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From your past experience, which location and time worked best for your favorite FOD meetups? The champagne bar? Martini bar? Piano bar? The disco? Craft beer bar? Main lobby bar? Pool bar? Etc.

 

Did it matter to you if there was no music playing? If there was music playing, did it make your introductions awkward and your conversations difficult?

 

I'm just curious. In case I don't like the location of my next FOD meeting, I would like suggestions for future request changes.

 

Thanks!!

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I don't think there's any one best location, since the makeup of an LGBT gathering is going to vary greatly from cruise to cruise. The champagne bar on many of Royal's ships can be a good location because the seating area(s) can work for a small group, and it's not usually too loud. That said, I've rarely had much success meeting people at the posted daily gatherings on Royal. The time is often rather early or late for us. The last couple of cruises we were on, Royal had an LGBT mixer around 10 p.m. on the first night, and that has been fun when I've gone.

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On the Royal cruises I've been on the standard gathering is usually in the Crown Lounge at 10.30 PM. A lot of people have to show up on the first night for it to be a success for the rest of the cruise, which usually doesn't happen. The timeslot also overlaps with other happenings in the Crown Lounge so it's usually too loud or too busy to even be able to hear someone.

 

On longer cruises (mostly TAs) there have been LGBT lunches at 12 PM - all the ones I've been to were always very well attended.

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On Carnival we enjoy that they're usually at the Alchemy (martini) bar, as it's usually a lively spot and not too hard to strike up a conversation. Only challenge there is that it can be a popular spot, so sometimes you either can't get a seat or you don't actually know who's there for the meet up - which has been funny on a few occasions! On Princess we had them in a library type bar (on Caribbean Princess), I can't remember the exact name. It was perfect as it was somewhat secluded so you knew those attending were there for that purpose (but it wasn't too public for those who wanted some space), but very comfortable and quiet for some great conversation and drinks. On Royal it was at the bar on Central Park (on Symphony OTS) which was also tough because it was always very busy, so there was rarely seating and getting a drink was difficult, again many folks just there for a drink and not for the event itself - in that case I think the wine bar would've worked much better!

 

So is there a best spot? I think it depends entirely on the ship and individuals involved. Some are certainly more conducive, but I think people's preferences and opinions will certainly vary!

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We usually sail on Holland America,  there the meet-ups are usually early evening and you can go to dinner together if you want to afterwards.  They were usually in the Crow's Nest where there was lots of seating groups are quiet enough to talk easily.  

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On 11/29/2020 at 3:22 AM, Chicken_Lips said:

From your past experience, which location and time worked best for your favorite FOD meetups? The champagne bar? Martini bar? Piano bar? The disco? Craft beer bar? Main lobby bar? Pool bar? Etc.

 

Did it matter to you if there was no music playing? If there was music playing, did it make your introductions awkward and your conversations difficult?

 

I'm just curious. In case I don't like the location of my next FOD meeting, I would like suggestions for future request changes.

 

Thanks!!

Sorry to be late to the party. We prefer one of the big observation lounges. Usually there's plenty of space to lounge around & chat. If you notify the guest desk once on board, they may be able to accommodate with snacks & things like that. On the Queen Victoria in 2012 we were assigned a staff assoc. who took care of all our needs.

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Cunard usually has their gatherings often called Friends of Dorothy/Rainbow Pride in the Commodore Club forward usually at 5 pm. I have enjoyed them, and made many long term friends on board. 

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On the Grand Princess (Dec 2019) we met up at the Wheelhouse Bar (at 6:30m I think)  I liked the earlier meet-ups because some of us would venture out to other activities together afterwards!

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