I remember on my cruise they were bringing out the baked alaska. One of my tablemates asked if there were nuts since he was alergic to them. He then went on to describe how one time after he ate nuts a college roommate had to do an emergency tracheotomy <SP> on hum. I scarfed down my desert jost so I could get out of there since I am extremely squeamish about that. Any one else have any not so pleasant dinner topics they wish to share?
Yes I have one. I sat next to Long Island yuppies on the EOS who were complled to tell me their salarys, the size of their handsome home and expensive autos. My God I wanted to choke. Who cares!!!!!!! Not me!!!!! I am middle class and proud of it. Why can't they just talk about the weather. Why is it that the moment people meet, the first thing they do is size each other up. Waiter check please!!!!
We had a couple like that on our 12/99 Triumph cruise. Just had to let us know how successful they were. Luckily, they REALLY wanted a table for 2 and arranged to get it and thus so did we. Really lucked out on the 12/01 Carnival Spirit cruise with a couple around our age and life stage with varied interests and plenty to talk about. A great waiter also helped.
Back in the 70's we (in our 30's) took a 4 dayer on top of a business trip and ended up with a couple who were about 95 and he fell asleep at dinner every nite in his wheelchair. Matre'D moved us to a table of singles and newlyweds. Dinner was not fun.
We have been lucky no real big gripes. Except the newlyweds that continued to show the table how in LOVE they were for each other. We were very embarrased by their actions. Hey buddy not while were eating PLEASE>>>>>> .....Stephanie
This wasn't a weird conversation - but - on our last cruise we were seated with a young newly married couple. They were very nice. Kinda quiet. On the last night, only she showed up. No husband. They had had a HUGE fight. He would not leave the room. The marriage was over. She sobbed to us through our whole dinner. Waiter, another bottle of wine please.
Juile, my wife and I had a newly married couple sit with us on our honeymoom which we thought was a little unusual. The husband missed dinner many times during the cruise and when he did show up his mood seem to change rather fast. I thought he was on drugs because he's eyes were allways red and his appearance was rather scruffy.
Last T-giving on Horizon we ended up at a table for eight, open seating, first night out. (Late departure.)
The most boorish man in the world was at the table along with "the wife." He immediately took charge of the table, asking names, what everyone "did" and how many cruises we'd been on. The other two couples were first-timers.
Queeg and I were exhausted, as we'd spent the day inspecting the two new NCL ships
so I mumbleld that I was a housewife and hadn't been on very many cruises. Queeg just said he was retired.
So, Mr. Boor starts in on how many cruises he and "the wife" had taken, how many countries they had visited, etc. Queeg could sense the "seethe" and gave me the "Down, Girl" look. Too late.
Back teeth firmly clenched together, I inquired in the most civil tone I could muster, "And were you an OFFICER in the military?"
Boor was not to be deterred. Seethe level escaled. Queeg finally decided to take the boor by the horns and said, "Sir, I think my wife is the senior traveler at this table."
Boor looks amazed. Queeg: "We had six continents and fifty-some countries on our last passports, mostly on cruises. I believe my wife has been to over 100 countries. She is a travel writer, she just tells people she is a housewife. And this is our fourth cruise on Horizon. "
In retrospect, this was an error of judgment. Boor and Mrs. Boor wanted to be our best friends. Could I get them an invitation to the Captain's table (they saw us sitting there the next night) ? Could I arrange a bridge tour? Could they visit our cabin? (The upgrade fairy had visited and we were in the Presidential Suite -- they saw us coming out of it one day.) Would we like to go on a shore excursion with them? Could they buy us a drink? ACK!
Oh Pamda, your funny. Why didn't you just play along with them and claim that it was your first cruise and you already hated every minute of it? You know, the presidential suite was decorated like Motel 6, the food wasn't fit for your dog, you feel uncomfortable around so many experienced and upscale jet-setters, etc.
You could've been the party pooper and soured their milk and cookies.
As a member of the law enforcement community, I can assure you that O.J. did it and Rodney King deserved a real ass-whipping (not the kind he got). IF people want to discuss any other aspects of our jobs at the dinner table(wife is Homicide Detective and I was a patrol sergeant) we are glad to share.
To Mikey Sr... I appreciate your story but not all Long Islanders are boorish bragging yuppies so why mention the place of origin..these types can be from anywhere. on one cruise the folks in the suite next to our humble stateroom kept telling us how unhappy they were with everything every day & kept commenting on why did they leave their beautiful beachfront abode in Naples Fla for choppy seas--nothing was good except Atlantis where I expect they hit big at the tables! I only mention their place of residence to show that it is not exclusively a Long Island thing--
My wife and I were seated at a table with 3 other couples that were Russian but spoke English too. One of the ladies was a EVP for American Express and she bossed everone at the table. She would not even let her husband order his meal. He would give the order to the waiter and she would cancel whatever he wanted and order something else for him. ( actually it was quite funny to us)This lady knew everything about everything......and what she didn't know..you did't need to know.
On another cruise we were seated with actor Telly Savalas(Kojack) and had a most interesting time.(he spent most of time in the casino)
Overall we have enjoyed the conversation at dinner at large tables.....only exception was a table we had years ago on the SeaBreeze where we had a couple that had a foul mouth problem.
HCT, my table mates CAME from Long Island. That is fact and not insult. I never said people from LI were horrible. I think you jumped on the band wagon to soon. By the way I am from Rockland County, just outside NYC and don't see any difference between people from the LI and where I live.
Pamda, that reminds me of a good friend of mine who is an engineer making over $100k. He is a couple of years older than me, in his late 20s and is single. When he's out at clubs or bars, he can always tell the materialistic girls - their very first question is, "what do you do?"
He has told them that he works in a funeral home. His next line is, "there have been some amazing advances recently in the field of mortuary science."
He has also told them he delivers pizzas for Pizza Hut.
The materialistic girls always flee after those lines. Little do they know!
He has also been asked upon meeting a girl, "what kind of car do you drive." He told her he drives a '94 Ford Ranger with 180,000 miles on it. What he didn't mention is that his other car is a brand new Corvette Z-06!
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On our trip to Hawaii aboard The Infinity, we had our most unusual dinner companions.One of the gentlemen had decided that he was alergic to everything that was served. Although he admitted that he had not found a Doctor to agree with his
diagnosis, he proceded to make each dinner an adventure. The waiter asked the
chef for a special rice pudding made with soy milk since the gentlemen mentioned it
so often. However,the night that it appeared he did not come to dinner. The waiter was going to save it and give it to him the next night. The cook threw it out, the guest was
mad and the poor waiter got into a fight with the cook. The waiter was given extra dish
duty until 2 a.m. that evening for causing an altercation with the cook. !
By the fifth night the guest had the waiter bringing him a list of the ingredients for each dish. At the begining of each meal we all waited while this drama played out to its
conclusion. Then to top it all off, there was an adjoining table of several gay gentlemen. I found them to be very pleasant to talk to and stopped by to say hello each evening. "The Guest" decided to warn my husband that he should watch out as I was making eyes at the men. And yes, we did laugh alot about it at the time.
Dani you made my day, or should I say night. I laughed untill I cried There was never a dull moment at your table and a fight between the waiter and cook That Guest needs to stay home and cook his own food. Auguste ,still laughing
On a recent cruise, a table companion became an an unwanted "admirer" , he was so dull, root canal would have been more fun.!
In Venice on a Voyager dinner and entertainment evening ashore I was pleased when the organizer and her daughter joined us ( he had insisted on "escorting" me). Then I half way through the meal, I heard him telling the poor woman about his 4 operations in graphic detail!
If they ask, I tell them that I am a toll booth collector on the Florida Turnpike and my wife collects aluminum cans. She did so good that we were able to take this cruise after we found someone to watch the single-wide. (The door is broken.)
On the Explorer last fall, after changing tables because of a location problem, we were joined at dinner by 3 ladies.. a elderly lady with 2 grown daughters. When we learned they were family, I asked if they were cruising for any special occassion.
One said... Yes, I'm dying. Just completed my last chemo treatment, and it was my dream to go on a cruise.
That certainly stopped the conversation for a moment. They turned out to be the most delightful dinner companions, and it was one of my life's most memorable times to watch and be a part of the joy these ladies experienced and expressed all week.
There was talk about them staying on the ship for another week because they were having such a great time. Unfortunately, our sick friend, ended up in the infirmary the second last day of the cruise, was medi-vacd home when we hit port, and passed away shortly after returning home.
Not your typical cruise experience, but I was proud to have been there and to help bring a smile to their faces on occassion.
We were once seated with a newly wed couple from ............(I won't say where because it would surely offend someone)... who weren't that young. Pleasant enough couple with obviously a decent education but had rotten teeth. About three pieces of teeth in the widest smile, between the two of them! ! It was not easy to talk to them without looking at their hideous teeth.
On our first cruise we were seated at a table for 4 with a couple in their late thirties. They were nice enough most of the time, although during the course of the cruise the husband had brought up both religion and politics. Needless to say, his beliefs were quite different from mine and I had to change the subject as politely as I could!
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