Dealing with Rude People on a Cruise

Just wondering if anyone has a specific strategy for dealing with rude people on a cruise (e.g. cutting in line, "reserving" chairs, being generally loud and obnoxious, etc.). I live in NYC so I deal with rude people on a regular basis. Of course, most of the time I never have to worry about seeing those people again, and I can be as colorful as I want in calling out their behavior.

Tags: cruise tips people rude

7 Answers

I can be very colorful but I always soften the statement with words like baby or sweetie. My daughter knows if I start a sentence with "BABY" she knows somebody is about to be told off. LOL!
We live in NY also. Honestly on a cruise it depends. If the chogs are out in force, keep an eye out,, but ask the staff to remove clothes and stuff. I've seen fights break out over moved personals. If someone cuts the line, so what? Where are you going? There's still plenty of food, or just recut the line in front of them. It's not easy sometimes, but why ruin your week?
Enjoyed the comments above...but you know my husband and I have 6 kids...we cruise 4 times a year...but 1 cruise is without the kids...they are good and respectful kids....(honestly). Last year I encounter a situation where there was a lady who just had to say something to my babies daily in a negative one day on the lido deck her and a group of her friends or whoever they were said something mean to my 9 year old therefore my 17 year old went to get his siblings and moved them from around the lady...This lady came up to me and stated that my babies talked back and use profanity towards her including the 3 year me knowing my kids...I called them all over and ask them did you disrespect this lady in any way...they all stated the same answer NO, but they ALL stated what she had been saying to them all week on the ship and they didn't want to upset their parents because of the lady nonsense....which I knew they were telling the truth not because they are mines, but how me and my husband are raising them....therefore I turned to her and stated it would be appreciated if you would leave my kids alone and enjoy your if you have something against kids then maybe you don't need to sail Carnival...I don't think that I was wrong with what I said, but some people just rude, unhappy and taking cruising doesn't change them a bit. BAK61 I respect EVERYTHING you said...I truly enjoyed reading your post.
So, I've been asked to reword my deleted post so I don't offend anyone. OK. We have been on 18 cruises +\- over 20 years. We've seen a lot of changes. You have to be willing to accept there are rude people. Some treat you as if you aren't even there. Back in the days of Grand Buffets, I saw someone take what would be considered more than his fair share of lobster. Keep in mind, there ain't a lot of lobster to go around, and this guy not only took 2, he tried to put 2 more on his kids plate. This after positioning himself near the front of the line, and once the doors opened, cut in front of everyone else to get to those lobsters. What I hate the most are the people who have no casino etiquette. The ones that sit at a blackjack table, mid-shoe, and want to start playing. Really? Etiquette dictates asking the others if the seat is taken, and then, waiting til the shoe is dealt out. I also blame the dealer for dealing them in. Usually I just get up and leave, but I do manage to voice my displeasure,somehow. Though anyone can be rude, at any given time, there is one group of people (I can't name them) that tends to be more rude,in general, than others. Like I said, I can't name them by region, but think 80s super group of the ProgRock genre. Just some personal experiences, there are others. Like trying to save a dozen lounges by the pool, or entire rows at a show. No, I am not kidding. And they get indignant when you sit down in "their" row. Oh well, too bad. We all have to cruise together. Enjoy them. Is that better moderator?
The stink eye is always a great defense ;) I try and not let other people get to me while on vacation... but I will never forget a cruise that I took that stopped in Messina. We went on an excursion to the musuem and someone in the tour group literaly tried pick a piece off this 300 year old Mosaic. I wanted to lay down and die right there out of total embrassment.
I did not know that it was rude to come and sit at a table while the game is playing and having to wait until the shoe was completely dealt. Good thing I read this post.
Think about it. I'm getting good cards, now you sit to my right. You get dealt. A BlackJack, well, those should have been my cards. Of course,if I'm getting bad cards,and I get a BJ, the guy to my left is gonna be pissed.


* is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top