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Should Cruise Lines Stop Serving Customers Who Are Intoxicated? The Great Debate Has Begun…

Should Cruise Lines Stop Serving Customers Who Are Intoxicated? The Great Debate Has Begun…

The latest debate on the cruising scene is on the topic of drinking and in fact, over-drinking, on your cruise.

Do you think it is the bar staff’s responsibility to refuse to serve a cruiser any more alcohol if they are concerned for the well-being of them or their fellow travellers?

What about if a situation looked to be getting out of hand due to how much a certain customer had to drink?

Does your answer change if a customer has paid for a drinks package? In this case, they have already paid for their drinks onboard so is it only right to serve them what they are entitled to?

Our expert cruise community have been discussing and debating this topic and there’s been some very interesting comments…

Guy from Ormskirk commented: “On land, staff can refuse to serve anyone they feel has had more than enough and I think the same should apply at sea as well.

The drinks package shouldn’t have any influence over the decision, but a passengers safety should be an important factor. It is one thing to stagger home drunk on land but at sea it could be extremely dangerous.”

Zopadooper from Skegness said: “We experienced a very noisy group during a classical music concert. The waitress said she wasn’t allowed to do anything about it.

I went and asked them to be quiet or go away. They made a very noisy exit and the rest of the gathering applauded!” 

Cooke from Ashby commented: “A few years ago we became friends with an elderly lady, who spent her evenings in the piano bar drinking single malts until around 11 p.m when a waiter would escort her to her suite.

When the crew were busy, my husband escorted her. She was lovely and very useful in ‘name that tune’!” 

Annie from Glasgow stated: “Thinking further- who are we, the customers, to ask/tell any business owner how to operate their business?? If we don’t like their practices, simple don’t sail with them.”

Our expert cruise community have been discussing and debating this topic- click here to take a look at their verdict and get involved if you wish!

What did you vote in our poll? Do you have any stories to tell of cruise lines refusing to serve customers alcohol for being too intoxicated? Do you think it really depends on the situation? Is there a right or wrong answer? Tell us your thoughts…

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