Home' Get Up and Go : Winter 2013 Contents Many of us cruise with friends
or family members we don’t
actually live with, so it’s
important to develop some sensitivity
to behaviour that you wouldn’t
normally think twice about when
you’re travelling with a long-term
partner who adores you no matter
how you behave.
The best advice I’ve gleaned from
dozens of cruisers is to talk about
potential pitfalls before you even
make a booking – and to start the
discussions, here are eight tips to
make cabin-sharing easier and ensure
your friendship outlasts the duration
of your cruise.
1.Pack it up
Check with your cruise companion
about who will have which drawers
and shelves (not everyone likes the
lowest ones). While you might drape
your just-worn clothes on a bedroom
chair at home, keep everything
shipshape and stowed away in your
cabin. Hanger-hogging is always a no-
no – ask your cabin steward for extras.
There never seems to be enough electric
sockets for recharging all the camera
equipment, smart phones, tablets
and laptops we travel with, let alone
enough desk or dressing-table space
for the stuff two people take along.
Take it in turns to recharge your gear,
stash what you’re not using and bring a
powerboard for multiple use.
If you’re a product addict, bring an
over-the-door cosmetic or shoe bag
to stow things that won’t fit on the
If you like to wash your undies and
hang them up to dry in the shower,
check with your cruise companion
The sight of dripping bras, knickers
or boxers in the bathroom is not to
everyone’s taste. You may also want
to clarify shower time preferences
so you don’t find yourselves fighting
over the bathroom 20 minutes before
your shore tour leaves or dinner is
scheduled to begin.
4.Fresh air policy
My various cruise companions and I
always agree to use the ship’s public
bathroom to avoid creating noxious
fumes in the cabin. One friend even
brings a mini canister of air freshener.
Snoring has been known to break up
marriages, let alone friendships, so
if you’re a snorer warn your cruise
companion well in advance.
Take a pack of nasal strips (for you)
and earplugs (for the victim).
One CC and I tried buckwheat-
filled pillows that were offered as a
snoring solution on one recent cruise
but unfortunately we both continued
to roar away.
Some of us like to read late into the night,
while others need blackout conditions
to sleep properly. Some cabins have
small individual bedside lights, so the
reader can continue without disturbing
the non-reader. Otherwise, sleeping
masks could be a solution.
7.Night owls and early
If one of you likes to party late into
the night and the other doesn’t, you’ll
need to come to an arrangement about
coming into your cabin quietly. There’s
nothing worse than being woken up by
a tipsy friend who crashes around the
cabin in the dark, so leave one light on
when you turn in. Same goes for early
risers – keep the noise to a minimum,
and turn on lights judiciously when
you’re getting dressed at 6 am.
8.Just be sensitive
There are many more ‘sensitive’ areas
of behaviour which you’ll no doubt
negotiate with your cruise companion –
DIY pedicures on your verandah, getting
dressed in front of each other, knowing
when is a good time to chat and when
not, having the TV on or off, leaving
your mess spread out around you – but
whatever they might be, get them off
your chest pre-cruise and certainly don’t
let them spoil your cruise.
By Sally Macmillan, who still has all
the friends she has sailed with. •
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