The Strange Rangers You Meet on a Cruise Ship


For me, the one big drawback of a cruise is dealing with the general public.  As many of you know, I do not have a lot of patience for other people.  It’s something I’m working on.  It’s also why I now have a job working from home.  Cruise ships amplify the issue because there are plenty of strange rangers and you are stuck on a ship with them.

Look at those silly tourists! Oh wait, that’s us.

These are my least favorite members of the general public:

  • Ambulatory people who take the elevator one floor up  (When I am in a hurry for Nutella crepes and still have 8 floors to go, there is nothing I hate more than a person who won’t take the 12 stairs to the next floor.)
  • Couples who attempted to use sexual shenanigans to get on a cruise game show (You simulated every sexual position known to man so that you could get attention and be on the cruise game show and all you won was this crappy deck of cards.)
  • The woman who sent back every dish in her four-course meal (It’s a cruise.  You knew the food wouldn’t be great.  Why do expect it will come back great if you send it back to the kitchen?)
  • People who don’t “do” lines (Whether you are waiting for a personalized omelet or to get off the ship, there is always someone ready to cut in front of you.  Maybe I should move to Germany or Japan or one of those other countries where people truly respect a line.)
  • The underdressed (“Formal” does not mean “wear your Raptors jersey to dinner.”  This is one drawback of the overly kind staff on a cruise ship, who will never tell anyone “No”.)
  • The severely underdressed (“Informal” does not mean “wear your string bikini to dinner.”)
  • The lounge chair leeches (Reserve a lounge chair in the sun, that’s fine.  But don’t reserve 10 of them for your entire extended family and then visit the buffet, the spa, the casino, and play Bingo before you sit down.  I, too, need a chair to sit in while I burn my pale, pale skin.)
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9 Responses to “The Strange Rangers You Meet on a Cruise Ship”

  1. Hi Emily – I’m making my way through the MNINB blog list. Because I’m not a fan of water – especially in the middle of an ocean, I just can’t go on a cruise and your list made me feel even better about not going! LOL.

    • Emily says:

      Thank you! I have company this weekend, but I’m excited to nominate some of the small blogs I read. I’ll get to it when life is a little less crazy on Monday.

  2. Betina says:

    I never had a cruise ship vacation but reading this post made me feel good I never did that. Sure we have to deal with people like that however we travel–but I’m scared that being in a cruise ship will give me an option to throw them out in the ocean :)

    • Emily says:

      Yes, I think being on land has it’s advantages because you feel like you can at least run away.

  3. Pam says:

    I am just wondering…was this a Carnival cruise?

  4. Julie says:

    Love this! I’m similar in so many ways, especially the elevator experience. I have a hard time not publicly rolling my eyes!

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