Cruise ships docked

It doesn't take much to be a kind cruiser. But the difference between a respectful, responsible passenger and one who pushes the limit can make your holiday at sea - and that of your fellow passengers - so much more enjoyable. 

DO smile and thank the staff

It sounds like a silly reminder but basic manners mean so much to the hard-working staff who are making your cruise such a delight. Doing these small acts of kindness will build your rapport and even make your trip more enjoyable! 

DON’T hog the deckchairs 

We’ve all seen it happen: that set of chairs in prime deck real estate have had towels and books on them all day but no one has claimed them. Don’t be the passenger who reserves the deckchairs without going back to use them. You’re denying your fellow passengers the chance to use them when they’re ready - and you’re certainly not making any friends in the process.

Pool deck on cruise ship

DON’T over-serve at the buffet 

Hear us out: we’re not advocating to show too much restraint at any of the buffets (hey, you’re on holiday after all!). All we’re recommending is that you don’t spend too long choosing your first plate and holding up the line. Remember, if you want more, you can go back to seconds, thirds, fourths…!

DO walk quietly through the corridors

These days, cabins are designed to block out as much noise as possible. You can expect a bit more ‘atmospheric’ noise from in cabins near the anchors or elevators or ones underneath the lido deck. But to be as respectful to your fellow passengers as possible, avoid shouting or running loudly through the corridors 

DO be on time for reservations

It’s your holiday and you can spend your time exactly how you choose. However, for the activities that require reservations, it’s important to arrive on time. This includes dining - especially for the early seating - and offshore excursions. By arriving late, you run the risk of having a rushed, less pleasant experience or missing it all together. 

Onboard dining

DON’T use walkie-talkies at the highest volume

While some cruise lines have retired walkie talkies, others still have these fun gadgets to hire. Their use isn’t frowned upon, per se. They’re great for communicating across large ships. But receiving messages in public at a high volume can be very bothersome to guests enjoying a bit of peace and quiet.