Originally Posted by You
I wish the cruiselines wouldn't be so cowardly about enforcing their own rules. It's gratuities of course. If they enforce their rules people will get mad and thereby reduce gratuities accordingly.
And by not enforcing the rules, they (1) allow those who don't follow the rules to torque off a lot more passengers than would be torqued off by enforcing the rules pretty strictly and (2) allow the environment to degenerate into a free for all in which the rules and the authority behind them become irrelevant.
The disregard of authority could get people killed, especially in a casualty situation.