Before one embarks on a cruise, they often ask the question, “What are some tips and secrets to make the most out of my cruise?”. It seems that everyone is looking for the “must do’s” so they do not miss anything. But who can blame them, they are on vacation and want to make the most of it.
As important as the tips and secrets of cruising are, it is also important to look at things that you should not do on a cruise. After all, you are not on the ship by yourself and how you act affects the families around you who are also on vacation.
Here are a few simple things that you should avoid doing while on a cruise.
Don’t be a chair hog: We’ve all been there, you head up to the lido deck to catch some sun by the pool and all of the chairs have towels on them that are “saved”. Thankfully, some cruise lines have begun to crack down on this and many will only allow you to save chairs for up to 45 minutes without being used. It was a common practice for many to get up early in the morning, save deck chairs in their favorite spots, and then not actually use them until 2-5 hours later.
There is nothing wrong saving chairs by the pool or seats in the theater for a few family or friends. However, don’t be that guy who tries to save 30 of the best seats in the theater and then only end up using 10 of them.
Don’t blare music on your balcony: On a recent cruise, the passengers in a balcony near us brought a stereo and thought it was a good idea to blare rap music on it. While you might enjoy jamming to rap music, would you want someone blaring polka, heavy metal, jazz, barbershop quartets, salsa, or any other type of music that you didn’t like? You want to sit outside and listen to loud music, that is what the pool deck is for. After all, have you ever heard a passenger say, “the music on the lido deck isn’t loud enough”. It is probably a safe bet that the guests in balconies near you do not listen the same type of music that you do.
Someone in another cabin did complain to the crew and everyone around us was able to enjoy peace and quiet on our balconies for the rest of the cruise.
Don’t let your kids run wild: Children on cruises are usually extremely excited, they will want to run around and raise their voices. After all, who can blame them? Just about no one will have a problem with this on the pool deck, that is what the pool deck is for. However, some parents allow their children to run around the cabin decks and other public decks of the ship unattended.
Most cruise ships also have special areas that are for adults only (18+ and up). These areas include quiet decks with sun loungers and swimming pools and hot tubs. While the staff on the ship might only enforce these rules if another passenger complains, do your best to follow these rules.
Use Elevators to only go up or down 1 floor: If you have a disability, then you can completely ignore this point. There are few things more annoying on a cruise than having your elevator stop, a large group pile in, and then they get off only one floor up. If you are able bodied and need to go up or down 1 deck, use the stairs. If you are going up or down 6 decks by all means, use the elevator, that is what they are for.
Taking the stairs instead of the elevator will also help you burn a few extra calories. This can also help you from gaining weight as most do while on a cruise.
Don’t stiff the staff when it comes to tips: Virtually all cruise lines now automatically charge your gratuities/tips to your on board account. While you can have these adjusted up or down if the service did not meet your expectations, taking them off entirely because you are too cheap to pay them is well, pathetic. The crew members work 7 days a week for 6-10 months at a time without a day off. Yes, sometimes they have bad days like you have bad days. They also work for a small salary and their tips make up the majority of what they earn. If you do not want to tip the crew, don’t go on a cruise.
Cruise Fever would love to hear from you, what are somethings that you should not do while on a cruise? Leave your opinions in the comment section below.