Monday, March 28, 2011

Consideration, Courtesy & Civility: Mind Your Cruise Ship Manners

Of course it's your vacation and of course you deserve to have the best time ever on your long-awaited cruise. But do you really want it to be at the expense of others? When it comes to our fellow passengers, it sometimes seems that way.

Cruise ships, particularly the ones in the mega-ship size range, are cities at sea. Like any land-bound city, a cruise ship is inhabited by a diverse population. Passengers and crewmembers come from all corners of the globe and from varying cultural backgrounds. The thing most guests have in common is the desire to have a satisfying vacation—to explore new places, to relax and revitalize, to spend time with family and friends, or to just have some carefree fun.

It seems that some passengers get a bit carried away in terms of carefree and forget to pack one of life's little treasures—the good manners we practice at home and in our everyday lives.

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Martin said...

So sad that people need to be told about common courtesy - we have noticed a few slips too! Well done in putting this together.

Linda Coffman, AKA Cruise Diva said...

Thanks, Martin. It is a shame that some people have to be reminded.

Best, Linda

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Cruise Diva had a bad experience. Civility seems to have passed into cruising history with the coming of the cattle boats. If you build huge cost effective ships you will get cost effective people. I once asked a mother if her kids always act like this. She said "Of course not, we're on vacation". A cruise should be a step above a vacation.

Linda Coffman, AKA Cruise Diva said...

No, I haven't had a singular bad experience. It's just that I've observed a lot over the past 20 years and notice a lot of parents on ships of late with the attitude you described. However, it's not always the children who are at fault. Some adults behave worse.

Best, Linda