Cruising can’t be a more rewarding way to escape the raw winter weather. While the season is in full swing, everyone is hitting the waves. Everyone has gone on a cruise at some point during the winter. Whether cruising from the New York area, Galveston, TX, or Florida, it is the most momentous traveling experience anyone could have. While cruising, there are so many great opportunities that await. There is the opportunity to try casino gambling, karaoke, and exotic cuisines. For some, it is all about forgetting about the stresses of work.
On an everyday basis, people go places or are subjected to genuine situations. There are certain places and situations which require the proper behavior. Has anyone heard that there is a such a term called cruise ship etiquette? Yes, there is. Showing the proper etiquette aboard any cruise ship makes any cruise experience all the more enjoyable. More so, proper etiquette plays an effect on the experience for fellow cruisers. Cruise ships nowadays carry from 3,600 to as many as 6,100 guests. With so many taking to the waves, it is paramount to adhere to a simple but sincere code of etiquette while on board.
While on a cruise ship, it is crucial to exemplify the proper behavior. Whether on a five, seven, nine, or thirteen-day voyage, the rules are no different. What etiquette should cruise ship guests show while on any voyage? Here’s what and what not to do.
1) Acknowledging the cruise staff: Without these talented individuals, there would be no excitement to speak of. The cruise staff are the guests’ best friends on board. From sports, to dining, to shore excursions, the ship does not function without them. Each and every day of the cruise, guests should familiarize themselves with the staff members. The on board staff will always acknowledge guests who are respectful towards them. From helping guests with picking out the right watch at the duty-free shop, to assuring their safety on the rock climbing wall, to cheering guests on in the belly flop competition, they want them all to feel welcome. First-time cruisers are not always so comfortable. Many of them may not know what to expect. Greeting the cruise staff each and every day, and thanking them for their professionalism goes an exceptionally long way.
2) Being courteous to fellow guests: This is a tough one. Cruise ship guests come in all ages and with a wide range of personalities. They come from all over the world to sail on the voyage of their choice. It is imperative that cruise ship guests be courteous to one another. The crew and staff are sharing the ship with them, and so the guests must share the ship and the on board amenities with one another. How so? On sea days, guests should not hog tables at the buffet, nor should they save chairs and lounges on the pool deck. Yes, everyone is hungry. Yes, everyone wants to enjoy the pool and the Jacuzzi. There is simply no harm in asking a party if they’re done using a table. Guests should politely ask their fellow guests if the towel or the flip-flops sitting on a lounge chair is theirs. Guests can do some very rude things to make the very best of their cruise vacation. Being respectful in situations like these and exhibiting patience will certainly gain the trust of fellow guests.
3) Avoiding horseplay: This is the part which families need to pay close attention to. Being on vacation always brings out that awesome feeling. However, enjoying the amazing on board amenities does come with responsibility. The pool deck is a prime example. The pool area on board any cruise ship is not like anyone’s backyard pool at home. At some swimming pool facilities, there are lifeguards present. On most cruise ships, water safety is left to the responsibility of the adults. On any cruise ship, horseplay must be avoided. Sometime ago, a European family let their teenage children run roughshod around the pool area. Along the way, they mingled with another group of young people from their home country. At first they were under some control, and then it completely unraveled. One thing led to another. The two sons and the three daughters, along with the other group, started pushing each other into the water. They then started roughhousing each other in the pool. Shortly later, they were going down the water slide in the nude. They had a splendid time without incident, however, it did cause some discomfort for fellow guests. Being respectful of other guests in public areas and acting safely ensures a memorable and pleasurable time for everyone.
4) Dining appropriately: In the dining room, proper manners are crucial. The dining room staff; the hosts and hostesses, waiters and assistants, along with the chefs, all do a masterful job throughout the voyage. They all take great pride in ensuring the guests a memorable time on board. Upon entering the main dining room, guests must use the sanitizing gel. Even though it’s best to wash hands thoroughly, using the sanitizing gel is considered a much desired once over. Once seated, guests should politely share their dining concerns with the waiting staff. Plus, guests should place their napkins on their laps right away. In the dining room, guests may be sharing a table with six guests. At other times, they may be sharing a table with up to ten guests. Regardless of how many guests are sharing a table, showing the right manners while sharing interesting stories from their day on board makes any dining experience all the more delightful. Elegant dining many not be everyone’s forte. Yet, while on a cruise, proper dining etiquette is expected.
On the first night of a cruise, guests should dress casually. On a formal night, a suit and tie, tuxedo, and formal gowns are required. No baseball caps, sneakers, tank tops, or flip-flops are allowed in the dining room. Guests are advised of dining attire in the daily cruise program. Giving fellow table mates the proper impression is undoubtedly critical. Unquestionably, showing proper etiquette and making a solid first impression scores brownie points in their book.
5) Being mindful of neighbors: When guests board a cruise ship, the first question they will ask is “When can we can get into our stateroom?”. Guests are anxiously looking forward to seeing where the remote control is, how big the bathroom is, and of course, checking out the view from their balcony. The staterooms are always comfortable. The staterooms are treated by guests as being their “home away from home”. Nonetheless, proper etiquette should too be exemplified. A cruise ship cabin should be treated like the quiet car on a train. Guests should keep their voices down and refrain from making any ruckus. Comparable to a college dorm, a guest’s stateroom should be the place for quiet time.
While in their staterooms, guests should maintain a sense of decent exposure. In other words, if guests are not dressed appropriately, they should be covered up in some way. If a stateroom has a promenade view, the curtains should be drawn closed. On the balcony, however, the public view is even larger. Guests should look presentable before stepping outside. A few years ago, a young party was sailing. They had a balcony. They were a young group, including two young ladies in their mid-twenties. The ship had two balcony decks which jutted outward with the balcony decks above situated inwards. On more than one occasion, one of the two young ladies was the center of attention. Every morning, one of them walked out onto the balcony, stretched, meanwhile getting a breathe of fresh air. She was wearing her buttoned nightshirt. Incidentally, her backside was completely exposed. Every morning, she unknowingly was being admired by the guests on the decks above. One can imagine the dozens of guests keeping track of her sunbathing schedule.
A cruise vacation, without question, is the ultimate getaway. Whether it may be getting away from school, escaping the stresses of work, to just getting away from the redundancy of everyday home life, cruising provides the perfect antidote. A cruise vacation provides great experiences for everyone. Nonetheless, a memorable cruise vacation cannot come without showing the proper etiquette. Proper etiquette, no matter where people go, is the root of all dignity. The on board staff should always be acknowledged. guests should be courteous to one another, and guests must refrain from horseplay. Proper dining etiquette, unquestionably, must be shown at all times. Regardless of what cruise line, ship, or itinerary, showing proper etiquette is fundamental. Chiefly, it demonstrates the tell-tale difference between a cruise vacation being extraordinarily gratifying and downright contemptible.