You might not expect someone named Picklebongo, a moniker evoking sour dills and beatniks, to kick off a debate on at-sea etiquette. But Pickle did just that, weighing into the underwater minefield of do’s and don’ts on the Cruise Critic message boards.
The only thing we can all agree on when it comes to etiquette?
The conversation will rage.
“I thought it would be helpful for veteran cruisers to generate some general etiquette expectations for the novice cruisers,” wrote Pickle, introducing the topic. “Of course there are the obvious ones such as: no saving seats, arrive on time for dinner in [main dining room], don’t slam cabin doors, hands out of the buffet trays and wait for occupants to exit the elevator before attempting to enter.” But Pickle was curious about more specific infractions, like elevator talking (don’t do it if the elevator is really packed, he said) and sharing wine with tablemates (a suggestion most vehemently disagreed with).
Many posters targeted the behavioral breaches reflective of their experiences.
“Please do not eat or drink in the pools/hot tubs. Seen the mess,” posted A2Mich, though we’re not certain what “mess” refers to.
“For all of you early to bed early to risers,” wrote Crazycoop, “please remember just as you want us to be courteous at 3 a.m. when we get in, we would like you to be just as quiet at 6 am getting up and going to breakfast with your kids.” Naturally, the opposite point of view surfaced frequently.
Kids — and their parents — a common target when it comes to at-sea rule-breaking, were called out, too. “Adults-only means adults only,” said bookcreator. “It also means if you are adults AND your children are with you, they are still not allowed in the adults only/no children area.”
It took 80 posts, but — get out your clothespin — elevator flatulence made an appearance courtesy of FightOnRon.
Here’s one that can end badly if you don’t abide by it: “Please return to the ship on time … I’d hate to have to laugh watching you run down the pier as the ship is casting off!” said A2Mich. Watch a hilarious clip of Mich’s alleged breach of decorum.
But for every poster offering a rule to cruise by, there was one casting doubt on the whole conversation. H82seaUgo has just one law of ship: “When you book a cruise, realize you are paying to share a ship … with [those who] have quirks you may not be used to. Save your rules for where you are in total control, like home. Trying to instill them in public is fruitless.”
Beachbum53 agreed — with a caveat. “While I agree that good manners and common sense go along, it’s unrealistic to expect everyone on a cruise ship will act and behave as you think they should. You’d be surprised how things are much more tolerable after a few D.O.D’s [drinks of the day].”
“On a cruise ship, you can encounter a huge array of cultures,” wrote the cosmopolitan-minded enryon. “Each of those cultures has a different standard of good etiquette. The real truth of etiquette on a cruise or anywhere else is to understand that social norms are not universal. What is polite to you can be offensive to another. Be patient with others and if somebody does something that bothers you, let it go. They may not believe they are doing anything wrong.”
For simplelife, etiquette is all about attitude. “Smile. Laugh. Look for the beauty or the humor in every situation — usually you can find either or both of these.”
Your take: If you could create and enforce just one rule of etiquette, what would it be?
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