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Cruise Etiquette: The Areas on Ships Where Passengers Should Never Go

The 2020 Film Let Them All Talk was largely shot on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 during an eastbound transatlantic crossing. Lavish shots show Meryl Streep breakfasting in her duplex suite, swimming in the ship’s pool, and dining with Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, and Lucas Hedges in the plush Queen’s Grill restaurant.

But there’s another scene that also sticks out: At one point, Meryl Streep’s character, a famous author stewing over her next novel, wanders into the ship’s “back of house.” Soft carpets, wood paneling, and art give way to painted walls, linoleum floors, and institutional lighting, and it’s not long before she encounters a crew member, who politely but firmly explains that she’s not permitted in crew working areas because, as a passenger, she’s not insured. The crew member asks her where she’d like to go and escorts her back into the passenger areas.

The scene may have been staged, but the crew member’s on-screen explanation is true-and it’s a conversation many crew members will have with passengers over the course of a career at sea. Read more…

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