Learning the Rules Of the Sea Before Your Cruise

Most passengers on a cruise ship are there to relax and have a nice vacation. They might socialize a bit more than they do at home and enjoy a few more adult beverages, but overall they behave in a respectful and responsible manner. But there are always one or two who look at a cruise ship as a cross between a time machine and a fraternity house. Sadly, they believe that they are ageless and can act like they did at nineteen and no one will notice, but that is far from the truth. There are rules on a cruise ship, consequences when some rules are broken and even rules of the sea that even the cruise lines must follow.
There Are No Secrets on a Cruise Ship
First, there are cameras covering every square inch of the common areas on the ship. And the cameras are recording everything that happens. So what happens on the cruise ship might not always stay on the cruise ship if laws were broken or someone crossed a line. So keep this in mind if you are thinking of getting a little racy such as a late night skinny dip in a pool or spa, or other adult activities on deck after dark. And if the events that occur cause harm to someone or are considered to be too unacceptable, then the parties involved are detained. It is a little-known fact that cruise ships have a jail-like cabin for unruly or dangerous passengers. Those passengers are then turned over to the local authorities when the ship reaches the next port. In addition to being on camera, it is very likely that several people can hear what you are saying even when you whisper. Walls are thin because thin walls are lightweight and that’s best on a ship. So if the sound of people walking in the hallway bothers you then bring earplugs to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Rendering Aid
According to the rules of the sea, any vessel which encounters refugees or persons adrift in a makeshift raft or small boat must stop and render aid. It is not a regular occurrence, but it does happen in some areas more frequently than others. But what this means is that the ship must stop and allow the people to board the ship, even if it is a pleasure cruise ship. So if you notice that your ship has come to a stop for no apparent reason in the middle of the ocean, there is no reason to panic or think that there is a mechanical issue. In most cases, it is simply the captain following protocol and assisting someone in need.
Following the rules on a cruise ship and behaving in an acceptable manner is not even a concern for most passengers. But it is good to know that if someone chooses not to act responsibly, they will be dealt with and not be able to ruin the cruise for all of the other passengers who are simply hoping to enjoy a nice vacation.

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