Shared CRUISE STORIES No. 5, from our “Compass Directions” series


Cruise Stories Shared

Compass DirectionsOur 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 those that have been shared by past and present cruise line employees. Because they are relatively quick tales we like to call them:

Short Takes

Passengers can and often pose the dandiest questions while on a cruise. The following are just a few of some of many that they ask of crew members

  • Two elderly lady passengers were staring at the numbers of the floors listed above the elevator door. When asked if they needed any assistance with something, one asked how they were going to be able to reach way up there to push the button for their floor.
  • Someone – Generally a man – will often ask, “does the ship run on generators?” While often a crew member who is asked will respond…. “No, we just have a very long power line running to the shore line.”
  • Many times crew members are asked, “What do you do with the ice sculptures after they have been displayed (or have begun to melt)?”



More Stories Related by Ships Crew

As related by a ships front desk crewmember

An Oceanview without a View!

            A brand-new newlywed couple, who had just arrived on board (after dropping off  their luggage in their cabin), stormed down to the customer service desk. The bride was quite distraught and in tears, while the groom seemed most agitated and very red faced. When asked what the problem was, the groom began to lay into the desk clerk. “We booked a cabin with a view for our honeymoon, and all we get to see out the window is a parking lot!”

Now it became painfully clear to the desk clerk, that this was obviously a first time cruise couple for sure!

This next story comes by way of John Potts

 Those darn noisy commuter helicopters!

Any past/present crew member knows the all too often asked question – “Do the crew sleep onboard?”

And, of course, many smart-arsed crew members often reply with: – “No, we fly home by helicopter every night, then return in time for the morning

“Well, during my contract onboard the MS Statendam, a guest had in fact posed this question, and unfortunately received the usual sarcastic reply version.

The following week, a memo was sent around the ship from the Hotel Director instructing all crew members were to refrain from being ‘clever’ like this in the future.

It seems, an elderly lady guest from the previous cruise had made a formal complaint to the cruise line on her arrival home that she hadn’t got any sleep whilst on the ship because of all the noise from the helicopters flying the crew off the ship every night!

Famous Quote:

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore! Dream! Discover!”
—Mark Twain

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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