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Don't feel obligated. Going on my 12th Carnival cruise and have only been to 3 M&G's. All depends on the feel of the roll call.

 

Exactly. I started the RC for our next cruise, being its a Med cruise it is wonderful for getting groups together for tours....but like you said, it all depends on the feel of the RC......when the "cliques" form, I lay low, not very interested....so it depends, but there is some great info to be gleaned.

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LOL! This is soooo me! I always post in our roll call thread, mainly to find out what excursions people are doing, to get info about ports of call, etc. I'm always too nervous to actually show up at a meet & greet, and I don't want to be full of anxiety on my vacation! BUT...I have met many wonderful CC'rs on excursions or on the ship or whatever, and they're all "Oh, Peanutzmom! I remember reading your posts! It's so nice to meet you!!" I've never met an unpleasant CC'r yet. Hmmmm. maybe I need to get over my anxiety and attend a meet & greet...

 

 

After reading your post I really do feel better about my anxiety and reservations on roll calls. I'm still not sure about doing meet & greets, but it would be nice to know what excursions people are doing and trying to get to know some of the people who may be doing some of the same things DH and I will be. Thank you! :)

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I like the rolls calls. Good way to learn about your ship, excursions and ports. I have gone to Meet n Greets and then see the people you met around the ship. Right now I am on a very active roll call with lots of activities planned. It's a 15 day Hawaii cruise with lots of sea days that's 18 months away. We are having fun getting to know one another and plan together!

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I have a touch of the social awkwardness, but tend to start opening up after a few minutes. I'm an easy person to get along with and hate that I feel awkward around new people, so I've been working really hard at trying to be less awkward. My husband on the other hand "makes friends wherever we go" (at least that is what we always say). He'll just strike up a conversation with anyone and everyone.

 

This describes my DH and I perfectly. I just hate that I feel even more awkward after he's already made friends with everyone in the room and I feel like they look at me and think wow she must be a hoot if she's married to him and I can be, but it just takes me a little longer. :o

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No, I didn't think you meant anything bad about the roll calls at all, sorry if you thought I did. (if you thought that I thought:confused: - LOL)

I think you should join in or start the roll call. Don't feel obligated to meet anyone on the ship if you don't want to. You may be surprised, you could meet someone that you feel a "connection" with on the boards, and then feel totally at ease to meet them in person. You never know! I at one time was not as outgoing as I am now..and still am a bit shy. But have found that once I meet people, am usually glad that I did! :)

 

 

Ah it's ok! :) It's been hard to read and understand anything this evening since my DS has realized that he can test his limits with things. I never expected him to start trying to push the limits at 6mos, but as a first time parent, I learn something new every day! I'm sorry I didn't read it correctly.

You have a great point with meeting people online before going on the ship. It does make it easier to meet and get to know someone on here before meeting face to face. I really appreciate your advice! :)

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Ah it's ok! :) It's been hard to read and understand anything this evening since my DS has realized that he can test his limits with things. I never expected him to start trying to push the limits at 6mos, but as a first time parent, I learn something new every day! I'm sorry I didn't read it correctly.

 

You have a great point with meeting people online before going on the ship. It does make it easier to meet and get to know someone on here before meeting face to face. I really appreciate your advice! :)

 

I hope you have a great cruise, whichever you decide to do, roll call or not / meet people or not. You WILL have a great time, I should say..so many fun things to, or just relax..it's all up to you! :D

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My first cruise I didn't even know about Cruise Critic, but all google roads led here so I joined. I got on a roll call and chatted away with people. I'm a planner and an organizer, not by trade, by hobby, so on my second cruise I joined a roll call, we had three meet and greets, name tags, the works. Everyone showed up. It was fun! I met my best friend on that cruise! Our third cruise we cruised with her and her husband and we joined another roll call, and we all met up again. Third roll call, well I made some great friends, met them, loved them even more and keep in touch with them through emails. Making some great new friends on the next cruise=through roll calls. You can't however tell a book from it's cover, nor by the words they write. Some people are very expressive when they write and when you meet them, they are like blank paper=no personality. You just never know. Get your roll call going, there may be a few other socially awkward people and you could become best friends:) My hubby says that he doesn't do well socially, but he has enjoyed meeting everyone on the roll calls, and it is fun to run into people on the ship and having some friends before you even cruise.

Sail happy!

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i don't mind if people know i am on vacation. My mil lives with us, so if they would just take her and leave the dogs, i would be ok.

 

roflmao!!

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Hi,

I will be cruising in 3 weeks so this is my first roll call. Everyone on the roll call for my upcoming cruise seems very friendly, so I am looking forward to meeting them. I think rollcalls are great. It is a great way to talk to people who are interested in the same thing you are (the upcoming cruise). It is also a great way to get questions answered. Our upcoming roll call is planning a meet and greet, a slot pull, and a gift exchange. I love meeting new people, so I am looking forward to it.

 

I would encourage you to create a roll call if one hasn't been created for your cruise yet. You won't know if you will like it or not unless you try it. My philosophy is to try anything once, and if you don't like it you don't ever have to do it again. It is better to try something and not like it than it is to spend the rest of your life wondering what it would have been like.

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You guys all have me seriously thinking about starting a roll call for at least one of our cruises. It doesn't help my that my DH is also a member on here so he's following the thread and he keeps saying "See! I told you!" after every new post. :rolleyes: Maybe I should make him start the roll call lol :D

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I know both of my cruises are still pretty far away, but I haven't seen a roll call for either of them.

 

I check, read, and create the roll calls for my cruises. I have also met or are planning to meet people who I have gotten along with on the roll call. If there hasn't been a roll call created for your cruise, feel free to do so. Someone has to be first!

 

Check the archives before you start one! I had been researching a particular cruise, and just thought Id check the roll call for fun. It was pretty inactive, as it is pretty far out. A little over a month later, Im almost ready to book our group and checked again: couldnt find the roll call! I knew it was there before! Sure enough, I searched for the date and it showed up in archives (because my settings were only showing posts in the last month).

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This cruise will be our first since I joined Cruise Critic. I know our cruise is pretty far away, but I'm really excited and started a roll call for it...well I just went to check it and it's GONE! :eek::eek::eek: When I go to my User CP I see that I started the thread and the link still works to go to it, but when I go to the Roll Calls for Paradise it isn't there. :(

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I like the rolls calls. Good way to learn about your ship, excursions and ports. I have gone to Meet n Greets and then see the people you met around the ship. Right now I am on a very active roll call with lots of activities planned. It's a 15 day Hawaii cruise with lots of sea days that's 18 months away. We are having fun getting to know one another and plan together!

I agree... for the same reasons! Plus, its a nice way to pass the time before the cruise by sharing your excitement with others who are just as enthusiastic. Once onboard, its nice to sometimes see a familiar face who asks how your excursion was today or reminds you about the free drinks at the past guest party tonight ;)

 

Ive met some very nice people from my roll calls. We've even got together and booked some very reasonably excursions with them as a group. Last month met a wonderful family...wished we lived closer...just genuinely nice people. :)

I met a family onboard that I unknowingly had "met" on the roll call. We didnt figure it out until we got home and re-connected on the boards... after I went on a date with the one son... and am still dating 2.5 years later! I have even met some nice people from Canada and NY with whom I still keep in touch, and with whom I am planning another cruise!

 

But I can understand that its not for everyone. Some people want it to be their time away from EVERYTHING. And thats the beauty... it can be whatever you want it to be!

 

 

 

meeting people in person for the first time can make me look like the most awkward person in the world and if people can get past the first few hours and not think I'm a total weirdo then I do open up.

I kinda feel this way too, Mrs CruisinCritter! And, I sorta have a theory as to why... but I dont want to sound completely crazy! LOL :D

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I didn't even know about roll calls til our last cruise. That roll call was a blast. We did 2 M/G, tea, & cabin crawl. But for me, it was more of a way to pass the time waiting for our sail date, discussing excursions, pre/ post cruise hotels, & it was nice to see a familiar face while onboard. We didn't seek anyone out to become "buds" with specifically, but did end up making some good friends. I was accused of being the ringleader by a DH, he wanted to meet that crazy person his wife had met on RCall. But the roll call I am on now is pretty slow. Nobody else pops in just to chat. I just want a way to pass the time til we cruise, get ideas about excursions, etc.

 

Luv the MIL joke, LOL, hope your MIL doesn't read this.

 

To OP, you'll never know til ya try, might have fun.

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This cruise will be our first since I joined Cruise Critic. I know our cruise is pretty far away, but I'm really excited and started a roll call for it...well I just went to check it and it's GONE! :eek::eek::eek: When I go to my User CP I see that I started the thread and the link still works to go to it, but when I go to the Roll Calls for Paradise it isn't there. :(

Adjust your settings so that you can see posts older than a month. Or post a line seeing if there is anyone new sailing; that should bring it back to the active boards.

 

There was a poster who has started about 7 roll calls for the same cruise... I can only assume this was happening to her, too. How would anybody know which roll call to join?

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Sure enough, I searched for the date and it showed up in archives (because my settings were only showing posts in the last month).

 

Hmm.. maybe I should have read your post all the way before I posted mine!! LOL :p

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I always do the roll calls and attend most of the M & G's. It's a good way to meet new friends and share cruise activities.

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I usually check the roll call for the cruise we are booked for, and I will respond to some chatter, in 2009 we were chatting on the roll call with different people for our cruise, while we were in line waiting for embarkation, we were talking to a couple making small talk when we both the woman in the couple mentioned being on the roll call. We all got quite a kick out of the fact that we were in line with someone we had been chatting with on the roll call. We met up later and ended up spending all week with them at dinner, shows and whatever activities we liked. We live in southern Illinois, they live in southern California and we have all become great friends, we have stayed at their home twice on vacations and went on a cruise with them last fall. So even though you may not make a great connection with anyone on every cruise, the one you make may be very special to you.:)

 

Whatever you choose, have fun, I am usually the one who will talk to anyone, my wife thinks I am crazy sometimes, but she has admitted that we have lots of fun talking to people from around the US and other countries.

 

Scott

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I usually check out and participate in the online roll call but on the last cruise I didn't participate in the actual onboard roll call activities, however the previous cruise we did.

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On my cruise last year I didn't participate other than online as I wanted a week to just my girlfriend. We are very social and met many wonder full people on the cruise but we didn't want to worry about meetings and stuff.

 

My upcoming cruise its all about our kids so we wont be doing any roll calls.

 

We might do them after but I don't think it would be wisel. I cant keep quiet when I see folks get bullied here by the fanatics so I am sure I pissed off a good number of folks by now. I should probably lay low.

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I join the Roll Calls online to read about the possible demographics on the ship. We have a son who is 15 and I like to make sure there are some others his age. I also read a lot of posts about excursions and pre-cruise hotel options. I am reasonably social on the roll calls but I have yet to go to a meet/greet or any other function for the roll call. As far as I can tell, only a few have been that organized with plans, but even if they all were, I still wouldn't go. While I am reasonably social in reality too, I do have a little social anxiety in big groups of people I've never actually met.

 

What's funny is on our Christmas Cruise on the Liberty OTS, we were at the wine bar when I overheard a fellow patron mention where he was from. I don't know why I thought he would be the only one on board from Canada, but we struck up a conversation. The next thing I know, we are making introductions with our partners, and he was telling they were meeting up with some others from the roll call informally. 5 nights later and multiple meet-ups, we had a great time and some great new friends. Hopefully in the future things will work out with a visit when we are in their neck of the woods, but if it doesn't, we have some great stories.

 

Join online, and know that it doesn't have to go any further than you are interested. Some of the others might be able to help you make the most of your trip. If you seem to connect well with one or two, you can always make plans to meet up with just a few of them. Maybe not so overwhelming then.

 

Whatever you decide, go at your pace. The roll calls aren't going anywhere

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On my cruise last year I didn't participate other than online as I wanted a week to just my girlfriend. We are very social and met many wonder full people on the cruise but we didn't want to worry about meetings and stuff.

 

My upcoming cruise its all about our kids so we wont be doing any roll calls.

 

We might do them after but I don't think it would be wisel. I cant keep quiet when I see folks get bullied here by the fanatics so I am sure I pissed off a good number of folks by now. I should probably lay low.

 

 

Well, you I would meet. I've noticed how you always stick up for the underdog. That's a great way to be.

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Joined a roll call last year and did the meet & greet...it was awesome! Met some wonderful people! We stayed in contact through the year and ended up that we're going on the same cruise again this year, so we started a new roll call and arranged another meet & greet. We didn't feel obligated to hang out together, but it was so nice to see people that we knew around the ship...we'd stop, talk for a while, share a drink, etc. I'm not normally very social, but I am so glad that I decided to participate last year because I met some people who I'm sure we'll be friends for a long, long time.

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Not usually. We have little interest in 'getting together' while on board, and most of the roll calls I join diverge into a few lonely people talking back and forth about their everyday lives leading up to the cruise, and I am even less interested in that.

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I joined the roll call for our Dec 2012 cruise back in June and have been chatting primarily with one other lady until recently when we got a few more people checking in. Our children are around the same ages so they will have someone to look out for to start with. We are just now talking about trying to do a meet and greet if possible. I am looking forward to meeting everyone.

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Meh, I'm kinda over the roll call thing. I mean, I've been checking on the ones for my next 2 cruises and making chit chat here and there but don't plan to meet up. Participated in one last year. Actually did end up meeting a few nice people, but as a whole, there was a lot of junior high drama that I could've easily done without. Me and DH tend to cruise to "get away from it all" since our jobs are stressful and require so much interation with others.

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On our first cruise (NCL) I organized the meet and greet on our roll-call. A group of us also met for a drink during sail-away. We all wore Mardi gras beads and met at a specific location so we could find each other easier. On my second cruise we also participated in the roll call and attended the meet and greet. It's a great way to meet the officers on the ship and we got invited for a bridge tour on our last sea day. We also met up with quite a few members on various excursions and shared a birthday surprise with one couple in Costa Maya.

 

Does Carnival do anything for CC meets and greets? On NCL they provide snacks and juice/water/coffee and have the senior officers including the captain available to speak to.

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Some of the roll calls are outstanding and some are duds.

 

Best one was last year on Miracle to Bermuda and think we made some friends for life.

 

Ah, yes, I remember your roll call was huge! We were on the Bermuda cruise after yours and that was about the best roll call I have ever been involved with.

 

I will usually participate in my roll calls, but rarely feel the need/desire to go to the m&g's.

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I try to, mostly to fiend kids my daughters age before camp or circle c starts. Better to meet people in a informal setting frist.

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If you don't see one, start one.

 

I have joined and started some, but none have been fruitful.

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Meh, I'm kinda over the roll call thing. I mean, I've been checking on the ones for my next 2 cruises and making chit chat here and there but don't plan to meet up. Participated in one last year. Actually did end up meeting a few nice people, but as a whole, there was a lot of junior high drama that I could've easily done without. Me and DH tend to cruise to "get away from it all" since our jobs are stressful and require so much interation with others.
You just said a mouthful my friend! ;-) Edited by ChefSusan

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I may pick one of our upcoming cruises and start a roll call. Now my only problem is my tendency to over-think things. :rolleyes: I will spend the next several days trying to decide what to title the thread, but I'm sure I will probably just go basic with the ship name and date like most of the others. lol Anxiety can be a real hurdle sometimes :eek::o

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The one for our Conquest cruise wasn't bad. For the Glory, it was the worst experience of my life. For the Dream, they wanted to do a pub crawl, cabin crawl and meet at sail-away. We don't drink that much and we certainly didn't want strangers crawling around in our cabin. At sail-away, we want to enjoy watching the ship go out to sea. I never did meet any of them on that one.

 

Some are good, others are far from it. Best bet is to find one for you cruise, follow it, then determine if you want to be a part of it or not.

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I like the rolls calls. Good way to learn about your ship, excursions and ports. I have gone to Meet n Greets and then see the people you met around the ship. Right now I am on a very active roll call with lots of activities planned. It's a 15 day Hawaii cruise with lots of sea days that's 18 months away. We are having fun getting to know one another and plan together!

 

I am on a very active and very fun roll call too--ours is also a 15 day Hawaii and we leave in 19 days--most of us on this roll call booked this cruise in July-Oct of 2010 and it is finally here and all of us feel like old friends and now we are finally going to meet face to face---we have over 100 people going to our meet and greet and 50 going to dinner at the hotel in San Diego where many of us are staying. It is a CRUISE CRITIC SPONSORED CRUISE and we have a wonderful leader who has many activities planned for us as there are 8 sea days. I would not hesitate doing another roll call on future cruises, especially if it is as active as this one, I have really had fun reading the posts and posting and will probably miss it when we get back. Hopefully some of us will stay in touch.:)

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I do go to the roll call to see what is being said and we have joined in several M&G's...a couple boring no one talking and we end up leaving early... the best being one where a lady set it up with Holland America and they provided wine, mimosas. punch and snacks...not sure who paid because I can't see that it was free. She had name tags for us and we had all brought a ten dollar gift per couple to represent our state and play the dirty santa game of taking it away from each other. Also we are not big drinkers but she had a pub crawl and other gatherings...cards, games during the week and even a lunch on the last sea day which we also attended...it was a lot of fun and she put a lot of time and effort into it for us who were strangers to her...thank goodness for nice people.:)

 

Missygirl

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Since finding Cruise Critic in 2004 I have participated in all my roll calls - usually with great success! Love chatting with other cruisers enjoying the anticipation of the cruise and sharing tips and tours and all sorts of cruise info!

 

Also attend the M&Gs and have definitely made life long friends at some of those - and even found some 'future' cruising buddies as well. I say go for it - you have nothing to lose and everything to gain :D:D

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