Like others there have been many interesting tablemates over the many years. I have often cruised solo, and I love some people's faces when you say that ? But I have "been adopted" by many lovely people who have provided many awesome experiences....just a couple highlights:
The Belgium couple who decied to teach me about Caviar and fine Vodkas...needed to sleep in after that
The table for 11 on a 12 night Med cruise, some of us still have reunions, to Key West and Catalina, and visits to each others hometowns
The table for 10 with all single ladies who were joined by an officer one night who proceeded to by shot after shot of Aquavit, the more mature ladies DID NOT stop it got hilarious
The hot shot who produced a $100 tip the second night and announcexd we would have escargot every night and we did
And the dreaded table for 9, eight members of one family who did not speak English, I apologized to the children who spoke some English when I ran into them in an elevator later on, but I had asked to be moved....
That's when I got Mr Hot Shot, too funny, but it was an entertaining group, three other solo cruisers and family with a well known name, the daughter who was a couple years older than me, 30's, but had never been "on her own" was shocked when I announced that after dinner I was going back into Aruba to gamble, she joined me,played quarter slots and claimed she'd never done anything like that before, and her Mother answered, she never would again....LOL...it was pretty tame, but not their thing.
Monarch of the Seas-1993
Song of America-1994
Majesty of the Seas-1995
Splendour of the Seas-1996
Empress of the Seas-1998
Rhapsody of the Seas-1998
Legend of the Seas-1999
Monarch of the Seas-2000
Grandeur of the Seas-2006
Enchantment of the Seas-2006
Adventure of the Seas-2007
Enchantment of the Seas-2007
Grandeur of the Seas-2009
Radiance of the Seas-2009
Queen, on one of my solo cruises, I was seated with a family of 7. They were really nice, but they didn't really want me at their table. I tried to have a conversation with them, but they were just wanting to be a family. I met a couple of other solo cruisers by the pool and they asked me to join them at their table. I told my waiter that I was going to join the other table and thanked him plus tipped him and the assistant. I think that was the first time I sat at a "dead" table.
My husband and I went on a cruise to celebrate his graduation from graduate school. We were at a table for 10. Three of the couples were our age and all on their honeymoons. The 10th couple was older and not shy about being "stuck" at our table. The woman complained about everything that was served and drove the poor staff nuts. Her husband did not say much and would just roll his eyes. After the 2nd night they moved tables. We had a lot of fun after that. We still keep in touch with one of the couples.
One of my best friends is a pig farmer. He is really quite polite and extremely articulate. I dare say he could even carry on a conversation with Royal Caribbean people. Seriously...you keep the stuff shirts and give me the real people anyday. I happen to be a teacher, but there was a time in my life when I dug worms for a living. It's not what you do but who you are. I'm sorry but that person really struck a nerve.
Oh, papa55, you reminded me of a couple we had on one of our cruises, he was a teacher and she was a librarian. They remained mortified throughout the cruise because the rest of the table was, well shall we say, having a good time. Not that we weren't cultured and couldn't carry on an intelligent conversation, but we were enjoying the lighter atmosphere of a Costa dining room experience. They nearly left the table when we all came dressed in our togas on toga night, even though we all had clothes on underneath the togas (I can never get them tied right) However, they did put on their crowns and joined us waving the napkins during the parade. I think they had fun. You just stirred up the memory by saying you were a teacher. My memory used to be a good friend of mine, lately it seems to have lost contact with me
Our very first cruise was a 7-night on the SS Norway Jan 2003 just before she was taken out of service. We had a table for 6.
A younger couple from New York and a couple from Canada.
We joked the 3rd night someone must be sick in the cabin next to ours as there was always room service trays by thier door, night & day. The Canadian couple said the people in the cabin next to thiers played loud music at all hours and seemed to be very "romantic".
Everyone laughed at these things. Later the Canadian couple happened to be walking to thier cabin at the same time as us and we dicovered our cabins were close together and also that the room service cabin was also the romantic cabin! HA!
The next night at dinner, cabin numbers were mentioned and the young New York couple said thier cabin number.....they were the ones..
We all still e-mail and have attempted to match busy schedules for another cruise.
We have never had as good a time as that one.
You mention you have requested to move before... I did not know this was possible, good information let's hope this cruise is a good dinning time but if not we may try that.