We had a thought-provoking response to our poll on Cruise Critic at the weekend. We asked, if you were a crewmember, what would annoy you the most? The choices were: demanding/rude passengers; unsociable working hours; measly tips; and travelling the world but rarely leaving the ship.
No prizes for guessing what won: an overwhelming 80.19% of you voted for demanding/rude passengers!
This poll was inspired by a blog post we did last week about the joys and horrors of working on a cruise ship. A lot of the crewmembers whose opinions I was reading on the original Facebook story complained about passengers not even bothering to greet them on passing in the corridor, or behaving in a generally thoughtless manner. And now we’re agreeing with them – we, the passengers, are the worst part of their job!
Perhaps someone ought to compile a list of useful points: Getting The Most Out Of Your Crew. I know the onus is on the crew to be nice to the guests, but little things, I’ve noticed, make a huge difference to the way they interact with us. I have a friend who politely addresses every crewmember he deals with by name (he reads their badges). The service he gets is noticeably different from those who simply bark orders without making eye contact. And just stopping to chat can liven up the boring, repetitive day of a cabin steward.
What’s your tip for being a model passenger? Let us know!