Is it just me or do people that constantly tell you how many cruises they've been on, where they've been etc.. . turn you off somtimes? Not everyone, but there's are a few that go overboard (no pun intended there :-)
In the platinum lounge waiting to disembark a while ago there were many conversations of people trying to one up each other on where they've been, how many etc.. While I certainly share everyone's love of cruising, I don't like the competitiveness of some of these folks. Good for them to be fortunate to travel often but let someone else get a word in once in a while :-)
Maybe it 's just me and that's all you really have in common with these people anyway.
Just wondering if others have seen the same thing.. If not, I'll try and be more accomodating in the future.
Last cruise, I played bridge every sea day. Couldn't believe how many women would brag about their kids trying to one up each other. It was as if they couldn't brag about themselves but could their kids. Me, when people ask what I do, I just say I am a collector. I'm a bum who collects aluminum cans and once I've collected enough, I go off on a cruise.
I think that people like that are kind of funny. On our last cruise we meet a couple in the the casino. They kept talking about how they always book a Mini-Suite and how wonderful that was. In fact the gentleman said he felt sorry for the rest of us. My husband and I did not really comment. He finally asked what type of cabain we had. On that cruise we had a full suite. He then proceeded to ask if he could have a tour of our cabin. Later in the cruise we had them over for drinks. He actually measured off the size of the room and balcony. It really was quite funny. We were surprised he did't bring a camera. Oh well, to each their own, I guess.
I agree that sometimes people do think they know it all because they have cruised many times before. On my last cruise, disembarkation was very bad and trying to board the buses was h--lish. A couple pushed in front of me at the bus door (the bus was already full) and proceeded to complain that the reason for the problems stemmed from automatic tipping. When I pointed out that the tips had nothing to do with the buses and getting aboard them, they told me that they never had this happen before in 24 cruises. As they continued their tirade they asked me how many cruises I had been on. I told them (it happens that it is quite a few more then they) they shut up. Boy were they rude but I wasn't ready to let go of my vacation and let them spoil it.
i have also found that if you can get past the one-upmanship these people can be a wealth of information especially about things to do and not do in port. Just smile and say "really i didn't know that, by the way have you been to......?"
There is one guy on the Celebrity board that was complaining about the Constellation and all his items were so frivolous to me. I've been on that ship and it is wonderful. One of his posts said he was bored on board. I hope I never get to the day where I'm "bored" on a cruise. I love being at sea and don't care if we ever put in at a port. I enjoy even doing nothing if I'm at sea. (G)
I think there are just some people who will never be happy with things and for some reason get some kind of pleasure out of complaining. Honestly I don't know why some of these people spend good money to go away and not relax and make the best of it.. even if it is less than expected.
And you think you've got problems! The standard opening question from you average Brit whether on a cruise or at a party is "what do you do?" Depending on your answer he may or may not talk to you! I always used to say I worked in a garage which everybody assumes means I'm a salesman or spanner monkey - not true but I just love watching their expressions especially if they have affected accents.
Seriously though don't Princess kind of perpetuate this attitude? We were on Royal and they held the standard Captain's Circle party. Prior to this they circulated a competition questionnaire asking how many Princess cruises you had been on with a prize for the greatest number. I was talking to a couple of girls in their mid 30's who were on their 36th so I kept quiet (2 didn't really compare). What really pissed them off though was the fact that they had recognised somebody who always wins the prize; he duly did with something like 76 on Royal alone and 30/40 more besides. It appears the gentleman concerned left clothes on board permanently to save carting luggage around. It also appears that he owns the freehold of the Princess offices over in the States so maybe there's a deal involved; you bet there is!
Chop snobs off at the knees that's what I say; they really cannot stand being put down.
By the way I am English so I can say these things about us Brits from bitter experience!
Cheers to all of us normal folks. Paul
The ones I like (?) are the ones who complain that this cruise doesn't compare with the ones or the other (their favorite line, whatever it is) so much that you wonder why they booked this cruise. A close second are those who feel that whatever line they prefer is obviously "the best" line and brook no dissent. I sometimes think they were brainwashed and believe their favorite line or ship is best, because the line's staff and its advertising said so. If you check out these boards you will find someone like this on almost every line. You can recognize them because they usually use words or descriptions that parrot almost exactly the puffery that appears in that line's brochures.
We were on the Regal Princess 11/01 from Sydney to Auckland. On embarkation day we had just left our cabin to check out the lunch buffet and a woman was walking down the corridor saying, "This is absolutely the WORST Princess cruise I've ever been on!"
Talk about snap judgements!
Hi Fellow Cruisers,
Yes, I do know what you mean about "those people" who brag (and often escalate the number cruises, $$, homes, acerage, etc., etc.). We have met a fellow who we refer to as "The Richest Man in the World" and the Doctor who was snagging a free buffet breakfast at the hotel where we were staying as the"Most traveled Man in the World". (200+ cruises in 30 years. You do the math.) I have come to believe that this tendency to embellish is part of the fun of cruising for some folks. We have come to enjoy keeping track of the number of cruises, etc. as the days go by and now enjoy this practice as part of the fun of cruising. We also have met many wonderful people from around the world ( even Brits, Paul. We actually seek them out as tablemates.), whom we are proud to call our friends. We rarely include the exaggerators among our closest friends but we do enjoy their stories. I may as well come clean on this because I sincerely believe the saying, "If you can spot it, you got it.") I have sometimes embellished a few fine points of my life from time-to-time while talking to "those people", so I cannot claim complete innocence. I think of it as part of the wonderful "Lore of the Sea", !
Take care. Maybe we'll meet at sea sometime soon. Our next cruise, Australia/NZ on the Star in Jan. 04.
> Our next cruise, Australia/NZ on the Star in Jan. 04.
We are thinking of doing a similar cruise in Feb 04 on the Star. I haven't seen any Captain Circle offers yet from Princess though. Are you doing any pre or post stays in conjunction with the cruise?
I have only been on 12 cruises, but I am a world traveler, thanks to being retired from a major airline. What I enjoy most about travel and cruising, is meeting people and sharing travel experiences. I am always delighted to hear how many cruises others have been on, and where they have traveled in the world. Met an elderly woman on the Grand Princess who had sailed on Princess 80 some times. Yes, she won the prize for traveling on Princess the most, and no she was not a snob! Perhaps the day will come when you will enjoy sharing your travel experiences, and I doubt if anyone will think you are snob, only a very interesting person with much to share.
There was a Captain's Circle offer that expires 1/31/03 that is a pretty good savings but I booked early to get a balcony on Caribe. I fully expect Princess to make some much better offers on this cruise as they have been having trouble filling the Regal and the 2600 PAX Star will probably require some additional coaxing. As for pre and post-cruise, I have some pretty good prices off the Internet in Auckland and will begin looking in Sydney soon. Also have gotten the names of a few tour guides in some of the NZ ports. I will begin research in earnest after tax time.
I do not believe all well traveled passengers are snobs.. just the snobs that happen to have traveled alot, make sure everyone knows it and expect special treatment because of it are the ones that annoy me.
I too have met many interesting people who cruise way back to the days of the SS United States. Their stories are fantastic and well appreciated.
There is a big difference in those folks and the ones that I am referring to.