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Offline Bob C.

Crew nicknames for passengers or passenger groups
« on: Mar 27, 2011, 03:06 PM »
I know the phenomenon of assigning certain "terms of endearment" occurs in settings and relations like those between QE2's crew and passengers and I'm curious as to what those have been over the years.  I suppose "thick skin" may be needed for some of these names but it's all in good fun and as the saying goes, "sticks and stones...".

So, crewmembers, what sort of unofficial names, titles, categories, etc. did you have for us?



Offline peter ward

Re: Crew nicknames for passengers or passenger groups
« Reply #1 on: Mar 27, 2011, 07:08 PM »
hi bob, we alway's called the passengers the 'bloods'..don't really know where it came from ,the boys were using it when I  joined . maybe its something to do with trying to get as much gratuities out of the passengers as you can 'bleed them' ..just a guess. peter
peter

Offline Bob C.

Re: Crew nicknames for passengers or passenger groups
« Reply #2 on: Mar 27, 2011, 08:13 PM »
Were there any for the differences in classes?  Perhaps some reserved for the posh suite occupants or us comparative bilge rats/steerage folks down on 4 and 5 deck?

Offline cunardqueen

Re: Crew nicknames for passengers or passenger groups
« Reply #3 on: Mar 27, 2011, 09:11 PM »
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    I suppose "thick skin" may be needed for some of these names but it's all in good fun and as the saying goes, "sticks and stones...".
 
If l may... :-[
Peter l remember a fair number of years ago engaging on conversation with a waiter,we had enjoyed some banter over previous days and it was on a longer cruise it was a quiet moment and he was called away, he duly came back and remarked on the demanding passenger by name.. Now please forgive me folks but this was the name he had given her Cuntalenna Fuckleton..at the time  just remarked what an unusual name and  never gave it any thought.  it was only later on that the name dawned on me like a thunderbolt and l saw the funny side. It was a name that stuck, it still brings a chuckle now and again..Like l say forgive me.... I tend to use it now and again among staff where l work if we have an awkward one... most find it highly amusung.

As for groups what names might have been used for the singles gatherings, or the Masonic/ Rotary gatherings, FODs,or what names did you give to the various functions.
On one cruise our waiter had a very strange name, we called him Princess that was in 1991..Some of the guests never knew and just assumed he used to work for Princess cruises, but he was a scream, l have very fond memories... :-X

From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Offline skilly56

Re: Crew nicknames for passengers or passenger groups
« Reply #4 on: Mar 27, 2011, 09:45 PM »
Pax are often referred to as 'The Walking Cargo'.

You don't need cranes, ramps, pipelines or conveyors to load and discharge when you have walking cargo.

Skilly

Offline peter ward

Re: Crew nicknames for passengers or passenger groups
« Reply #5 on: Mar 28, 2011, 07:16 PM »
even though we were all english , the med cruises were alway's referred to as limey cruises..or teapot cruises as for the amount consumed! they were full of blackpool landladies. another term for the english passenger was sir john barrington lime ..as even the roughest of them thought he was a lord when he stepped foot onto the ship. the south african passengers were 'yarpies' a derogatory afrikaans term I gather..the germans I can't repeat on here ...but it had something to do with the fact that the only thing on the menu that they didn't eat was the date ! peter
peter

odkbull

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Re: Crew nicknames for passengers or passenger groups
« Reply #6 on: Mar 31, 2011, 10:21 PM »
When I worked on the QE2, the only nickname we used for passengers was PAX.

Although part of my job was ballroom dancing with the women at night...two hours per night. We called that "Drag a Bag."

Offline Andy Holloway

Re: Crew nicknames for passengers or passenger groups
« Reply #7 on: Mar 20, 2017, 11:42 AM »
The afternoon ladies sewing group was always known as 'Stitch and bitch!' Possibly not the favourite 'invitation' any Captain ever received was to join them for afternoon tea!


Offline CasinoChris

Re: Crew nicknames for passengers or passenger groups
« Reply #8 on: Mar 22, 2017, 02:11 PM »
Related to this topic, I know that on Carnival the passengers were referred to as 'Cones', in reference to the Coneheads movie.
Also on a trip to Alaska I found that the locals there refer to Cruise ships as Q-tip trays.....because of all the white heads looking over the side.........