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Happy Tuesday!

 

Curious about your cruising style. Are you the type to "Meet and Mingle"? It can be through a Cruise Critic sponsored Meet & Mingle party - or it could be meeting up with people on your roll call. Heck it could even be meeting people your first day on board and deciding that you want to spend more time with them on vacation.

Maybe you prefer not to meet and mingle - and use the vacation to recharge, or reconnect with your own family or friends.

 

Which style suits you?

 

Me? Honestly I am an introvert at heart and shy to boot. I have attended Meet and Mingles but am usually found on the outskirts (unless I have CC goodies to share!) I do like to meet up with people from my roll call though. Go see a comedian or grab a coffee. I think I do better in smaller groups in that instance. I also don't mind meeting new friends on board to hang out with. I will say that I do prefer to have dinner with just my family though - I find being seated with strangers at dinner awkward.

 

Share your style and I will choose a few random members who have replied to receive a free CC item :)

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I have been to many Mix & Mingle & they have changed over the years. At one time everybody introduced themselves.

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I am going on my first cruise in 25 years on May 13th. I am introverted and shy also so I would normally just hang out with my kids on the cruise but I like the idea of attending a meet & greet or slot pull to meet new people.

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I’m off on my first EVER cruise in 5 Days!!!!!! Super excited :)

Definitely a meet & Mingle person. I love meeting new people

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We've never really been to an official meet & mingle but on our last cruise, which was in September 2015, I was on the CC roll call. It wasn't a huge roll call, but a fairly decent amount of people. There seemed to be certain people who corresponded with certain others...and I was no exception. ;p I had gotten to "know" (through CC) one couple through reviews that we did for prior cruises and there were a few others who we had more in common with and seemed to comment back and forth with. A private group on a social networking site was started by one of them and my husband and I were invited to join. I have to say, this was one of the best groups ever. We shared ideas for packing, things to do in ports, etc. and also just getting to know each other. The month leading up to our cruise was sure one heck of a roller coast ride! We sailed during hurricane season, with one storm affecting the itinerary we'd be on. Then the ship we were scheduled to sail on had an engine fire two weeks before our cruise while they were docked in St. Thomas, so we didn't know if we'd be sailing or not. :eek: I'll never forget our reactions when our ship was cleared a few days later to leave St. Thomas and sail back to San Juan. We were all logged on at the same time and watching the ship's webcam as she finally sailed out of St. Thomas.

 

There was really never an official CC meet and greet, but our group on the social networking site were all going to be in San Juan the day prior to the cruise and a few would be there several days prior. After messed up flights for some (miscommunication by the airline) and several in our group (including my husband) having luggage that didn't arrive in San Juan with us. We were all communicating with each other on social network the day before the cruise and updating each other when we arrived or our flight status. Once everyone was in San Juan, one of them had the idea to get a group embarkation picture together then all walk onto our ship together. So we had an informal meet and greet at the cruise terminal. We all made it except for one fourth of our group. For some reason, debarkation from the previous cruise was delayed, which meant embarkation for our cruise was delayed. It also caused a traffic jam with passengers leaving the terminal and passengers arriving, so one of our group ended up being stuck in that traffic. So 3/4 of our group were able to check in and get the embarkation picture together. The photographer actually got two pictures, a nice one and one where we made funny faces. When we were finally able to board, we all boarded together and shared that experience of stepping onto our ship together.

 

Even though we didn't plan any more "meet and greets", we saw each other throughout the cruise. Lunch a few times; sitting together for a few of the comedy shows; sitting together on the sea day (and two guys in our group ended up in the men's hairy chest contest...one did NOT volunteer, he was volunteered); & seeing a couple of them in ports/hanging out a bit there. That was our best cruise ever. It was one heck of a roller coaster ride leading up to the cruise & I think we all lowered our expectations, but getting to know them and finally getting to meet in person and seeing each other throughout the cruise just made it special. And we had the best weather we've ever had while on a cruise. And yes, we're all still in touch and hope to sail together again one day, and soon. And yes, all missing luggage was flown to San Juan the day we embarked and was delivered to our ship. :)

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I have been on 17 cruises but have only been going to Meet and Mingle's since 2010. I enjoy 'putting the faces to the names " .Meeting new people is great .I usually cruise on relatively small ships giving me the opportunity of seeing people more than once.

On my last cruise ,4 months ago I wore a "Born in Brooklyn" tee shirt and 38 people told me that either they or their spouse grew up there.

At every Meet and Mingle I wear a different message tee shirt.

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Even thou the rest of my family doesn't join me I always attend the Meet & Mingle. Some groups have been friendlier than others but it is still nice to get to meet the people on your roll call. The last two cruises we have met people on our first night and after that met up during the day/night, did excursions and dinner together. We still keep in touch.

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If my memory is correct, our last cruise was in 2010. I'd say it's time to sail again! On our last cruise, I was very involved in getting our cruise critic group together. We had a fantastic Meet & Greet. Usually, it is hard to top something so good. I made everyone colored ribbons to wear around their necks. So, when we saw a ribbon, we waved or stopped to chat. It was so nice to know we already had a connection to so many people. We gather early in the cruise to exchange gifts, kinda like at Christmas. The gifts were to represent the town or state where we live. There was lots of wine and candy and lots of switching gifts, a great way to get to know one another. The cruise line gave a special luncheon meal on the last sea day as a see you again some time gathering just for us. It was super. We did a slot machine tournament and a poker run kinda thing. It was all so much fun. So, to sum up, I enjoy Meet&Greet,

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We used to. But our last two M&Ms were failures. We had multiple posts on our cruise roll call about where the initial meeting was and had another scheduled time at a pool bar as well. Even though a lot of people said they would attend, most didn’t. I’m done with M&Ms. We will enjoy the cruise, ports food and drinks and get away.

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I am so very excited about my first cruise ever. I am definitely a mix and mingle person and can talk to anyone, so hoping to make some new friends! :D:DCC has been so helpful in learning the do's and don'ts!

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We enjoy going to the M&G meeting people we've been talking with on the roll call. I even organized a M&G on one off our cruises. We always ask for a large table, late dining. We have met some great people this way & are most days the last to leave the dining room because we have so much fun during dinner.

Allan

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Happy Tuesday!

 

Curious about your cruising style. Are you the type to "Meet and Mingle"? It can be through a Cruise Critic sponsored Meet & Mingle party - or it could be meeting up with people on your roll call. Heck it could even be meeting people your first day on board and deciding that you want to spend more time with them on vacation.

Maybe you prefer not to meet and mingle - and use the vacation to recharge, or reconnect with your own family or friends.

 

Which style suits you?

 

Me? Honestly I am an introvert at heart and shy to boot. I have attended Meet and Mingles but am usually found on the outskirts (unless I have CC goodies to share!) I do like to meet up with people from my roll call though. Go see a comedian or grab a coffee. I think I do better in smaller groups in that instance. I also don't mind meeting new friends on board to hang out with. I will say that I do prefer to have dinner with just my family though - I find being seated with strangers at dinner awkward.

 

Share your style and I will choose a few random members who have replied to receive a free CC item :)

 

 

On the shy side myself, I have never participated in a Meet and Mingle.

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We usually end up meeting someone new on each cruise, either during dinner or the muster drill or whatever, that happens to be from the same area as us. Then, even with thousands of people on the boat, we manage to run into each other everywhere we go! We sit together by the pool, or during a show or something!

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I love chatting with everyone on the roll calls, I have never actually been to a meet and mingle event, we usually travel with 2 other couples and we get busy and I honestly forget about them! We have done an excursion with another couple through roll call and that was fun! Would love to do a cabin crawl and see the different cabins! We have a girls cruise coming up in 9 days, a river cruise in November down the

Rhine, then a cruise in January on the Reflection! Hopefully a cabin crawl on that one would be fun!

 

 

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I'm a shy, quiet person but I can be very outgoing when I put my mind to it. I love participating in the roll calls and events that get set up on the roll call - it's kind of nice to know that even on the ship, there are people I already know and can feel comfortable with! I love the Meet and Mingles. :)

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Happy Tuesday!

 

Curious about your cruising style. Are you the type to "Meet and Mingle"? It can be through a Cruise Critic sponsored Meet & Mingle party - or it could be meeting up with people on your roll call. Heck it could even be meeting people your first day on board and deciding that you want to spend more time with them on vacation.

Maybe you prefer not to meet and mingle - and use the vacation to recharge, or reconnect with your own family or friends.

 

Which style suits you?

 

Me? Honestly I am an introvert at heart and shy to boot. I have attended Meet and Mingles but am usually found on the outskirts (unless I have CC goodies to share!) I do like to meet up with people from my roll call though. Go see a comedian or grab a coffee. I think I do better in smaller groups in that instance. I also don't mind meeting new friends on board to hang out with. I will say that I do prefer to have dinner with just my family though - I find being seated with strangers at dinner awkward.

 

Share your style and I will choose a few random members who have replied to receive a free CC item :)

 

 

Some M & G groups are very active with posts prior to the actual sailing so I like to meet in person people that I have been chatting with for months on end as well as the organizer. If the group has not been very active prior to the sailing there is always the opportunity at the actual M & G to start a conversation with those sitting closest to you.

 

 

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My 16 y/o daughter and I are cruising in August. We are both pretty introverted, but I can talk to anyone and don't mind talking in front of people/being active in a group.

 

We've only been on one cruise and didn't know about any M&Gs at the time. I'm hoping we'll have a M&G for our upcoming cruise. My daughter met kids her age in the Circle C group and she LOVED it, but it would have been a nice thing for me to meet people my age to chat with.

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Going on the Breakaway in November, my second trip and I’ve got the bug! A meet and greet is an awesome idea, new to all of this so I don’t know what the roll call would entail.

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I enjoy Meet and Mingles very much, especially when name tags are used with location information. Being from Michigan, I usually wear some sort of t-shirt to stimulate conversation with people who follow sports (Like a Lions jersey) which inevitably leads to the magic questions 1. Where are you from? 2. Have you traveled on ____ cruise line before? 3. What did you retire from? (I travel on HAL) and 4. What are you looking forward to most on your vacation?

 

One of the funnier moments: One year I organized our CC group, which was quite large (to the Baltics). The meet and mingle went very well, I met an interesting man who was also traveling with his young family. (as was I) Apparently he had enjoyed the camaraderie and information that was provided on the roll call, and thanked me for my contributions. His family was unable to attend the M&M, but he and my husband and I chatted for about 20 minutes. Fast Forward about a week later, we are in Helsinki, Finland touring the Cathedral. I see the man, who is now with his younger son, and I greeted both of them warmly. My teenage daughters were standing behind me. The man introduced me to his son, who exclaimed rather loudly, "oh my gosh, are you piccolopower??? I can't believe I actually met you" very loudly in the church, as if royalty had just arrived. Well that was the beginning of a family joke which has lived on, to this day. My lovely daughters, who have a great sense of humor, will randomly start ribbing me "Oh My Gosh, are you piccolopower?!", especially when I am acting a bit high and mighty.

 

All because of a roll call....and a meet and mingle. LOL

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We love to Meet and Mingle. We have not been to an official party but have met others on the boards and than met up on the ship, I love people and find everyone very interesting ... Love the days at sea when you get a chance to just stop and chat. You can learn so much from others... Your never too old to meet new people. We were unable to travel that last couple of years due to illness, but we have our New Year Eve Cruise booked... Looking forward to seeing new places and meeting more interesting people

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We're not much for Mix & Mingle (hubby, self, friend). Not social media users either.

On first cruise 1992 (Ha! the Alaska Ferry from Haynes to Belingham - cheaper than Princess, same view), hubby & I spent all our time laughing at the view (sky, trees, water; sky, trees, water -ooh dolphin; etc.) and visiting our cat in the car. And we camped at Sitka for 2 full days of hard rain alongside a quickly rising salmon-stream.

On second cruise 2003 (port intensive - Athens-Corfu-Olympia-Santorini-Dubrovnik-Istanbul-Venice) it was basically a floating hotel - hubby & I traveled with older couple (family) and met a young couple at dinner. The other two couples hit it off and did several cruises together. I remember meeting the prince of some eastern European country who gave an economics lecture.

On third cruise 2018 (Brilliance... Key West & Cozumel) - the 3 of us had big plans, none of which worked out: no ferry in Mexico so visiting Chichen Itza was cancelled (I may have had too much to drink and missed dinner - I would hate to blame the water or the food); Key West was cold & choppy but we tried the cat & snorkel - no sail, no sun, lots of wind & waves & free drinks. I did take part in a team puzzle competition at the end of the cruise and our friend made a connection in the casino and hubby enjoyed the 68deg water & snorkel. We still enjoyed the experience and our friend won a free cruise (stateroom with balcony) in the casino so we're going on the Oasis 12/2/2018. She has an ocean view, we've booked a Boardwalk view balcony. We're discussing the shore options but the personal sub-scooters look fun to me.

 

A meet & greet on boarding day might be worthwhile. I can drag them out.

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I have only done a few M & G and they weren't very well attended, but I do like to chat with everyone. this last time we met a couple who were on the cruise with only the clothes they wore on to the ship. Their luggage was left on the bus. But I'll never forget their great attitude. They said they learned that you can do without all that extra stuff and still have fun. Carnival gave them all kinds of things to help get them through. So I'm glad I attended that one. I'll never forget them and their great outlook.

Mostly I can talk with anyone, but I do like to have dinner with just my family. It's our time to connect and talk about the day and what's up for the next day. When on the ship, I like to find a spot to rest and read, maybe talk to my 'neighbor', but not really into joining activities.

I will try to attend our meet in 2 weeks, hope to get some ideas about the ports that are new to us.

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I am doing my first official meet and mingle next week. The last time I was on a cruise, there wasn’t a set mingle, but a few of us met up at one of the bars to chat.

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Going on first cruise since 2003. Signed up for the Meet & Mingle on the May 25th sailing of Celebrity Equinox. Lookinf forward to new friends and experiences!

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I usually spend time with family, but this time around I will be joining the CC meet and greet!

 

 

Happy Tuesday!

 

Curious about your cruising style. Are you the type to "Meet and Mingle"? It can be through a Cruise Critic sponsored Meet & Mingle party - or it could be meeting up with people on your roll call. Heck it could even be meeting people your first day on board and deciding that you want to spend more time with them on vacation.

Maybe you prefer not to meet and mingle - and use the vacation to recharge, or reconnect with your own family or friends.

 

Which style suits you?

 

Me? Honestly I am an introvert at heart and shy to boot. I have attended Meet and Mingles but am usually found on the outskirts (unless I have CC goodies to share!) I do like to meet up with people from my roll call though. Go see a comedian or grab a coffee. I think I do better in smaller groups in that instance. I also don't mind meeting new friends on board to hang out with. I will say that I do prefer to have dinner with just my family though - I find being seated with strangers at dinner awkward.

 

Share your style and I will choose a few random members who have replied to receive a free CC item :)

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We have never attended a meet a greet but we do enjoy meeting new people on our cruises. We have made some very nice friends and hope to meet many more. We often dine with others as a way to meet people and also make friends during activities on board. Looking forward to our next cruise to Bermuda on the 27th of this month.

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We have never been to a meet and mingle, but we love to get to know others during the games and trivia and also at dinner. We like to sit with people we have never met before.

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I love to go to the Meet and Greets, I've been to two of them (other sailings didn't have any) and I had a great time! We met, had snacks and drinks and took group pics. I'm planning on attending the next one in June :)

Yay for CC MandGs!

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This is our first cruise and we plan to attend the Meet and Mingle. Excited to meet others on our cruise. Our Roll Call to this point has not been very active, but like I mentioned this is our first cruise so I'm not sure what to expect.

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Yes I always try to attend the Meet and Mingles. It is nice to hear from some of the officers and meet a few more passengers who I may encounter on the cruise.

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Yes, We always attend the Meet and Mingles (Meet & Greet) This will be our 6th cruise and have attended 5 of them as they do not offer them for the first timers. We meet many type of people from all around the world. And some have become very good friends to this day.

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Happy Tuesday!

 

Curious about your cruising style. Are you the type to "Meet and Mingle"? It can be through a Cruise Critic sponsored Meet & Mingle party - or it could be meeting up with people on your roll call. Heck it could even be meeting people your first day on board and deciding that you want to spend more time with them on vacation.

Maybe you prefer not to meet and mingle - and use the vacation to recharge, or reconnect with your own family or friends.

 

Which style suits you?

 

Me? Honestly I am an introvert at heart and shy to boot. I have attended Meet and Mingles but am usually found on the outskirts (unless I have CC goodies to share!) I do like to meet up with people from my roll call though. Go see a comedian or grab a coffee. I think I do better in smaller groups in that instance. I also don't mind meeting new friends on board to hang out with. I will say that I do prefer to have dinner with just my family though - I find being seated with strangers at dinner awkward.

 

Share your style and I will choose a few random members who have replied to receive a free CC item :)

 

Meet and Mingles are my thing. I definitely sign up and follow our roll call and look forward to chatting with other cruisers and meeting the crew who make our vacation wonderful, relaxing and safe. You never know who you will meet during a M&M event and how valuable they will be. I am so glad I attended the meet and mingle on the Celebrity Summit cruise in November 2017 because we met the ship's Hotel Director, Mario. He guided us through the process of "landing" suitcases of medical supplies we had brought with us that were going to Barbuda via the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society in Antigua. The ship's documentation specialist completed the documentation for us and accompanied us to customs. Mario made this process easy and seamless and helped bring some hurricane relief in a small fashion to the island of Barbuda.

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My husband and I will going on our first cruise ever! MSC Perozia leaving from Copenhagen June 3rd. We would love to do a meet and mingle in Copenhagen the day before if there is one organized.

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Looking forward to our next cruise in June and will definitely be going to the Meet and Mingle, although it will be an informal one as the ship doesn't arrange anything. This will be our first M&M and I look forward to meeting the people I have "met" on the roll call

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I enjoy Meet and Mingles very much, especially when name tags are used with location information. Being from Michigan, I usually wear some sort of t-shirt to stimulate conversation with people who follow sports (Like a Lions jersey) which inevitably leads to the magic questions 1. Where are you from? 2. Have you traveled on ____ cruise line before? 3. What did you retire from? (I travel on HAL) and 4. What are you looking forward to most on your vacation?

 

One of the funnier moments: One year I organized our CC group, which was quite large (to the Baltics). The meet and mingle went very well, I met an interesting man who was also traveling with his young family. (as was I) Apparently he had enjoyed the camaraderie and information that was provided on the roll call, and thanked me for my contributions. His family was unable to attend the M&M, but he and my husband and I chatted for about 20 minutes. Fast Forward about a week later, we are in Helsinki, Finland touring the Cathedral. I see the man, who is now with his younger son, and I greeted both of them warmly. My teenage daughters were standing behind me. The man introduced me to his son, who exclaimed rather loudly, "oh my gosh, are you piccolopower??? I can't believe I actually met you" very loudly in the church, as if royalty had just arrived. Well that was the beginning of a family joke which has lived on, to this day. My lovely daughters, who have a great sense of humor, will randomly start ribbing me "Oh My Gosh, are you piccolopower?!", especially when I am acting a bit high and mighty.

 

All because of a roll call....and a meet and mingle. LOL

 

How did you go about organizing?

We hit our 25 for out m&m. I've of the members said they needed a host and I would like to help, but have no idea what is involved and what to do. I've never even been to a m&m, as I'm fairly be to cc.

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If my memory is correct, our last cruise was in 2010. I'd say it's time to sail again! On our last cruise, I was very involved in getting our cruise critic group together. We had a fantastic Meet & Greet. Usually, it is hard to top something so good. I made everyone colored ribbons to wear around their necks. So, when we saw a ribbon, we waved or stopped to chat. It was so nice to know we already had a connection to so many people. We gather early in the cruise to exchange gifts, kinda like at Christmas. The gifts were to represent the town or state where we live. There was lots of wine and candy and lots of switching gifts, a great way to get to know one another. The cruise line gave a special luncheon meal on the last sea day as a see you again some time gathering just for us. It was super. We did a slot machine tournament and a poker run kinda thing. It was all so much fun. So, to sum up, I enjoy Meet&Greet,

 

How do you go about organizing this?

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Happy Tuesday!

 

Curious about your cruising style. Are you the type to "Meet and Mingle"? It can be through a Cruise Critic sponsored Meet & Mingle party - or it could be meeting up with people on your roll call. Heck it could even be meeting people your first day on board and deciding that you want to spend more time with them on vacation.

Maybe you prefer not to meet and mingle - and use the vacation to recharge, or reconnect with your own family or friends.

 

Which style suits you?

 

Me? Honestly I am an introvert at heart and shy to boot. I have attended Meet and Mingles but am usually found on the outskirts (unless I have CC goodies to share!) I do like to meet up with people from my roll call though. Go see a comedian or grab a coffee. I think I do better in smaller groups in that instance. I also don't mind meeting new friends on board to hang out with. I will say that I do prefer to have dinner with just my family though - I find being seated with strangers at dinner awkward.

 

Share your style and I will choose a few random members who have replied to receive a free CC item :)

 

I love meeting new people at dinner and on excursions. I always meet awesome people! I have never been to a meet and mingle. This July on Oasis will be my first. I'm new to cc and feel I would enjoy this. We met our 25 minimum, but I have no idea what the next step is. Someone posted we needed a host. I would like to be involved, but have no idea where too start with organization.

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This will be my 2nd cruise. However first time, really looking into the whole cruise experience. I will be signing up for my first Meet & Mingle for the May 18th cruise to the Bahamas on Adventure of the Seas.

 

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First cruise with MSC , we were on The Seaside beautiful ship . Our first CC meeting and it was really nice . We Love meeting ppl

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I always register for the Meet and Mingle. I participate in the roll calls. There I like to get involved with the cabin crawls, slot pools and any private excursions being organized. Also if there are lots of sea days, then making plans for some afternoon game playing (cards, boards). Keeps me out of the casino I am always amazed once on board of how many other passengers are not aware of cruise critic.

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