CruiseThe Carnival Triumph docked in Mobile, Ala. after thousands of passengers were stranded for a week in the Gulf of Mexico. Satan was plaguing the seas that week. An unforeseen engine-room fire transformed the four-day escape into a hellish experience complete with floating sewage and a shortage of snacks.

The stranding of the Carnival Triumph will cause a drastic decline in cruise travel, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent. Cruising to exotic locales is heaven for a black American girl with a passport and a hectic schedule, so I will be hitting the ocean again soon and I encourage others to partake as well.

This recent incident highlights a need to embrace passenger etiquette standards. There are certain tips we should all adhere to before setting sail. Here are seven of them.

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