1) RCL Alaska... two of us were seated at a table with a family of 10 from China, only one spoke broken English.. was a bummer, so we asked to be moved to a table of someone we met who had two empty seats, and we loved it.. made great friends with poeple from Australia, and the US
2) NCL Majesty.. Took my daughter as well. Because of Freestyle Cruising, we had no assigned table... would have been ok, but they consistantly sat us at small tables by ourselves.. go to meet almost no one...hated it.
3) Carnival Inspiration... took both teenage kids, sat at a table with another family with 4 adults... made friends, had a great time and looked forward to mealtime to share experiences along with the food. Plus, Carnival also puts people together with new people at lunch and breakfast, and met even more.. great expereince.
In short, the cruise is to be experienced, as are the people... sit at a big table, and have fun!
RCL Legend of the Seas July 1999 Alaska
NCL Majesty Feb 2003 W Carr.
My husband and I once sat with just one other couple, which was okay, but there are never any guarantees that you are going to get along famously or be continously entertained by each other thru the entire cruise.
Our last cruise we sat at a large table with 4 other couples and enjoyed it immensely! Nice to learn about other people and keep in touch afterwards. From now on, we will ask for a large table...
8/92 Mex. Riv. Commodore
9/98, 9/00, 9/02 & 7/04 Caribbean - Paradise
10/00, 08/05 Pac. Wtrs. Holiday, Monarch
04/06 Hawaii - Celebrity Summit
09/07 Alaska - Celebrity Summit
07/09 Western Caribbean RCCL Liberty of the Seas
Believe it or not my wife and I really are not all that outgoing but we always ask for the largest table. You get to meet some wonderful people that way and some will become great friends who you will keep in contact with and maybe even sail with again someday!
We always ask for a table of 6 or 8 people. With that many we get to know the other people better and if there is someone that you really don't hit it off with there are others to talk with. We may have been fortunate but we have never had people at the table that we cared to get away from.