You do make me laugh, Neil. Did you read the review form the Irish lady travelling with her mother (either on NCL or Costa, I think)? With regard to the perceived rudeness from the Italian and German guests, she advised "Get your elbows out and join in". What a refreshing attitude.
Most times anyone has said things like that on a review comments come back thick and fast. Not very nice ones.
I am glad to hear your comments. I am becoming progressively annoyed with passengers on cruises who seem to seek out any fault they can find and complain incessantly which is a total bore to all around them. The British are as bad or worse than others and we are fast living up to our reputation of "whinging Poms". Why can't people just go on holiday and enjoy themselves.
I should have added that some time ago I was disembarking from a ship in Manaus in the Amazon, virtually on the equator, when one lady said to another "They didn't tell us it would be hot"!
This takes some beating: Female passenger of a certain age to Cruise Director "I don't like your shows". CD "I'm sorry about that Madam, which didn't you like?" FP "Oh, I haven't been to any of them". Cruise Director speechless!
There appears more an English tradition to ask what beer is served; what's its price; why must we pay these gratuites and what will the weather be like in 4 months time. I agree they all moan but when there is something that really is a problem they wait till they get home and post there views here or similar websites. I do feel though we must try and help first time cruisers they haven't experienced all the thrills of cruising, I for one would never now stay in a hotel for 10-14 days. I was first asked by my wife away back in 1996 fancy a cruise, then the answer was mmm... but now 13 years on no doubt it is one of the best holidays you can have.
The English do not all moan, some of us are quite reasonable!
Well Neil I have to say that I frequently tell (or should the word be "threaten"?) Michael that I am taking a smart black suit and a big black hat with veiling and remind him that I intend to be a very fetching widow when I attend the burial at sea----but at least I have only wished it for my nearest and dearest!!! I find it instils good behaviour for the duration of the cruise!!Maybe in future you should chack Ida's suitcase for a similar ensemble!!!Cynthia.
I take it the lady was joking. Made me giggle - even if she wasn't. Sorry. Chris.
Perhaps the lady in question actually posessed that 'quirky humour' that Ida and you believe yourselves in having? Perhaps not, in which case I would suspect she was in her own way sending you a message!
At the risk of being accused of being 'touchy' or possibly up tight I would make the following observations about your question.
You advise all those serious people out there to reconsider cruising 'because the fun is had by those who accept the opinions of others and move tables if they don't agree'
What I think you really meant to say is, that if other people do not share YOUR opinion ,socialising with you would not be possible!
The skill needed to be accepted socially is to be a good listener as well as a good speaker.It is not necessary to always have or accept the same opinions as others to rub along!
Your advise to 'move tables' practically eradicates the meaning of the word diplomacy or in the use of tact.
I see this site as a place where users exchange views and exchange information. No one person's view is sacrosanct. There are numerous people who use this site with wider experiences than I and I have cruised 25+ times over 50 years.
Perhaps your perceived 'quirky humour' is sometimes mistaken at times as an attempt to patronize.
Food for thought Neil!, we are all never too old to learn, Happy Cruising!