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  • neptuna, norwich
    started a topic Small Talk & Table 'Mates'

    Small Talk & Table 'Mates'

    What is it about small talk?

    Some people seem to be natural chatters, and other people, like oneself, find it hard to string a few words together to meer strangers, and to be honest I don't really want to make the effort as I'm probably never going to see them again. I know that seems harsh (I AM a nice person) but I'm just being honest!

    I'm not a Victor Meldrew, I have plenty of friends/family, but I just don't like the idea of sitting with strangers. I want to relax when I'm eating. I don't want to have to worry about making first impressions, keeping the conversation going, awkward silences etc etc..

    That's why I tend to veer away from a large table and request a table for 2. Does that make me boring?

    I mean, if you go to a restaurant on land, you don't sit with strangers do you?

    So why don't cruiselines offer more small tables?

    I feel I've gone off on a tangent but I think I've got my point across, haven't I?

  • Victoria, Aberystwyth
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    Originally posted by R M McRobert, SAINTFIELD, BALLYNAHICH View Post
    They could not speak a word of English, therefore, no conversation at all, rosey
    And I suppose from their point of view, you couldn't speak a word of Italian!

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  • R M McRobert, SAINTFIELD, BALLYNAHICH
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    They could not speak a word of English, therefore, no conversation at all, rosey

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  • Victoria, Aberystwyth
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    Originally posted by R M McRobert, SAINTFIELD, BALLYNAHICH View Post
    After 46 cruises we have made life long friends on cruise ships which we still keep in touch with, dinner is great with the right company, only had to move tables twice, the first time on a table with 2 others, they were extremely rude to the diner staff, they were on a free cruise they had no manners even our 5 year old asked why no manners,they are 5 main meals each, we were moved, the other time was with a table of non-speaking italians, we were moved, we love being social and to hear other diners their great experiences, and their day, ,rosey
    Do you mean non-English speaking Italians or were they really non-speaking?

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  • R M McRobert, SAINTFIELD, BALLYNAHICH
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    After 46 cruises we have made life long friends on cruise ships which we still keep in touch with, dinner is great with the right company, only had to move tables twice, the first time on a table with 2 others, they were extremely rude to the diner staff, they were on a free cruise they had no manners even our 5 year old asked why no manners,they are 5 main meals each, we were moved, the other time was with a table of non-speaking italians, we were moved, we love being social and to hear other diners their great experiences, and their day, ,rosey

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  • Captain Kirk, Hillcrest, Kzn, South Africa
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    On the cruise we were put on a table of 6 , good company and fun, but then the wife of one couple started telling us all about Hubbys affair at the office years earlier in their lives, which made it all a bit awkward for us, trying to dodge around it and quickly change subject.

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by jimtheoldsalt, felixstowe View Post
    Done six p& O cruoises always sat at a table for six and never met one boring table companion and not one of them ever missed a meal
    tables for 8-10 I feel are much too big sat at them a few times for lunch and then one has to keep your ears pee;ed in order to catch the conversation from the other end of the table,and if one should not be listening gthen why not a table for six.

    jim
    When we've sat at large tables i.e. 8/10, they've always been round or oval so conversation is easy. I agree, a rectangular table for 10 wouldn't be as sociable.

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  • jimtheoldsalt, felixstowe
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    Originally posted by AL_M, Livingston View Post
    am i wrong to think that been there done it all types
    and serial moaners
    would be the perfect companions for dinner?
    am i the only one who takes great pleasure in baiting, winding up and sitting back s******ing at these types?
    usually with comments that on the face of it might appear to agree with them
    but eveyrone but the subject knows
    its really taking the mickey out them
    Done six p& O cruoises always sat at a table for six and never met one boring table companion and not one of them ever missed a meal
    tables for 8-10 I feel are much too big sat at them a few times for lunch and then one has to keep your ears pee;ed in order to catch the conversation from the other end of the table,and if one should not be listening gthen why not a table for six.

    jim

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  • AL_M, Livingston
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    as a matter of fact
    no :p

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  • Annaleis, Surrey
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    Originally posted by AL_M, Livingston View Post
    am i wrong to think that been there done it all types
    and serial moaners
    would be the perfect companions for dinner?
    am i the only one who takes great pleasure in baiting, winding up and sitting back s******ing at these types?
    usually with comments that on the face of it might appear to agree with them
    but eveyrone but the subject knows
    its really taking the mickey out them
    Are you sure ?

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  • AL_M, Livingston
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    am i wrong to think that been there done it all types
    and serial moaners
    would be the perfect companions for dinner?
    am i the only one who takes great pleasure in baiting, winding up and sitting back s******ing at these types?
    usually with comments that on the face of it might appear to agree with them
    but eveyrone but the subject knows
    its really taking the mickey out them

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  • Christiaan, Ocean Shores
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    Originally posted by spartan, kent View Post
    I have the same problem with a table for two :D shared for thirty years now!
    Same here Spartan !:D

    Although I have a cunning method, he talks and I appear to listen.

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  • Lizzie, Lymington
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    A Tolerant Lady.

    Originally posted by Walker, Seascale View Post
    At least we have police round every hour, and almost nil crime......
    This guy who crossed his fingers actually did it in my face again when he discovered I was a Yorkie- he was from Lancs- I could bear it the 1st time, but it got silly after that......And, of course, he'd been on hundreds of cruises, all with P&O. More boring, than obnoxious.- Jo.
    And I bet you put up with him!! What a 'star' you are, you seem such a tolerant lady! This is one of the many reasons we have a table for 2! I just do not want to have suffer 'boring or obnoxious' people on holiday, it's the one time we do not have to socialise, unless we want to!

    I have mentioned it another post Jo, love the new 'avatar'! Lizzie.

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  • Jocap, Cumbria
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    At least we have police round every hour, and almost nil crime......
    This guy who crossed his fingers actually did it in my face again when he discovered I was a Yorkie- he was from Lancs- I could bear it the 1st time, but it got silly after that......And, of course, he'd been on hundreds of cruises, all with P&O. More boring, than obnoxious.- Jo.

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  • redwinegirl2, Lake District
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    Originally posted by Walker, Seascale View Post
    I usually get on with most diners, because I'm a gob on legs, but there's a secret code between G. and self when I'm going over the top- and sometimes it's a quick kick, Spartan!
    But on this last cruise, even I was stunned to silence when, after the usual "Where are you from?", a man reached over the table and made his fingers into a cross in front of my face.
    So what's wrong with Sellafield?- Jo.
    There is nothing wrong Jo (from an engineer who works closely with that site). I only glow sometimes!

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