Travelling the open waters aboard a cruise liner is a fantastic way to unwind and leave the stresses of the real world behind. However, it is important to remember to pack your manners and be considerate of other guests aboard the ship. Below are five basic cruise etiquette tips you should keep in mind before setting off on your next cruise holiday;

Reserving Sun Lounges             

A common gripe amongst seasoned cruise travellers is finding peoples towels and other belongings spread across the sun loungers, to reserve them for later in the day. Many cruise liners have policies against this type of behaviour and your belongings may be removed if they are deemed to be preventing other passengers from enjoying the pool facilities.

Badly Behaved Children

Whilst cruises are a great family vacation option, it is important to remember to be considerate of your fellow passengers and keep a watchful eye on your children. Obviously, you’d like to relax and enjoy yourself, however letting your kids run wild whilst other guests are attempting to relax is not polite. If you are travelling with young children, consider looking into a cruise which offers several kids activities. Additionally, don’t forget to pack essentials to keep them entertained, such as; colouring books or electronic games.

Late Night Revellers

A highlight for many cruise passengers is the onboard nightlife, with many guests taking the opportunity to indulge in a few beverages and party the night away. However, when returning to your cabin in the early hours of the morning, it is important to keep the noise to a minimum and be considerate of other guests who are likely to be fast asleep. Not everyone’s idea of a good time involves drinking the night away, and waking up your neighbours in the early hours of the morning is considered to be against cruise ship etiquette.

Talking Loudly on your Mobile Phone

With mobile phone reception available on most cruise liners, it is important to be thoughtful of other guests and to keep your voice at a low when having conversations on the phone. Though, you may find your conversation interesting, others who are trying to wind down and relax during their holiday probably won’t. If you need to make long important calls, think of doing so in an area away from popular public spots or from within your cabin.

Dress code Violators

Quite often cruise ships will have dress codes for certain events and dining venues onboard. To maintain both the atmosphere and experience for other guests, it is important you adhere to them. People who enjoy formal dining should not have to share their table with someone who is wearing their wet board-shorts and loud floral Hawaiian shirt. If you don’t feel like suiting up for a meal, there are usually numerous other relaxed dining options available.


By keeping these five basic cruise ship etiquette tips in mind you’ll avoid offending other passengers and contribute to a much more pleasant cruising environment for everybody on board.

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