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The Cruise Lady: Cruise Etiquette 101

Updated 875 days ago

Unfortunately, it appears that more and more, cruisers are forgetting to pack common courtesy along with their swim suits. Perhaps it’s time for a remedial lesson in basic cruise etiquette.

DO NOT rush into the elevators as soon as the door opens – some people would like to exit without being trampled. MIND YOUR CHILDREN – (not everyone thinks they’re as cute as you do) – DO NOT bring them into adult venues.

DO NOT “amble” four abreast through the main Promenade – allow others room to pass – and for Pete’s Sake – DO NOT stop suddenly! At the least you may wind up with a fellow passenger’s drink all over your back - or worse yet, a fellow passenger!

DO NOT save deck chairs or seats in the theater – you may be able to explain ONE as being for your traveling partner – but a whole row? DO NOT cut in line – you won’t get where you’re going any faster, but you will “PO” a lot of people.

DO arrive on time in the dining room – PROPERLY DRESSED! If your idea of “dressed” is shorts and flip-flops – go to the casual buffet.

DO NOT air your gripes – not everyone cares that you didn’t enjoy your shore excursion or whatever! DO keep in mind that your cabin attendant’s duty is to clean your room – not to pick up after you.

DO NOT walk through or sit near smoking areas and complain about the smoke – there’s a reason they’re called that – DOH! DO remember that “servers” are not “servants” – they work long hours to make your cruise a pleasant experience – thank them!

Cruise etiquette – is life etiquette – is COMMON COURTESY – don’t leave home without it!

There are probably many more “DO’S and DON’TS that Lorraine missed – she welcomes your input.

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Article written by Lorraine Highseas

Certified cruisaholic who’s sole purpose is to help you enjoy one of life’s greatest things to its fullest. Check out her Facebook page by clicking here.

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