On my first cruise, I traveled alone. I was placed at a table with 3 other couples and another single lady. No one said a word to me after I spoke to everyone, they just smiled and said nothing. Imagine my surprise when everyone at that table did not speak a word of english, even the single lady. They were all placed at that table because they spoke the same language. Needless to say, I was not going to spend 7 days at a table with no interesting conversation. They moved me to an excellent table with people I met and have stayed friends throughout the years. On a last note about the first table, don't get me wrong, no one was mean or nasty, they just didn't understand me. We exchanged hellos whenever we saw each other throughout the rest of the cruise. On our next cruise We were seated with a couple who literally lived about 5 miles from us! Were we surprised. We had lots to talk about. Has anyone had a table-mate from hell?