5 Things You Should Never Do on a Cruise

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In my six years of sailing the seven seas, I’ve met all kinds of new friends and interesting folks. But I’ve also met the problem passengers: the rude ones, the greedy ones, and the always-late ones.

Don’t be like them. Here are five cruising pet peeves and no-nos to avoid, so you can make sure you’re a crew favorite:

Don’t: miss the ship.

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It’s every cruiser’s worst nightmare: to find yourself gazing up as your cruise ship sails off into the sunset…without you. Cruise lines run a tight ship, literally — and if you’re late, they will not wait. If you find yourself in this situation, it will be down to you to cough up the cash and pay for a flight to the next port of call. To avoid this, make sure you’re always on the local time. Otherwise, you could end up like British couple the Pratts, who arrived back at their Danube port only to realize their watches weren’t on central European time. It was noon in England, not Austria.

Don’t: hoard the food.

a person standing in front of a table: Holger Leue/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images

Much like Rebel Wilson, if my family went to a buffet growing up, we always took some home with us. No need to do this on a cruise ship. The buffet is open for much of the day, and sometimes for twenty-four hours — in fact, thinking back to my first cruise holiday as a young teen, I remember feeling like it was Christmas upon discovering this. If you’re really desperate to eat in your cabin, some vessels will even allow you to order directly to your stateroom free of charge.

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