A cruise-the perfect way to get away from the structured way of life, the stresses of work, and the perfect way to undo the knots in the mind. Everyone knows what those knots are made of. Everyone looks forward to their cruise, whether they booked two months beforehand, six months before, or a whole year in advance. Once checked in at the terminal check-in counter, it’s time to proceed aboard. Once onboard, the party begins. The guests complete their one-on-one safety briefing. Having done so, the excitement truly gets off the ground. There’s a serious question for all cruisers to digest. What happens when a guest or a group of guests get into a fight or or worse-insight a riot on board? For more than three thousand guests plus a thousand crew members sharing a cruise vessel together, one can imagine how uncomfortable the melee can become. How can guests cause such a disturbance and further-such a displeasing experience? It’s best to revisit the basics of onboard behavior. It’s all comes down to the code of conduct. It’s more than just grasping its importance. It’s a matter of understanding the vitality.

A short time ago, the brand new Carnival Venezia was on a cruise out of New York City. Late one night on board, a terrible brawl broke out. What looked like just a bunch of drunk guests getting on each others nerves, turned out into a melee at sea no one imagined. Drugs were also involved. More than twelve guests were arrested and placed in lock-up down below in the ship’s jail. When the Carnival Venezia returned to New York City, disembarkation was delayed so that the guests in lock-up could be processed and taken off the ship first. A long-awaited vacation for more than three thousand people turned into a week of displeasure. Further, many cruisers are pondering the thought of whether they would want to sail on Carnival again. Does this happen out of every port, or is it just the New York crowd? No cruisers should have to be thinking in that manner. A while back, a group of teenagers were caught on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship vandalizing one of the elevators. They were supergluing the elevator buttons. So, they were bored out of their minds due to the bad weather. The rough weather kept them cooped up inside for an entire day. Mother nature didn’t give them the right to deface the Explorer of The Seas’s elevator buttons. The following day, the captain addressed all guests over the P.A.. He was livid. He couldn’t have more firm in his voice, stressing the vitality of the code of conduct. Looking ahead to future cruises, all cruisers must turn their attention to a very important piece of literature; the code of conduct.

Sailing day is more than a first-hand opportunity to explore the ship. Once settled in their staterooms, guests should locate the code of conduct. If guests want to know what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable, reading the code of conduct is the legitimate thing to do. Reading and understanding the code of conduct is more important than racing upstairs to the “Welcome aboard!” buffet. It’s far more paramount than touring the spa and signing up early for an acupuncture session or oriental massage. It’s certainly more imperative than digesting the room service menu. Being aware of the crew’s expectations of how to behave properly on board is fundamental. Failure to comply with the code of conduct can and will result in the following: criminal prosecution, removal from the ship, and being banned from sailing on that particular cruise line. It’s a matter that cannot be taken lightly. The code of conduct must be followed to the dotting of the “i” and the crossing of the “t”. The reason of the code of conduct goes beyond stressing what’s not tolerated. Its chief reason is to encourage guests to exhibit proper behavior and engaging a good time on board.

A cruise vacation is the ultimate traveling experience. The non-stop entertainment, the endless food, and the golden opportunity to do all the exciting things that enjoyed on land can all be found on board a cruise ship. A cruise vacation provides the golden opportunity to try new things, new experiences, and open new doors to unexplored places. A cruise ship, on the other hand, is no place for violence, coarse language, or vandalism. Neither of the three are tolerated. There are other forms of inappropriate behavior outlined in the code of conduct. On sailing day, guests must locate the code of conduct and understand it forwards and backwards. This goes for guests who think they won’t cause trouble on board. The code of conduct is more than just a list of no-no’s. It’s a powerful tool that leads to a long list of yes’s, promoting good times had by all on board.

About Author

David Kriso has been a travel writer since August 2011. He is a contributing writer for both of his hometown's newspapers, The Gazette, and The Observer. His articles focus on cruise and railroad travel. David is also published online at ProwsEdge.com, a cruise magazine based in Vancouver, Canada and at Amtrak's story site, Whistlestop.Amtrak.com. David also writes for the publication Examiner.com. On Examiner.com, he writes about cruise and rail travel. David is a long-time train traveler, avid cruiser, and a Disney traveler since age 4.

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