We are just home from an expensive small ship cruise where there was very little dinner table conversation due to the size of the tables (nearly all were for 8 people) and the age of most of the passengers.......very old.

It was difficult to hear over the general din in the dining room and the distance across the large tables made the situaiton more difficult.

Most people visited with the folks closest to them and ignored those across the table.

Conversation as such was rare.

As far as bringing up religion, politics, abortions, sex and/or the elections......forget about it.