don't hang out with me now". 

 

So I make sure to listen carefully and read body language as well when interacting with people.

Years ago you could usually find yourself at dinner with several other couples.  Now, everyone eats on their own.

 

When I eat in the MDR I always ask to be seated with others.  Each time have had good conversations.  But along the lines of what you said, I got to know another solo traveler on this trip and he said he always asks to be seated alone.  Also have had more than one occasion where people say in the buffet, "That seat is taken, someone is coming", and after sitting somewhere else and observing the seat, no one ever came! 

I am that lady that talks to anyone and everyone (not only on cruises).  There are people we work with at the Renaissance Festival that swear I know everyone at all the festivals.  It isn't true, but I do talk to vendors, patrons, security and cast at festivals we visit.  Consequently, I have met a lot and they often remember me because I went out of my way to be friendly.  On cruise ships, if you are standing in line next to me, watch out... I will probably strike up a conversation.  It drives my DH crazy.  Also, I am the type of person others approach..  We can be i  crowd and a person will look around the area and come up to me to ask directions or information.  The DH finds that unusual, except it has happened most of our married life.

 

So look out....I am friendly.

I and my wife prefer a two-top table at the MDR simply to avoid the chance of being seated with the infamous passenger-from-he11.

Generally, in the buffet, where there are no tables for two, we will try to find a secluded table. That being said, should someone need a table, we do not discourage others from joining us.

Anti social we are, we just like each others company

I'm normally not the most social person, but I'm going to try to get out of my comfort zone on my first cruise, at least a bit. I'm looking for future travel companions (and nothing else, nothing weird implied), whether on cruises or otherwise. So I appreciate the tips here -- and also people like the above who, no matter how surprised I look, will talk to me anyway in spite of my being a complete stranger. Happy

One thing that suddenly occurred to me a few days ago is that onboard activities of any kind are self-selecting. If one goes to the gym, the miniature golf course, the dance club, or the casino, one will find there (surprise surprise) people who are interested in working out, playing miniature golf, dancing, or gambling. I will try my best these few days to take advantage of this self-selection.

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