My 5 Cruising Pet Peeves

Cruising is the greatest way to travel, but no cruise is without its minor annoyances. Here’s a list of my top 5 cruising pet peeves in no particular order. While I may notice these little things onboard, they will never stop me from cruising or ruin a cruise for me. Feel free to agree or disagree with mine with the rating system and please leave your personal cruising pet peeves in the comment section below.

Breeze - Ship Photos 2041) Wasted Buffet/Room Service Food We’ve all seen it and we’ve all given that empty table “the look.” Even in the stateroom corridors I’ve seen uneaten room service dishes piled high against the wall. I’ve never understood why people take so much food and then end up not eating half of it. You would think that by halfway through the cruise, fellow cruisers would figure out how much food they are actually going to eat. 

Zuiderdam Public Areas 0642) Elevator “Rudeness” The elevators. Possibly the easiest place to become quickly annoyed with your fellow cruisers. The main two crimes committed – riding the elevator for one deck and guests trying to enter the elevator before allowing others to step out. Honestly, the majority of people I’ve seen who ride the elevator one deck are in fair health and are just being downright lazy. Secondly, guests who try to enter the elevator before allowing others to exit are just rude. On my most recent cruise, I was riding in the elevator with a few other guests and when we all tried to exit, we were swarmed by other guests entering. They finally backed off after another guest yelled, “Let us through!”

Mariner 6 1123) Chair Hogs The early risers. You’ve seen the mysterious invisible people sitting on those chairs with the towels right? Thankfully, chair hogs are finally getting the crack down from the cruise lines. Many cruise lines have now implemented new policies to rid chair hogs and open chairs for fellow cruisers.

4) Dress Code Violators While prevalent in many dining rooms throughout the cruise lines, my main beef with the dress code seems to occur in the Lido restaurant. All cruise lines require you to somewhat cover your swimming attire before entering the Lido restaurant, because let’s face it – nobody wants to eat next to the guy who just won the hairy chest contest on the Lido deck. Also, a new trend seems to be wearing bathrobes into the Lido restaurant. To those who do, please don’t, we beg you.

5) Kid’s Club Gangs You may have seen them or most likely heard them in the corridors at night. It’s the kid’s club gangs. They stay out, roaming the ship through the nights breaking ice cream cones, running through the corridors, and just being annoying. All we can hope is that their parents eventually find them aboard the ship and pull them back into their stateroom – disassembling the kid’s club gangs one by one.



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.