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As a sometime solo traveler I am usually placed at a large table. I listen to many stories and have heard the same. I use to chuckle when it occurred but then figured out a way to deal with it. I remind myself that each person's story is personal to them so it is only natural for them to feel what they did or experienced was better than anyone else.
I also like how if the story comes up again it seems to grow. Reminds me of the old fish tales. You know the one. It starts with a fish that was about 6 inches long in the original but as the story is repeated the fish grows to 12 inches, then 24 inches. Just think if you were on a TA crossing (21 to 30 days.) By the time the cruise ended they would have caught a whale.
Short of going to a table for 2 you sometimes just need to grin and let it go.
Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. Cruising can be full of pseudo-snobs and is the reason I don't do too many (it's also one of the reasons many of my friends avoid cruising) Quite honestly, I meet much nicer people on land-tours who have done a lot more than most cruisers.
We quit cruising P&O years ago for this very reason. So many "social climbers" - "yah - and what dooh yoooo doooooo"
DH and I used to play the "BIG FAT LIAR"game - we have been everything from unemployed dole scammers (THATS A conversation stopper in three seconds - prob our favourite) who wangled a cruise on the DHSS - to runaway neighours who have left their husband/wife etc etc to e together on the cruise.
MOre fool them for taking it all in - stupid people!!
Table for two now - all the way!