We just returned from an RCCL cruise and were walking in the dining room for dinner. We saw a nice table near the window, but were told by the waiter that the two people sitting there wanted to be alone. They were an older couple, and I guess I was just surprised that people would cruise and not want to meet new people. I mean, to me, that is one big draw of cruising, to meet new friends!
We ended up sitting at a table with (believe it or not!) the mother in law of one of my co-workers! (Yes, it is a small world!) and a newlywed couple who we plan to keep in touch with, even went to Disneyland with them the day we returned!
I just think it's a shame that people deny themselves the opportunity to meet others from all over the world, but that's just my never-to-be humble opinion.....
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I completely understand this. Not everyone enjoys dining with a large group of people. You rarely go to a four star restaurant and expect to be seated with six other people. There's nothing wrong with people not wanting to be social at dinner. I know the number of tables for two is far less than the demand.
Many people go on a cruise for a romantic time with each other and want that time. My wife and I have taken a couple of these cruises and had a table for two and enjoyed it. Those cruises were our time together and we greatly enjoyed it. After 22 years we haven't ran out of things to talk about.
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My wife and I both had jobs wherein we had to deal with the general public and their problems day in and day out. Sometimes it was a pleasure to just be by ourselves and relax a bit.. Maybe the folks you refer to were just wanting some quite time by themselves so they could wind down a bit.
Maybe they had a bad experience. Luckily we have had all good experiences. Except the last cruise, the people only showed up one night. Felt dumb at a large table and only us! Maybe they were on a secret rendevous??? Never know!
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I agree with Mike. Mark and I like tables for two. We go on vacation to be with each other, not strangers. I don't find it at all sad that I would rather spend a meal talking to my best friend than enduring interminable small talk about "what do you do" or "so is this your first cruise."