While many cruise trends are positive and welcomed by cruisers, there are a few trends that are going in the wrong direction. Here are cruise trends that need to stop.
Wearing a bathrobe around the ship – While there are many appropriate places to wear a bathrobe on a cruise ship (your stateroom, the spa, pool deck etc.), they should not be worn in the buffet (or any dining venues) and in the ship’s public areas.
Not paying gratuities – For the life of me, I can’t figure out how anyone can completely stiff the staff on a cruise. It is one thing to have the daily gratuities removed and get envelopes to personally tip your servers/stateroom steward, but many passengers are having gratuities removed because it makes the cruise “cheaper”.
My friend told me that on a recent cruise, there was a long line of passengers at guest services having their gratuities removed. Most weren’t asking for envelopes, they just didn’t want to pay gratuities. I read about a travel agent who told their clients to have the gratuities removed because the staff really doesn’t do anything and it will make the cruise more affordable for them. Cruising is just like eating out at a restaurant. If you aren’t going to tip the staff, please stay home.
Wearing hats at dinner (formal night) – While this used to be a no brainer, taking your hat off at dinner is proper etiquette. This trend has started to grow as cruise lines have switched to a more relaxed dress code for dinner.
Complaining to get something free – While cruise lines do everything they can to make sure passengers have a memorable time on board, sometimes things just don’t go as planned. It’s life, things happen. Cruise lines will often offer something complimentary as a way of saying sorry.
Some passengers are starting to take advantage of this, complaining to guest services about every little thing. It’s one thing if something major goes wrong on a shore excursion (not as advertised etc), it’s another to complain simply because you are a cheapskate. I have even read about passengers complaining demanding compensation because the weather was lousy.
Kids Running Wild – I get it, kids are excited to be on a cruise and I can’t blame them one bit for being excited. However, parents should never let them run wild unattended.
Fees – Cruise lines are starting to add more fees for things that used to be included in cruise fares. As a frequent cruiser, I would rather pay one price up front than be nickel and dimed all week. One of the main benefits of cruising is that a lot is included in cruise fares, we prefer to keep it that way.
Cruise Fever would love to hear from you. Are there any cruise trends that you feel need to stop? Let us know in the comment section below.