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#1
Sherwood,Oregon
15 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
Hello. :-) We are a 39 and 38 year old couple from Oregon.. we love cruising... but cant seem to find anyone to go on cruises with us that is fun! we have gone on two cruises in the past and the friends we have were either no fun or too big to do anything.. how on earth do we find people from our area that likes to cruise and that we can have fun with! thanks.....Jeremy
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#2
Puget Sound
8,673 Posts
Joined May 2010
Well, perhaps one way would be to pick a ship and destination that you really want. Then, check out the roll-call thread for that cruise. If there isn't one already, you could get one going. It's a good way to get to know others on your cruise, and plan activities.
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#3
Pacific NW
640 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
What is fun?
We Like Celebrity - you?
We like the sun? But will do the cold.
Many travel agents have "cruise seminars" available in PDX. Can't mention their names on this site, but check the Sunday travel section for dates and times.
#4
Greenville, SC, USA
51,337 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Why do they have to be from your area? We will cruise next week with friends from around the US, Canada and Australia. Next year, we go with another couple from Canada.
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#5
Sherwood,Oregon
15 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
We are looking for people from our area as we would like to remain friends before and after the cruise. Just thought that maybe we could find people on here that like to cruise that we could become friends with.
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#6
Nixa, Missouri
1,171 Posts
Joined Feb 2011
Book a popular ship and then join a roll call and sign up for shores excursions and meet and greets!
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#7
NJ
7,276 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
Are you active in another groups as a couple? While DH & I have several cruising friends that we met through CC, we also found others who like to cruise by talking to people in other groups where we are active.
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#8
Sherwood,Oregon
15 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
Originally posted by trish1c
Are you active in another groups as a couple? While DH & I have several cruising friends that we met through CC, we also found others who like to cruise by talking to people in other groups where we are active.
there aren't really any "groups or clubs" where we live.. we have alot of other couple friends.. like i posted they just aren't the "cruising" type.. thanks for the suggestions.
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#9
8,420 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Once you're out of school, good friends are difficult to make.
We HAVE made lasting friendships with people that we have met on cruises.
#10
Sherwood,Oregon
15 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
Originally posted by luddite
Once you're out of school, good friends are difficult to make.
We HAVE made lasting friendships with people that we have met on cruises.
you have that right! we do have alot of great friends. however they dont like to cruise. they are too frugal and are of too large of a size to do any shore excursions that we want to do..
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#12
Sherwood,Oregon
15 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
Originally posted by cb at sea
You don't need to take "buddies" with you...go alone and meet new folks on the ship.
there are never any from our area on the ships that we can find. HENCE the reason i asked here. SMH
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#13
In the Valley, CA
22,942 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
We don't worry about going on a trip with people we know. We have some good friends (in our wedding party, every few years we'll try to met up (we now live about 20 miles away, but we all have crazy schedules because of the kids), but we would never travel with them, as the husband is very frugal. My husband is also thrifty, but he thinks his friend goes overboard with every penny. His wife suffers from even worse motion issue than me (I'm willing to be stuffed with ginger -- I like going on cruises that much). So while they'll go to the east coast to visit his or her parents, we rather be on a ship.

Not going with others means not being stuck with others. When picking put a cruise, we just have to consider our teen's school schedule and also include her in the decision. Add more people and someone's going to not be happy.

Even if there's a couple in your town who wants to try a cruise ship, you'll have to come up with an agreeable cruise date, ship, itinerary. Too much trouble as far as I'm concerned. If we do meet people from the Southern California area (which happens for us if we go on a cruise from the port of LA), that's nice. There's some people that are now my Facebook friends after being on the same ship. Not close enough to run into by accident (even the valley I live in is wide). But that's okay. I can still talk with them, and others I've met on this site and others, via FB.

I'm not sure how far away you are from Portland or other big cities, but maybe you can talk with your auto club rep (if you're a member) and see if there's a cruise show in the future that you can sign up for. Maybe you can meet local cruisers that way. But personally, I wouldn't book a cruise with another couple I've just met, just in case we're not compatible. You can always book a cruise, and then pass along the info to people you like. Maybe someone will decide to book it too.
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#14
Sherwood,Oregon
15 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
Originally posted by Cruisin' Chick
We don't worry about going on a trip with people we know. We have some good friends (in our wedding party, every few years we'll try to met up (we now live about 20 miles away, but we all have crazy schedules because of the kids), but we would never travel with them, as the husband is very frugal. My husband is also thrifty, but he thinks his friend goes overboard with every penny. His wife suffers from even worse motion issue than me (I'm willing to be stuffed with ginger -- I like going on cruises that much). So while they'll go to the east coast to visit his or her parents, we rather be on a ship.

Not going with others means not being stuck with others. When picking put a cruise, we just have to consider our teen's school schedule and also include her in the decision. Add more people and someone's going to not be happy.

Even if there's a couple in your town who wants to try a cruise ship, you'll have to come up with an agreeable cruise date, ship, itinerary. Too much trouble as far as I'm concerned. If we do meet people from the Southern California area (which happens for us if we go on a cruise from the port of LA), that's nice. There's some people that are now my Facebook friends after being on the same ship. Not close enough to run into by accident (even the valley I live in is wide). But that's okay. I can still talk with them, and others I've met on this site and others, via FB.

I'm not sure how far away you are from Portland or other big cities, but maybe you can talk with your auto club rep (if you're a member) and see if there's a cruise show in the future that you can sign up for. Maybe you can meet local cruisers that way. But personally, I wouldn't book a cruise with another couple I've just met, just in case we're not compatible. You can always book a cruise, and then pass along the info to people you like. Maybe someone will decide to book it too.
Thank you so much!!
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#15
Pennsylvania
13,983 Posts
Joined May 2007
I guess to each his own but can't you have fun without someone else?

Like others have said, the roll call for your cruise is a good way to hook up with some others and they don't have to be from your area. We have people that we met on cruises and have remained friends even though they are not from our area. We've cruised with them, they have visited with us and we visited with them afterwards.

Another thing......sometimes it is not always good to go with friends since your interests may end up being totally different. You may get on the ship and decide you don't want to be joined at the hip but they do. Sometimes you may think you know someone until you spend lots of close time with them and then find out you would rather be on your own.
#16
Minnesota
2,246 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
Originally posted by j.kaiser
there are never any from our area on the ships that we can find. HENCE the reason i asked here. SMH
What do you consider "your area"? Living in the same town, or just Oregon in general? Or someone who may live on the West Coast? The more specific the area you consider your "local area" it is probably harder to find people on the ship.

Perhaps you need to broaden your definition of "local."
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#17
60 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
We have a couple that we are friends with and have been friends with for 15+ years. I consider them to be almost family to me. We went on a cruise together two years ago and it was the WORST decision ever. They were complete tightwads, he complained about every single little thing, and they stuck to us like glue the entire time. We couldn't ever have five minutes alone. My point is, you never truly know someone until you travel with them! We will never book another cruise with anyone, except perhaps my parents. Join your rollcall, meet some people on that, and if it doesn't work out you never have to see them again. we are meeting some people from our rollcall the night before our cruise for dinner, and there will be a meet and greet on the ship on the first sea day. We may end up finding people that we want to spend time with, and we may not. We are looking forward to spending time with each other this time anyway!

And if you're on my rollcall and reading this, I can't wait to meet you and no offense to any of you!
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#18
Near Orlando but California Dreaming
14,158 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
This is like shooting fish in a barrel. You live in the Willamette Valley, and area well known for it's wineries. There are a lot of people who drink a lot of wine in that area, and many of the wineries sponsor cruises with their wines for their fans.

Poke around, I'm sure you'll find one--and new friends along with it.

(FYI--Beware Fine Food and Wine Cruises, they've cancelled some recent cruises with no refund!)
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#19
Puget Sound
8,673 Posts
Joined May 2010
Hmmm... might not want to waste your breath, guys. If you check out the OP's recent posts, it looks like he (or she) picked up his/her marbles and went home. Too bad, because most folks here were genuinely trying to help...
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