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Pet Peeve #3 – Guess Who is Coming to Dinner.

Don’t be a jerk at dinner.  One of the things we really enjoy about cruising is the dinner seating.  We’ve met some really wonderful folks at our dinner table, but some we haven’t enjoyed so much:

  • The couple who argued and bickered all through dinner
  • The rich guy who kept name-dropping and talking about all the fabulousness of rich guy’s life
  • The couple with the two spoiled kids who were obnoxious and bratty at every meal
  • The lady who got ticked at me for sitting at a different table for one meal and wouldn’t speak to me for 3 more days.

Here’s my little secret – I ask the maitre d’ to put us at a large square table (because at a round one, you are pretty much trapped between two couples).  Then I try to get there early on the first night and stake out a spot towards the middle of the table.  That way you can talk to the people across from you and on both sides, and if someone is not your cup of tea, you can mostly tune them out in favor of the nice folks.  If not, there’s always the last resort – ask the maitre d’ to move you to another table.

I do have to warn you though – last time I tried that, I ended up running into all the people from the original table all over the ship and it was pretty awkward.  I finally lied and said I’d run into a friend from work and wanted to sit with them.

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Anyway, the point is – use your company manners.  Try to be nice, be interested in the other people, and I guarantee you’ll make some amazing new friends.

Pet Peeve #4 – Debbie Downer.

When things go wrong – it’s so much easier to just roll with it and move on.  The most valuable lesson I’ve learned on a cruise is that a few things ARE going to go wrong here and there.  You can pitch a hissy about it and ruin everyone’s time, OR you can be a good sport and just roll with it.  On every cruise, a few little things have gone wrong.  One time we had a miss a port because of choppy seas, our parasailing activity was canceled due to high winds, we had to wait an hour extra to debark for an excursion.  It’s just little stuff really, but some people got really bent about it.

No vacation is going to be completely perfect and it’s not very realistic to expect every little thing to be perfect.  But, you know what – you are on vacation.  You’ve paid a ton of money to be on this gorgeous ship in whatever wonderful place you’ve chosen to go – Enjoy it!

You are on vacation and you’ve paid a ton of money to be on this gorgeous ship

If you act like a good sport and find a way to have fun anyway, your fellow passengers will too.  Calm and good humor are contagious, but so is being grouchy and dissatisfied. I always go out of my way to be pleasant to the staff. They don’t have an easy job, but if you take the time to learn their names and smile at them and greet them warmly every day, they’ll find a way to show their appreciation.  You might find an extra chocolate on your pillow, an extra scoop of ice cream on your dessert, or a little hint on where’s the best place to see the dolphins playing by the side of the ship.

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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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