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Passenger on nine-month cruise shares alleged word that travellers can’t say

Simon Calder’s Travel

A passenger on Royal Caribbean’s nine month cruise has claimed that there’s a certain thing that travellers aren’t allowed to discuss while onboard.

On his popular TikTok page, Marc Sebastian, has shared a series of videos about his experiences on the cruise, which officially departed on 10 December 2023. The nine-month cruise will come to an official end on 10 September 2024, with the ship docking in Miami, Florida.

In the video posted to his TikTok on 22 January, Sebastian shared some of the things he has “learned about cruising”, after spending 18 nights so far on the ship Serenade of the Seas. He started the video by describing his first claim, that passengers aren’t allowed to talk about the Titanic, which sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg.

While describing his confusion about the alleged rule, he also shared the shocked reactions that his peers had when he mentioned the Titanic. “I brought up to an entire room of people having lunch that our ship is only 100 feet longer than the Titanic,” he said. “[And] when I tell you that. Utensils dropped. Waiters gasped. It’s dead silent.”

Sebestian said he then realised the rule on the ship, when his friend whispered to him: “You’re not allowed to talk about the Titanic.”

He quipped about how he had no idea that he couldn’t mention the word, adding: “Well, it wasn’t like that was in the f***ing handbook. Not that I read the handbook, clearly.”

Sebastian’s video has quickly gone viral on TikTok, with more than 2.6m views as of 23 January. In the comments, many people mocked the alleged rule regarding what passengers can discuss onboard.

“I’m sorry if I’m going on a boat, I’m talking about Titanic and OceanGate,” one wrote, referring to OceanGate’s Titan submersible, which experienced a “catastrophic implosion” when it submerged in June 2023, killing all five people aboard the vessel.

“The way I would be talking about the Titanic all the time,” another wrote, while a third claimed: “When I went on a cruise my mom told me saying Titanic was equivalent to screaming bomb at an airport.”

Elsewhere in the video, the influencer made some other claims about cruises, as he also said that “ships have godmothers”. He then specified that Whoopi Goldberg was the “godmother” of the Serenade of the Seas, before showing a picture of the…

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