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Old 10-03-2012, 11:25 AM   #1
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Having so much trouble finding cruising buddies!

My husband and I are both in our late 20s and love to cruise with Disney! We've taken 4, plus 1 carnival, and the service on disney just doesn't compare.

We usually cruise alone for our anniversary, but that didn't work out this year so we're trying to get one booked for next january or february. I really wanted to try and get some of our friends to go, but no one wants to join us! It has nothing to do with the fact that it's Disney or the price, just everything else on the planet. One says she doesn't want to take that many days from work (it's a 5 day), another couple is trying to have a baby and doesn't think it's safe to cruise if shes pregnant, another went back to school and can't miss classes, one is a teacher and won't go on vacation when class is in season, and another couple who LOVE cruises won't give us a straight answer.

Am i the only one with this problem?? Don't get me wrong, it's fine if it's just DH and I, but I see him all the time, lol, and I'd love to sit with people we know at dinner and have another girl to do stuff with that DH doesn't like.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:32 AM   #2
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My husband and I are both in our late 20s and love to cruise with Disney! We've taken 4, plus 1 carnival, and the service on disney just doesn't compare.

We usually cruise alone for our anniversary, but that didn't work out this year so we're trying to get one booked for next january or february. I really wanted to try and get some of our friends to go, but no one wants to join us! It has nothing to do with the fact that it's Disney or the price, just everything else on the planet. One says she doesn't want to take that many days from work (it's a 5 day), another couple is trying to have a baby and doesn't think it's safe to cruise if shes pregnant, another went back to school and can't miss classes, one is a teacher and won't go on vacation when class is in season, and another couple who LOVE cruises won't give us a straight answer.

Am i the only one with this problem?? Don't get me wrong, it's fine if it's just DH and I, but I see him all the time, lol, and I'd love to sit with people we know at dinner and have another girl to do stuff with that DH doesn't like.
I will point out that, as long as you don't request a table for just the two of you, at dinner you will be assigned to a table with others. In most cases, DCL is quite good about assigning tablemates of comperable ages, family make up, and kid ages. You could meet some new friends. Many people have reported here that friendships made at DCL dinner tables have continued long past the cruise.

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Old 10-03-2012, 11:44 AM   #3
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We're in the same boat....would even share a suite if someone would be game... but everone has their own agenda, and life plans.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:53 AM   #4
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In May we went on the Fantasy for a 7-day. We booked it 14 months ahead and sent the info to all the family and friends at that time because we thought it would be really fun to have a group. It was just us on the cruise. I don't understand why it's so hard to get people to go on vacation even with over a year's notice. We had fun without them.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:33 PM   #5
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We have made a great group of cruising friends. It started here for a DVC member cruise. This month will be our 6th cruise together and we have Aulani planned for next year. We are quite a bit older so it's easier, no one has kids in school any more. Keep trying, we love our cruise buddies!!!
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:43 PM   #6
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Join the cruise meet thread for your cruise and inquire if anyone may be traveling alone, or a single parent with a youngster, and who would enjoy getting together on the ship. Get to know them via Facebook before the cruise.

Also, maybe you and your husband could try new things together on the cruise, such as enjoying foods you never ate before, wine tastings, couple's massage, visiting a new place at one of the ports, etc. etc. It won't take long to get to know folks on a cruise who have the same interests.

Good luck and whatever you decide, have a wonderful cruise.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:18 PM   #7
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I never quite understood why people feel the need to drag other families/extended family on vacation. We go to get away from ours!
Oh, we never ever ever cruise with family! Not our families at least, lol. Yes, we always look forward to sitting with people at dinner and there have been some great tablemates, but we've also had some complete duds.

Not that I mind at all, but the cruise meets are usually people with children who do the early seating and are on a different schedule. Don't get a wrong - DH and I always have a fabulous time, but i'd love to go with some friends too. I've even tried to plan a girls weekend away without the guys and didn't even have any takers for the 3 day.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:19 PM   #8
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Out of the six Disney Cruises I have been on five have been solo and I enjoy it, however I continually notify my friends to see if they can book the same cruise with me. A lot of times it's the timing that's bad or just arranging for everyones time off from work/school. Its pretty easy for me since I am single. Nevertheless I just booked another cruise for December 2013 and I notified my friends and I have my fingers crossed some or all of them will attend.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #9
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My husband and I are both in our late 20s and love to cruise with Disney! We've taken 4, plus 1 carnival, and the service on disney just doesn't compare.

We usually cruise alone for our anniversary, but that didn't work out this year so we're trying to get one booked for next january or february. I really wanted to try and get some of our friends to go, but no one wants to join us! It has nothing to do with the fact that it's Disney or the price, just everything else on the planet. One says she doesn't want to take that many days from work (it's a 5 day), another couple is trying to have a baby and doesn't think it's safe to cruise if shes pregnant, another went back to school and can't miss classes, one is a teacher and won't go on vacation when class is in season, and another couple who LOVE cruises won't give us a straight answer.

Am i the only one with this problem?? Don't get me wrong, it's fine if it's just DH and I, but I see him all the time, lol, and I'd love to sit with people we know at dinner and have another girl to do stuff with that DH doesn't like.
Join a Fish Extender Group and make lots of suggestions. We have our own Facebook page. We are having an Initial Get Together, A Wine Sailaway/Sunset Party, a Private Beer Tasting with beers from our local areas, we are getting together for Karaoke, we are doing the Scavenger Hunt together, we are doing a Cabin Crawl and we have the FE Exchange. After a year of planning, I feel like I already know a lot of these people.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:52 PM   #10
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We just met a great bunch of people on the 9/20 Dream cruise, and look forward to cruising with them again. It started with the DIS cruise meet thread, which led to a Facebook group that is still very active. We arranged for a group of 12 to dine together in the MDRs and in Palo.

Trying to get the same kind of dining group going with the 1/12/13 Fantasy cruise. So far, we're up to 6.

As good a job as DCL does matching table mates, nothing beats getting to know them ahead of time and sharing the countdown with them. It made a 3 night cruise last for months, and maybe years. Can't wait to cruise with our 9/20/12 Dream friends again!

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Old 10-03-2012, 11:37 PM   #11
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My husband and I are both in our late 20s and love to cruise with Disney! We've taken 4, plus 1 carnival, and the service on disney just doesn't compare.

We usually cruise alone for our anniversary, but that didn't work out this year so we're trying to get one booked for next january or february. I really wanted to try and get some of our friends to go, but no one wants to join us! It has nothing to do with the fact that it's Disney or the price, just everything else on the planet. One says she doesn't want to take that many days from work (it's a 5 day), another couple is trying to have a baby and doesn't think it's safe to cruise if shes pregnant, another went back to school and can't miss classes, one is a teacher and won't go on vacation when class is in season, and another couple who LOVE cruises won't give us a straight answer.

Am i the only one with this problem?? Don't get me wrong, it's fine if it's just DH and I, but I see him all the time, lol, and I'd love to sit with people we know at dinner and have another girl to do stuff with that DH doesn't like.
Heck, we can't even get people to go to WDW with us even after offering to drive them there (or pick up at airport) and we already have the DVC spot reserved, so we understand.

I second whomever mentioned it, but join up on the Cruise Meet thread and make some new friends who do like cruising Disney.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:09 AM   #12
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We are in the same boat! We are in our late 30s, no kids, and love cruising but can never find people to join us- even with a year notice! We finally gave up and just keep it at us 2. We take part in the FE. You should too. Lots of fun!
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