Cruise Roll Calls and Why They Work
Worried about the crowds on your next cruise? Or are you more like everyone else who gets worried about having no one to hang out with on your next cruise? Granted you’ll be there with your friends and family, but who doesn’t like to make some new friends on the high seas? Traditionally, you waited until you were on the ship before you started to mingle with the other passengers and that’s where the fun began (or didn’t). But did you know that you can connect with your fellow passengers before you ever step foot on a ship? That’s right! There are great websites out there that link passengers sailing on the same cruise together to chat, plan excursions, or simply get to know one another through “roll calls” before their cruise.
The one site that everyone always thinks of when it comes to talking about cruises is Cruise Critic. They have an excellent message board that cover just about everything related to cruising from ports, to cruise ships, to destinations, and of course, to their roll calls. Find your ship and sail date from the list and simply add yourself to the roll call. Then start chatting with your new friends and who knows? Maybe you’ll have a new BFF even before you board the ship! You can expect on longer cruises of 7-nights or more to have a Meet and Mingle scheduled where everyone on the roll call can get together. The cruise line will supply a room and maybe even beverages and appetizers, depending on the size of the group. Fun!
The new kid on the block is MeetOnCruise, which started in 2010, (now called CruiseLine), but is already gaining in popularity quickly. With roll calls, reviews, cruise guides, quick tips, and more, this easy to use web site makes finding new cruise friends extremely easy. When you join the roll call for your upcoming cruise, you can check the box that interests you: “People to hang out with on the cruise,” “People to share a tour or excursion,” “Meeting other couples,” “Meeting other singles,” etc.
I can hear those people who have never done this screaming out about privacy concerns. I get it and understand your fears, but that’s why you can use whatever name or handle you like on these boards. Certainly you would never give out your address to anyone over the Internet so practice the same safety rules you would practice elsewhere online.
For new cruisers and experienced cruisers alike, getting involved online on one of the many roll calls or message board will only enhance your cruise experience. The next time you book a cruise or if you have one booked already, consider registering for a roll call. You might find some new friend and have some fun!