As a guy who's taken multiple cruises as a single traveler, I've been frustrated by the difficulty of finding fellow passengers who'd like to share a cab onshore. (I'd rather compose my own shore excursion than be hauled around in a bus spending lots of time seeing things in which I have no interest, including souvenir shops probably owned by a relative of the tourguide, all at inflated prices just because the outing was arranged through the cruise line!)
On my last cruise I asked politely at the shore excursion desk if I could put up a little notice with the idea of drumming up possible interest in an excursion to a place the cruise line didn't even offer-- so they had no financial stake in discouraging me from putting up the notice-- but they told me they could never permit such a thing.
I've tried asking my tablemates, but they generally just wanna head for the nearest beach.
So it occured to me-- EUREKA! ALL CRUISE SHIPS NEED A BULLETIN BOARD!!
It would be great not just for people who, like myself, are looking to economize while doing their own thing ashore, but for anyone looking to find & meet fellow passengers with a shared interest, be it Scrabble, chess, brushing up on a foreign language, dancing-- whatever. Color-coded cards could be used for different interests & activities...or if the cruise lines think an actual bulletin board would look a little too untidy, it could be done with a computer screen & keyboard instead.
So whaddaya think? If you agree that this is a good, and NEEDED, idea, by all means leave a post-- but please, do more than that! Pass it on-- leave this suggestion on your comment card the next time you cruise! Maybe I can start a social movement here!