Actually this may not be a gripe because it something that gives me a smile each cruise: folk who are "scared to death" not to be at the front of the line ups from embarkation to disembarkation. Lets just call these folks Mr and Mrs "Let's be First"
I love to watch folk run yes I mean run, from the second they enter the cruise check in area to the second they reach the ship. Ok - maybe some don't know there are washrooms close bye and others hope for an upgrade, but I can guarantee every cruise check in Mr and Mrs Let's be First will be there.
I love to watch those that think the buffet will not have enough for them - god forbid, it might run out.
I smile at those that simply must be at the front of the line to disembark at a port and who usually miss the lovely sites coming into dock because of their panic.
I giggle at all those that clamber around the doors to the main dining room, crowding and getting walmer by the minute - what are they? Hungry?
Last year while my dh and I were checking in, we saw our best comedy show ever. Mr and Mrs Let's be First pushed and shoved, disagreed about which line up was the shortes weaved, in and out of people before them and raced to the screening devices. Once through the screening , off they went again, running towards the elevators and that was the last I saw of them.
Me and dh try to savour every minute and relax with a capital "R", thanks Mr and Mrs Let's be First for the smiles, we can always rely on you.
Is this the same couple that stands up immediately after a plane touches down - despite the announcement to the contrary?
I love watching the dining room line - dh and I crab a chair and watch - self appointed apparel police :o) What do these people think is going to happen if they aren't there at least half an hour before the doors open. Is someone going to give away their table - will the kitchen run out of food. Too funny. I agree with you and also savour every minute. Good post!
we are more like the Ebert and Roeper, giving the thumbs up or down! Not to be judgemental, just for a laugh, most times I will not get there before the dining room opens, the casino's always open with a seat for a couple of hands of black jack as an appetizer. Or the picture stroll thing, heaven forbid someone should see a less than perfect picture of me and missus, those are quickly discarded by the picture police. We leave the good ones and binge buy on the last night.
I traveled with "Mrs I gotta be first"on several cruises. I learned to hate flights where I have a change because of her. The plane would touch down and she would grab her carry on and be ready to bolt as soon as the door opened. I would follow behind at my own pace and find her tapping her toe in the waiting area for the next flight. We always had plenty of time to sit and wait, so why run ragged? I remember her refusing breakfast on disembarkation day to wait in the lobby to get off. She would always say "no time for breakfast, gotta get on the bus to the airport". I tried to tell her they would not offer breakfast if there was no time to eat before disembark. That always fell on deaf ears. I would go eat breakfast and join her in the lobby later. We were always at the airport in plenty of time for our flight. Many times having to wait 3 hours or more. She is in very poor health now and no longer travels. She was always fun to be with on a trip except for the "me first" thing. I miss her a lot. I have to wonder if she just wore herself out running to be first.
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WoW ...... Mrs wanna be first was on my cruise also I was sitting in the second row waiting to board the ship when they openned up the doors to the security part of the port, they took the first row, and she and her friends came running out of noplace and grabbed the few empty chairs in the front row and went running with the chairs almost still attached to their butts, I have no idea were they went so fast as when the second row (me) went in I felt like I was first on the ship , and they were no were to be seen.
you have to love them Gail
Once on board, these are the folks that walk, shoulder to shoulder, six across, in slow motion (gotta store up that energy for the dining room rush) and STOP dead blocking traffic in both directions to decide if they should go to BINGO in 3 hours or invade the ship's shops are lunch.
A "herd" of people decide to stop and chat on the way into a show, into bingo, into whatever is going on!
They are oblivious to all the people behind and in front of them. I've tried saying "excuse me" and walking through the "herd" only to be glared at.
This also bothers me in a store, but at least in a store you can just back up and go down the next aisle. On a ship you could walk to the other side to get in, but there's probably a "herd" over there, too.
Please, MOVE OVER to the side if you must have a major discussion about bingo, shopping, or lunch!
As to Mr. & Mrs. "Want to be First", you'll never find us there! We're more like Jennifer and banker. We'd rather wait until the "Firsts" get out of the way! We don't even mind sitting in the balcony area for shows, and they've never run out of food in the dining room or buffet before we got there.
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belgique - I actually push the close door button on all elevators. This helps speed up transportation of guests. Could you imagine if everyone waited an extra 8 seconds. Sounds like unnecessary delays.
Mickey: Betcha if you added up all the extra 8 seconds on a 10 day cruise, it would amount to about a minute a day.....just think of all the interesting people you might meet in a minute on an elevator!
I was once on an elevator with Robin Williams in Toronto and I'm sorry the ride didn't go on forever!
Some people (and you know who you are!!!) think they are the only ones on their vacation and the rest of us are just in their way. So, since they are the most important, being that only they are truly on their vacation, they don't mind stepping ahead of the rest of us in line whereever it may be, buffet, for shows, to leave for excursions, whatever....
Got a good one for this....MR&MRS GBF were in the casino as it opened as our ship hit 7PM local...and RAN for "their" slot machine. I went in 2 hrs later, and they were still at it on the same machine....when they gave up I walked over and actually (I know....RARE) hit a major jackpot as they were walking out.....if looks could kill I'd be dead many times over. I think they lived in that Casino.....poor things.