Whether you’re a frequent floater or swiping your cruise card for the first time, let us steer you through the murky waters of people to avoid on a cruise, while also giving you a free lesson on “How to Not Be THAT Person”. No one wants an “accidental” Man Overboard situation.
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BUffetBAndit
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BUffetBAndit
A life-long member of the “pile-high” club, there’s no stopping the Buffet Bandit. This finger-licking grazer rejects all serving utensils and dining etiquette, making it their personal challenge to break through the boundaries of socially-acceptable food consumption. Cutlery? Decoration. Napkins? That’s why sleeves were invented.

Don't be the buffet bandit

  • Wash your hands. Don’t sample someone else’s food or drink. Not unless you want to spread diseases like gastro (commonly caused by norovirus) and hepatitis A.
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DaRedeVil
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DaRedeVil
Like an unsupervised child at a birthday party, a Daredevil will abandon all logic and sense of self-preservation. They will devour questionable meat skewers from street vendors or wander off through leech-infested rainforests for a selfie with a rabies-ridden monkey. They’re usually the people that go missing on holidays and then Hollywood makes a blockbuster “based on real events”. There are easier ways to get famous…

Don't be the daredevil

  • Avoid eating food prepared by street vendors – they may be contaminated with germs that cause salmonella, hepatitis A or typhoid.
  • Don’t approach or touch animals off-shore – rabies is a deadly, but vaccine-preventable disease you might contract in some countries.
  • Protect yourself against diseases transmitted by mosquitoes such as malaria, dengue fever and zika virus disease.
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ChAir Hog
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ChAir Hog
They wake up at the crack of dawn, just as the sun rises over the horizon. But the Chair Hog doesn’t care for such folly. The only sunrise they need is a vodka sunrise by the pool. Their mission: to reserve the best deck chair… but then abandon it for hours. “Ghosting” isn’t just a modern dating term. You’ll see evidence of a Chair Hog but never the Chair Hog themselves. They’ll haunt the sun deck with their towels, thongs and latest crime fiction novel, rematerializing only when it’s at their convenience.

Don't be the chair hog

  • If you’re not going to use the chair for the next 45 minutes, don’t be greedy and let someone else have it.
  • Regularly exchange wet towels for fresh ones as towels offer the perfect breeding grounds for microorganisms.
  • Personal hygiene is still paramount! Shower before swimming and avoid swallowing pool water as it may contain the highly nasties like cryptosporidium or giardia.
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Loyalty Royalty
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Loyalty Royalty
You’ll know exactly who’s Loyalty Royalty because they’ll tell you. Masters in the ancient art of “Knowing Everything”, these frequent floaters will flash their upper-level cruise card like it’s an Order of Australia, pretend to know every single crew member (and their extended family), and are the first to make ridiculous complaints like there’s too much sand on the beach.

Don't be the loyalty royalty

  • No one likes a boaster. If you are a seasoned cruiser, share your wisdom with others on important, relevant topics.
  • Offer fellow cruisers tips on how to acclimatise to cruising and avoid seasickness by spending time out on deck.
  • Share exciting stories of your travels and the importance of seeing your doctor before you travel for advice on health risks while cruising, including any vaccines you might need.
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hUman PetRi disH
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hUman PetRi disH
You hear a noise. A spray of water hits the back of your neck. No, that wasn’t a splash from the pool – it was an infectious sneeze from the Human Petri Dish. Trying to quarantine them is like trying to stop a toddler from eating dirt in the playground. And they’re just as filthy. But the Human Petri Dish has the best intentions – they only want to share the love to make your holiday experience memorable. Nothing says “family holiday” like being bed-ridden together.

Don't be the Human Petri dish

  • If you’re feeling sick, don’t wait – alert the ship’s medical team as soon as possible.
  • Be prepared before you set sail – Australian public health authorities strongly recommend that all passengers receive the influenza vaccine.
  • Practice good hygiene – wash your hands regularly to avoid contracting viruses such as influenza and norovirus from contaminated surfaces.
Get prepared
See a doctor before you set sail
References
  • Hepatitis A. Hepatitis Australia. Available at: https://www.hepatitisaustralia.com/hepatitis-a/ (accessed 2 August 2018).
  • Australian Government. Department of Health. Appendix 2: Public fact sheet on norovirus gastroenteritis. Available at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/cda-cdna-norovirus.htm-l~cda-cdna-norovirus.htm-l-app2 (accessed 2 August 2018).
  • Victoria State Government, Better Health Channel. Travellers Diarrhoea. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/travellers-diarrhoea (accessed 9 August 2018).
  • NSW Government. Health. Typhoid and paratyphoid fact sheet. Available at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/typhoid.aspx (accessed 2 August 2018).
  • Australian Government. Department of Health. Rabies, Australian bat lyssavirus and other lyssaviruses. Available at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/ohp-rabies-consumer-info.htm (accessed 2 August 2018).
  • NSW Government. Health. Malaria fact sheet. Available at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/malaria.aspx (accessed 2 August 2018).
  • Centers for disease control and prevention. Yellow Book 2018: Zika virus.
  • Centers for disease control and prevention. Yellow Book 2018: Dengue fever.
  • NHS Choices. Can clothes and towels spread germs? Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/infections/can-clothes-and-towels-spread-germs/ (accessed 2 August 2018).
  • NSW Government. Health. Cryptosporidiosis fact sheet. Available at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/cryptosporidiosis.aspx (accessed 2 August 2018).
  • NSW Government. Health. Giardiasis fact sheet. Available at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/giardiasis.aspx (accessed 2 August 2018).
  • HealthDirect. Motion sickness. Available at: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/motion-sickness (accessed 2 August 2018).
  • Australian Government. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Health checks and vaccinations. Available at: http://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/health/Pages/health-checks-and-vaccinations.aspx (accessed 2 August 2018).
  • NSW Health. Media release: Cruise ship passengers reminded to receive flu vaccine. Available from: https://seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/migration/Media_and_Communications/docs/2015/Cruiseshippassengerswarnedoverfluoutbreak.pdf (accessed 9 August 2018)
  • Government of South Australia. SA Health. Flu (seasonal) – including symptoms, treatment and prevention. Available at: http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/Public+Content/SA+Health+Internet/Health+topics/Health+conditions+prevention+and+treatment/Infectious+diseases/Flu (accessed 2 August 2018).
  • Australian Government. Department of Health. Appendix 2: Public fact sheet on norovirus gastroenteritis. Available at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/cda-cdna-norovirus.htm-l~cda-cdna-norovirus.htm-l-app2 (accessed 2 August 2018).
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