How Important Are Manners When Cruising

I've read threads in a variety of places that mention people forget their manners when cruising. They barge into elevators before people can exit, butt into line at the buffet for a forgotten item instead of asking if it's ok to reach for the item,  forget to say please and thank you, and even ignorie a "hello" when passing someone in a hallway.

Have you noticed this?

34 Answers

I try not to focus or pay much attention to the behaviours of others, but just try to remember my manners at home and on vacation. It really doesn't even bother me if someone reaches in to grab something from the buffet - it only takes a second.

It’s getting worse.

There seems to be at least one whole generation that we’re never taught simple manners, or common courtesy.

Bad manners can be annoying but I'm not going to let anyone ruin my cruise.

I agree.

I see this issue with a few causes. 1) 20 years ago when I started cruising it was a good price if you could get $100.00 a day per person for a inside cabin, no balconies back then. Now you can get some cruises for $ 45.00 a day per person. This opened cruising to lower income levels and made it affordable for families. 2) Cruises today have a more international mix. What we see as rude other cultures see as acceptable. 3) A lot of us are getting older (I know you ladies are holding firm at 30) and every generation thinks that the younger one does not have as good of manners.

Manners in my opinion are paramount anywhere when dealing with people. That is just how I was raised. I do agree that manners are fast becoming a lost art but I do not think the problem is limited to cruises but more widespread. Poor manners or an utter lack of manners can be observed everywhere these days. Seeing on a cruise is just a sign of the times :(

We should remember that we represent our country when traveling abroad. This is a good reminder to remember our manners when traveling. Don't leave them behind at home.

Manners are taught at home and it's not something that you just turn on and off in my opinion. I was raised to have manners and have brought my twin son's up in the same manner. I will still correct them if I see them "slip" and they are 28 years old. lol Maybe it's a "southern" thing. Like the others have said, others aren't going to ruin my cruise but I will say "Your Welcome" to someone if I do something for some one and they are rude or unappreciative. Usually the "shock factor" is pretty amusing. Happy

I've noticed and as an older woman (no longer 30), it can be frustrating. I have usually been able to ignore those individuals. However, when it's in my face, I try to politely say something... like "excuse me I was in line". I've also noticed it elsewhere. Things they are changing, some for the good and some not so good.

Many people have to be educated about elevator usage. Some people who have lived in the country all of their lives have never been on an elevator--usually young children to college age--but some older folks, too.


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