15/01/2013...1:22 pm

Have you ever encountered an ‘Ultimate Cruise Snob’?

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Some people, it seems, were not really made to enjoy life at sea. We’ve all met them: moaning at the waiters, ranting at the staff on the purser’s desk, giving the cabin stewards hell.

But what happens when these unhappy characters unleash their venom on fellow passengers? Well, some of them end up as figures of fun – and horror – on the Cruise Critic forums. Here’s a motley selection from a particularly splendid thread started by member nhcruiser and gathering pace: Ultimate Cruise Snobs.

Some cruisers-from-hell start young. Member Paradiseisaprincessaway recalls sitting in the hot tub on deck with a friend and a young child. “We were just chatting between ourselves and the kid piped up and said to us ‘You two will be old ladies before you even get close to the status that I have and I’m only 11. I’m Elite on Princess. You will never get that.’”

Member Chrysalis tells the story of a cringe-worthy encounter in the lift. “It was formal night and we decided that we would not dress up and that we could eat in the Caribe Café [the ship’s casual buffet]. On the way back from eating our elevator stopped and two formally dressed up couples got on.

“They did not say a word until they reached their deck. Before exiting the elevator, the one lady turned around and very sarcastically said, ‘Well, I guess you were not invited to have cocktails with the Captain tonight like we were!’” (Let’s not forget that everybody is invited to the Captain’s cocktails on formal night.)

Some cruisers are practically delusional about cabin categories. Member Swedish_weave writes: “At lunch, a lady at the next table started a very pleasant conversation with us until she asked what suite we were in. When I told her we were booked in an inside cabin, she let out a very audible ‘HMMMPH’ and turned away and didn’t speak to us again.”

While Love.II.Cruise met a ‘gentleman’ on an Oceania ship who was appalled that there weren’t different restaurants and lounges for different classes of passengers. “He didn’t want to associate with people staying in inside, window or balcony categories. He claimed he was very well travelled after letting everyone know how rich he was. Then at the bar he said he had never had a Margarita on the rocks with a salted rim, so he ordered one and we had to teach him how to drink it.”

Others have obviously been watching too many period dramas in which the servants have a separate entrance. JEM4205 says, “How about the ‘lady’ who loudly complained that the ship’s crew were using the same gangway as the Elite passengers?”

And others just think they’re the only passenger on board. Member Skf remembers a ‘lady’ in a wheelchair. “The elevator arrived full and she DEMANDED that people get off to make room for Her Royal Highness.”

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  • We were blessed with fabulous seatmates at dinner who encountered an ultimate cruise snob. While eating lunch in the dining room, a woman proclaimed that she could not be seated at their table because they did not have the coveted Platinum status she had achieved. Lol. She had no idea the gentleman she was refusing to be seated next to was a very high-ranking military official.

  • Oh yes third cruise we sit with the rudest two people, the were diamond members and knew everything, we had our head wait staff change us to a new table and met the nicest eight people ever.

  • Love.II.Cruise you should have told that “Gentleman” he should then be on a “Class” ship, like the queen Mary. I have been on 18 cruises in 12 yrs, always have a balcony only because we enjoy our cabin. Many ppl take the inside because they use that cabin to sleep, shower and change, They are having way more fun than that “Gentleman”.

  • Never have I met anyone like this on any of our 30+ cruises and probably a good thing because I would probably let them have it.

  • I encountered a couple on our dinner table who spent the first few days telling the rest of us how good they were for getting a very cheap cruise. They treated the waiter as though he was a slave and then started making sarcastic comments about the rest of us having better facilities in our cabins. We were all too polite to remind them that we had paid extra for that.
    Also I don’t understand why people in wheelchairs insist on jumping the queue. They are sitting down, it is no more effort to slowly move with the crowd. I saw this handled very well on a recent cruise when a person in a wheel chair and his six ‘friends’ insisted on jumping the queue. A staff member let the man in the wheelchair go to the front of the queue and sent the ‘hangers on’ to the back.

  • I’m lucky I guess….I’ve only met the nicest of people on all of the cruises I’ve been on. Not to say that some haven’t been “quirky”,but who isn’t?

  • seen the replys about cruise snobs. crazy stories. i have done a lot off cruises but i dont go on a cruise in think i am better than anyone else i go to enjoy myself so if the next person says i have done a hundred cruises who cares. i think some people have a problem that they need to blow. it dosent matter if you are in the owners suite or a inside cabin. a lot off nice people go to enjoy them selves so all these moaners if your not happy jump overboard

  • I agree with the bit about wheelchair users. I am all in favour of equality status and excellent facilities for the disabled, but being in a wheelchair is not an excuse for being rude, nasty, queue jumping or getting the best seats in the house for the whole entourage. If you are one of these, then you are not doing the disabled any favours.
    However, having said that I guess there are good and bad in all walks of life and I do not wish for a second to tar all disabled people with the same brush.

  • I have to say, we love small ship cruising for the destinations and comfort, but find some fellow passengers the real downside; they can be very snobbish and embarrassing whilst on trips. We are Northerners( shocking!) and although both well educated and ex head teachers, have been treated like “oiks” by some home counties types, especially as we (gracious!) dont play bridge! Some of our companions on excursions in St Petersburg asking the guide questions about “sanitation” as if it were some 3rd world country: another suggesting that some of the “types” (their word) may wish to go shopping, but the cultured ones(them) didnt: another saying that they didnt agree with buffet service on a shore excursion, as they had paid good money to be served: this all on a 2 week trip..be honest, the English middle classes can be VERY SNOBBISH!

    • Oh, how often I have seen and experienced this. Trying being Scottish and Glaswegian to boot :-) I’ve had home counties people visibly recoil in horror when they find out where I can from. A lady told me i could not possibly be from ‘there’ as I didn’t sound like Rab C Nesbitt! One man actually asked how we could afford to be on the cruise and asked did we win it when he found out we were in a suite!!!! It just makes us smile and think it’s time people get a life:-)

  • We’ve been on over 70 cruises, with most cruise lines, and have rarely found any snobs. This is after about 25 years of cruising. We feel most guests on cruises are friendly and so very nice.
    That’s why we love cruising and hopefully will continue to do so for a very long time. Considering all the work the staff does and handles, it’s still amazing to me that cruising is so fine tuned and they do such an excellent job most of the time. There are always a few which will spoil the beans.

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