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    Cruising : Social Experience takes a Hit

    Hi All

    I just watched a YouTube video - an American cruising MSC.

    He cited that one of the major differences in this new cruising era is the absence of shared large tables in the MDR and to quote 'no crowds hanging together in the bars'. Silent Disco days in the Martini Bar could be numbered.

    NCL with their Studio Lounge will also be impacted.

    I am curious how this challenge can be overcome. Could it be just a short term scenario??

    Annie
    Last edited by annie, Glasgow; 21st February 2021, 11:17 AM.

    #2
    It would definitely spoil cruising for me.

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      #3
      There is the option to bubble people to help increase the social groups size.


      You can pre plan a bubble if travelling with family friends, it would take some logistics to get strangers(eg solos) together but it works through roll calls all the time on regular cruise.

      if you agreed to a bubble you increase your risk of bubble lockdown the bigger your bubble also unlike a regular cruise swapping would be an issue/ not possible.


      Remember the lines leading the way are pioneers in getting back on the sea they are being very cautious with restrictions which so far has been relatively successful.


      I think this is probably short term if vaccine rollouts deliver but when I say short I am thinking 6m+ but less than a year.



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        #4
        Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post
        Hi All

        I just watched a YouTube video - an American cruising MSC.

        He cited that one of the major differences in this new cruising era is the absence of shared large tables in the MDR...
        Many people positively fight over the tables for two on-board cruise ships and the queue to see the restaurant Manager to request one, on day one, can be half way down a corridor!
        See my cruise blog: HERE

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          #5
          Socialising is a big part of small ship cruising. I’d hate not to be able to hug friends , both crew and guests. The lack of large tables would not bother me, I sit at whichever table I am escorted too.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Malcolm, Essex View Post

            Many people positively fight over the tables for two on-board cruise ships and the queue to see the restaurant Manager to request one, on day one, can be half way down a corridor!
            You are right.
            I wonder if the latest ship designs include more tables for two as that seems to be more of a preference these days. I always wonder why most of the tables in the buffet are for four when most people are on board in 2's.

            These days, being very light eaters, we always request a table for two. To sit and have to wait for people who methodically work their way through every course plus coffee and liqueurs when we only have two or occasionally three is a nightmare.

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              #7
              Our favourite is a table for six, second sitting, for the last three xmas's ( bar the last one ) we have been on the same table with the same couple!! and a spare two, luckily we always get on with the spares too, I only have two courses, dont like soup or sweet but all the others go for the full five courses however after my dinner I always excuse myself to grab a table for the ten o clock quiz, its never been a problem and people soon learn that i leave at 9.45... I just love the sociability of a six table, think there has only been one cruise when we had a table of six for the two of us, and that is ok too but after this year I cant wait to meet and eat with other people again... The only table I hated was on Celebrity and they put us on a table for 12!!!! far too big and that really did take all night especially when people havent got the manners to turn up on time so make it even later........... x x

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                #8
                Originally posted by ev'n'clive, HENGOED View Post
                Our favourite is a table for six, second sitting, for the last three xmas's ( bar the last one ) we have been on the same table with the same couple!! and a spare two, luckily we always get on with the spares too, I only have two courses, dont like soup or sweet but all the others go for the full five courses however after my dinner I always excuse myself to grab a table for the ten o clock quiz, its never been a problem and people soon learn that i leave at 9.45... I just love the sociability of a six table, think there has only been one cruise when we had a table of six for the two of us, and that is ok too but after this year I cant wait to meet and eat with other people again... The only table I hated was on Celebrity and they put us on a table for 12!!!! far too big and that really did take all night especially when people havent got the manners to turn up on time so make it even later........... x x
                I used to leave an afternoon quiz session to catch the cocktail making session

                Now I wonder will either of these activities survive in the immediate post-covid era??

                Annie

                PS I agree completely a table size of 12 is ridiculous

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                  #9
                  Hi all
                  I’ve never had a problem getting a table for 2,,,these days they just pull tables for 6 say 3” apart and hey presto you have 3 tables for 2.
                  Talk to your neighbours or not depends on your or their mood,,,no offence is taken if you want a quiet meal.

                  JC
                  C P Scott,,,,,"Comment is Free,,but Facts are Sacred"
                  "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jc, liverpool View Post
                    Hi all
                    I’ve never had a problem getting a table for 2,,,these days they just pull tables for 6 say 3” apart and hey presto you have 3 tables for 2.
                    Talk to your neighbours or not depends on your or their mood,,,no offence is taken if you want a quiet meal.

                    JC
                    After our last 2 Celebrity cruises, you would be as well seated together. The spacing in between tables for 2 is laughable.

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