We made friends with the couple who were in the cabin next to us, Sheldon and Send. Rich noticed when we were at dinner that there was a big round table set for 10 people in the corner behind us, but every night there were only two people sitting there. We were really curious about why the ship would seat two people at such a large table all alone, and we felt kinda bad for them! One night when we were returning to our cabin, they were walking right behind us and I asked, "are you the ones at that big table in the corner?" They said yes, and then we realized they were in the next cabin and we chatted for a few minutes. We told them maybe we'd come sit with them one night and they invited us to do so. Within a night or two, we told our waiter regular table mates that we were going to go join our new acquaintances for dinner. Well, this created a huge issue with the dining room. We literally were told we had to go ask permission from the maitre' d to change tables. We explained that we were not moving permanently but we wanted to eat with Sheldon and Send that night. Apparently, this messes up their system and they had to change the computer to put us at that table, just in case someone else got assigned there. Now what were the odds of that?! Sheldon told us that the table had been full and the other eight seats were taken by a group of Russians from NYC. The first night at dinner, this group had a fit and told the waiter that they had requested a table "all to themselves." So they were moved to an eight person table, and instead of Sheldon and Send getting moved to a smaller table, they were just left to eat alone at the big table. Kinda silly, huh? Anyway, they were really nice and we enjoyed them a lot more than our usual tablemates. Send is originally from Mongolia, but they both live in California now and are retired.