In our previous discussion under the subject of “How you describe your cruise experience”, both caseyg55 and penny3333 mentioned about the people met on-board. I wonder what the rest of you have to say about that? Do the people you meet (those you have never met before you take a cruise) make a difference to your cruise experience? What’s the impact of these people on your cruise planning, your opinion, ... and your moods, or what caseyg55 called “The frame of mind” you had on-board?
As a student majoring in tourism, I am now doing a study on the topic of how interpersonal interactions affect vacation experiences. Your personal experiences and perspectives are welcome, and I hope to hear as many different stories from you as possible.
I think it is very interesting to meet people from all over the country. People that cruise are generally experienced cruisers and are happy, and easy going. I have sailed with the "nothing makes 'em happy crowd" and I just ignore them completely. I think you know the ones I'm talking about.
I think the best time to meet people is when you first embark and tour the ship. People are anxious and excited about their vacation. It really works well if you've already sailed on the ship you're on and can help people find what they are looking for. Since I bartend for a living, I'm used to talking with people, so it just comes natural for me.
To answer more in detail re: your question; I would have to say that people I (we) meet do not influence our decision to take a cruise. We love to cruise!! It is the best time and value for your money. Just to give you an idea of how people are when they cruise, we booked our 8-day Southern Carrib cruise 6-mos early last year. Purposely at the end of hurricane season (Oct 24 sailing date) and got demolished by Wilma. Long story short: we lost 2-days of the cruise, got run all over town between Ft. Laud and Miami, all the while being told we are cruising, even with the ports closed. When we embarked, life was okay. People were just happy to be going away. Especially for us, we had no food, water, gas, etc.
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You meet people from all over the world. I can't say they influence us in the least, it is just interesting to get perspectives on different life styles. Like Billy said, you always have those that would complain if hung by a new rope. Most of the people on board are just having a great time. It's fun to meet new people and find out what they enjoy. Listening to stories of what they have experienced is almost always interesting. The majority of them are a real hoot. In the south, a hoot is a compliment--it means they are fun, a corker, and make you laugh. I met a lady that had lived on board Princess ships for 17 years. I begged her to trade places, but she knew she'd be getting the rotten end of the deal. When we go on snorkeling trips, most of the people we meet share the same enjoyment of snorkeling that we do. I've met some that have been totally petrified, but have been able to calm them down. After the snorkel, they want to do it again. I've met some great people in the casino as well. My husband hates gambling, but it is a great enjoyment for me. He normally goes to the show and I gamble. It's nice to meet people that have some of the same interests. Most of the time, they have a spouse or significant other that doesn't like to gamble, so my husband and them can go off to the show or a bar. My mood is not changed from cranky people, I just try to ignore it. If there are unruly kids, I try to avoid them by going some place they wont be. I correspond with some that I've met by email, exchanged pictures via the internet, and even had some go on a cruise that we are on again. It is much more enjoyable to have tablemates and fellow cruisers that are in a good mood, but it sure wouldn't stop me from planning another cruise!! Best Wishes!
My partner and I took our first cruise 20 years ago - we met a couple and their daughter (they were our tablemates) on that cruise and we became friends - not aquaintances - friends. Long story short - we have cruised together practically every year (we start planning the next one while still on board) and we have vacationed at each other's homes a number of times. That is the kind of relationship one can build on a cruise. We have, of course, made other, very significant friendships on the other cruises we have been on but that "original" friendship has been the most significant and of course the oldest.
Did all of these wonderful people we've met on cruises make a difference? Yes. Would we have had a good time without them on the cruise? Of course. But, those individual cruises would not have been the same without the interaction of those delightful people.
After completing our first cruise, we realized that the people whom you meet definitely do make a difference. Of course, we would have had fun either way but making friends on the ship is pretty neat. We still keep in touch with the people from our dinner table and will miss them on our next cruise. It totally added to the cruise!!!
Last month for the first time, we had a terrible german lady at our table (2 german couples). She was on board for about two weeks and thinking that everything will be done only for her, because she was longer on board than we. The second evening she did not come and after waiting 30 minutes I took her seat at the window. 10 minutes later she came and asked very unfriendly, that this is her seat and I have to sit on my seat. I said, okay, I´m not here to have trouble with people but had no conversation with her. Two days later she left the table, thank god for us. It was a horror for me, to sit every evening at the same table with her for 14 evenings.
But that was really the first time, we had a terrible tablemate, but it had impact on your, let´s say cruisefeelings.
We love cruising, love the contacts to people from all over the world. We had wonderful conversations about everything you can imagine.
And also became friends with the other couple from our table. It was our 3rd cruise together and for sure not the last. Normally we avoid other german passengers (being self german) and prefer american people for my conversations and contacts. That gives me a feeling of being far away from home, speaking a different language and don´t have to hear these boring people, with so many complains about almost everything.
Yes, deffinately, other people have an impact on our cruise-experiences. But everytime they made these experiences very special.
I my next review about our Radiance cruise to Hawaii I will have an extra chapter about our Roll-Call-Group, wich was the best we ever met.
Although we did not make life-long friendships, we had a wonderful time meeting new people from all across the United States. Our table mates were four other very delightful, polite, respectful people who enjoyed a nice meal together. Two couples were on thier honeymoon, so we did not bother them too much with "old folk" talk (wife and I are just 50). We had breakfast with different people everyday, and enjoyed meeting people from literally everywhere. And, meeting people from all over the world that were working on the ship just amazed us. They were all so polite and answered any questions we had about their home country. We just laughed together with our different accents! It influenced us enough to start planning our next cruise.
In a Nutshell....
We were on a 14day Panama cruise last April.
Noticed how everyone you pass, meet or mingle with all give a big hi, smile, or nod.
If this was back at home...everyone is too busy, grumpy or disturbed to bat you an eye.
YES, a "close-quarters" vacation does wonders for people in general.
Like our cruise direct said, "Isn't it amazing how guests of 18 nations and staff of 32 nations can get along so beautifully, while the United Nations seem to be having conflict as we speak. THEY need to take a cruise!
Pacific Princess Sept/01 - Family in Pacific Northwest
RCI Radiance Of The Seas April/06 - 25th Annversary in Panama Canal
HA Volendam Sept/06 - Dad's Surprise in Alaska
Crown Princess April/07 - Fun In The Sun in Eastern Caribbean
RCI Brilliance Of The Seas March/08 - Here We Go Again
RCI Vision Of The Seas Dec/08 - Joining Sis On Her Redneck Honeymoon in Mexico
Over my years of cruising I have met so many wonderful people. Many who have become dear friends -both passengers & crew.
To repsond to your question, "do the people you meet make a difference in your cruise experience?" I will say YES (usually).
The majority of the time I do cruise alone. Often going to see my good friends who work with Princess.
Sometimes I will spend a lot of time with them including meals, and other times I'll have traditional dining. Your tablemates can make or break your cruise. I would say generally I am very easy going & friendly. But, have had some tablemates who made it difficult to enjoy dinner. Not many I am happy to say, but, I can recall a few.
Sometimes you can hit it off & exchange addresses & other times you get along fine, but, no swapping of info.
Back in 2002 I was cruising alone (had gone to visit a crew member friend) & was seated at a table for 8, as the 9th. 3 couples, a Mom & daughter & I. They welcomed me instantly. Noone knew each other & had all just met.
I must say that we instantly hit it off. We had THE best cruise ever. Every night the other tables around us would just stare at us as we laughed. We would say they were jealous. Of course we all exchanged contact info & decided to plan a cruise reunion. Being that all of us travelled lots it took some time to plan our reunion. But, we did it. We all booked another 2 weeek cruise together & had even more fun. While we were all onboard we decided on cruise reunion 3 & booked it
In 3 weeks time we will all be together again. Can't wait.
Some of us have seen each other between reunions as the UK couples have come to NY. But, we keep in touch.
Last August I was on the Star Princess doing the Baltic (once again visiting my crew buddies).
Met another girl who was cruising with her crew member boyfriend. We were introduced only to discover we had many things in common & our friendship began. Next February we'll be cruising together again.
I treasure my cruise memories & the friends I have made.
My wife and I both agree that meeting people is a big part of crusing. Our best friends are a couple we met on a cruise a year and a half ago. Since then we've been on three cruise with them and booked for one in October. We have met some people we would rather never see again, but that's what makes meeting people interesting.