Setting off on a cruise gives you the chance to meet and get to know a menagerie of quirky and colorful individuals. It’s an experience you simply can’t get by taking a plane, train or car ride.
Not all of these personalities are positive, however. There are certain traits that may be more advantageous to leave back home and off the ship.
1. The over-packer
Charitably described, the over-packer is simply fastidious and careful. She or he wants to make absolutely sure that everything one could possibly need is on board. Over-packers are people who live with no regrets because they try to completely eliminate the chance that they’ll have any.
Unfortunately, there is such a thing as being too careful. Packing everything but the kitchen sink can make finding things difficult and leave you with a heavy, unwieldy suitcase to lug around. Rather than packing everything, read up on some cruise packing tips and try packing smart instead.
2. The loner
Cruises aren’t just meant to be a way to get from one place to another. If that’s all you needed, then you’re better off catching a plane. Instead, cruises add a social element to this utilitarian aspect. Nonetheless, on most cruises you will find at least one person who, whether due to shyness or some other reason, isn’t as chatty and outwardly friendly as others.
If you encounter the loner, remember to give him or her space while also offering the opportunity to engage with you. If you yourself fall into this personality, remember that you’re paying for the privilege to meet new people, so you may as well make the most of it. If you’re struggling, remember that joining in with the various activities taking place on board can be a good way to make new friends.
3. The space hog
Nobody liked the kid at school who didn’t share, and the same principle applies to a cruise. You’re a sharing a space with dozens, perhaps even hundreds of other people – the only way the whole operation can work is if everyone fairly and evenly makes use of the available resources.
In practice, that might mean not leaving your things lying around all over the cabin and cleaning up after yourself. It also means not claiming one sunbed or deck chair exclusively for yourself all day. When you’ve had enough time to lounge around in the sun, give somebody else a chance.
4. The inconsiderate partier
There’s few things as frustrating as trying to get to sleep when a passenger who’s had one too many drinks comes stumbling by at some late hour, causing a ruckus and waking you up. It doesn’t take long for that partier to become a pariah.
People take cruises for different things. Some like to go out and have fun and others opt for quieter option. There’s nothing wrong with the first reason, but you have to be respectful of your fellow passengers and mindful that not everyone is on the same wavelength as you are.
5. The terrible tipper
Going on a holiday is never going to be inexpensive. Even when you plan one on the cheap, you’re likely going to end up spending more than you originally planned. There are many reasons for this, including unforeseen changes to your original plans and just the regular, everyday temptation to spend a little more.
If you’re starting to get antsy about costs, here’s a cruise tip for first timers: Tipping is one area you most certainly shouldn’t cut back on. Much of the staff on cruise ships relies on tips, and aside from the fact tipping adequately is simply the decent thing to do, you don’t want to get a reputation among the crew.