In a perfect world, your cruise ship cabin neighbours would never smoke on their balconies, stumble down the corridor in a drunken stupor at 3 a.m. or engage in hanky-panky so audibly obnoxious that "Who's your daddy?" is burned in your memory for the next several days. Thankfully, your neighbouring passengers are rarely an issue. Most of them are respectful, friendly and quiet just like you.
Some unlucky cruisers, however, encounter bad neighbours breaking the rules or just being downright rude. If this happens to you, don't confront them yourself. Instead, avoid awkward situations and unnecessary arguments by taking the appropriate action. Here's how to deal with bad neighbours on a cruise.
Problem: Your neighbours are too loud.
Sound travels easily through cruise ship cabin walls, especially when there's an interconnecting door. It's nearly impossible to relax or sleep when your neighbours routinely slam doors, allow their unruly kids to run up and down the corridor or have sex loud enough for the entire hallway to hear.
Solution: Start with a simple complaint to your cabin steward, but if that doesn't cut it, ask to move to another cabin. If the ship's full, with no extra cabins, consider using earplugs and downloading a white noise app on your phone to drown out the sound.
Problem: Your neighbours are smoking on their balcony.
Most cruise lines prohibit smoking in cabins, including balconies. It's a fire hazard as well as a nuisance in the eyes of many cruisers. Unfortunately, some smokers continue to go against the policy, filling nearby cabins with fumes and putting themselves and their neighbours at risk. One warning by the ship typically does the trick, since novice cruisers might not even realise there's a ban in place.
For entitled smokers who knowingly break the rules, it can be a little harder to prove wrongdoing. Try to find evidence, such as cigarette butts that have blown over onto your balcony. Some Cruise Critic readers have gone so far as to take photos of culprits caught in the act, which ultimately helped ship staff resolve the issue.
Solution: Call security as smoking is against ship rules. Until the issue is resolved, you'll unfortunately need to plan your balcony time around your neighbour's schedule.
Problem: Your neighbours are fighting.
There's a fine line between complaining and looking out for someone's well-being. If you hear your neighbours fighting, you should take action as soon as possible. You can never predict how quickly a heated argument will escalate, or if violence is involved.
Solution: Call security.
Problem: Your neighbours left food in the hall.
While some hotels tell you to leave your room service tray outside the door, the act is frowned upon on cruise ships. No one wants to see or smell old food near their cabin -- plus, it looks tacky. We'll give your neighbours the benefit of the doubt this time, if they didn't realise it'd be an issue.
Solution: Call housekeeping or room service to clear the dishes, then ask your steward if he or she can kindly let your neighbours know not to place their tray in the hallway.