Just returned. Had a nice time. In a five day cruise plus two days pre-cruise in Florida, only had one lifestyle encounter. However, we were very enthusiastic about the couple we met and we already have tentative plans to meet again.

In retrospect, the contrived attempts to meet people (pre-gaming on SLS, going to meet and greets, bars and speed dating) failed. Meeting people at meals, in the hot tub, and on excursions worked.

We got quite a few rejections. From couples we knew and played with before, people we knew from previous trips but had not played with. My wife says I am wasting my time trying to figure out why people don’t play with us. We usually have a high hit rate.

I still like to initiate meetings and I never mind being the one to ask the other couple if they want to play. Sometimes we let my wife ask, seems less intimidating.

Our big takeaway is to meet people organically at meals, trips and activities. We are not bar flys or players. I am not an alpha male. I’m a little more subtle than that.

Overall, it was a nice vacation and we met a lot of nice people even if we didn’t do them.