Different Person On A Cruise?

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New Brunswick Canada
1,825 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
The people I work with would probably not even recognize me when I am cruising. At work I am pretty much all business. On a cruise I like to let my hair down and have fun. A good example of it would be me screaming and yelling trying to get chosen for "Minute to Win it" I think I embarrassed my husband, but I did get chosen and had a blast.
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Aliso Viejo, California
98 Posts
Joined Jun 2015
I FEEL like a different person but I don't think I act any differently than I normally do. I think it's just vacation-me versus student-me.
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Pittsburgh, PA
239 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by Wayfairers
We are retired and travel most of the year.

Ahhh, the life! Maybe some day this will be us
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240 Posts
Joined Jul 2013
I relax. I have a very hectic job with a lot of intercontinental travel in economy class (just traveled for 26 hours to Botswana and in 3 days I'll be doing it in reverse on my way back to uk). All our holidays are planned with military precision (I make itineraries which I issue (cringe) and which my husband's only response is :when do we get to relax and do nothing?")
But on a cruise I change and a cpt that things are outside my control and so I do relax. For me lots of sea days are best becuase either can't be getting everyone up to go and see this port or that port. Did a TA this summer on QM2 and it was total relaxation for me. Yes I did stuff but there was no "if we don't go and see this castle/ monastery/museum/view we might not get another chance".
Off to Caribbean on QM2 for Christmas and while I have read up on the ports there doesn't seem to be much that I will HAVE to see.
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Joined Aug 2011
I'm definitely much different when I'm on a cruise, which is why I prefer to cruise alone!! I tend to be much more outgoing. I actually want to bring the cruise me to my every day life this year. I like me in general but I really like me when I'm on vacation lol
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Sept 2016 - 10 Night Greek and Adriatic Cruise (5th solo cruise - RCCL Rhapsody)
Sept 2015 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise (RCCL Adventure)
Mar 2014 - 8 Night Bahamas Cruise (4th solo cruise - RCCL Explorer)
Sept 2013 - 7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise (3rd solo cruise - RCCL Jewel)
April 2013 - 4 Night Bahamas Cruise (RCCL Enchantment)
Sept 2012 - 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise (RCCL Allure)
Jan 2012 - 9 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise (2nd solo cruise - RCCL Explorer)
May 2011 - 4 Night Bahamas Cruise (NCL Sky)
Sept 2010 - 4 Night Bahamas Cruise (1st solo cruise - RCCL Majesty)
Sept 2009 - 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise (RCCL Liberty)
Chicago metro area
1,245 Posts
Joined Jan 2012
I found that I had an easier time approaching women. Not in a pick-up kind of way, but more like a friendly "Care to dance?" way, when there's a band or just good music. (I do quite a bit of classic dancing as a hobby.) Women also seemed to respond in kind: I rarely got turned down, and when I did, it was done very nicely. Don't know if something about a cruise makes them feel safer than in land-based clubs, or because most cruises have more single women than single men. But either way, it affected my cruise persona.
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Taree, NSW, Australia
116 Posts
Joined Jul 2014
My wife and I tend to live it up on cruises, primarily because we normally know no one, except for a small number we may be traveling with.

We do old-time rock 'n' roll dancing and often, from around 4:30pm, dress up ready for the night. My wife wears 60's circle dresses and high heels. I wear black pants, dance shoes, braces, a tie and a trilby.

Because we're usually up at the break of dawn and stay up to 11:00pm to midnight, we take a 30 minute siesta most afternoons around 3:00pm. Then get up, shower, dress up and have an afternoon drink at whatever is our favourite bar/pub before dinner.

The funny thing this time is, we're not anonymous on this cruise! 16 family members are going. On top of that, by coincidence, another 11 friends are going. Not all of them will quite comprehend what this dressing up thing is all about. We know we're going to get some funny looks as they sit at nearby bars: Unshaven and wearing board shorts and T-shirts.
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100 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
I too feel like a different person. Much more relaxed and excited. . and grateful for the opportunity. I'm generally a pretty nice and polite person. But on a ship. . .I think I get a little more 'open'. I like to engage in conversation. . be more 'chit-chatty' with people. . get to know people. .find out where they are from. Especially if they have an accent different from mine. . .which doesn't feel like an accent at all to me!
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26 Posts
Joined Sep 2012
No responsibilities No schedules. Of course we're different. That's why we go! We dress up for every meal, not just formal nights. We talk to strangers. We hold hands, We have public displays of affection. We drink during the day. We have desert before dinner. No technology!! I'm so sad to see half the Lido deck staring into their phones. We never turn on the TV. It's great to be different!
Woodside, CA
955 Posts
Joined May 2004
I feel no need to be the boss that I am everyday, no need to control anything, no need to make decisions, except for deciding what kind of fun to have. I am the best of me on a cruise.

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Northern VA
269 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
I'm basically an amped up version of my everyday self but I do check my inhibitions while on vacation. And, the older I get, the less it matters what anyone thinks about me or my shenanigans.
We only get one go 'round in life so may as well make the most of it!

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Carnival Mardi Gras - Summer '83
Salinas, CA
132 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
I'm a very different person on a cruise. I normally do everything for myself, and many things for others. When I'm on a cruise I get waited on hand and foot.

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365 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
I am...I hate being a spectacle at work--I am very professional, tight lipped, never really share my personal life, suit every day. When I am on a cruise, i'll be totally wild--I even bared my a$$ once in front of the ship on The Quest. My wife was so embar-ass-ed! That's part of the allure of cruises--it allows escapism more so than any other vacation since you are at sea.
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Joined Oct 2006
Originally posted by AuroraMeansDawn
We have only done this once and it did get things working at the table in the MDR. Our first night we were seated with a lovely couple from the midwest and their three college aged kids. I was traveling with my DH and my DS who was a senior in HS at the time and played Offensive Tackle. He's a 6'3" hulking gentle giant.

The first night at dinner we tried to engage them in conversation and it was a little quiet, somewhat awkward, and rather dull. The next night I asked the kids if they had gotten tickets to the ice show and they clearly weren't interested so I started weaving a silly fantastic tale about how my gigantic son was on his school's ice dancing team during the off season and we were going to check out the intricate footwork and that we were really hoping he could follow in his father's footsteps and make the water ballet team in college. I then went on to tell them how excited I was for the evening show because the performer had won five straight episodes of Star Search and I told them I had all of them on VHS tapes in my cabin if they wanted to borrow them. They looked at us a bit shocked at first and it dawned on them I was jerking around with them and they started laughing and weaving their own fantastic tales. By the end of dinner the daughter was the consultant for the archery sequences in the hunger games, the brother who always ordered two entrees was a competitive eater and the other brother was training to increase his nap times daily. The ice was broken and everyone relaxed.

The rest of the trip we had fun and joshed one another. I have no idea why I was being so silly that night. I was just trying to get people to talk.
That's a great story! Reminds me of the movie Big Fish (except at the end all the stories were real there).
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Joined Feb 2012
Originally posted by danyelle
Cute thread.

I used to be a lot more relaxed and laid back on cruises...but now that I'm a mom I'm back to being anxiety mcworrywart while on vacay.

We'll have to sprinkle in some child-free cruises so I can have a week to just chill.
This is so me!

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