You don’t need a Miss Manners at sea to know there are some basic, common
sense rules of etiquette for cruising. No, there is no handbook on it,
but the key words here are “common sense.” For some less thoughtful
folks onboard, taking a vacation means taking a break from using their
Picture a cruise ship like a floating village or small town at sea.
As with any unfamiliar place you go to, you should get to know the lay
of the land, so to speak. No one is going to be just like you; people
from all over the world, from different cultures and religions are sharing
the same floating space as you are. Everyone should learn how to live
in harmony for this short stay so that all of you will have the best
Some cruisers have been to their share of ports and know what to do.
However, newbie’s need to pay some attention to their surroundings.
Read the literature about the ship’s activities. And if there is any
doubt about something, ask a member of the cruise ship’s personnel.
Now, let’s talk about some of those unspoken shipboard “rules:”
Cool it with the complaints – You are on vacation! Nothing is more unattractive
than a grown-up whining like a child over something like waiting in
line. You know that saying “When in Rome?” Well, it is your vacation.
No worries, no deadlines, no being late to anything … you’re on a ship
and nothing on board is going anywhere. Say hi to the people next to
you; challenge someone to a game of paper, scissors, rock to break up
Respect the Dress Code Guidelines – Cruise ships will often post some
clothing guidelines for dinner or live entertainment for that day. If
you don’t follow the guidelines, you will not be thrown off the ship.
However, you would feel mighty uncomfortable wearing your Bermuda shorts
and flip flops to a semi-formal dinner or dance.
Say so long to the seat savers and line cutters- It is a bit exasperating
to take the time to arrive at a decent hour to catch the next lounge
act only to have a sea of coats draped over chairs and no bodies in
the seats. And line cutters, shame on you. It is one thing for you to
stand in line and have your spouse join you after a quick trip to the
rest room. It is a whole new ballgame letting in your twenty newfound
friends from the poker tables cut in line.
No hogging of the gym equipment/hot tub/lounge chairs/computers, etc.
– There are possibly several thousand other people who at some point
want to use stationary bike or hot tub privileges. Be mindful of others
who are discreetly waiting without complaint for their turn.
Designated smoking areas – There are specific areas just for smokers
on board. Do not be selfish and light up at the dining room table while
others are eating. Here’s a big clue: if you see ash trays, you can
These unspoken rules sound perfectly logical don’t they? Yet, some cruisers
forget themselves in their quest for a good time and other people suffer
for it. If you are unsure of something, ask. Let your common sense rule.
And don’t worry, it won’t get in the way of your good time.
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