Passengers as the cause of dissatisfaction

I had a challenge titling this discussion topic so I hope this makes sense.  

As mentioned in a separate post, the level of fellow passengers'  rude behavior seems to be on the rise.  I was wondering if anyone considered this issue may well be what turns some people off to cruising altogether?  Honestly, if we were virgin cruisers and witnessed some of what we did on our last voyage, I might not be inclined to try another sailing, especially on that particular cruise line.  

Do you think the cruise lines need to be more active/hands on in terms of setting the proper tone for behavior on each voyage?  On Celebrity, the captain included appropriate behavior in his welcome aboard message.  Nothing was said on the RC trip we recently took.  Should there be a rating for fellow passenger behavior as a part of ship evaluations and reviews? What do you think?

Tags: passenger behavior

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On my two river cruises the cruise directors told passengers not to hog thr front seats on the coaches.  This was always a problem but not on these two cruises.  So far everyone is being considerate.  I think the talk definitely set the tone.today.

The sense of entitlement that exist everywhere, may be part of the problem. As for the solution, how can you enforce behavioral standards on cruise lines when we can't enforce decorum in day to day living? I don't know where the rule went, you know the one that says," Treat everyone as you you want to be treated"

I think that the behavior of fellow passengers goes hand in hand with the cruise line you choose to travel on.  The budget cruise lines like NCL and Carnival get people that this is all they can afford,  some save for a couple years for a 4 night budget cruise,  The budget lines get more younger crowd and families with kids.

I tend to prefer Celebrity that gets an older, well traveled, polite group of passengers,  HAL was OK but I founds it's fellow travelers to be a old for my liking,  but very polite and good food. I can see how river cruises would have a higher class passenger if for nothing else but for the price of it.  

I also think itinerary has to do with the clientele,  the 3 and 4 night party cruises are just that,  non stop party.  Caribbean and  Mexican Riviera are party kind of places.  I noticed a very different atmosphere on European cruises,  people are more polite, dress for dinner and more refined.

I do think that cruise lines should give a short talk on manners and behaviour durring the safety drill. 

I have seen rude behavior on almost every ship I have sailed on. What I have seen is more passengers attempting to correct other people's bad behavior. I will only step in when someone is rude to the staff. 

Some people think because they paid for a vacation they can act any way they want. There should be some kind of talk on manners and behavior.

To me, it seems like more adults are returning to their childhood behavior. So many seem to never grow up. No respect for others aligned with the "it's all about me" mentality. I feel the cruise line itself has nothing to do with the issue. Nor does the cruise length. I just did a 14 day T/A on Princess where the average passenger age was 65 (there were 4 kids total on the whole ship) and many of these "adults" acted worse than many children I have met. I actually got into an argument with a 70+ year old man when he reached over my shoulder on the buffet line to grab a roll. In all, I feel it has to do more with poor mannerism taught and practiced in today's world. But, with that said, I also feel that all cabins should have a note in the cabin on embarkation day regarding decorum expected aboard the ship. I also feel that the ships security should step up their game a bit. I have witnessed many occasions where security turned a blind eye when disturbances occurred onboard over things as foolish as deck chairs. It may seem menial but still something that could have escalated.

CruisinTim - I like the idea of having note in every cabin about behavior.  I had an idea when on our latest RC trip.  There was a hand washing video that played on the TV every time it was turned on the RCTV channels.  A "be nice to each other" video might go a long way.

While I agree that passenger behavior is in the dumps, I think it would be impractical, if not impossible for the crew to enforce "rude rules" without setting themselves up for a lawsuit from an ovely sensitive entitled brat.

Videos an other reminders may help, but until personal responibility starts to exist again, there cannot be any real enforcement.

Well, the first generation of, nobody loses, we don't keep score, no dodgeball, here's your trophy for 12th place ( good job )......is now of age that they actually have to interact with others. They never learned how to act, because they were never wrong. Everything they did was accepted by parents. No discipline was permitted.  Oh they might get a  " time out ".......but what they needed was a potch  in the tuchas ( slap in the a$$ ).  

What did you expect to be created ?  It doesn't matter which Cruiseline. It's all of them. Rude passengers who think everyone owes them something. No respect for others because mommy taught them that they are better than everyone else.  Politeness can be found next to the grand buffet on a cruise ship.  I can't wait for the next me-me-me generation gets on board too.  Let the battle begin !!!!!

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