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HeyItsMay July 5th, 2012 10:16 PM

Making friends on the cruise?
 
I'm 15 and I'll be cruising on Carnival in a few weeks time, but I'm a little nervous.
I know there's a teen club called Club O2, last year I went on another ship and although I made some friends, it was hard because I was a little shy.
This time, I'm older, and my fashion sense has matured a lot too (I'm not ugly or anything, just shy).
I'm still not outgoing, but I'm much better around people - still a little shy around new people though, but I talk a mile a minute once I open up to people who aren't intimidating.
On this cruise I don't want to be a part of that boring group who's just standing there, I want to make friends with cool people who know how to have a good time, be crazy, both guys and girls. And it wouldn't hurt if there was a cute guy on the cruise too, any tips on how to have a normal conversation with them - or how to get their attention?
I know I have to go there on the first day, but I'm nervous - I know from experience that I have to make the first move and talk to people, so do you have any tips on how I can start an interesting (and non awkward) conversation, and seem generally outgoing and fun without people knowing that I'm the least bit shy? And more outgoing people sort of intimidate me because I feel unwanted, even though it's so easy for me to make friends at school, but not in new places for some odd reason.
Thanks!

Floatie July 5th, 2012 11:20 PM

I think you can start conversation about the ship and the ports you will be visiting, ask around who's on their first cruise, who's been to our ports already, etc etc...the teen clubs on Carnival always seem active and fun!! Remember to smile so people know you are open to new friendships and you will attract like-minded friendly people!! Most of all have FUN!!:D

green_rd July 6th, 2012 08:42 AM

Hey - I know it can be tough, even at 53 I can be shy. Not a very good conversation starter but can keep one going.

There are plenty of questions you can ask, after introducing yourself; have you cruised before, what are you going to do/did you do in port, what do you think or Carnival, O2, isn't this lame? Of course there are the standard questions; where are you from, what do you like, etc. People think you are fascinating when you let them talk about themselves. Be sure to answer their questions as well. It is a conversation not an interview :wink:

BigMac July 6th, 2012 09:08 AM

I am no where near 15 but I can remember how hard it could be to meet new people.
I am an only child so I never had any companions my age traveling.
I could hang out with adults and get treated like a servant or I could go find kids to hang out with.
After many struggles with awkward moments I find one thing always true, people love to talk about themselves. A smile and a friendly question about the person will normally kick things right off.
I am in my mid 40s so I have no teen relavent advice, as my 15 year old daughter will you :)

Have fun on your cruise.

Capndinghy July 6th, 2012 04:36 PM

Think of this way. The other kids will be thinking the same thing you are and have the same worries. I am sure you will find that you make new friends and will have a great time.
Enjoy!

lhp July 6th, 2012 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Capndinghy (Post 1436832)
Think of this way. The other kids will be thinking the same thing you are and have the same worries. I am sure you will find that you make new friends and will have a great time.
Enjoy!


Agreed !! Just be yourself and enjoy the cruise....

I will share this story.... our son is now 20 and has Autism.

As you can imagine, that can be a tough thing, when you are thrown into a bunch of 15 -17 year olds that you do not know.

He is very high functioning and always made lots of friends on cruises.

How? He was just himself. He has an incredible sense of humor and most teens that have taken the time to get to know him....end up hanging with him the rest of the cruise.


So go...and just be yourself and have a wonderful cruise!!




HeyItsMay July 6th, 2012 09:16 PM

Thank you guys so much! :D
I will just go up to them and say hi, start a conversation, and hopefully I'll become more at ease with the icebreaker games. And I'll try to smile lol

sllabon July 7th, 2012 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by HeyItsMay (Post 1436890)
Thank you guys so much! :D
I will just go up to them and say hi, start a conversation, and hopefully I'll become more at ease with the icebreaker games. And I'll try to smile lol

Best advice someone gave me a LONG time ago is, walk into any room with your head held high and a smile on your face like YOU are the most confident person in the World! That attitude carries over when people see you walk in! Have fun and enjoy!

Truck Cruiser July 8th, 2012 05:02 AM

Remember this, you will probably never see these people you meet again! they don't know you and you don't know them. This is a great place to try and come out of your shyness. Remember that you are beautiful, funny, exciting and a great person to be around!

Lots of good advise here, use it and have a great time.


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