Honestly, I couldn't believe it!!!! These ladies were older than I , and perhaps because of that, I expected better "form and etiquette" from them. But it has only made me even MORE determined to be one of the world's friendliest cruisers...the next time someone asks me if they can sit with me, I'm going to stand, wave to the empty chair(s) and say, "But of course, please be my guest...." And I'm going to smile and make sure they have everything they need, as if they were my guest, and not a guest of the cruiseline. Because then, that person will repeat it for another person, and so on and so on and so on!
And if those ladies ever show up on a future cruise, I'm going to send them a handwritten invitation to lunch and I'm going to show them how it's done!!!!