Honestly Keith you shouldn`t worry too much about this, however I must agree that this was one of my concerns when we started cruisin`. When you think about it though, there is such a lot going on in most of the restaurants that having deep conversations with your dining partners isn`t really possible most of the time. Also on a 4 night cruise, you will probably want to dine at Remy`s one evening so you and your DW will be seated romantically together. On one night it will be the Pirates Night and there will be a lot going on in whatever restaurant you are assigned. The last night will be the "Till we meet again" dinner, and here again there will be a lot of action in all the restaurants. If you are at Animators Pallette on another evening, once again things will be happening all around you. Bear in mind too that your very attentive servers will help you to "break the ice" with yiur fellow guests on your first evening, so honestly please don`t lose any sleep over this. As Tom said, we were fortunate to meet him and his DW on one of our cruises, and on another cruise we made very good friends with Doug, Michelle & Dani from LA [with whom we will be cruising again in a few weeks time]. I consider both of those families to be friends for life now and we have DCL to thank for that.