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Such a Lovely Family
Demographics: Parents ages 30's thru 50's, kids ages 2 thru preteens
Characteristics: Seem highly convinced that they and their kids are the center of the universe
Behaviors: Sitting together quietly or engaging in lively activities, location permitting
Where found: MDR early dining, kids' pool, seating areas along the promenade, Lido buffet
Endeared by: Conversations with new people, historic sights, beautiful scenery
Unsettled by: Obnoxious behavior, drunken antics, litter, waste of food
Meshes with: That Couple Type A, That Couple Type B
Clashes with: What Awful Parents
Willing to adopt solos: No


What Awful Parents
Demographics: Parents ages 30's thru 50's, kids ages 2 thru preteens
Characteristics: Seem highly convinced that they and their kids are the center of the universe
Behaviors: Making noise, wasting food, being rude to crew members and other passengers
Where found: Running in cabin hallways, making a mess in the buffet, screaming by the pool
Endeared by: Free stuff
Unsettled by: People calling them out on their obnoxious behavior
Meshes with: No one
Clashes with: Everyone
Willing to adopt solos: No


That Couple Type A
Demographics: age 21 thru 28
Characteristics: Seem deeply in love, yet open to meeting new people
Behaviors: Snugging with each other, walking around hand-in-hand, joining the balcony club
Where found: Any little-used public rooms, by the pool, MDR late dining, nightclub, bars
Easily engaged by: Conversations with new people, dance music, cheesy cruise games
Unsettled by: Nothing fazes them
Meshes with:  That Couple Type B, Burned-out Worker, Lively New Group, Tight-knit friends
Clashes with: Such a Lovely Family, What Awful Parents
Willing to adopt solos: No

 

That Couple Type B
Demographics: age 50 thru 150
Characteristics: Seem deeply in love with each other, yet open to new experiences
Behaviors: Acting very laid-back and playfully bantering, yet you know they love each other
Where found: Running into you everywhere you are
Endeared by: Conversations with new people, seeing younger people having harmless fun
Unsettled by: Obnoxious behavior, rudeness, litter, waste of food
Meshes with: That Couple Type A, What a Lovely Family, Burned-out Worker, Retired Person
Clashes with:  Such Awful Parents, High School Kids
Willing to adopt solos: Yes

 

Burned-out Worker
Demographics: age 25 thru 45
Characteristics: Often found cruising solo to escape work stress, extroverted and outgoing
Behaviors: Gawking at anything cruise-related, partaking in all activities on the daily schedule
Where found: By the Lido pool, nightclubs, in front of live bands, wandering around the ship
Endeared by: Conversations with new people, partaking in cheesy cruise games, free drinks
Unsettled by: Questions about their job, cell phones, judgmental attitudes about solos
Meshes with: That Couple Type A, That Couple Type B, Lively New Group, Tight-knit Friends
Clashes with:  What Awful Parents, What a Lovely Family
Willing to adopt solos: They are a solo

 

Retired Person
Demographics: usually 60 or older
Characteristics: Often found cruising solo to escape retired life's monotony, fairly extroverted
Behaviors: Relaxing in quiet areas on the ship
Where found: Main promenade, bingo games, library, MDR late dining
Endeared by: Conversations with new people, seeing younger people engaged harmless fun
Unsettled by: Obnoxious behavior, rudeness, litter, waste of food
Meshes with: That Couple Type B, That Couple Type A, What a Lovely Family
Clashes with:  Such Awful Parents, High School Kids
Willing to adopt solos: They are a solo

 

Lively New Group
Demographics: age 21 thru 40
Characteristics: Just met each other on the cruise, and bonded very quickly over drinks and fun
Behaviors: Dancing up a storm anywhere there's music, playing games in the pool, chilling together
Where found: Lido deck, nightclub, bars, casino, comedy club
Endeared by: Compatible new people joining their group, drunken fun, trying new foods
Unsettled by: Parting ways at debarkation
Meshes with:  Tight-knit Friends, That Couple Type A, That Couple Type B, Burned-out Worker
Clashes with:  What Awful Parents
Willing to adopt solos: Yes

 

High School Kids
Demographics: age 14 thru 18
Characteristics:  Groups of kids enjoying their comparative freedom, sometimes a little too much
Behaviors:  Loud at times but usually harmless otherwise, always seeking new experiences
Where found: By the pool, in the Lido buffet, on the sports courts, along the main promenade
Endeared by: Bantering humor, conversations with new people their age
Unsettled by: People verbally correcting their behavior in a judgmental tone
Meshes with:  That Couple Type A
Clashes with:  What a Lovely Family, Retired Person, That Couple Type B
Willing to adopt solos: No


Tight-knit Friends
Demographics: age 21 thru 35
Characteristics: They all know each other from back home, and came on a cruise together
Behaviors: Dancing up a storm anywhere there's music, playing games in the pool, chilling together
Where found: Lido deck, nightclub, bars, MDR anytime dining, casino, comedy club
Endeared by:  Any opportunities to have fun and make harmless mischief
Unsettled by:  Nothing fazes them
Meshes with: That Couple Type A, That Couple Type B, Burned-out Worker, Lively New Group
Clashes with: What Awful Parents
Willing to adopt solos: Yes

 

Feel free to add your own.  Just keep it both lighthearted and accurate.  Remember: it's all in good fun. 

Edited by LandlockedCruiser01

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Older Couple no children

Demographics: age late 50's thru to somewhat older
Behaviors: -

Relaxing in quiet areas on the ship or in cabin / balcony

enjoy each others company  and   just go with flow ( weather, missed port, fire.etc ) 
Where found: -

Main promenade, On the top deck looking at the ocean,

Library, Relaxed dining, Canapés before dinner...

When not found:-

Sitting in the buffet. Art auctions, Laundry room  
Endeared by: Conversations with new people, seeing people enjoying themselves
Unsettled by: Running out of  my favourite wine , rudeness, gluttony 
Meshes with: happy people, almost anyone
Clashes with:  loud self centred people or self entitled people
Willing to adopt solos: if they wish to join us.

 

LOL   cheers Don

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I think it's because I'm African American, but I keep running into people who feel they have to explain everything to me without my asking. They KNOW I have never been on a cruise before (I have been on 14 - I think).

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WOW!!!!!

Someone has way too much time on their hands! LOL!!!

Can't wait to go on our first river cruise and get away from all those TYPES.

Just hope it is not too stuffy!!! 😷

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People (always at least one)  who demand to know where I work and what I do for a living.   Maybe because I am a solo traveler?     On one cruise, I thought if I told whoever would inevitably ask, that I worked on a secret project for the government, so I couldn't say.   Well, that backfired, because that made them even more curious and kept asking.      Honestly, when I am on a cruise or land tour, I do not want to talk about work.       To narrow it down, it's almost always men in their 50's or older.  I suspect that they were "dragged" on the cruise by their family - and are just bored.     Me, I love to talk about cruises and cruise experiences.   On the other hand, I don't want to come off as a rude b**** who won't answer a normal question. 😕

Edited by Vanna Ocean

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2 hours ago, Vanna Ocean said:

People (always at least one)  who demand to know where I work and what I do for a living.   Maybe because I am a solo traveler?     On one cruise, I thought if I told whoever would inevitably ask, that I worked on a secret project for the government, so I couldn't say.   Well, that backfired, because that made them even more curious and kept asking.      Honestly, when I am on a cruise or land tour, I do not want to talk about work.       To narrow it down, it's almost always men in their 50's or older.  I suspect that they were "dragged" on the cruise by their family - and are just bored.     Me, I love to talk about cruises and cruise experiences.   On the other hand, I don't want to come off as a rude b**** who won't answer a normal question. 😕

 

I cruised solo exclusively so far.  Almost no one I met asked me where I worked or what I did for a living.  (Except for Customs.)  I always met lots of people on cruises, and I have no idea what they do for work.  The topic simply never came up.  They usually asked me where I'm from, what cruises I've done, and what excursions I like.  And I was happy to answer truthfully.  I'm male, mid 30's.

 

In reality, I work in IT, so the few times I was asked, I either downplayed it or gave a false answer.  I didn't want people asking me to fix their cellphone or laptop, or something.  Believe me, us IT guys know the "you touch it, you own it" trap all too well.

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On 12/16/2019 at 12:35 AM, cruznjan said:

I think it's because I'm African American, but I keep running into people who feel they have to explain everything to me without my asking. They KNOW I have never been on a cruise before (I have been on 14 - I think).

You are not alone. If you look young, it's even worse (middle aged - 17 cruises with 3 more scheduled). We no longer do main dining because of the racist conversation of some.

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Interesting because I ALWAYS get asked where I work and what I do for a living.  That includes the non-cruise land tours I've gone on.   Maybe it's because I'm a woman, and "am not supposed to be traveling alone".  LOL.

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On 12/15/2019 at 11:35 PM, cruznjan said:

I think it's because I'm African American, but I keep running into people who feel they have to explain everything to me without my asking. They KNOW I have never been on a cruise before (I have been on 14 - I think).

We rarely if ever ask someone what they do for a living.  I am vacationing to get away from my job so I don't want the question asked to me at all.  

The only time I would explain something to someone on a cruise is if they asked or looked hopelessly lost (which can happen to experienced cruisers).  I love finding out where they have gone, what they think of other cruise lines, what ports are worth visiting and which ones aren't etc.

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