Treated as an inferior

Have you ever been on a cruise where you felt that you'd been treated as a second class citizen?  As an inferior? Or general not treated well, because you didn't have a higher loyalty status?  


For me the answer is a definite no.  Always treated well from my first cruise up to now.  (With the exception of one disgruntled cabin steward on the Crown Princess.)



37 Answers

I have never felt disrespected or looked down on while on a ship by either crew or other passengers.

In my view, loyalty program status entitles a person to perks and amenities. It does not come with a robe and a crown. Rude and disrespectful diamond cruisers were likely rude and disrespectful when they were a lowly first time cruiser. I wouldn't have much interaction with folks like that either on a cruise or in my daily life.

Actually, I sometimes feel that other passengers look down upon anyone who wears a lanyard with a diamond card. I wear my card on Princess, too and it is only gold (note to Carnival cruisers, Princess switches the gold and red from Carnival). As far as crew, I feel we are treated well always, if they know or don't know what VIFP level you have reached. Rude passengers are rude no matter the level... and yes many of them are diamond, but I agree with GrandmaJo on that!

Didn't think about fellow passengers when I did the post, should have included them. That's an interesting topic also. I do agree with you, passengers that are on the upper steps of a loyalty program who are snobs were also snobs when they were on their first cruise.

Never by a crew member, and only very rarely by a passenger. I never let it bother me.

I have not felt that way either, BUT I do wanna throw in there that while using the VIP line on the Triumph (we had bought FTTF) I could feel the eyes of the many who were in the normal line wanting to poison my MaiTai...

I did get a robe on RCI when I hit diamond, but no crown. LOL It is a very nice heavy terrycloth white RCI robe. The friend I was traveling with said he wanted one also, but he was on his first RCi cruise.

I have never felt looked down on by any crew. I have been by other guest when I wear jeans into the MDR on "Cruise Fancy Night" but I'm not packing formal wear for one evening on a 4 night mini cruise.

LOL You should've tried eating some Imperial margarine (now I'm really showing my age).

Some of the folks who were the nicest to us on our first cruise were Platinum cruisers. They recognized the deer in the headlights look and helped us to feel at ease.

I honestly have never noticed the colour of anyone's S&S card, and I've only come across nice guests and nice crew members. On our first cruise we had purchased FTTF, and stood in line to be helped at Guest Services, when another guest came up behind me and politely told me I was in the wrong line. She showed me her card and pointed at the sign indicating she was in the correct line but I wasn't. When I smiled and showed her my FTTF sticker, she didn't say another word, just looked away at a speck on the wall that had suddenly caught her attention. The ironic thing was, the "regular" line ended up moving much faster and we both would have been assisted faster if we had stood in that line.

I really did laugh out loud with the Imperial margarine reference. Been a long time since seeing that commercial.

I’ve meet some really cool elites on cruises. As far as meeting snobs, I can think of only one lady. I wanted to duct tape her mouth shut and just let her husband talk. He was cool, she was an -$$.

Other than that it’s been fine.

Never had any problems rude people are rude people all the time i just feel sorry for them as long as i enjoy my trip i am happyHappy


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