One of the great things about a cruise is the people you will meet and the new friendships you will return back home with.
Although you can make great friends on any holiday there is something about making friends on-board that will leave a lasting imprint on your life. People who cruise have many things in common but the biggest bond is the true passion for being at sea, exploring a new destination each day and generally enjoying the atmosphere you find onboard.
Throughout my cruises I have made friends with both passengers and crew and I have continued those friendships on dry land. We often exchange emails, letters or facebook comments trying to find out if we can again book the same cruise and holiday together, you don’t really get that from friendships formed on a land based holiday. Well I don’t think so anyway.
You always find a great mix of people onboard and sometimes you spark a conversation with someone who at home I am sure you would never cross paths with. People from two different ends of the social spectrum whether it be through age or even profession. I have sat and had conversations with ex Navy commanders, captain’s, retail staff, television presenters, pub landlords, crew and more. There really is such a lovely array of people onboard and you can not only enjoy your holiday with the people you meet but you can also learn so much from them.
At home would I sit and talk for over an hour with an ex Navy commander? Probably not as I don’t know any but on my last cruise I did. It turned out he spent a lot of time in Newcastle Upon Tyne when he was younger (my home city) which then led us onto the fact my grandfather used to be a ship builder for Swan Hunter which is where he had made many friends during his time in the North East. See, these conversations create so many similarities in a world of people you would often never consider having anything in common with.
My biggest tip for a new cruiser or someone who maybe feels a little shy would be to just go for it and talk. If someone offers you a smile then repay the gesture. Offer a polite hello if someone is sitting alone or travelling alone. The worst thing you could do is say nothing as you will be missing out on some of the best friends you will ever have in your life. Be sure to include the crew too! I have made some great friends onboard that have been crew members and again I still keep in touch with them.