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Old 11-15-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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Table mates on cruises

Anyone ever get table mates that they couldn't stand or super awkward. I'm a little nervous for our upcoming cruise haha
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:31 PM   #2
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If you have a bad table situation, tell your head server. You will be moved.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:40 PM   #3
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:45 PM   #4
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If you have a bad table situation, tell your head server. You will be moved.
Yup...we did that once. Easy and wasn't akward after that.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:55 PM   #5
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I think we've been lucky, we've sailed 6 times with our 2 DDs and have always had our own table. On the 2 cruises my DW & I have sailed, w/o kids, we were seated at a table for 6 with 2 other couples. As these were only 4 night cruises & we went to either Palo or Remy, on at least one night (the other couples went on different nights) we never got to eat with them that much. The dinners we did get to spend with other couples, were very enjoyable.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:39 PM   #6
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As a follow up, does everyone have table mates? We are a family of 5 and quite private. I'd love to be on our own... What are our chances?
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:36 PM   #7
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As a follow up, does everyone have table mates? We are a family of 5 and quite private. I'd love to be on our own... What are our chances?
We are a family of four and were seated alone a few cruises ago. On our most recent cruise, we were a party of 5 and were seated with a party of five (we were traveling with our MIL as were they and our kids were all the same age). It was actually very fun and made our dinners really fun.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:04 PM   #8
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We are a family that likes meeting new people. We have only had good experiences with our table mates. One family did take awhile to warm up to us but by night 3 we were all good.

My suggestion is to see what happens the first 2 nights before you request being alone unless the situation is horrible on the first night. It can take lots of people including yourself, a couple nights to warm up to eachother. IF you give it a chance you may meet some new wonderful people. More or less you have nothing to loose.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:09 PM   #9
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So far I've been on 3 cruises and all of our dinner table mates have been very pleasant. We've had interesting conversations and had the opportunity to share information about our day and excursions. We especially enjoyed being seated with cruisers from other countries.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:02 AM   #10
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As a follow up, does everyone have table mates? We are a family of 5 and quite private. I'd love to be on our own... What are our chances?
Your chances are very good. After having some negative type table mates who only seemed to complain about the cruise from our frist dinner I decided to change my seating and dining rotation. Since that experience I have alwasy requested my own table. Yup I sit alone and enjoy every moment of it. I mingle with nearby tables and the wonderful servers. After I get to know some of the people in my area they have even asked me to join their table just for one or two dinners which I have done.
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The first night on our 4-night Dream cruise was awkward -- to the point that we considered going to GS and asking if we could be moved to our own table for the remaining nights. We were not late, but the other family had arrived before us. They did not acknowledge our presence in any way when we walked up to the table. My DH and I stood there for a minute, then looked at each other and sat down. There was almost no conversation among the adults all through dinner. The one saving grace was that my DD hit if off with one of the two boys from the other family. I was pleasantly surprised as I did not have high hopes when I saw that there were two boys at the table, one a couple of years older and one a couple of years younger than my DD.

We decided to give it one more try since DD had enjoyed herself. The next night, the boys' grandmother suggested that we change the seating arrangement so my DH and I were directly across from the other couple. She also insisted on buying wine for the table. After that, things warmed up considerably. By the third night, everyone was 100% comfortable and we all had an enjoyable time.

My advice would be to go out of your way to make the other family feel comfortable. Introduce yourselves and tell them where you're from. If you have kids around the same age, make sure they sit next to each other. Sometimes all that's needed is a little ice breaker to make everyone feel at ease!
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We've always had good table mates. Some that we have kept in touch with over the years, others that have slipped from our minds when we walked off the ship, but none that were bad. We enjoy talking with people of all different backgrounds and opinions. We appreciate different points of view on things.

As others have noted, if you find you are seated with somebody you really can't stand you can ask to be moved to a different table the next night.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:50 PM   #13
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The first night on our 4-night Dream cruise was awkward -- to the point that we considered going to GS and asking if we could be moved to our own table for the remaining nights. We were not late, but the other family had arrived before us. They did not acknowledge our presence in any way when we walked up to the table. My DH and I stood there for a minute, then looked at each other and sat down. There was almost no conversation among the adults all through dinner. The one saving grace was that my DD hit if off with one of the two boys from the other family. I was pleasantly surprised as I did not have high hopes when I saw that there were two boys at the table, one a couple of years older and one a couple of years younger than my DD.

We decided to give it one more try since DD had enjoyed herself. The next night, the boys' grandmother suggested that we change the seating arrangement so my DH and I were directly across from the other couple. She also insisted on buying wine for the table. After that, things warmed up considerably. By the third night, everyone was 100% comfortable and we all had an enjoyable time.

My advice would be to go out of your way to make the other family feel comfortable. Introduce yourselves and tell them where you're from. If you have kids around the same age, make sure they sit next to each other. Sometimes all that's needed is a little ice breaker to make everyone feel at ease!
Such an odd initial interaction. I wonder how common this is? If was seated with people I didn't know, even though I am shy, I would say, "Hi! Nice to meet you. I'm X and this is my son Y." Seriously, how hard is that? Strange.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:56 PM   #14
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The first night on our 4-night Dream cruise was awkward -- to the point that we considered going to GS and asking if we could be moved to our own table for the remaining nights. We were not late, but the other family had arrived before us. They did not acknowledge our presence in any way when we walked up to the table. My DH and I stood there for a minute, then looked at each other and sat down. There was almost no conversation among the adults all through dinner. The one saving grace was that my DD hit if off with one of the two boys from the other family. I was pleasantly surprised as I did not have high hopes when I saw that there were two boys at the table, one a couple of years older and one a couple of years younger than my DD.

We decided to give it one more try since DD had enjoyed herself. The next night, the boys' grandmother suggested that we change the seating arrangement so my DH and I were directly across from the other couple. She also insisted on buying wine for the table. After that, things warmed up considerably. By the third night, everyone was 100% comfortable and we all had an enjoyable time.

My advice would be to go out of your way to make the other family feel comfortable. Introduce yourselves and tell them where you're from. If you have kids around the same age, make sure they sit next to each other. Sometimes all that's needed is a little ice breaker to make everyone feel at ease!
We had (kind of) the same thing on out 3 day Dream cruise. For two nights it had been me and my BF, and a pair of friends, but at a table for eight. Us and the friends were chatty for the first two nights. On night three, another couple turned up, we said hello to them and NOTHING back. They didn't talk to any of us for the whole evening until right at the end when they asked if dinner always took this long! It was so strange.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:06 PM   #15
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Only once did we have an awkward experience, nothing we could not handle, but still awkward. Thankfully, it has never been so bad that we need to change tables. However, I have friends and family that have had some very nasty experiences with people who proclaimed the table to be theirs and were very rude. If this were to happen, just asked to be moved. No one should be miserable on their cruise due to the behavior of others.
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