If you’ve ever had a roommate, then you know the significance of minding your manners. In adult life, there are situations when we all need to remember what it is like to coexist and sharing a cabin on a cruise ship is one of them. Whether your cruising with grandparents, a group of friends or anyone other than your immediate family – who are aware off your idiosyncrasies – it’s helpful to remember a few common courtesies. Here is a gentle reminder on the etiquette of sharing a cruise cabin.

Communicate Early & Often

Sun Tzu says it best, “Plan for what is difficult while it is easy.” Regardless of how stable your relationship is, the tides can turn quickly. Have conversations about habits and expectations before you set sail. For example, if you’re an early riser and your friend is a night owl, discuss solutions in advance to avoid future issues.

Book a Family Suite

Limited space in cabins makes it difficult for couples to share a room, let alone extended family or friend groups. Consider upgrading to a suite for more personal space.

Practice Sleep Manners

Nothing makes people grumpier than a lack of sleep. At night and during early morning hours, keep distractions to a minimum. If you wake to use the bathroom, avoid turning on all of the lights. Do you see Grandma getting ready for bed? Turn off the TV and keep the kiddos quiet. When it comes to rest, a little consideration goes a long way.

Allocate Alone Time

Everyone needs a little time to unwind- alone. Set up a time during the day when each person can have the room alone. If daily alone time isn’t a possibility, opt for every other day. Why not hit the gym in the morning so your roommate can have some quiet time?  Or retire for the evening when everyone goes out for post-dinner drinks.

Be Tidy

Pick up after yourself. Don’t leave clothes or room service items lying around. Designate space for each person in the cabin and keep your belongings in your area.

Share the Outlets

Outlets are a premium. Share. When you are not using the outlets, store devices and plugs in drawers out of the way.

Bathroom Etiquette

Keep your toiletries in over the door bags or toiletry bags to save space in the bathroom. Bring a bottle of Poo-Pourri; it’s a great alternative to overbearing smells of any nature.

Mind Your Modesty

You may be comfortable flaunting your birthday suit after a shower, but Aunt Betty? Not so much.  Discuss clothing-optional routines before your cruise to avoid any awkward moments.

Book a Balcony

A balcony is a great way to add privacy to your cabin. It offers closed-door space and a quiet reprieve to read, relax, or simply sneak away.

Cruises are great for group getaways.  Sharing rooms can be both fun and cost-effective, with the proper planning. No one wants to be left off Nana’s Thanksgiving dinner list or have that lifelong friendship shattered over snoring. So, talk early and often about expectations. Being a courteous cabin mate means smooth sailing for everyone.