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Sociability on Crystal?

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I come at this with a different perspective. 

 

We did our first Crystal cruise in 2005, at an age that was probably less than half that of the average Crystal cruiser. And I can say honestly, we loved the sociability of the cruise. We didn't meet anyone at dinner who we really wanted to socialize with. The people we ended up socializing with were those who we met at the pool, on excursions, on formal nights, in the casino, during karaoke, at Avenue Saloon, at Pulse, at the Captain's party, in the buffet, walking the deck, at the shows, at the lectures, at the trivia games, at Trident, at the library, at the sailaway, etc... etc...  (Active pursuits.)

 

Those are the places where sociable people hang out. In all seven of my Crystal cruises, we met a tight-knit group of people (of all ages and backgrounds) who we just had fun with. We've still kept in touch with some of them. 

 

You can't sit down and wait for someone to come up and interact with you. Be proactive. There are like-minded people out there (especially on Crystal) who are interesting, fascinating and sociable. 

 

Your mileage may vary.

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Just another perspective:

 

My husband and I usually dine at a table for 2. We always end up chatting with the other tables near us. We don't mind dining with others at a larger table, but we find it makes the dining time much longer than we may like or want if everyone wants an appetizer, salad, dessert, etc. Sometimes we skip dessert and head to a show. I wouldn't want to leave before dinner ends with a large group as I consider it to be rude/impolite. We check the menu beforehand and will know if we just want a salad and entree so our dinner will be quick. Better for us to meet others for lunch, the Bistro, other venues. OTOH, if dining at UU or Prego, we'll be there for hours and plan accordingly.

If we sail with friends and we eat together, we understand that obligations to get to show on time may rush dinner. Often times, they want to go to the show as well!  Realizing this, we may have to dine earlier than later for a more relaxed dining experience.

This works for us.

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17 hours ago, paws10 said:

Just another perspective:

 

My husband and I usually dine at a table for 2. We always end up chatting with the other tables near us. We don't mind dining with others at a larger table, but we find it makes the dining time much longer than we may like or want if everyone wants an appetizer, salad, dessert, etc. Sometimes we skip dessert and head to a show. I wouldn't want to leave before dinner ends with a large group as I consider it to be rude/impolite. We check the menu beforehand and will know if we just want a salad and entree so our dinner will be quick. Better for us to meet others for lunch, the Bistro, other venues. OTOH, if dining at UU or Prego, we'll be there for hours and plan accordingly.

If we sail with friends and we eat together, we understand that obligations to get to show on time may rush dinner. Often times, they want to go to the show as well!  Realizing this, we may have to dine earlier than later for a more relaxed dining experience.

This works for us.

Patty, I concur with you totally.

I have wondered if you were still cruising Crystal for like Ernie(let’s do back to back) I have not seen any posts from either of you and I had changed computer and lost both your e mail address 

We continue to be Crystalised and will be on number 26 in June.

Roy

 

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The dynamics of "sociability" change over time on the cruise.  Early in the cruise it's easier to open a large table and have people join you at a table for 6 or 8.  However, later in the cruise, many people have formed little groups with whom they dine so the opportunity for having new diners join you diminishes.  My last cruise was two B2B 14 days cruises, for a 28 day cruise.  By the end of the second week, almost everyone had dining partners and the maitre d' suggested that getting people to join our table would be difficult.  Once turnover happened on day 15, boom! Lots of people to join us at dinner.  I don't think that we suddenly became scintillating conversationalists, but that the recently boarded guests hadn't yet formed attachments.

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