We’ve been on several cruises now and usually we meet terrific people onboard the ships. However, there are a few people who are memorable for all the wrong reasons. So, just for giggles, I came up with a few ideas for rules I’d love to post on a ship for things NOT to do – unless you want to be the most disliked passenger at sea.
Pet Peeve #1 – Mr. Big Shot!
This guy thinks he is the only person on the ship who matters and he is going to let everyone know it. Do yourself a favor – don’t be this guy.
Someone who is kind, friendly, and considerate to others on the ship will be a lot more popular ol’ Mr. Big Shot.
One of Mr. (or Ms.) Big Shot’s favorite little tricks is to get up early and stake out a deck chair with a towel and a cheap pair of flipflops or an old paperback and then tie it up for hours until he or she is ready to adorn the deck with their presence.
I’ve learned that a nice word to one of the crew usually frees up a deck chair like that pretty quickly. Buh-bye Mr. Big Shot!
I watched a typical Mr. Big Shot pitch a hissy fit because the waiter (who didn’t speak great English) brought him hash browns instead of corned beef hash! Really? Roll with it dude. Make some nice conversation with your neighbors and wait patiently for the staff to correct the mistake. Your tablemates would have thought much better of you for it.
A little good humor and flexibility goes a long way towards ensuring that everyone has a good time on the ship, even the hard-working crew members.
Pet Peeve #2 – The “Party Guy” (or Gal).
There’s a lot of drinking on a cruise ship and most people don’t have a problem with it. People are on vacation and if they want to have a few drinks and enjoy themselves, no one really cares. But there’s a thin line between tipsy and fun and drunk and obnoxious.
But when someone is staggering around on the ship, or drunk enough that they are puking, that’s not fun, it’s obnoxious. Same thing for the overly amorous couple – ewwww. Get a room, folks.
Not to mention – the LOUD drunks. I think those are the worst. Heckling the comedians, having loud conversations during the shows, laughing hysterically at the slightest thing – that does not make you someone that your shipmates are going to enjoy being around.
For our 25th Anniversary cruise, we splurged on a balcony cabin and it was heaven! Until Mr. and Mrs. Drunk and Obnoxious in the next cabin decided to have a huge fight with the balcony door wide open. That pretty much sucked the fun out of that whole evening.
to read about our “so fun” table companions….