Over the years, I’ve seen plenty of articles about what you should or should not do on a cruise.
But I’ve never stumbled across what I’m posting about today.
I’ll start off by saying that the cruise waitstaff (the ones who wait on you hand and foot, serve meals and drinks and clean up after you) work hard and long hours. They are always friendly and happy to accommodate you and make you feel like a “friend”. I also think that it takes a high level of politeness and diplomacy to do that kind of work.
So whenever I see these two situations, I can’t help but shake my head:
- Forgetting your “Please” and “Thank You”: Just because you paid to be pampered and “served” on vacation doesn’t mean that you should skip displaying basic manners. “Please” and “Thank you” should still be a part of the vacation vocabulary. Whenever I see passengers order staff around like their personal assistants or treat them like a piece of furniture, I shudder to think what they do at home. Why can’t these people be courteous and treat others in the manner they would like to be treated?
- Encroaching on time: When I see passengers bump into their waiter/waitstaff off the ship in port or on a tender and get into long-winded conversations, I wonder how it doesn’t cross their mind that they are encroaching on this person’s personal time. Why are they asking them questions about what sights to see and what directions to take? If they are dressed in casual clothes, they are off the clock, needing to make use of the time they have, run personal errands or maybe relax with other crew friends. I’ve observed this dynamic more than once where the crew politeness reigns but the non-verbal is obvious.
Don’t these people think about how they would feel if roles were reversed?
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