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This is the Essential Cruise Tips Podcast with cruise expert and author Gary Bembridge. Full of tips, advice and ways to plan and get the most from your cruising vacation.

Mar 30, 2015

Gary Bembridge author of "The Cruise Traveler's Handbook" provides another 60-Second Cruise Tip. For more visit and subscribe free to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and TuneIn Radio

Bad Cruise Habits To Avoid: Part Three

Online you will find lists of categories of annoying cruisers, bemoaning the fact that too many people become annoying, irresponsible and selfish on board. I wanted to share some more thoughts about bad habits every cruiser should avoid.

For example:

Pay attention and stay focused in the safety drill.

Although incidents at sea are rare, they are a real possibility. At every muster drill I see people chatting, checking their phones and not focusing on the message and instructions - and generally not taking the briefing seriously. It only takes up to 30 minutes of your vacation time and the rules and guidance does change. It could save you or your fellow passengers life.

Do not be a secret balcony smoker.

Smoking has, or is, being severely restricted on most cruise lines to designated areas on deck and many have stopped allowing smoking on balconies. However, in my experience, many smokers are still smoking on their balconies and drifting smoke remains an issue and, even worse, they are flushing the butts into the toilet system to hide the activity. The system is not geared to cope with them.

Listen to the next episode for more bad habits to avoid