Originally Posted by Ron n Jon
... be assured the crew go out of their way to avoid passenger contact when off duty and on shore leave. They want and need the time to be with their own.
As a crew member, I respectfully disagree. It really is an individual thing. I know many crew members who enjoy passenger interaction and some that share excursion/port time with them. Others prefer to socialize with fellow crew members. Personally, some of my best memories at sea have been with passengers and many remain long distance friends to this day.