With experience comes wisdom – and that holds true on cruise ships too. We’ve fallen guilty to newbie moves, such as assuming that welcome cocktail is free (it’s not!) or misunderstanding the ship’s departure time and doing the river equivalent of a pier run (that one was my dad’s fault, I swear).
On a recent Cruise Critic Facebook thread, our veteran fans shared their favorite rookie mistakes. One newbie move that remains cool, no matter how many times you’ve sailed, however: A genuine sense of excitement upon embarkation. Because how can you not smile wide when vacay is about to begin?
“Blowing the whistle on your life jacket during muster. Yuck!!” –Martha Miller-Thode
“Coming out to the pool deck at 12 pm expecting to get a chair!” – Melissa Schnepp
“Asking what time is the midnight chocolate buffet” – Robert Ryan
“5 pieces of luggage for a 3 day cruise” – Sheila Day
“Wearing stiletto heels on a rough sea night” – Andy Smithers
“Getting all the photos taken and then buying them all” – Jacqueline Storey Serguel Kabanov
Our staff had a few suggestions too:
“You don’t know your aft from your starboard.”
“You can’t figure out what the heck a mustard station is.”
– News Editor Dori Saltzman
“You don’t bring a sweater, rain jacket or long pants on a Caribbean cruise then shiver in the ship’s air-conditioning.”
“You wear the logo or destination T-shirt you bought on Monday on your Friday excursion.”
“You think a tender is a form of chicken.”
— Features Editor Erica Silverstein
Even our Managing Editor Colleen McDaniel – who has quite a few nautical miles under her belt – has a few from the beginning of her sailing career:
“Putting your suitcases in the closets instead of under the bed.”
“Being mortified you have to share a table at dinner with others.”
“Trying to get to everything on your daily cruise schedule.”
“Being stunned at midweek by how much you’ve spent!”
Have your own observations to add? Tell us in the comments!