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Old 04-08-2013, 09:38 PM   #46
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Originally Posted by NickAndAnt View Post
I am a bit worried too. We're a gay couple in our 40s and I am worried we'll get seated with someone who is going to ask if we're brothers and then react badly when we tell them we're a couple. On one hand, I really want the fun of meeting new people, and on the other hand, I don't want to hear a saintly, adorable older woman non-chalantly tell me I should marry a woman and change my ways lest I burn in hell.
If you were to sit at a table with my family I guarantee you none of us would have batted an eye. In fact, as a surrogate mother for same sex couples I might have tried to get a little networking in. I bet you'll get awesome table mates. If for some reason you don't please ask to be switched. I know there's no way anyone at Disney would want you to be uncomfortable during your cruise.

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Old 04-08-2013, 10:03 PM   #47
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On our recent girls only cruise, we were celebrating my DD's HS graduation along with her best friend also graduating and traveling as our guest. We were placed with a family whose DD was also graduating from HS and their DS who was also in the same Vibe age group. It worked out very well. There was much commonality between the adults too.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:25 PM   #48
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I've always read on here about people making great new friends on the cruises at dinner and thought nope not us...we are to anti social. Small talk and thats it for us, well that was until cruise 7 last month. We became instant friends with our tablemates! Truly a small world we live in: I have a teenage cousin who is slowly dieing from a very rare disease ( I am a nurse and never come across a Dr who has even heard of it) and on our Costa Maya night we were in port extra late so we decided to have a few, well a lot, of drinks in port and party it up with our new friends. As we are walking back to the ship quite intoxicated she mentions Tue 2 sons she lost and wouldn't you know she says the disease name. We were both absolutely floored that the other knew of this disease. Come home to Facebook and discover through networking with the disease she is already friends with my uncle/godfather! I can now say Disney has some sort of magical powers when it comes to tablemates! I now say to whoever has doubts about dining with strangers---go into it with an open mind! You may be surprised or you can change if it is bad!
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:35 PM   #49
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Originally Posted by *Nessa* View Post
We travelled in a group of 15 too and we all sat together

ETA: can I ask does anyone know what the size your group has to be before they would give you your own table without asking??
It's hard to say. Our first 3 cruises we were just 2 (DH & I), first cruise seated with 3 other couples, second cruise - 2 couples and a mother & adult daughter, 3rd cruise - we linked with a couple from our first cruise and were seated with a single woman and a single man (however, the man only ate at the buffet, we never saw him until the last morning, and the woman switched to late seating).

4th cruise (DH, me, DS24, DD25 & her BF) we were seated alone at a 6 top.

5th cruise (DH, me & DS19) we were seated at an 8 top with a mom (a bit younger than us), DD15, DS16, DD20 and her DS2.

6th cruise (DH, me, DHs mom & her husband, DHs sister and her husband) we had a 6 top to ourselves.

So, while it seems that a party of 5 would automatically be seated by themselves, it doesn't always happen as you can see by our 5th cruise. My best guess would be a party of 6 would almost always be seated by themselves.

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Old 04-08-2013, 11:40 PM   #50
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Originally Posted by martinm View Post
Normally I am a VERY keep to myself kinda person.. when I cruise I go out of my way to meet new people. The first night is the most fun.
I LOVE sharing a table with people I have never met. It makes me put on my friendly and practice being social. My wife like it because I am likely to behave
I am exactly the same way. I love playing DCL table roulette.

I've discovered that I tend to have better luck at the (dining) tables if I leave any special requests out of the mix. I've been told on a couple of (granted, not full capacity) cruises that if space is available, requesting a particular server defaults to getting one's own table.

On my most recent cruise, I was B2B on the Wonder sailing solo. On the first cruise, I was seated at a table with a couple perhaps a little older than my parents and an adult woman probably around my age and her parents. It was a good table mix for conversation. By sheer coincidence, though, my server had been my assistant server for the April Hawaii cruise. She had been an excellent assistant server and I was so glad to see she'd been promoted to server. I had asked the head server if I could stay in her section for the next cruise. Unfortunately, he told me that the only way he could do that would be to place me either at a table with multiple families of small children or give me a table to myself.

Otherwise, I was already assigned to a table in another section with 20-30somethings. I opted to stick with my predestined table and it turned out to be a good conversation mix as well.
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