Organized Gathering

So I need to poll the group here on their thoughts.  We have a cruise up and coming and a person on FB created a page for it and people have signed up.  Since then, the person has organized cabin crawls, get togethers, events, etc.


Now I have my own thoughts on this but what do you feel about these organized things?  A distraction from your vacation or a good thing?

7 Answers

Hi - I belong to a few FB groups that are cruise line specific. I often see "roll calls" set up and there is some chatter about meeting up. On our last trip, I gave it the ole college try to meet up with a few people... but the effort was a failure.

We would not hesitate to meet up in a public area, but would shy away from a "cabin crawl". Most cruising folk are great people but we really have no idea who anyone is and would not want complete strangers in our cabin. There is a risk for meeting cling-ons in this type of situation. You may know the type... they latch on to you like velcro and try to invade your vacation at every turn. As long as there are limits/boundaries that are clearly stated in advance of the cruise, you will mitigate that risk. I've heard nightmare stories from dinner table mates who met up with another couple in this way and the other couple tried to take them hostage every day. A blunt "leave us alone" was all that worked in shaking off the cling-ons as they did not take a couple subtle hints.

I agree that I am always open to meet new people, but my thoughts on this are that this is vacation and I already have enough of my life scheduled with meetings and gatherings. I want to go an relax. Plus I totally agree, that I really would not want complete strangers in my cabin!

We cruise to relax in our own company. We cruise with NCL to ensure that we are not landed at dinner on a table with 6/8 others who we obviously do not know and will always request a table for two for which there are plenty.

We had an active FB group on our last cruise - sailway gathering, meet and greet, cabin crawl and two slot pulls. There was also a group excursion, but we didn't dine together. That was my first experience with all that. It was okay, but I missed some other things I wanted to do because the first three activities were three days in a row. I think we got carried away because it was a 15-day cruise. I didn't find the cabin crawl to be intrusive. They came and they left. No group dining.

We always join these events and participate as much as possible. I have hosted cabin crawls, participated in slot pulls and always go to the Meet & Greets. We have never had any problems and it was always fun to meet new people. It is your cruise. Do as little or as much as you wish.

Have never done any of the FB stuff but have gone to mixers on the ship and met people that we have gone to dinner with. On a transatlantic cruise we had such a fun dinner table that we did some of the islands with our dinner mates, went to the specialty restaurant as a group of 8 one night and have kept in touch even though they live in London. I was even a local contact when one of couples kid was here in the USA, just so he could have a local if he needed.

I'm on F.B. but never realized they had cruise groups, shouldn't surprise me though. We pretty much hang with CruisingCM and Ewoodspark's take on this. Back in the days when you had no choice but to book traditional dining we really had no problem with table mates as a rule, let alone "clingers" but were aware of a lot of horror stories, so when "anytime" dining came about we hopped on, and like that so much better. Two reasons mainly, you never know what type of weirdo's you may get as table mates so we go table for two only and since we cruise for long durations that would be catastrophic and secondly, we don't like to be relegated to a specific time to eat every evening.

Sort of similar though, is one of our favorite cruise events which occurs on Regent, it is their "Block Parties". One per cruise segment. Your neighbors don't enter your cabin, rather, at the call, everybody grabs their wine glasses and enters the corridor. Then the crew races through the corridors pouring top quality wines, red and white, and others carry trays of delicacies, Hors D'oeuvres, then the Captain comes running through shaking hands with everybody, and yes, everybody, plus the real captain not some staff captain or hotel captain, the real McCoy. Most guests stand out in the hall for a bit afterward, chatting and then return to their cabins. Sure is nice to get to know those around you in adjacent cabins.


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