Roll Call - Does anyone use it to connect w/fellow cruisers?

Hi all,

We am heading out in 8 days and joined the roll call about a month or so ago. There appears to be over 20 people indicating they are on the cruise but there has been no interaction. I thought maybe I missed the boat (npi) as to the purpose of the RollCall on this site so my question - Do you use the Roll Call and if so, why? On the same theme, is anyone using the Roll Call for cruises that you would like to take, but have not actually booked?

Looking forward to hearing from y'all.

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8 Answers

Yes, we do the roll calls, or did. However, there has gotten to be problem. Used to be you could learn valuable things regarding the upcoming voyage which wasn't available from other sources. I could give you a few examples but suffice to say they really saved us a lot of grief on a couple of occasions.

That is still the case I believe, however, with the larger ships and propensity of so many cruisers to seek out, arrange and coordinate independent shore excursions the roll calls have degenerated into pretty much an exchange of information regarding these shore excursion options, other than those provided by the cruise line. So much so that on a voyage we had in September it seemed like page after page was devoted to such discussions and anything else was pretty sparse, and it had to be gleaned in between multiple posts relative to shore excursions. So much mundane chatter that I wasn't concerned with it put me to sleep.

To make matters worse, there is a tendency to merge multiple segment roll calls, it gets so bad that sometimes 90% of the exchanges concern voyages that you aren't even going to be on. So, I notice now, many who want info other than good deals on shore excursions have drifted away from "Roll Calls" and for good reason.

I'm not sure how this roll call works. Ideally, if we had a sub section where one can post the cruise you will be on, and using that to IM folks, maye if can be worked out.

I have used Roll call to talk to other people on the same cruise. Roll call can go for cruise date, not just for the ship. If you have any questions ask them.... most comments are just people counting the days until the cruise. You can set a spot on the ship for meeting at the sail away party or something else.

I too have noticed that most of the posts on roll calls seem to be about arranging shore excursions. I myself am not interested in doing independent shore excursion so I have stopped visiting the roll calls myself. I do get emails about what is posted and join in when a question is asked or someone new joins the roll call to welcome them. You can get good information on the roll calls, though. On some cruises we have organized cabin and pub crawls, slot pulls other events.

Yes, I also have run into a problem with having to join roll calls for each segment that I am going on when in fact I have booked the entire cruise. I also have cruises that I am going on that are not in the data base. I don't know how to post those cruise reviews - perhaps just on the Forum, I guess.

It used to be that if it were a world cruise advertised voyage then there would be one roll call for that particular cruise. Often times the lines will also break those it into segments as well. So each segment had its own roll call. What happens now though is that someone will try to merge each segment into one big roll call. That's okay if you are going to be voyaging on all segments, but it is a little much if you are booked on only one. For instance, on a number of occasions we were on one roll call then someone created a "spread sheet" and decided to merge a number of segments. Not the site moderator, mind you, but just someone on the board acting alone. So, okay, the segment roll calls don't go away but when a newcomer posts on a particular segment, others immediately post explaining that he/she should be on the merged roll call, like they did something wrong listing themselves on the segment and only segment they were sailing on. Then you combine that with 80% to 90% of the posts deal only with chit-chat between those attempting to circumvent the line's shore excursion packages in order to get better deals, you get what I consider a mess, very irritating. One time we booked Buenos Aires to Miami via up and down the Amazon and some eastern Caribbean, shortly after getting on the roll call someone merged it into one with three or four additional segments, which brought in a circumnavigation of South America and Western North America. I objected, and received a couple of nasty responses insinuating that I was selfish or something. Fortunately, the cruise line came up with a Miami to Miami Amazon adventure on another ship which was not only cheaper, but longer and we got a larger stateroom plus we didn't have to fly to Argentina. I immediately got on the new roll call and off the other. Much later, I looked back at the multi-segment roll call and noticed that after we had canceled a lady posted that she was thankful "Kennicott" wasn't going to be on the ship with her. Haw, that made two of us.

The roll calls here on haven't been as active as the Roll Calls on our Ship Mate app. We're working on combining them into a single conversation, but in the meantime, try joining the roll call on Ship Mate.

You can download it for your iOS or Android device here:

I have used it on Ship Mate, so I have it on my phone on the ship and in port.

Thank you everyone, I thought maybe it was just me but it seems there are a lot of common comments.

The other thing I wondered about regarding the lack of interaction was if people join roll calls to pump up their point totals. I hate to think like that but it was another plausible reason that would explain why no one was responding to rollcall comments. How can you connect with someone taking a cruise if you're not I'm actually taking that cruise?

Thanks everyone!


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