I had only just sat down and introduced myself to my new dining companions when a foghorn voice boomed from the far end of the table: “So is this your first cruise?” Before I could open my mouth, the questioner drew breath and launched into a monologue about every cruise he’d been on. With only fleeting respites to take another mouthful of food or sip of wine, he continued, unabated.
All attempts to steer the conversation another way were futile. Any questions, made only to try and create a diversion, resulted in even more excruciating detail.
Swapping seafaring tales with like-minded folk is an entertaining part of any cruise. Being caught by a cruise bore with the wind in his sails is quite another.
But fear not – resourceful Cruise Critic members have some canny suggestions when it comes to dealing with cruise bores.