SHARED CRUISE STORIES, No. 3 from our “Compass Directions” series


Cruise Stories Shared

Compass Directions – Our Friday Edition

We are pleased to offer another edition of our Friday Blog Post which we call COMPASS DIRECTIONS. Mostly it will feature shared CRUISE STORIES,  and Travel related experiences that our customers, clients, readers, and other submissions send to us. We believe that this article feature will offer some interesting and thought provoking reading for you, our dedicated viewers. We will also feature from time to time nautical prose and fitting quotations from famous people that will be subject related.

 We begin with a shared story from:

Kay from the UK, who relates….

A sinking feeling!

It was the first night, of our very first multi family cruise. My dad & sister had decided to stay up late and hang out together, and they had been drinking quite a bit. So I decided it was best to tag along (just to keep an eye on them both). We went to the disco lounge where we were all dancing. While Sis was obviously feeling no pain, just dancing away, all of a sudden she started freaking out screaming “OMG, OMG, we’re under water, holy s**t we’re under water” My dad, also a bit under the effects (but not quite as badly) responded “where, how do you know?” My sister pointed to what she yelled was “porthole” in the wall, but it was actually merely a glass picture view (of the underwater portion) of the pool area. Both my Dad and I explained to her that was only the pool! To this day it still cracks us up to imagine her state of mind, as she thought she was sinking.

Next, Will from Arizona writes about…..

A Strange Shipboard Bathroom Encounter

It had been an extremely long wait to board our ship, and I was just about to take a trip to the Men’s Room, when they called our group to board the ship. I informed the wife that I REALLY needed to go as soon as we got on the ship.

I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall
“Hi, how are you?”

Now I’m really not the type of person who starts up a conversation with others especially when in the men’s room, but for some reason (I don’t know why) I replied rather hesitantly,
“Doing’ just fine!”

Then the other person says:
“So what are you up to?”

Thinking to myself…What kind of question is that? While beginning to think this is feeling a bit weird, so I say:
“Uhhh, I’m like you, just cruising!”

At this point I am just trying to get out as fast as I can when I hear
another question.
“Can I come over when I’m finished?”

OK, this question is just too weird for me but I figured I would just be polite, and end the conversation. So I tell him

“No…….I’m a little busy right now!!!”

Finally I hear the person say…

“Hey sweetie, I’ll have to call you back later, there’s a weirdo who keeps answering all my questions in the next stall”

 Somewhat embarrassing to say the least!

 Our next story is from Colette in OK., who relates a cute one…

 My Little One seldom talks to strangers!

It was our first cruise, with my Daughter (who was only 2 years old at the time). She was quite shy to begin with, as well as being taught by us to be leery of strangers. During our first night in the formal dining room, the waiter tried to talk to her but she would turn away. He then asked her what her name was and she very pointedly said to him “NO!” That got him to laughing so he started introducing her to fellow staff and other cruisers as “NO”. All week long when we would enter the dining room, the entire staff would say, “Hello No!” By the end of the week, she made good friends with absolutely everyone who had made such a fuss over her, as well as all the attention from everyone at our table.

Finally, Wilma C., from AZ shares that it’s……

Important to listen “carefully” to all crew instructions

We had embarked on this particular cruise later in the afternoon than was our usual custom, so once we were on board the ship we stopped and asked one of the room stewards when the muster drill would be. The reply we initially thought we heard was something like “Robot Potty Men Oats”…….. We thanked the crew member and walked on towards to our stateroom somewhat puzzled. Finally, as we were opening up our door to the stateroom to drop off our bags, we realized what he had tried to say in broken English was “In About 40 Minutes”. While it took us a moment to figure it out, we both had managed a good laugh to start off our cruise.


In order to reduce and or eliminate any potential pitfalls you could find yourself in, I would recommend that you take a look at a very informative article we have put together that covers most every topic you need to be aware of titled CRUISE THINGS GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. You can view this article in its entirety by (clicking here).

Do you have an interesting or humorous Cruise Story you’d like to share? We would like to INVITE YOU, our viewers and readers to send us your cruise and/or travel related stories. They need not be lengthy. Generally a few paragraphs are normally sufficient. Also don’t be concerned about writing style or content, as we will gladly put your contributions into an appropriate context, to make for an interesting read. Please send your story content to, content will work best if in word (.doc or .docx) formats. You are also welcome to send along any photos you would like to have featured as well. We would only request that those be in (.jpg) or compatible formats.

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Mike is a Professional Cruise Wedding Planner, Wedding Officiant,and owner of CruisewithMike Wedding Planners. With over 20 years of experience in the Travel Industry, as an Independant Travel Consultant, Customer Service Agent, and a retired Va. Magistrate, and Clergy. Mike has a very unique perspective on Customer and Wedding Service Needs and strives to provide custom service that's "TOPS" Totally Outrageous Professional Service, with every customer he works with.
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2 Responses to SHARED CRUISE STORIES, No. 3 from our “Compass Directions” series

  1. Bader says:

    Really enjoy reading your blog..I’m a marine officer on oil tankers for 15 years, we don’t go to the glammer places the cruise ships go to, but I have many stories about the sea that I will post soon on my blog as well.
    My blog:
    Take care

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