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6 things you don't want to do on a Cruise, unless you want to be the MOST disliked passenger on the ship!


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 few things not to do so you will have an enjoyable cruise - and so will everyone ELSE.
This is me on my helmet dive in Cozumel – SO FUN!

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.

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18 Comments on 6 Things NOT to Do on a Cruise

    • That is SO true and they work so hard. I would notice our server working the 7 AM breakfast shift and then she would still be working at the end of the late dinner shift at 10 at night. That’s a looong day, but she was always cheerful and friendly.

  1. I’ve never been on a cruise but just this evening I was speaking to some friends who are off on one next weekend. I’ll let them know your tips, I’m sure they will be grateful!

    • You should totally go. They are really SO much fun and not all that expensive. You’d be surprised. We aren’t very adventurous, but we’ve gotten to do some very cool stuff on our cruises. Really great memories.

  2. It wasn’t the passengers we had issue with, but the cruise itself. None of the night time stuff, like the dances, started until 10 pm, even when we were expected to be at a port at like 6 am the next day. Why would you start the entertainment that late? I was looking forward to dancing, but not if I had to wait until 10 pm! I swear we picked the most boring cruise ship. There were no games or really much of anything coordinated by the cruise ship. And this was an Alaskan cruise, so it’s not as if you could spend your downtime lounging by the (outdoor) pool.

    • That’s a shame. Next time go Caribbean or Mexico. Someone made a joke that the age on the Alaska cruises is between 80 and dead, and I think they’re about right. That’s why I’ve never wanted to take one. If I’m going on vacation, I’m going someplace WARM! Don’t give up on cruising. I’ve been on four of them now and everyone one of them has been a complete blast. Maybe you just got a bad one.

  3. We went on a cruise recently, and I requested a table for two. I love the idea of meeting people, but on our first cruise (in 1992) there was a couple who were obviously having an affair. It’s funny looking back, but at the table, it uncomfortable! Ew! So we avoided that. Sometimes, I got jealous of all the nice people at the next table.

    • Ewwww, that would be a little awkward. I’m a sociable person, so I always ask them to seat me at the biggest table. It’s kind of fun because you get to meet a bunch of different people at breakfast and lunch. We met the most hilarious couple on the last cruise and we became fast friends with them.

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