Originally Posted by Trip
The issue is not the lack of privacy, but the lack of good manners from the responder..lol
Unless I misinterpret what you have written you are saying I lack good manners. If this is not what you meant by your comment, please clarify what you mean.
On the other hand if you are saying relating a story about an eavesdropper jumping into a private conversation is a lack of good manners in a Forum about Travel Gripes, i totally reject your premise and your comment.
I have to ask: "Do you consider a total stranger jumping into a private conversation good manners?" Please explain, I want to understand what you feel is a cruisemate's right to privacy in a conversation. Does it matter whether the person is at an adjacent table two feet away or poolside twenty feet awafrom where the conversation was taking place? Do you think that intruding on a conversation would be good manners no matter what you heard? Have you checked Emily Post's guidelines on good manners and interrupting another person while they are having conversation?
Furthermore, what if the whispered conversation between a person and their significant other about intimate matters? Do you feel that you have the right to jump into a private conversation just because you were eavesdropping and you think you have something to add.
Please explain where there is a lack of good manners on my part which you assert as follows. "The issue is not the lack of privacy, but the lack of good manners from the responder..lol."
I would also like to expand here upon my feelings about conversations at a table with other cruisemates. Subjects and conversation are wide open to what the cruisemates want to talk about whether it is sex, politics, race relations, world problems, health problems, casino game strategy, hideaways on the ship, food reviews, jerks to avoid, military stories, cruises that cruisemates have taken, fine wine, stupid politicians, pets (exception would be if pet recently died), religion, marital problems, significant others, as far as I am concerned anything goes with no limitations other that the conversation should be in good taste since we are at a meal. If I choose not to participate, I will abstain from the conversation.
Furthermore, I have one rule about conversations, I do not ruin a good story being told by a cruisemate at a group table I even though I know the punchline. It's like telling people the end of a movie so that you spoil it for them.
By the way I thought that experience of finding out that the rat trap story along with other annedotes about the ship department tour was interesting and my tablemate enjoyed it as we had lunch without the eavesdropper's comments. I also felt that the rat trap story was part of the ship's housekeeping story that doesn't get told along with cleaning toilets, and other nasty tasks. The rat catchers must have been doing a good job because I did not see any rats of the rodent variety on board the ship during the cruise nor have i seen any on other cruises. The one exception was on a Disney ship. I did enjoy seeing Mickey and Minnie.