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ColoradoSweetheart February 2nd, 2007 08:13 PM

Your WORST Tablemates
Share your stories of your worst tablemates!!!!

illiniandy February 3rd, 2007 12:00 AM

Re: Your WORST Tablemates

Originally Posted by ColoradoSweetheart
Share your stories of your worst tablemates!!!!

First night at dinner on a 5 day cruise, my wife & I arrived at the table first. 5 minutes later a family of four came to join us, I extended my hand to introduce myself & was told by the husband/dad, "We will never see each other when these 5 days are over, so let's not start some phony friendship". Made it through dinner night 1, and requested another table for the rest of the cruise, met some nice people that strangely enough I still keep in contact with?!

DavidBgood February 3rd, 2007 03:48 PM

Not a surprise to you, but that guy had major social issues :shock: :shock:

Me, I've never ever had a bad table mate(s). I've had people I would not like to see again, but did they waste my cruise or dining experience no.

But it's a good question and I also would love to hear,,,when you dined with people that are "Diners from Hell", and what they did

mehawk February 4th, 2007 05:18 AM

The ones who were so terribly obese and were hillbillies. (msblackjack and redzone) LOL LOL

JamesRT February 4th, 2007 07:35 AM


msblackjack February 4th, 2007 02:35 PM


Originally Posted by mehawk
The ones who were so terribly obese and were hillbillies. (msblackjack and redzone) LOL LOL

sure sneak over to another thread and pick on me, LOL so I guess your saying I'm the hillbilly cuz I certainly am not obese.

DavidBgood February 4th, 2007 02:51 PM

Not fair, and in my opinion a personal attack. Didn't understand the post but do know :-? :-? :-? Maybe I just missed the humor......... Like hyjack this thread

msblackjack February 4th, 2007 02:53 PM


Originally Posted by DavidBgood
Not fair, and in my opinion a personal attack. Didn't understand the post but do know :-? :-? :-? Maybe I just missed the humor......... Like hyjack this thread

All in fun!

mehawk February 4th, 2007 03:14 PM

David, Martha, Redzone and I are "Buds" on another thread, just spreading the love, man... LOL

Fieldmouse February 4th, 2007 05:05 PM

Feel left out on this one...we've had GREAT table mates up to this point! Some have been a lot older than my husband and I...some younger...but ALL great great fun.

One of the most interesting was an older couple from England. Very, very first...but after a couple of meals, we warmed them up. Found out that this very reserved couple were world travelers. They had wonderful adventures in Greece, Africa, etc. They had been married for over 50 years. The husband had a dry sense of humor...and his wife, who was not as reserved, had a sharp wit. They had more energy than my husband and I put together!

On another cruise we had a table for night we couldn't wait for dinner to see what each of the other couples had done for that day. Since we were all so different, we had chosen different Port at dinner we would entertain each other with our adventures! LOL

nlb1050 February 4th, 2007 05:21 PM

Our worst tablemate had to be one night on the Sun Princess (we have always dined the Anytime option on Princess). We always agree to sitting with others and one night this couple (about late 60's) were to my right. With the husband next to me. Well he managed to drink his water, his wife's water and MINE!

The waitress we had was so good, she very quietly askes what happenned to my water and then proceded to bring me a new glas and carefully placed it to the center of my plate,so there would be no repeats of stolen water.

Last cruise, one of the men (table for 6) had a habit of while talking at certain points of whatever he was saying would take one finger on his right hand and pull at his bottom eyelid. I felt sorry for the 3rd man at the table as he was across from him for the whole cruise and got the full affect.

But those aren't bad enough to have made our cruises bad.

Fern February 4th, 2007 09:12 PM

Our worst tablemates:

On Carnival, a man who wouldn't let his wife order her own meal. He kept telling her what to order instead of what she wanted! Then he proceeded to order at least two of everything on the menu for himself (I have no problem with people ordering extras, but this was "overkill"!).

On Princess (Anytime Dining, thank goodness!), a newly married couple (married on the ship). He was so abusive! He knocked over his water onto her plate and her, and paid no attention as my DH and the waiter cleaned it up. The waiter wanted to bring her another plate, but she "cowered" and said no. We saw them in the photo gallery and said "hi" and he grabbed her and pulled her away! Then I saw her in the casino bar and we talked for a minute, but she said she had to get back to the table with her husband's drink or he would be mad. I truly hope that she's gotten away from this guy :shock: !

And, on several ships, people who talk about how much $$ they make or how much they paid for their cruise. Is this really any of my (or anyone else's) business???

mehawk February 4th, 2007 09:38 PM

I was serious on my previous post when I said a woman who was very obese and took up two spots on the bench and was a "hillbilly" (a Texan one at that) had horrible table manners. Her husband tried to cover for her but it was a losing proposition. I just threw the names in just for funning. :D

JeanS February 4th, 2007 11:32 PM

When we took my stepson & his friend on a cruise, they sat us with another family w/2 boys. The oldest one was fine, but the rest of the family was so ridiculous, I couldn't believe it! The youngest son kept asking our VERY hard working waitress with the STUPIDEST questions, and his parents never insisted he stop doing that. I finally made some comment that he should ask his questions of her lately when she isn't working so hard, and his family agreed. What a moron!!

The rest of the family was pretty ridiculous too, with the grandfather telling the same stupid joke over and over again. I have patience with older people usually, but I think he was being stupid on purpose!

During one of our free sitting breakfast meals, we met these 2 very interesting gals! One had worked on building the subway in New York City and was very fascinating to talk to! Guess we should have asked for another table, but guess I was worried about being terribly rude. But I think I'll just muster my courage the next time! Too many interesting and nice people to meet whilst cruising to waste on some I don't care for.. :roll:

colorcrazie February 5th, 2007 12:55 PM

On one cruise, we were at a table for eight. One couple did not speak any English. They were very polite and pleasant, but we couldn't talk. Second couple was young and very much into trying to pretend to be upper class. If you have to pretend, it's never true. Thought at first that the other seats would stay empty, until waiter came over and moved one chair away. He then wheeled in a woman in a wheelchair and her attendant. The woman had very advanced cerebal palsy and could not do anything on her own. Attendant had to cut her food into tiny bites and feed her, give her water through a straw, etc. At first we were a tad disappointed since it looked like we would not have anyone to chat with, but we decided to stay put.
Over the course of the week, I found out through the attendant that the disabled woman had spent her life barely able to function at all. But, she has one dream and that was to take a cruise. She saved up for decades, until she coud afford to go and take someone who could care for her.
We were both humbled and touched by the huge spirit inside of that restricted lady. She had been dealt a really tough hand in life and still went for her dreams.
Okay, my Pollyanna post is over. But, I will never forget her. I have developed serious health problems myself and that lady is my touchstone when I start slipping into a pool of self pity.

JeanS February 5th, 2007 01:07 PM

What a wonderful story, Marty! What wonderful people we are inside is not always easy to see from the outside. How wonderful of you to take the time to find out.... :D

Fieldmouse February 5th, 2007 02:16 PM

Great positive post. Worth a read...Thank you for sharing!!!! :D

mehawk February 5th, 2007 10:25 PM

Yes, very nice

jennc February 5th, 2007 11:09 PM

I think my worst table mate was a police officer from Texas. Totally full of himself and very arrogant!!!
Ring any bells??

mehawk February 6th, 2007 12:40 AM

Yes, Jenn, there are some "Bubbas" in Texas law enforcement.

Cruise Cynic February 6th, 2007 05:52 AM

On a Carnival Paradise sailing, we were seated with two (400lb) Sheriffs and spouses from North Carolina. Once making sure that Mrs. Cynic and I were indeed married, they didn't speak a word to us afterward. Just glared at us. I guess they forgot to pack their Klan formal sheets.

One of the wives did open her mouth to say that hubby felt "nekkid without his firearm". Well, brother, feel free to pack it if it pains you so. I promise I won't hurt you.

We changed tables in a flash.

JeanS February 6th, 2007 07:43 AM

Good idea to switch, Cynic, who needs THAT kind of company??

Actually I'm surprised they didn't ask for a table by themselves..on our next cruise, I'll be sure to switch if we get weird table mates....cruising too long and too many interesting people to meet to get stuck! But that's why we like LARGE tables, increases our odds! :D

mehawk February 6th, 2007 08:32 PM

CC that is great humor in your post... LOL LOL

wmufiji February 6th, 2007 11:34 PM

We had a good one last week. On the second night of the cruise, we walked into the dining room right at 8:30, and saw two people sitting at our table. Our waiter had just walked out of the back, saw this and went over to talk to the two people at our table (table for 2). All I heard him say was something about the table number on his sea pass card being 000 and he couldn't find that table. The waiter (pretty firmly) told them that he would find them the maitre d', but in the meantime, they needed to get up immediately so we could have our table. The guy himmed and hawed so I finally went up and said something to the effect that he wouldn't appreciate it if I came into the dining room ignorant of where my table was and hijacked his table. He was not pleased, but him and his wife did get up.

I was surprised and impressed with how the waiter dealt with this. Guess he was showing concern for his "real" customers.
Still trying to figure out how these people went a day and a half on the ship without bothering to find out where they were supposed to sit for dinner.

Everytime we would see them for the rest of the cruise, my wife and I would say that they were the Steve and Rachel from a parallel universe of stupidity. Everytime they noticed us, they would shoot dirty looks at us.


Cruise Cynic February 7th, 2007 01:07 AM

Mehawk> I wish I was making it up. It's all true.

Sorry if you thought I was making fun of your profession.... perhaps they were lying about being in Law Enforcement, I do not know and do not care. Not a word was embellished or invented.....

These guys SOOO reminded me of "Porky" from the movies of the same name.

mehawk February 7th, 2007 03:31 AM

CC no offense taken my friend. The lagre woman I was referring to in my posting was with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and she wanted to make sure that everyone knew about it.

When I am in the company of strangers and am asked what I do for a living, (no don't get me wrong, I am proud of my career) in order to ward off any questions that always follow, I simply say that I am a supervisor for the government. That way, I don't have to answer the "I have a friend that... <fill in the blank>".

Cruise Cynic February 7th, 2007 09:32 AM

Mehawk> I had no problem with them being obese (I hit 270 myself). We left because of the burning cross aspect.

Edited to add: I have no idea how these huge dudes chase down criminals... maybe wing-em and then sit on them.

beenie weenie February 7th, 2007 12:22 PM

We have only shared a table with others on our first cruise. I really enjoyed the couple we sat with however, their younger daughter and her son I could have lived without.
It was a shame too because the couple were lovely people and they are the kind of folks you meet and could have a long friendship with. One evening we are sitting at dinner and my two year old daughter wanted a some bread, when she reached to the bread plate on the wrong side of her and it happened to belong to the 6 or 7 year old boy, he balls up his fist and rears back to like he's going to punch her, when I caught his hand in midair and explained that we were very sorry she took his bread from the wrong plate and we'd make sure he got more, but that he would not be hitting my two year old daughter regardless. This kid had to weigh well over 100 pounds and would put away a couple dozen chicken nuggets for dinner I kid you not, he was definitely not starving. Anyhow, from that night on we made sure that dd and ds were sitting between d/h and I. That was bad enough, then a few days later I run into the mother of the bully, and she plops down next to me in the casino and commences to tell me that she just lost all of her money and wants me to float her a loan so she doesn't have to tell her parents what happened to all of her money. I would die a 1000 deaths before I would do something like that...I just don't get it.
Bizarre how such nice people can have such rotten kids and grandkids.
I think thats when I stopped wanting to share a table with others.

JeanS February 7th, 2007 12:28 PM


I think you are depriving yourself of one of the most wonderful things about cruising, and that's meeting other people! We still keep in touch with some of them, and have had some wonderful times at mealtime!

However, we always request a large table to increase our chances of meeting great people! I mean, you probably usually just eat dinner by yourselves at home, why continue the tradition at sea? Just becase you had one bad experience doesn't mean they will all be bad!

Next time try requesting a large table, and I've learned that you shouldn't hesitate to request a switch if you really want to.. There are a lot of interesting and wonderful people to meet in this might be pleasantly suprised!

beenie weenie February 7th, 2007 09:18 PM

Thanks but no thanks, I actually enjoy getting and giving my families undivided attention and truth is that since my d/h is on the road so much, we actually don't get to sit down and eat dinner together nearly enough and this has become a great time to reconnect as a family, and as a couple. As interesting as other folks may be at dinner, I am sharing my meal with the most important people in my world.

I have met several lovely and wonderful people at shows, just sitting around in the atrium and on excursions, some of which I still keep in touch with, but meal time belongs to our family now and I honestly enjoy it.

I think its great that sharing a meal with others adds so much to people's crusing experience, I would never be so arrogant to suggest that they are diluting their experience by choosing to dine with others, as we're all different, we're at different stages in our lives and wanting different things out of our cruise. When d/h and I aren't on the go so much and the kids are grown and on their own, we may seek that interaction. But for now we're living in the moment and trying to make the most of our time together.

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