Shared Cruise Stories No. 4, 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 few shared stories from my own cruise experiences and some of my close friends and clients. Because they are relatively quick tales we like to call them:

Cruise Short Takes….

 This passenger elevator doesn’t seem to go to the top floor!


  • If you’ve ever cruised, you know just how that it’s really easy to get lost in the maze of corridors and elevators on a ship. I had to laugh (inside myself), when riding in an elevator it stopped, and a older lady got on with a very puzzled look, when she turned to me and asked with a straight face, “Does this elevator stop to the front of the ship”.
  • This was some years back now, but once when checking in for a cruise I couldn’t help but overhear the transaction taking place in the check-in position to my right. Apparently there was some kind of mix-up with a ladies’ stateroom. The check-in clerk was trying to do everything possible it sounded to remedy the situation. When He asked, “Would you prefer an inside cabin or an outside cabin?” to which the lady replied, “Well, since it looks like it might rain today. I’d better get an inside cabin.”
  • Once on a transatlantic voyage I was just relaxing out on one of the chase lounges, and close by there were two women that were sitting by the pool. Just then, one of the crew members came by,  when one of them inquired of the crew member, as to exactly what kind of water they fill the pool with — fresh water or sea water? To which the crew member replied, “Sea water.” To which the woman responded, “Oh, that explains why it is so rough today.”

  Next, Laura from FL relates…………………

About a Slippery Situation for sure

When I sailed the Celebration for the first time I sailed with 2 friends. Here we were 3 middle aged women at a table with 5 recent college grads. The kids were nice and proved to be great table mates. We were in the dining room having dinner the first night. I had ordered ice tea with lemon. As I was squeezing my lemon into the tea my finger slipped. The wedge took off like a rocket. The damn thing flew across the table and landed, plop, on one of the young girls plate. I was mortified. the girl giggled and was very gracious about it.

Funny but true Tales from Ship’s Crew………………………

No Way Out!

One crew director said on one of the cruises he was working on, a lady about 70 years old boarded alone. The staff became nervous when she didn’t show up for her first dinner or for breakfast the next morning. A staff member called to make sure everything was ok. She was very happy on the phone and explained she was having a wonderful time and liked her room very much except there was one problem. There were only two doors in her room, one lead to the bathroom and the other says, “Do Not Disturb”. Sadly, the poor woman didn’t realize the sign was for her to use on the outside of her door to indicate to the room staff not to come in and make up her room. After the explanation, she left her room and enjoyed the rest of her cruise.

Appliance Malfunction!

Once while working on a luxury cruise ship, the telephone receptionist received a call from a distressed passenger, reporting a “faulty electrical appliance in my suite”! and asked if they could send someone over to repair it right away.

When the operator inquired which electrical appliance that might be, the lady responded “It’s the microwave, I’ve been trying to warm up supper for myself but the microwave won’t start”. Knowing that none of the rooms onboard the ship were equipped with a microwave, the receptionist sent maintenance crew right away, only to find the lady standing in front of the wardrobe, pressing vigorously at the key pad on the safe box, she told the repairman “look here I have been keying in the number of minutes over and over, but can’t figure out which one is the start button”?

 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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About cruisewithmike

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. 4, from our “Compass Directions” series

  1. Bernice says:

    Really great article with very funny and interesting cruise experiences. Hope you continue with this series of articles, I don’t see this on any other site!

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