Posted May 29th, 2018, 01:41 PM
What's US based cruising? You mean starting from a US port?
I don't find that at all.
Different cruise destinations have a different vibe. In addition, the time of year can change the vibe. The cruise line itself probably makes the most difference in the vibe.
The only thing that does seem true is that of US based starting destinations, they do prefer the tipping method. However, that's because it's mostly US based passengers who are accustomed to tipping. That just goes back to the destination. Certain destinations tend to have more passengers who are local, so the vibe will often match that of whatever the locals are like.
The US is a big place and each region has its own vibe. The Midwest tends to be more open and they treat everyone as a "friend" so maybe that's why you hear them express their views more. For example, I grew up in SoCal, but family is originally from Texas. In SoCal at my parents' house, I've talked to one neighbor once and the parents of the other neighbor less than 5 times. In just under 29 years. My wife is from the Bay Area. Same thing with her family and their neighbors. Conversely, I live out in the relative boonies of CA now and it's VERY much like Texas or the MidWest. Basically what you're describing, but that's cuz everyone talks with everyone here. Including the conservative, married, etc (although the US definitely has a ton of divorcees; so they might be married, just on their Xth marriage). It's not that of the CA cruisers, none come from SoCal or the Bay Area, they just tend to be a bit more reserved until you've known them for a while (like maybe as tablemates). Then, they might not shut up either (whether liberal or conservative) but not shutting up tends to be a US vibe in general.