Revealed: The One Thing Cruise Ship Passengers Do that Crew Members Always Mock

A cruise ship worker has opened up about her life at sea. She claims that there’s one habit passengers do that crew will always make fun of them for and explained how to avoid it.

A cruise ship worker has revealed that crew members often poke fun at passengers who commit a major faux-pas.

Lucy Southerton, 28, from Birmingham has been living on massive passenger ships for nearly nine years and says she’s seen it all. She revealed there’s one thing that holidaymakers do that always gets them laughed at by the crew and there’s also a secret code system on board that passengers won’t understand.

Lucy started her sea life at 19 when she got a job as a massage therapist in the on-board spa. Since then, she’s been sharing her experiences on Instagram under the handle @cruisingascrew and on her website Lucy has now spilled the beans on the one thing cruise workers wish passengers wouldn’t do – and what you should avoid doing so if you’re planning to head to sea this year because the workers will “make fun” of you.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Lucy said: “Crew members generally make fun of passengers who think it’s okay to walk around the cruise ship barefoot. There’s always at least one passenger per cruise who feels comfortable strolling around the entire ship without shoes. They’ll even go into shops and the theatre barefoot because technically they are indoors.”

The cruise worker added: “However any space outside of your cabin really, you should have your shoes on. And if you do want to walk around the cruise ship with no shoes on just know that the crew members will be making fun of you.” But it’s not only walking around without shoes that might upset the staff being rude is a big no-no too.

Lucy said: “I think the biggest mistake that people can make when they are on a cruise is not being polite to every crew member. You don’t know what you’re going to need and which crew member is going to be able to solve your issues and it has happened before where a passenger has been incredibly rude to a crew member that they have later needed during their cruise.”

Luckily, there are lots of guests who get on well with the crew and sometimes they even get special treats because of it. Lucy said: “Other than speaking to guest services when you are on board the cruise ship there is no other way to get an upgrade. However, in terms of getting free things the best way to go about this is making genuine connections with crew members that can give you free things.”

She continued: “This principle applies to all members of the crew, whether your cabin steward, your waiter, or anyone else. Building a good relationship with a crew member often results in them going the extra mile for you. Thus, it’s humorous when passengers treat crew members poorly – they are only going against their own interests. A crew member is unlikely to exceed their duties for a passenger who behaves disrespectfully or rudimentarily.

“In essence, us crew members want to ensure passengers are having a great time during their cruise vacation, and therefore, happy passengers are our favorite. We want nothing more than for you to enjoy your cruise. However, the most challenging passengers are those who seem determined to remain discontented, irrespective of circumstances. We recognize that issues may arise during any vacation and we, as crew members, will do our best to fix any problems. Nonetheless, some individuals appear comfortable in their gloominess and remain unsatisfied, regardless of what is offered to them.”

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