It’s your vacation and of course you deserve to have the best time ever on your long-awaited cruise. However, cruise ship is inhabited by a diverse population- crewmembers and passengers come from all corners of the globe and from different cultural backgrounds. So in order to make your cruise vacation satisfying, you have to follow a few etiquettes in the most mannerly fashion.

You are a world traveler

You will hear people talking in different and unfamiliar languages. Well! It may be foreign to you, but not for the millions of perfectly competent speakers. Therefore, if an announcement needs to be made, it will likely be made in several languages, as people who speak a language other than yours have the same right to safety information as you do. It is all about adjustment.

Be on time for departure

When the ship docks at different ports, it is your responsibility, to keep an eye on the wristwatch and get back to the ship at the designated time. Remember, no one is going to greet with you a smile if you hold the entire ship up while they are waiting for you to jump on board.

Adults mean ‘ONLY ADULTS’

Do not bring your kids to any event meant only for adults. If you are traveling with kids, make arrangement for babysitter, visit a children friendly venue, or stay back with your children. Do not unnecessarily disturb others bringing your kids in an adult event.

Respect other cultures

Each individual country has their own mannerism, language, and ways of greeting, eating, dress code and engaging. It is important to show tolerance and respect for each other’s differences. If you see the other way round, it’s a best way to learn about other cultures.

Pool rules

When you set out for poolside tanning, do not try to reserve the pool chairs and those left unattended for more than 30 minutes will be freed up by staff. Also if you have signed out a towel from poolside towel service, you must return it to the attendee before you exit the pool area. Please take a note that due to public health restrictions, swim diapers, children diapers, or someone who is not toilet-trained are not allowed in the pool. Also it is important to be mindful of noise in public areas. Keep those headphones plugged in especially when you are in poolside.

Maintain the dress code manner

Although you’ll be spending most part of the day on cruise lounging wearing casual attire, but sometimes the dress code demands to be formal. For instance, usually cruises of seven days or longer have two formal nights. Shorter cruises have one. Formal wear is typically recommended for special events like ball dance party, or eating in the Dinning room. One of the most common etiquette mistakes on cruise ship is trying to wear casuals’ n shorts in the Dining room. This is highly not acceptable.

Practice moderation

It’s obvious that you’ll party and have fun in your vacation. However, know your limits. No one will entertain a sloppy drunk, or the last thing you want to do is spend a night in the medical facility. If you’re enjoying with your friends, make sure that you keep your voice level to the minimum and do not bother others for your fun and frolic mood.

Take the safety drill class seriously

The safety drill session is not the time for making jokes, or even letting your mind drift to whether you have packed the right dress for formal night. It’s time to pay attention to every word the crew says. This is the time they will ask for your silence and undivided attention. Not only it shows your good mannerism, but knowing what to do in the event of an emergency could save your life.

Do not make noise in the cabin or hallway

Laugh loudly at the shows, splash around in the pool with kids, or pamper in endless chitchat with your friends, but when it comes to showcasing your manner in the cabin and hallway, always use your inside voice. People keep different schedules on vacation. There may always be someone resting, whatever, the time of day. Also it is important that you don’t slam your cabin door. That is the basic etiquette one will expect from you.

Be polite and keep your sunny side up

The crew members take get pride in providing excellent customer service, but a few things happen against your desire. If you luggage gets misplaced, or toilet clogs, bring it to a crewmember’s attention in a respectful and polite manner. Likewise, be a good sport with your fellow passengers. Remember, everyone is on the cruise ship for same reason- to relax and enjoy. So a friendly smile is always better than a scowl.

A little bit of adjustment always makes this world a better place to live in.

Matthew Naylor, the owner of Parking4Cruises, has years of experience working in the travel industry. He shares an active interest in writing and blogging, especially about the niche he works in, the travel sector. He offers his ideas, tips and suggestions for travellers planning a cruise or flight from Southampton to regional, national and international destinations.

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