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I love love socializing! I am a people person and love to talk people's head's off:) So I am loving my first Roll Call, people have pics up as there avatar but I look forward to seeing everyone and putting a name to a face so to speak!

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I am "middle of the road", neither a social butterfly, nor an introvert, however, my two times on roll calls, were less than stellar experiences. Mostly I think, because the people on the roll calls were couples, and I was either travelling solo or with my mother. Anything I had to say on the roll call, was rarely responded to, yet the others, mostly couples were chattering daily among themselves, arranging tours etc. So, I took the cue, that I was not interesting, therefore, did not make any attempt to touch base on board. I did however meet some very nice people on board, who were not on roll call, and most often who knew nothing of Cruise Critic. My point is; I dont need roll call. I can have a good time without it. Just me.

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I join or create a roll call for all our cruises

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I am the one of the two of us who usually post on CC and on the roll calls. We have had some really great ones and some that were not so great. I guess it depends on the group cruising. For example, we are retired so when the roll call gets to talking about taking their kids on the cruise and what is there to do, where can they meet other kids, I pretty much stop posting.

 

Many have started out with talking about doing "adult" things, ie poker crawls, slot tournaments, and cocktail parties, but then others have taken over. I feel you want to take over, go for it and I don't post often and rarely if ever go to the Meet N Greet.

 

A lot depends on the roll call how involved we get. I am quiet in person and my DH can talk to anyone about anything. He is far more outgoing and friendly than I. Our last cruise roll call had a great start and then poof, it got to be more about the kids and what they wanted than those of us who had been chatting for a long time.

 

The cruise before that, we had groups of couples, families and we all chatted and had a great time online before meeting the first day onboard. Different groups equal different people. It's NOT just the time of year as both of our last cruises involved vacations from school.

 

Joining a roll call and meeting the people can be fun, but to us, if we don't meet, we still have a great time.

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LOL You have peaked my curiousity! :D

HAHAHA! I was going to say its really no big deal, but you kinda hit the nail on the head here:

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

I "think" that people tend to think that Im a weirdo at first because of my attention to detail and dispersing of information. I like to be precise and prepared, and most people (especially on vacation) are go with the flow. Lots of people dont know what to do with a lot of info. Im not always so "Type A," but planning and details are my forte, and without them, I sometimes get lost in the fluff! Once I get all the basics covered, I tend to loosen up and become "fun!" :D

Call it whatever you want, but thats my theory!

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I've joined the roll calls for all of our cruises except the one coming up. Only the meet and greet on the NCL cruise was a success, but having roll call "friends" was great in a lot of ways. I'll keep joining roll calls.

 

I would really like to be involved in one this time, too, but after reading the several hundred Roll Call posts for our sailing date, it's obvious that roll call consists of 4 cruise buddies who already know each other and who put a big priority on boozing. They seem embrace the "more the merrier" approach to partying and are welcoming enough, but that kind of partying is not my thing. I have thought about starting my own alternative roll call for the non-boozing crowd.

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I tend to cruise last minute (3-5 days before the cruise), so by the time I get to the ROLL CALL half of the participants have been posting for a year and a half ! ! They know the names and ages of each others kids for Pete's sake ! ! Somebody has already made special shirts which everyone is supposed to be wearing (either that or stupid beads) and invariably they want to have the Meet'n'Greet on the day of the cruise. Dumb idea, IMHO. Everybody is pooped from traveling. Many want to explore the ship, get something to eat, check out their cabin, go to muster drill, and be topside for the sailaway. Too much to do that same day.

 

The best Meet'n'Greets I've attended were the first sea day morning around 10:00 on the Lido where there is a bar for the drinkers, food close by and a unique spot where everyone can sit, eat or drink and will know that these are Meeters and Greeters. :)

 

Don't often attend these any more. :rolleyes:

 

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I tend to cruise last minute (3-5 days before the cruise), so by the time I get to the ROLL CALL half of the participants have been posting for a year and a half ! ! They know the names and ages of each others kids for Pete's sake ! ! Somebody has already made special shirts which everyone is supposed to be wearing (either that or stupid beads) and invariably they want to have the Meet'n'Greet on the day of the cruise. Dumb idea, IMHO. Everybody is pooped from traveling. Many want to explore the ship, get something to eat, check out their cabin, go to muster drill, and be topside for the sailaway. Too much to do that same day.

 

The best Meet'n'Greets I've attended were the first sea day morning around 10:00 on the Lido where there is a bar for the drinkers, food close by and a unique spot where everyone can sit, eat or drink and will know that these are Meeters and Greeters. :)

 

Don't often attend these any more. :rolleyes:

 

 

You hit the nail on the head. After a dozen cruises we know that plans

change and the turn out is never 100% on sail away. In fact 10% is more

like it.

 

Our best turnouts have been for 'cabin crawls' on the second morning around 10:30 AM.

 

:cool:

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Our first 3 cruises I lurked on the boards and probably mentioned we would be on the sailing, but didn't want to commit to being anywhere at any certain time and didn't want name tags etc.

 

We just got off of the Liberty 3/17 sailing and I have to say the roll call group made it so much fun. We met fabulous people and will likely keep in touch with a couple of them.

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I don't mind joining a roll call but the really active ones kind of annoy me. I don't want to have a meet, a secondary meet, a pub crawl, a cocktail party and a poker run. I don't want to commit that much time on my cruise to preset activities. I'd rather go with the flow.

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I have been on several cruises as a single parent, and I am somewhat shy. I have never really participated in Roll Calls before because they have usually been centered around couples doing things with other couples. But on my upcoming cruise, I am participating in the one for this cruise. We have a great variety of people on this roll call. We have a couple of m&gs going on, and I am looking forward to meeting new people!

I say check out the roll call for your cruise if there is one. If there isn't one, start one. See where it takes you. You are not obligated to share anything you aren't comfortable sharing. And if you decide not to meet anyone, that is cool, too. Its all about your cruise and what you want it to be. Just have fun with it.

 

Susie

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We have been on some amazing Roll Calls, we have been on some Roll Calls that moved slower than molasses, and we've been on Roll Calls where some of the participants forgot that they left high school years ago!!! :eek:

 

On each of the "amazing" Roll Calls, we have met couples that we have stayed in touch with, cruised with multiple times, and have developed friendships that hopefully will never die.

 

My husband and I enjoy hanging with our new friends while on board, sharing excursions/meals with them, and we also enjoy our time alone chilling out. All in all, the roll call, as well as the cruise, is what you make of it. As long as you go with an open mind, the sky's the limit!

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Rolls calls add excitement to your trip. I am a new carnival cruiser so, I will enjoy any info other cruisers are willing to share. I too have made friends that hopefully will last through the yrs.

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I like the roll calls, but nobody has posted on ours for over a month. Our cruise is Aug 19

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I love the roll calls. I have met some wonderful people that will be friends for life. The meet and greets are a great place to meet your roll call buddies. We have gotten to the city of our cruise the night before and met up with folks for dinner. Just a great time.

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I do join and have been to several meet and greets...a couple duds and a couple very good M&G's. For me when a roll call is active I check and comment often but when one is slow I rarely chime in because it is so long for a reply...currently ours has stopped.

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Ever since my 2nd cruise, when introduced to this website, I connected w/ the people on the roll calls for each cruise. Several of those cruises were solo, others w/ family. The roll calls w/ the Meet n Mingles or Greet resulted very positive. Some ships provide the space w/ goodies refreshments, snacks and raffles (once won a $50.00 internet voucher). Other ships just provided the space. It's a nice way to run into that person or persons later on in the ship and share upto date experiences.

My reason for connecting on the roll calls, and it's only when able, given the busy daily schedules, and not wanting to get on the computer after working on one all day, but this is the way of venting and expressing my anxiousness for that upcoming cruise. Continued contact w/ the roll call cruiser depends on many things and one is there to vacation and choose as it seems...after the rc, I'm on my own to CRUUUUUIIIIISE AWAYYYYY:)

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We have done roll calls since we found CC. We are the same as most-I'm the quieter one and DH will talk to most anyone. We have met people from all over the world and people close to home that we didn't know cruised. On some M&G's we went to pre-cruise M&G's-met some great people and some we decided to stay far away from. It's fun meeting people and finding out about them. One rollcall we all went on a snorkeling excursion together. We're talking on a roll call for our Dec. cruise now. It was slow but is beginning to pick up as we get closer. I think I will do one or the other(pre-or during but not both). It's a fun way to start the cruise.:)

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It's really weird that I'm kind of afraid to meet people I talk to on CC boards but I've been married to a guy for 12 years that I met online through a college chatroom. I'm from North Carolina and he is from Minnesota. lol

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IMHO, longer than 7 day cruises have the best RCs.

 

Over a dozen cruises in the last two years has shown me

that M&Greets turnout on sail away is about 10% of the people

who post on the RCalls. Short cruises with only a few posters

can result in zero meet up.

 

Long cruise RCs which include Cabin Crawls, Poker Runs

had the most CCers attending as they were held next morning.

 

So, share info, chat it up, get psyched, daydream but in reality

people's schedules change on embark day and meet ups can be

a non-event...in spite of good intentions written here.

 

Just thought I'd share this research info.

 

:cool:

 

I should add that Roll Calls do give you a sense of being connected, so to speak,

with the ship as you walk on board. When meetups are a success, it can be

fun as you see people during the cruise and get updated on stuff.

 

Not sure if we will be so active on shorter cruises....but those 8 day trips

have enough time for meetups.

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My current roll call is pretty slow, I am just about the only regular poster. Now my last roll call was very active & fun. We planned a few things together w/ a decent turn out. It was nice seeing a familiar face while onboard. I've tried to liven up my current 1 by posting roll call challenges (questions designed to get people chatting) but I get very few responses. I have all but given up.

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I have been on several cruises as a single parent, and I am somewhat shy. I have never really participated in Roll Calls before because they have usually been centered around couples doing things with other couples. But on my upcoming cruise, I am participating in the one for this cruise. We have a great variety of people on this roll call. We have a couple of m&gs going on, and I am looking forward to meeting new people!

I say check out the roll call for your cruise if there is one. If there isn't one, start one. See where it takes you. You are not obligated to share anything you aren't comfortable sharing. And if you decide not to meet anyone, that is cool, too. Its all about your cruise and what you want it to be. Just have fun with it.

 

Susie

 

I'm also participating in the same one as Susie, and I can not wait to see everyone on sail day, and then we have another M&G planned for the next day. It has been so much fun to share in the excitement of the cruise!

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Roll Calls are a web get together to determine what you have in common with the other cruisers who will be doing the same future cruise. It can be excursions, a Meet & Greet, port descriptions, cruise pricing, etc. There will be some who view the contents daily while others could care less. And that's OK! You make it what you want it to be.

 

I really enjoy them and I try and participate as much as I can. In my last 3 cruises, I because the "unofficial Secretary" who maintained the records, established the Meet & Greet and did the "Welcomed Aboard" to the new comers. We had just under 22,000 views of the 3/24/12 Freedom Cruise Roll Call and I think that speaks for itself.

 

Personally, I enjoy the Meet & Greet and it helps to put a face on a Cruise Critic Name that you have been corresponding with for months. I always recommend the Meet & Greet be held on arrival day for an hour and a half prior to the ship drill. Yes it can be held the next day but it is impossible to pick a time that does not interfere with other ship activities (Especially on a 7 day cruise). I arrange for Carnival to set aside a lounge for us and they even assign a waiter to serve drinks to be paid for by those who order them. You can have "free drinks" but you need to collect monies in advance and you become responsible for the collection.

 

With that said, I will check my current Roll Call to determine if any Newbees are attending. We have 292 days to go and I look forward to doing the Roll Call until we cruise.

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Just like I don't like to post when I will be on vacation on Facebook, posting a Roll Call can be risky. I don't think I would want people to know my house is vacant for a certain period of time. Am I right?

 

If anyone on my FB knows where I live, I already trust them enough to know I'm not home. I don't have people I don't trust in my home, ever. And Im certainly not facebook friends with them.

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So far my roll call has been extremely helpful. We've found places to eat,stay, shared cheap things to do in ports others have been to before. We even have one Jax local who has given us TONS of info for those of us driving in the day before.

 

We will have a meet after muster. If we enjoy another couple or make a connection, great, we can hang out a few hours later. If not, no harm no foul. I really don't have anything to lose by going, and I might even make a friend out of it.

 

I also enjoy meeting people not from my area. I am born and raised here in the South. A lot of the people here are not the type of people I would prefer to spend time with. I know that sounds bad - there are a lot of WONDERFUL people in my area, but the a lot of them are racist, bigoted, or worse. I don't enjoy being around those types of people, and that greatly limits the amount of people I become good friends with.

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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.

 

Me too haha! My husband always jokes and calls me his "Social justice warrior"

I don't care what people think about me, I will never stop calling people out when they're being ignorant about a social or civil issue. I think so many of the worlds problems are caused by rudeness or people just not understanding something.

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The best thing about Roll Calls is being able to discuss with others your upcoming cruise with others with whom you'll be cruising instead of boring your friends and family at home! :D

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The best thing about Roll Calls is being able to discuss with others your upcoming cruise with others with whom you'll be cruising instead of boring your friends and family at home! :D

 

 

Two thumbs up! Who else is going to care when the countdown goes from triple digits to double to single?

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I also enjoy meeting people not from my area. I am born and raised here in the South. A lot of the people here are not the type of people I would prefer to spend time with. I know that sounds bad - there are a lot of WONDERFUL people in my area, but the a lot of them are racist, bigoted, or worse. I don't enjoy being around those types of people, and that greatly limits the amount of people I become good friends with.

 

I know what you mean in regard to spending time with people in your area. I was born and raised in WV and most of the people around here act the same way. I can't stand it at all and my DH wonders why I don't have a lot of close friends. He was born and raised in PA for 17 years so all of his close friends are there. :rolleyes: He's the one who tells me how hard it was to adjust to things after he moved here yet he's the first one to wonder why I don't care for or put trust in most of the people we meet around here.

This is one thing I've come to love about cruising. I'm no social butterfly by any means, but I love to interact in such a diverse setting. There are so many people from different places and other walks of life. I love to hear their stories even though I may not say a lot so I take in a lot of the world around me. :) That's how I go about reading the boards here on CC too.

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I usually join the roll-call for my cruise if there is one.

 

I'm a single mom and cruise with my sons and it's been awesome to "meet" some other families ahead of time and coordinate excursions with some of them. Safety in numbers when in port is my motto.

 

Plus, it's nice to meet other adults to visit with when my kids ditch me.

 

I don't go over board (no pun intended) on the roll-calls but I do usually attend if there is a meet-n-greet. I have stopped offering up too much personal info such as my cabin number, etc. after encountering a "creeper" on one of the cruises from our roll-call.

 

A friend of mine and her husband joined CC and the roll-call for their cruise at my suggestion and hit it off BIG time with another couple and now they cruise together once a year. I haven't made any big connections like that but would certainly welcome it. You can't have too many friends!

 

The best benefit yet has been having a lost item returned to me from the cruise critic folks that happened to be in my same cabin right after I debarked. They had stopped by my roll-call to ask some questions and we realized we had the exact same cabin (what are the odds?). I left them some welcome aboard gifts in the cabin and explained to the room steward that I "knew" the next guests so that he wouldn't throw the stuff out.

 

I accidentally left my brand new battery and camera charger under the bed so when the steward found them while cleaning, he gave them to my "friends" and asked that they return them to me. She contacted me after she got back asking if I was missing anything...I hadn't even realized it yet! Two days later it was in my mail box :D.

 

No wait! I might have two "best" benefits of roll-calls! One of the families got a call from the up-sell fairy just prior to cruising and moved from 2 balcony cabins to the grand garden villa. They were very gracious and allowed every one that showed up at the meet-n-greet to tour their palace at the top of the ship! Lord knows I would NEVER see the inside of that suite otherwise!! And, because they weren't big drinkers, they gave away their free daily bottles of champagne to the roll call peeps.

So, if you are shy, give it a try. You might make a new friend.

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During our last cruise, my daughter and I participated in the roll call and get together the 1st day. We met another mother-daughter who were cruising and ended up sharing a taxi and spending one of our port days together. We have kept in touch since then because we only live 2 hours away. However for our cruise in a few weeks, there has been almost no interest in the roll call.

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I know what you mean in regard to spending time with people in your area. I was born and raised in WV and most of the people around here act the same way. I can't stand it at all and my DH wonders why I don't have a lot of close friends. He was born and raised in PA for 17 years so all of his close friends are there. :rolleyes: He's the one who tells me how hard it was to adjust to things after he moved here yet he's the first one to wonder why I don't care for or put trust in most of the people we meet around here.

This is one thing I've come to love about cruising. I'm no social butterfly by any means, but I love to interact in such a diverse setting. There are so many people from different places and other walks of life. I love to hear their stories even though I may not say a lot so I take in a lot of the world around me. :) That's how I go about reading the boards here on CC too.

 

My mother came to my sons school for a performance, and she was making comments about how only 10 kids in his class were white, and I needed to find another school. I was so angry, we didn't speak for almost 6 months. My son won't be raised like I was - he doesn't see color. He loves everyone, and to him its just a way to tell people apart.

If I didn't love Atlanta so much, I would move somewhere much more liberal. Its just so stuffy here most of the time.

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My current roll call is pretty slow, I am just about the only regular poster. Now my last roll call was very active & fun. We planned a few things together w/ a decent turn out. It was nice seeing a familiar face while onboard. I've tried to liven up my current 1 by posting roll call challenges (questions designed to get people chatting) but I get very few responses. I have all but given up.

 

Don't give up Annette......keep it going. I think we were spoiled during our cruise on the Legend with so many wonderful people

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On our Legend cruise in December we had a very active roll call where we organized meet and greets, cabin crawls, and a poker run. Some of the ladies even went to afternoon tea together. :) It was a great way to meet people before the cruise. We even went on an excursion with some of the people that we met on the roll call.

Now for my last cruise on the Fantasy in March the roll call was quite slow with only 10 or so people posting but we had to make due with what we had :rolleyes:

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Hi Wrigley80- yep our Legend roll call was great. My Dream roll call isn't dead, just a bit slow. Maybe I chat too much. I guess I am a motor mouth. LOL

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Actually we have done a couple. Sometimes they are good, sometimes not. What I like about the roll calls is if you have questions "ahead" of time, some of the people on the roll call where you are going will answer them. This way you can plan on what to see/do, and also when you get together for the first time, you get to meet the ones you had been emailing back/forth too. Also you may pass them on the ship/island/port, and feel that you "know" them a tad.:) That doesn't mean you have to have a conversation with them each time you see them, but that you know who they are.

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Very well stated Interliner13. We also check in with the roll call and watch it more out of curiousity than any desire to get together with others on the ship. We travel as a family and really have the most fun as a family. We have met nice people on various cruises but it's always just a chance encounter. The one "CC Meet and Greet" we went to on te Dream was anything but friendly. If you weren't one of the regular clique who needed a drink in your hand at all times, there was no need to be there. We weren't even acknowledged and couldn't even really identify the ringleader.

I have been to two of those!!! Just terribly disappointing.

But I've been to one that I've made lifelong friends from, I think it depends on the whole topic of the roll call, you can tell which will be the alcohol soaked ones and which will be to share excursion and cruising info.

I will be sailing in September with a group of people we met during M and G's. Friends for life!!!

So even a few hours with alkies where you can tell you don't want to be is worth it to make those lifetime friends that share a passion for cruising that we do.

I do talk about drinking some. I might drink a whooping two or three one day and then non for a few days. Not a huge drinker, and don't drink to get drunk but I do enjoy a cocktail now and again, and wine with dinner (we like a "wet table":p

Carole

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