I remember Paul once saying the crew called the cruisers "coneheads" because we always asked "where are you from?" (Proper conehead answer, Remulac a town in France.")
What do you ask or say to break the ice with new cruise mates?
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; John Masefield
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014, 2016
Sail Windjammer: Mandalay 2017
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015
I think the most obvious question to break the ice is to ask where are you from, seems like a good place to start...Then you can get into their cruising history, always works for me.
That works for me as well.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Vision OTS 2-14-2015
Freedom OTS 3/6/16
I usually ask where people are from . On a cruise last year a couple was seated next to my wife and I in the buffet area .
As it turned out the husband and I grew up in the same area at virtually the same time .
not like we are cruise experts or something but when on the first cruise last year the first night we went to the dinning room and were sat at a 2 person table, a few minutes later another couple was sat next to us...so I of course being the out going type leaned over and said hello, where are you all from? we became friends and hung out the entire cruise....so I guess the "where you from" works good
Our first Cruise: Carnival Conquest 9/16/12 to 9/23/12
On another cruise we were seated at a table next to a couple and I asked where they were from .She replied that they live in Alabama ,I jokingly said you appear to have a NY accent and indeed that was where she grew up.