Touring the world in a cruise can be one of the greatest experiences you can have. And, the pleasure for globe-trotting on a luxurious cruise ship doesn’t tend to come cheap. But, as with the majority of restaurants, it can be customary to add a tip for cruise workers to enjoy, if they have delivered exceptional service. And, while this sum of money isn’t necessarily expected, it seems that repeatedly ignoring this custom could be something that’s noticed by the team taking care of you.
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In fact, according to www.cruise.co.uk, crew members have revealed that this is sometimes so much of an issue that they will address it in front of you.
However, that’s not to say that they would openly declare their dismay at the lack of a gratuity.
Rather, it has been claimed that some cruise workers may actually have a code word in order to alert other members of the team as to what’s happened.
So, if you fail to tip, or leave a rather low gratuity, what could you expect to hear?
According to the website, some disgruntled cruise workers may utter the word “banana”.
This is said to mean “bad tipper”.
It’s important to remember that it’s totally up to you as to whether you leave any additional money for the cruise crew to enjoy.
However, this custom is something many cruise-goers may like to do – in order to show their appreciation for the efforts that the team may have gone to.
But, this code word isn’t the only one to watch out for while on a cruise ship.
A highly common code is “PVI” – and what it stands for is something passengers are very likely to want to avoid.
That’s because it means “public vomiting incident”.
Travel expert Brandon Presser told Bloomberg he had heard this being said a number of times during one week of travelling on a cruise.
And, considering that sea sickness is something many people may struggle with, it won’t come as a surprise.
While it’s a very different story these days on modern cruise ships, almost 200 years ago, in 1842, guests onboard the ship had to wash their own plate and cutlery.
British author Charles Dickens revealed the activity – which would likely come as a surprise to some modern-day cruise-goers.