LHT28, When the organisation has to be done by the passengers, that means it's not organized at all.
Of course most afternoons some people are playing then, but there will be between 0-5 tables. Many times impossible to join because these people have already their arrangements.
Organized bridge including tournaments is fun. The lessons in the morning are entertainment for some players and eye openers for others. A bonus for (almost) every bridge player.
Shawnino has probably been very unlucky. Though 20 tabels is very nice it does not help when many players are not nice at all.
My own experience is that, as in probably all other (sport)clubs, about 10% of the people are not nice but the rest is ok and often much nicer than just ok. That will be the same in all sport clubs and also at the ship when playing bingo and trivia, being in the casino, having tea, dinner or whatever.
Bitob (see above) is very right. However sometimes a bridge instructor is missing, even when there are about 50% sea days. That's why I started this topic.