9 Things You Can’t Do On A Cruise Any More !

What are the nine things you can no
longer do on a cruise? I’m Gary Bembridge, and this is another of
my tips for travellers. I’ve been on over 66 cruises and I try and pack all the
learning that I’ve got from all of those cruises into every single video I make
about cruising. What are the things you used to be able to do in a cruise that
you can no longer? First of all, you can no longer smoke or vape in your cabin,
around the ship, in the dining room and even on your balcony. Way back in the
“good old days” you were able to smoke everywhere on the ship, and then slowly that has become less and less, until pretty much every single
cruise ship that I’m aware of, you’re not even allowed to smoke or vape
on your balcony any longer. They have very specific areas on the ship, and
increasingly fewer parts of the ship, where you can go to smoke. On almost all cruise ships, the rules for vaping is the same as the rules for
actual cigarette smoking. Some ships will have specific smoking rooms or
bars, for example on Princess they have Churchills. On some cruise
lines they still have smoking either on some or all nights in the
casino, although this is slowly being phased out. As a smoker it’s a real
challenge and a good friend of ours, who’s a smoker, is
questioning going cruising because they are finding a really restrictive on
where they can smoke. Secondly, with the clamp down and increase in security you are
no longer able to, on pretty much every single Cruise Line, bring guests on board.
In the grand old days of the liners, people would come on board with their
friends and family and have a look at the cabin, have a wander around the ship and
there would be and announcement made for visitors to leave the ship before it sailed.
Nowadays it’s almost impossible to visit friends on a ship. Even if you go on a ship tour,
so for example I go on various tours on ships and it’s quite a big deal you have
to send your passport details in advance and it’s really strictly controlled. So,
having friends, families and guests on board is pretty much now impossible
on any single Cruise Line. In the good old days, you could bring friends on
board in a port and perhaps have them on board for lunch, but
this is no longer possible. The third thing that you can no longer do on a
cruise, and one that a real pity, is have the big streamer sail away. Even as
recently as the 70s and into the 80s when you sailed away, you were given
streamers and you could throw them overboard. If you go back and look at some of the
old classic liner photographs, you’ll see as they sail away passengers throwing streamers
over the side of the ship. It was a big part of the cruising tradition. Of
course as there’s much more awareness around the environment, things like
throwing streamers over the side of the ship
was seen it has a really bad thing and so all that has stopped. The big
streamer sail away has gone. The fourth one is linked to that, and you are
no longer able to throw anything overboard. It’s one of things that
you will hear in the safety and the welcome briefing that you cannot throw
anything overboard. Not being able to throw things overboard has meant that
some traditions, like the message in a bottle, have also disappeared. It used to
be a relatively popular activity where people would get bottles, put their
name and address on a little message in it and throw them overboard, and hope that
the currents will take them somewhere and they would hear from people who found them. Throwing
things into the ocean is really frowned upon, which leads on to the next thing
which is they used to actually be some sports and activities that you would do
in a cruise ship which did involve you hitting things overboard! They used to
practice golf, for example, putting into the sea sand some ships used to have clay
pigeon shooting. There were a whole set of games that you would play which
involved hitting things off the ship into the ocean. An interesting recent
development on things you can no longer do on certain cruise lines is shake
hands. Some cruise lines or the individual captains are
asking that you do not shake hands and the crew themselves will refuse to shake
hands. Some of them might do a fist bump or some of them basically a nod, and
the reason for that is one of the easiest ways to spread the norovirus is
through touch. If you touched hands and then you end up touching your mouth and you ingest it. A
lot of the cruise lines are moving towards not shaking hands and
encouraging you as passengers not to shake hands.
So, shaking hands may increasingly become something that
you just don’t do on a cruise anymore. Visiting the bridge and an open bridge
used to be a really common part of cruising and it was very easy to get
access to the bridge. Some cruise lines do not have any access to the bridge,
so there are no bridge tours. Some cruise lines will allow access to the bridge in
a very controlled manner and normally through a paid-for activities like a behind the scene tour which will include a short visit to the bridge. So, few people actually get onto the bridge at all and then some will only
have very selected guests which they might invite like people who perhaps been
cruising for a very long time or a VIP. On some of the smaller
cruise lines or perhaps on a river cruise, they do still have an
open bridge policy where you’re able to go in pretty easily and frequently. Getting access to the bridge and being able to visit the bridge and tour the bridge
is increasingly becoming something that you used to be able to do very easy on a
cruise and is becoming less and less easy to do. I think one of the most
interesting things that you can’t do on a cruise that you used to be able to do
is completely switch off. Not that long ago Wi-Fi connectivity
was pretty difficult and very expensive and if you went on a cruise,
particularly with lots of sea days, you were able to really disconnect and switch off.
However, driven by a demand particularly of younger cruisers and
people liking to be more connected, the cruise lines are constantly improving and
increasing the speed, access and price of being connected on Wi-Fi.
It is now easy on many cruise lines to be connected on completely unlimited
Wi-Fi for relatively reasonable amounts of money. Moree cruise lines
on the premium end are also including Wi-Fi within the fare, so you
can be connected all the time within your fare. Not that long ago you had to
switch off you switch your phone and not get emails as it was hard to
be connected, and you really could switch off on a cruise.
Disconnecting is something you used to be able to do on a cruise, but much less so
now. You also used to be able to socialize with the crew much more, more mingling, parties and interaction between the crew and the
passengers. This is almost forbidden nowadays. There will be certain
opportunities to socialise with the crew like senior crew might invite you to a large cocktail party
or host tables on some cruises. The cruise lines are becoming more strict on those interactions with the crew and if you go back and look at
the old liner days, you’ll find there’s lots of cocktail parties and more
mixing and socializing between the crew and passengers. The cruise lines have much stricter rules. Evenif you strike up a friendship with perhaps the gym
instructor or other crew, even meeting on land is frowned on. For example, we
became very friendly on a big stretch of a world cruise with some of
the people in the spa and we said why don’t we meet to perhaps go out and do
some stuff on land, and they were like we cannot do that because the rules say that we can’t fraternize and mix with passengers. I guess that
sort of makes sense but certainly you used to be able to mix with the crew
much more now and they are kept much more at arm’s length. If you can think of
anything else that you used to be able to do on a cruise but can no longer do, I’d love to hear what those are -anything that I’ve missed. Why don’t
watch many more of my Tips For Travellers videos, they’re packed full of advice and
tips to help you make the most of your precious travel time and money on land,
on sea and on the rivers of the world.

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