What Gets You Weird Looks on a Cruise Ship?

February 16, 2012 | By | 10 Comments

What crazy things do you do on vacation that earn you stares from other cruise passengers? What bizarre antics cause you to stop and gawk at your shipmates? That’s what Cruise Critic member mpwarder asked on our message boards a few years back — and the answers are as funny today as when they were first posted.

Here are some of the odd behaviors that elicited stares:
Wearing my life vest in the buffet line. (Scooter-n-GB)
Dancing on the promenade deck. We practice dancing during the day, and dance down the deck at night. In addition to stares, we do sometimes get applause. (abbydancer)
Once we [were] boarding ship in Galveston during Mardi Gras. We all purchased blinking hats in town and once on board the ship went walking around [the] ship at night blinky!! Some refused to get into [the] elevator with us (ladyPI)
Fluffy Animal Slippers: We wear nothing but slippers on board the ships and they tend to cause a lot of stares. (JimVrhovac, who does wear clothes onboard, just not real shoes)
Our readers also gave a few hairy eyeballs to the following cruisers:
The strangest one we ever saw was Ed, a single guy travelling alone…..but with his teddy bear. On formal night they both got dressed in their tuxes and had their photos taken together. (shellbeachjim)
Two cruises ago, I saw a woman at the buffet dump a whole tray of cookies into her pocketbook. Unbelievable. (willysgrandma)
I have been known to give a dirty look or two at people that take themselves and life in general too seriously — [such as] the woman who went to the pursers desk to complain that the comedian had made fun of her home state and then went around with a handmade petition trying to get the comedian kicked off the ship. (Woodmnky)
Now it’s your turn: What have you done on a cruise to elicit stares, dirty looks or a few raised eyebrows?
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    10 Responses to “What Gets You Weird Looks on a Cruise Ship?”

    1. Pat
      February 16th, 2012 @ 10:37 am

      Carried a Mrs. Potato Head figure, dressed in a big sun hat and pink feather boa, around and took her picture at different places on the ship.

    2. Myrna Barron
      February 16th, 2012 @ 10:46 am

      We were cruising together with 8 couples. The women are all in Red Hat Society, so we all wore our red hats to dinner one night. That got some attention, but the real fun was the next night, when our husbands all showed up to dinner with shower caps on. It was hilarious! The night before, the comedian had done a routine on different ways to wear shower caps and other ship amenities. So with their shower caps on, our men all sat in the front row for the show with their shower caps on. The comedian didn’t notice at first, but when he did, he stopped mid-routine and busted up laughing. Then he had them stand up and take a bow.

    3. Scott
      February 16th, 2012 @ 11:04 am

      In Cozumel a few years ago, a group of 6 of us from the ship went to the popular Carlos and Charlies. We all got balloon animal hats made, and wore them back to and all over the ship that night. It got quite a bit of attention! Everyone on the ship wanted to know where we got them, and they were disappointed because we had left port by then.

    4. Leona Lucente
      February 16th, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

      Thanks so much Myrna Barron. What a wonderful funny tale. It me me LOL.

    5. philomena
      February 24th, 2012 @ 11:50 am

      On whatever counts as formal night, my friends and I always get funny photos taken by the ship’s photogs – dressed in all our finery, we are strangling each other, bunny ears behind the head, pointing the finger-gun, egyptian-ish poses – you name it. We crack up so much doing this, we get all kinds of stares and such. But everyone notices our pics when they are put up on the display !!!

    6. honeychile
      February 24th, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

      My sister and I take our fitness hula hoops with us for fun and exercise. We get quite a few double-takes and occasional applause. Here’s a photo of me hooping on Great Stirrup Cay with the ship in the background (Norwegian Sky): http://bit.ly/xMc1rF

    7. frances evans
      February 24th, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

      having a lady sit down at our table in the buffet in her jammies slippers and robe and her hair in curlers was afraid everyone thought she was with us, wanted to crawl under the table, we could not move as no other table were empty

    8. Judimarg
      February 24th, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

      My sister wore an ostrich costume on \dress up or not\ night on the NCL Jewel. She even had her photo taken with two of the ships officers who were trying hard to suppress their giggles.

    9. Barbara
      February 26th, 2012 @ 1:29 am

      In 2010 RTW a group of us had our own dressup nights with things we had bought at the ports we docked in – Indian-Saree, Egypt-Belly dancing scarfs,Hawaii-MuMus,Tahati-Pereos etc We are going on 75day Pacific Rim in July 2012 and will do the same again It is just for fun and noone seems to mind

    10. Sandy Harris
      February 28th, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

      For my husband’s 50th birthday, one of our friends planning to cruise with us, had to cancel at the last minute. So un-beknownst to my husband, they sent with me, a hawaiian shirt that proclaimed, “I BEE 50!” that she had ironed on the front in bold letters & and a children’s bumble bee pool ring(un-inflated). His birthday was on a “Day At Sea”. As we were getting up and dressed, I told him our friend had sent along a gift, a nice hawaiian shirt, and I thought it a nice gesture for him to wear it “in her honor” that day. Of course he agreed to wear it. Then I pulled out the Bee floatie, inflated it, and told him it was also part of the gift, and he should carry it around for the day. He good- naturedly agreed, carrying it around the ship, all day long. That evening it was proudly included in ALL our photos, which required some explaination to most of the professional photographers. We bought the photos and put them in a special Memory Album, created from that trip. Thanks to Mary, HE (and we) got quite a few stares, lots of laughs, and many wonderful memories and stories to share when we returned home.

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