What happens when 1300 Indian men get on board a cruise ship? Madness, debauchery and bad behaviour are answers that you’ll get from other vacationers onboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas who were unfortunate enough to join this group for a 3-night sail from Singapore to Sydney.
As per Newsweek, over a thousand employees of Kamla Pasand, an Indian edible tobacco company went amok taking over the pool decks, buffets, and bars of the cruise ship in September. They even brought onboard burlesque dancers, who starred in parties on deck. Nothing surprising if this was a go-go bar in Bangkok, but this is a family-friendly cruise we are talking about.
Speaking of families, it is reported that some of these men also harassed other guest and filmed young girls on their mobile phones. Other shenanigans include drinking, complete disregard for cruise policy by bringing over tonnes of their own food. Ah, well.
Naturally, other passengers on board were not happy with this behaviour. Families were forced to stay inside their rooms to ensure that they would be safe from this rummaging mob.
These folks ended up becoming major party poopers in other ways too. Popular cruise ship staples such as Bingo nights and Trivia nights were canceled as there were not too many takers.
Passengers were up in arms about how could Royal Caribbean not inform them about the group booking on what is essentially a family boat. The situation got so bad that Royal Caribbean in the end, had to offer refunds to passengers. And we are not talking a few, but two-thirds of the ship, like 2,600 of them.
Time and time again, we see folks behaving improperly, be it in airports or in this, case a cruise ship. While we can blame it on the cruise company for displaying poor judgment by accepting this large booking, in the end, it is up to the people onboard to maintain decency and decorum. I think it is high time Indian companies started imparting sensitivity training to their employees heading abroad, given that they turn up unprepared a lot of times, and bring the rest of us a bad name.
What do you think about this incident? I would be abhorred had I been on board. Oopsie!