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Old December 18th, 2013, 04:43 PM
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Default Older generation.....quite rude

We have recently returned from our first ever cruise
We went on sun princess out of Sydney for 10nts and returning to Sydney

We are really sorry to say that we wouldn't cruise again and one of the main reasons why is I hate to say.......the older generation

We are both in our 40s so not exactly kids but some of the older people on our cruise were to put it mildly very rude

On many occasions they would push by not only us but other passengers to attempt to get wherever they were going that little bit sooner

One of the elderly passengers even had a go at me for not pushing and shoving through to which I said that at 6ft 5" tall and 18st it wasn't ideal for me to barge my way through

So all in all although we did enjoy lots of aspects of cruising and did meet some lovely people (both young and old) I'm sorry to say that maybe some of the older generation should learn a few manners and chill out a bit because after all you are on holiday

Wonder if anybody else has had similar problems???

Ps: I'm ready for the expected slating i might receive for this post

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Old December 18th, 2013, 04:45 PM
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Those individuals were probably just as rude when they were younger.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 04:47 PM
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Those individuals were probably just as rude when they were younger.
Lol possibly so

At least we only had the displeasure of them for 10 days
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Old December 18th, 2013, 04:57 PM
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Hey! I agree that manners, good or bad, cross generations. As soon as I make a statement like "kids today, they're so rude" one comes along and opens a door for me and says please and thank you. I think it all goes back to parenting and just training in general, regardless of age. Also, there are some cultural differences where in one society something that might be perfectly acceptable would be considered rude in another. Maybe it seemed like it was mostly older, disagreeable people is because there were mostly older people on the ship to begin with?
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Old December 18th, 2013, 04:58 PM
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I understand what you are saying Patto, as we have met some very rude people both young and old. Not only while cruising, but even at the grocery store! I usually ignore the rude ones especially on vacation, because I won't allow anyone to spoil my hard earned time away..
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Old December 18th, 2013, 04:59 PM
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Please don't let a few individuals ruin your cruising experience. Cruising is a wonderful way to meet new people and go on wonderful vacations.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 05:02 PM
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Please don't let a few individuals ruin your cruising experience. Cruising is a wonderful way to meet new people and go on wonderful vacations.

It is a shame that our overriding memory of our first cruise is this

Maybe one day we will give cruising another try and hopefully we will have better memories afterwards
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Most of it is due to bad parenting. I was taught to take my turn and consider others . For instance, I let people in wheelchairs into the elevators first because elevators are their only option to change floors.
My children have been brought up to be polite, and if I catch them pushing and shoving they're in trouble - and they're in their mid-50s now.
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Why let a few rude people stop you from having fun? Give crusing one more chance before disregarding completely.
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Age doesn't matter. There are rude young, old, and middle-aged people all over, whether it's in your local supermarket or onboard a ship. I don't move as fast as I used to yet I'm frequently pushed aside or practically run over by people younger than I am who want to get on the line to order at Subway or onto an elevator on Princess (or other lines.) Rudeness is rudeness, and isn't limited to one age group, nationality or region. It doesn't stop me from going to Subway or cruising on a ship.
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Most of it is due to bad parenting. I was taught to take my turn and consider others . For instance, I let people in wheelchairs into the elevators first because elevators are their only option to change floors.
My children have been brought up to be polite, and if I catch them pushing and shoving they're in trouble - and they're in their mid-50s now.


Oh nancy why oh why couldn't you have been on our cruise???
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Old December 18th, 2013, 05:08 PM
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Old December 18th, 2013, 05:12 PM
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I actually find very cranky and rude elderly people hilarious. I fully expect myself to be that way when I'm old. I feel like I've earned it. Holding my tongue and such now, by the time I'm 80 I won't have much time left, and feel perhaps I can do whatever I want.

I always help people in wheelchairs or walkers, holding doors open etc and always fully expecting not to be thanked. I usually don't get a thank you. Many times they get mad, like "I don't need any help!"
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Many older folks don't see, hear, or walk very well and don't even know they are being rude. Be forgiving to them. It could be any of us one day.

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Don't let the rude few ruin your experience. On every cruise it seems there is something. The spring break college students, or the people who can't hold their liquor, or the insane shoppers, etc. But we have always met wonderful people, visited interesting places, and had a great time.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 05:40 PM
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It is a shame that our overriding memory of our first cruise is this

Maybe one day we will give cruising another try and hopefully we will have better memories afterwards
You're kidding. Bad memories? What about the ten dinners, the ports, the shows, the ocean breeze and lots of the reasons to enjoy a cruise. If you let a few people that you perceive as rude ruin your vacation then I can't imagine where you would go to have a nicer vacation where there are no people.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 05:45 PM
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My dad (an elderly man himself) says that the older generation is the most rude and selfish he's ever seen. I don't know what it is but the attitude that just because you are old gives you the right to be that way is just plain stupid. I'm always polite, esp. to older people but you can bet I'd be the first one to call them out on it if they weren't.

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I think it has to do with attitude. MY attitude. I can't remember the last time I encountered a really rude person. And I'm no pushover either.
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My DH and I just got off Celebrity Silhouette and there were many rude people, young and old. We are in our mid 70's and frankly, we hate "old people" but there are rude people of every age. My biggest problem is with elevators.................no one steps to the back and even though they are floors away from their destination, they won't move to the rear of the elevator and create a problem from people getting on and trying to move to the back.
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My dad (an elderly man himself) says that the older generation is the most rude and selfish he's ever seen. I don't know what it is but the attitude that just because you are old gives you the right to be that way is just plain stupid. I'm always polite, esp. to older people but you can bet I'd be the first one to call them out on it if they weren't.

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Honest question: How do you tell someone they are being rude without coming off as rude yourself?
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