I’m on a roll with cruises! Remembering my short romance made me remember the techniques I used to get a female companion while on a cruise. I’m no smooth operator, but these seem to work for me. If you’re going to be stuck on one alone, it’s really better if you get someone to hang out with and talk to, even if it’s non-romantic. Who knows? You might find the one for you on a cruise with these tips!
1. Breathe confidence. Sure, some girls like the shy, hesitant type, but you can’t really sense that right away. For most girls, the most important thing is confidence. Many women respond positively to it. Smile. Stand tall and move tall. Use confident strides. When trying to pick up a girl, act confident, but not too confident, lest you seem arrogant. She has to feel that you’re sure she’ll talk to you, and if you don’t, big deal. If she rejects, take it with grace and exit with your head held high.
2. Pickup lines? Who needs them? Unless you have an especially creative line that’s sure to work, don’t use them. They don’t work more often than not. Rely on more situational circumstances where those lines will actually work. Speaking of which…
3. Use terrain to your advantage. There are lots of ways to start a conversation. A great way to do this is when someone’s outside, on deck. If she’s leaning over the guardrail, enjoy the view too before approaching her. If she’s relaxing on the recliner, get her a cool drink if she runs out. If she’s tanning, don’t offer to put lotion unless you have enough balls! If you’re in a bar, standard bar rules apply. Are you in the buffet? Ask her if you can sit next to her or opposite her. Be sure she’s relaxed enough to accept your offer!
4. Talk about travel. Since you’re both on a cruise, use that as an opening line. Ask them if they’re enjoying themselves. Ask them if they go often. If both of you are cruise regulars, exchange travel experiences. I’ve met quite a few friends this way! Fellow travelers love to tell stories, so take advantage of that. Be sure to let her speak, too! And remember to talk to her face, not to her chest.
5. Know when to back off. It may be hard at first, but you should sense when the woman doesn’t want to talk to you any longer. When you see her look at her watch often when you’re talking, try to end the conversation. Watch out if she’s bored or unamused. Try to read her! If you leave without damaging your confidence, it will be easier to try for the next girl.
I’m not really a player, but I always look for a companion on a cruise, friend or more. It adds to the experience and enjoyment, since you meet someone new. How about you? What stuff works on a cruise?