Just because you’re on vacation, it doesn’t mean you leave your manners at home. You’ll have a better time on your cruise when you make the effort to be the most courteous as possible to other passengers. Your good manners often set the stage for the way others treat you. While others may not be using the best possible cruising etiquette, you’ll reap rewards from staff and other passengers for yours.
Check your luggage immediately to insure you have the right bags
While that may seem like good common sense and a benefit to you, it’s also a service to others. If the wrong bag was delivered to your cabin or door, someone else has the wrong bag too. If they checked theirs immediately, they’ll be in a state of panic. It also gives ample time for staff to correct the mix up before a change of clothing is necessary.
Don’t be a rebel when it comes to dress code
You may hate the fact that you have to wear formal clothing certain nights, but that doesn’t mean you should blow off the designated formal nights and show up wearing whatever you like. Others took the time to dress for the occasion and get pretty upset when you show up wearing whatever you like. If you really hate dressing up or forgot to bring the appropriate clothing, skip the formal dining area and head to a more casual buffet.
Keep the kids in line and close
Good parenting means being a parent all the time, not just at home. You don’t have to be on a cruise to find irritating children whose parents never lift a finger to stop bad behavior. Remember, not only are you on vacation, so are the rest of the passengers who not only don’t want to discipline your kids, but even if they do, they can’t. Some areas are strictly adult places, such as the casino, hot tubs or quiet pool. Don’t even take them there and if you have to pass through, make sure they have their best manners in place. When keeping your children in line, do it as privately as possible. Screaming across the deck at little Jimmy or Sally can disturb other passengers.
Don’t be a deckchair or dining area table hog
If you jump out of bed just before daylight and throw your belongings on a chair or two by the pool so you’re assured of a seat later that afternoon, you’ve broken cruising etiquette rules. It’s rude to render deck chairs useless while you sleep in, eat breakfast or go about your business elsewhere. The same holds true for saving chairs at dinner. Reserving one chair for your cruise companion is okay, but saving an entire table so you can choose your dinner partners is a cruising faux pas.
Don’t delay at the buffet
Whether on a cruise ship or not, people who stand and talk to their friends when they should be making a food selection create a traffic jam in the buffet line. That can cause frustration for those behind you. If you need to talk to the chef, ask for more of whatever was in the empty tray or even have a word with your child, motion the others on ahead of you. Everyone will appreciate your gesture. Sometimes others will also want a sampling of the missing food at the buffet. Make sure they’re as vigilant as you in motioning others to go ahead. Normally they will follow your suit and take over for you.