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Old August 21st, 2003, 08:29 PM
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Years ago, on a cruise, we stopped in Caracas. The excursion we chose was an ALL DAY tour, and were up ike at 6 am, raring to go...By the time we got back to the ship, it was about 6pm. Since we had late seating, we had time for a short nap.....After dozing for a while we were woken up, by our next door neighbor, singing at the top of his lungs.Eventually we rapped lightly on the wall, and it stopped...At dinner that night we told the story of the singing soprano, and lo and behold it was our tablemate!! Boy did we have a good laugh..On another cruise we had a group of fireman, who thought nothing of chatting in the hall at 2/3 am, just like it was miday...no whipspers, just loud chatter.. Any disorderly or funny neighbor stories from your cruises?
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Old August 21st, 2003, 08:56 PM
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Yes. We had one who like to practice, I meam Practice, his keyboard until wee hours.

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Old August 22nd, 2003, 02:23 AM
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I'm still getting over this one. Those who have sailed with me KNOW that I am a fairly tolerant neighbor. I actually can't remember anything to tolerate. Except once.

We were crossing the Tasman Sea in horrid weather. In general, the weather had been rather lousy the whole cruise and I honestly wouldn't have blamed anyone who got into a minor tiff with his/her cruising partner.

It was late one night, the wind or seas had quartered and the roll we were accustomed to turned into pitching. And the couple next door turned mean. They accompanied their tiff with vigorous slammings of dresser drawers. Even Queeg could not sleep through it, so I started slamming drawers in retaliation.

Comes morning and we're on our way to breakfast when our next door neighbors' door opens and out they come. Two absoutely lovely "older" ladies -- members of our group. I'd played bridge with them a couple of times.

"I guess you were having the same problem with your drawers as WE were having last night?"

I mumbled something about getting together with the ship's carpenter straight away and why didn't Queeg escort the ladies to breakfast, order me a LARGE Prince of Wales tea and snag me a plate of salmon?

When something approaching the proper hour arrived, I found "my" ladies, bought them a Bloody Mary, and told them about the overnight experience. I treasure the photo of the three of us giggling away
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Old August 22nd, 2003, 09:02 AM
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I love that story, Pam!

Our only unruly neighbors were on the Imagination in May. I'm guessing it was right after the end of the semester for some people because there were a lot of drunk college kids on board. We were awakened more than once at 3:00 a.m. by guys running down the hall screaming. (Not like a terrified scream, just like a WOOO-HOOOO drunk scream.) There was also a cabin full of girls cattycorner from us who left their door open and played their stereo at an unacceptable volume all day long. Naps were impossible.

I'm 26 and never felt like an old fuddy-duddy until that cruise. These @#$%& kids today!!!

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Old August 22nd, 2003, 09:49 AM
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On Sovereign last year we had an adjoining cabin with, what seemed to be, a group of 4 women who definitely liked to party. They would wake up early in the morning still drunk and start laughing, cackling, and screaching when recalling their individual escapades the night before. More than once we had to rap on the door to get them to quiet down so we could sleep.

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Old August 22nd, 2003, 11:47 AM
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On the Star Princess this past February, we had our first awful neighbors.

Mom and Dad's cabin was down the call, but their 3 teen brats had the cabin across the hall from us.

I swear, *every* time they left, they would slam the door.

The worse time was right before their (early) dinner. I'm taking a nap before our late dinner. Anyway, first, they would all meet up in front of our cabin -- yack, yack, yack. After that, it went something like this -- walk out in hall, slam door, walk back in cabin, slam door, oops, Kid #2 forgot something, open door, slam door, oh Kid #3 has to go to the bathroom, open door, slam door, followed by the Kid #1 who now walks out slams doors, followed by the bathroom kid, walk out, slam door.

You get the picture. One evening after being woke up again, I walked out and pointed out that I was sleeping and they were all slamming doors. It helped *somewhat*

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Old August 22nd, 2003, 12:34 PM
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We had a "nice" family next to us on the Golden.

Lots of colorful language and for some reason the mom kept getting locked out and would start yelling in the hall to be let in the room or else. Fortunately they didn't seem to be in the room too often and were at least quiet at night. Other than that we've had very quiet cruises.


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On the Norwegian Dream Baltic cruise we had kids next door that decided it was fun to bang on the walls, make prank phone calls to our cabin, and they were a bit loud and rowdy in general. We called security and they tracked down the absentee parents and surprisingly the grown-ups made the children write us letters of apology. The notes were actually quite cute and pretty well written for their ages. They even put in a couple of mints that had been left by the cabin steward the night before.

They tried hard to be much quieter from that day to the end of the twelve night cruise. I must say security listened and enforced their rules properly. Some cruise ships have not been so careful.
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Old August 22nd, 2003, 05:51 PM
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I know I shouldn't say this, but we've never had a problem with any of our neighbors on 14 cruises. We've never heard a peep, not thru the walls, not in the halls. Now I hope I haven't jinxed us for our next cruise. Who believes in jinxes? My wife does!


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