There’s nothing better than being on cruise, surrounded by the ocean, sun and dozens of other like-minded cruisers looking to have the time of their lives. But sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and, without meaning to, our manners and common sense momentarily fall by the wayside!

But not to worry – read up on our guide to holiday etiquette, the dos and don’ts when travelling abroad!

The Dos

Ask permission before taking photos of locals

It can potentially be seen as invasive if you get snap happy without checking that you’re okay to do so.

Consider your gestures

Things such as pointing can be seen as rude in certain cultures.

Tip where appropriate

Tipping is a lot more traditional in other cultures than it is in the UK. But be sure to check the tipping etiquette for the particular country you are in. Some cultures see it as an insult not to tip!

Learn the local language

Try your best to learn a little bit – even just please and thank you will go a long way!

Try the local food

It may not be what you’re used to, but it’s always polite to try and immerse yourself in the local culture of the place that you’re visiting. You might discover some new tasty flavours while you’re on!

Be mindful of others when playing music

We all love to make a holiday playlist, but don’t have it blaring out of your stateroom for all to hear.

Dress respectfully for your environment

In certain countries, you might want to check what the appropriate attire is when going on excursions to temples, for example. Some countries prefer you more covered up than others!

Turn down the brightness

If you’re heading off on a fly-cruise and struggling to sleep on a night flight, turn down the brightness of the screen of your device so that those around you can still get some rest.

Embrace haggling

If bartering is a way of life in the country that you’re visiting, enjoy the experience – many are just trying to make a living.

The Don’ts

Recline your chair as far back as you possibly can

Whether on a plane – or any other mode of transport. You know how frustrating it can be when it happens to you! And whilst we’re on the subject, try to share the armrests fairly, too.

Jump the queue at the boarding gate

There’s no rush to try and get on before others, it’s going to leave at the same time regardless.

Abuse a book exchange

Everyone loves to get lost in a good book on holiday. But don’t pinch a few books and not bother putting one back in their place. Pass on the joy to others!

Be overly greedy at all-you-can-eat buffets

Do you really need seven sausages at the All Inclusive breakfast? Hey, we’re all for getting your money’s worth, but don’t just stick stuff on with no intention of eating it.

Hog the sun loungers

There’s nothing worse than when people put a towel down before breakfast and then don’t turn up to use it until mid-afternoon.

Get mad if you can’t find Wi-Fi or a phone signal

Yeah, it would be nice to flood Instagram with selfie uploads, or check-in on Facebook at the fancy restaurant you’re at. But if for whatever reason you can’t – just chill! You’re on holiday – you can make everyone else jealous later.

Be late for excursions or organised trips

It eats into other people’s holiday time and you might end up missing out on something as a result – not only that, but if you’re really late, the ship could leave without you! Talk about disaster.

Be unprepared

No one wants to be that person at the front of the queue, rooting for your passport in the bottom of your bag. A tiny bit of preparation will go a long way in making your journey as seamless as possible.

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