What is a good topic to discuss at dinner?

We had a discussion about what NOT to talk about at dinner. What do you think is a good/safe topic to talk about at dinner?

With strangers we usually ask where is home and go from there.

A group we are traveling with, it is usually "what did you do today?"

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Those are both safe and good. I enjoy getting to know where people are from and what they do.

Until you know the folks better. Stay away from politics, religion or hitting on the guys wife or daughter. You could end up swimming to the next port.

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I have not been known to hit on anyone's wife or daughter. I think I'm probably safe on that account.Wink

Where you are from, do you have anything special planned at the ports, light and easy topics ...

Past cruising experience or experience in any of the prts is also a good topic.

What are you planning for the next port ? Have you been to that port before ? Light kind of stuff.

When sitting with strangers, safe topics are your table mates previous travels, future travels, their favorite ports or destinations. Questions about their families and where they live are also good topics. Most people love to talk about themselves. If on a cruise, shore excursions are good topics and asking how their day went. We usually talk about the past entertainment on the ship. Food is another good topic. I agree stay away from politics & religion. Also try not to dominate the conversation. Sharing funny stories from past cruises is fun, too. We have made some wonderful & interesting friends on cruises.

I generally try to stay away from "What do you do for a living?"

Not that I am ashamed of my employment, but I do have reasons for not wanting to discuss it with strangers.

Of course my wife will answer the question before I have a chance to kick her shinBig Smile

A couple we dined with out of Catalina Island amused the table with their ship antics...they had unfurled a Trump banner (not sure if for or against) over their balcony...Ahhh that explained the news helicopters circling the ship. They were sternly reprimanded by Princess and informed they would be confined to their cabin because Princess would not tolerate any political campaigning whatsoever if it happened again. Did I mention they were in their 70s....

Is there anything on the ship they've found interesting, or any activities they would recommend?


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