Loud love-making and ghosts among things that disturb cruisers the most
Mindless chatter and the invasion of personal space are the two things that cruise passengers hate the most, a new survey has revealed.
But there were some unusual criticisms from the cruisers questioned that caused a few eyebrows to be raised.
The perfect Caribbean scene ... until a ghost turns up
The study, carried out by independent cruise agency www.bonvoyage.co.uk, was compiled from the opinions and experiences of 1,738 people who had been on cruise holidays. When asked to name what they felt were the most annoying tendencies of their fellow cruisers, they listed the following:
1. Mindless/Annoying chatter from fellow passengers (38%)
2. Passengers invading personal space (27%)
3. Drunken behaviour (fighting, shouting, arguments) (22%)
4. Long queues at buffet/activities due to passenger’s indecisiveness (14%)
5. Irritating young children (11%)
Various other, slightly more obscure, complaints included a man on a Mediterranean cruise whose sleep was interrupted every night during his three-week cruise as the couple in the cabin next to him made love very noisily, and an elderly couple who felt that they had a ghost haunting their cabin while they holidayed in the Caribbean.
But despite all their grievances, 94% of respondents questioned in the poll were quick to state that the overall of experience of a cruise is something they very much enjoyed, and that they had not been put off returning for another trip in the future.
Steph Curtin, Cruise Development Manager at bonvoyage.co.uk, said: “It is important for cruise companies to be made aware of the certain factors of holidays that customers did not enjoy, or felt could be improved. A sign of a great cruise company is one that would take these annoyances on board and actively try to improve conditions for all future passengers, and this is why the majority of cruise lines ask customers to complete a survey at the end of their cruise to highlight any areas for improvement.”
She continued: “Having said that, when taking a look at some of the more obscure answers our study revealed, I fear it may be asking too much to ask for cabins to be regularly checked for ghosts and similar paranormal goings-on!”
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