I have been very lucky to have great table mates on all our cruises. Our recent July cruise was odd. We always arrive a few minutes after seating time - that way we just follow the last few people in the door and we don't have to wait in line. So when we arrived at our table, we saw we had 5 table mates (we are a party of 3) Well they were very surprised when we sat at their table. I don't think they had any idea that we were assigned to the table too. They were Spanish and the only one that understood English was the daughter that was the same age as mine. I know a little Spanish so I was able to communicate the basics. The next night, they sat in the very middle of the table leaving only the ends and one seat in the middle open! I guess my Spanish was not as good as I thought! So I glanced around and saw their youngest girl (about 4) was sitting at one end, so I suggested my husband sit on that end, my daughter sat in the middle with the girl her same age and I sat down at the other end and I put on a very big smile to show that I was pleased to be able to spend time with them. Well when they saw their little girl was sitting next to a grown man, the suggested we change seats! So we happily did and all was well. The third night we went to Palo and my daughter ate with them. On the 4th night we again came a few minutes after seating and followed the back of the line in - this time, they were all sitting together smiling and looking for us! When they saw us they waived and pulled out chairs out! It was so funny how it took us not being there for them to realize that it was nice to have us. They tried much harder that night to communicate and we had a lot of fun and were one of the last tables to leave! My Spanish must have improved!!! We have had table mates that we have traveled with again and some that we still communicate with. Table mates are one of my favourite parts of the cruise!