Sunday, August 12, 2007

Have a Good Manners While On The Ship

Being mannerly and pleasant when on your vacation will allow you to have a better time. Even if you are travelling alone, you are never truly alone on a cruise ship. Cruise ships carry about 1,500 to 3,000 people at a time depending on the length and destination, so everyone should be friendly and respectful of equipment, people, and the cruise staff. This includes being quiet during movies or when walking through the hallways to your cabin, not splashing others when in the pool, not cutting in line, and observing the dress code aboard the ship if they have one. Many people forget that they have to share the boat with other passengers and think they can do whatever they want. This couldn't be farther from the truth.

Another way to show respect for others is by tipping the wait staff and maid staff. Many people think they don't have to do this because they paid in advance for the cabin and the food, but in reality, cruise should be treated the same way as hotel rooms or restaurants. Most employees aboard these ships work very hard so you can have the best trip possible. This includes keeping everything clean, preparing and serving excellent food, and being as friendly as possible when you have a question or comment. Treating other people with respect does not end once you board a cruise ship. If you are polite to people, they will be polite to you as well.

Cleaning up after yourself when you are relaxing on the deck or at the pool is a sign of good manners. Even though the cleaning staff helps to keep the sip clean, you should do your part by throwing away trash, returning glasses, and picking up all personal items before leaving an area. This is not only considerate to the staff, but also to the other guests on the cruise.

Having manners and respect for others while on a cruise should also extend to port cities when you are visiting. This includes being friendly, putting all trash in garbage cans, and not being too loud when in a crowd of other people. Many people do not like tourists because they are rude. Show them that there are nice people on cruise ships by being respectful of their city at all times.

Many cruise lines have a formal dress code for certain restaurants or days of the week. Find out about this dress code before your trip so you will be able to bring the correct clothing. If you don't want to participate in this type of dinning situation, find a cruise that does not have formal dress codes or stay in your room and order food in. Being disrespectful by wearing casual clothing to a formal dinner is not considered good manners. While you may not want to dress up, there are those who will. Showing good manner during these times will make the cruise more pleasant for everyone.

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