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Cruises: Cruise ship crew use this code word if you don’t tip on board (Image:
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Cruise ship crews work very hard and do long shifts but are paid very little.

Many cruise workers rely on tips and gratuity to make up a substantial part of their wage.

Consequently, if they identify a passenger on board who repeatedly fails to tip, they might not take kindly to them.

Cruise crew have one code word in particular they use with colleagues when referring to these passengers.

Cruises: Cruise ship crew use this code word if you don’t tip on board

It’s been revealed that cruise workers will call a passenger a “banana” if they are a bad tipper.

Passengers will never guess what the staff mean when they hear this fruity nickname, making it the perfect code among employees.

The secret was revealed on the Cruise Bulletin from Cruise.co.uk.

However, this isn’t the only codeword that cruise ship workers will use when communicating with one another.

Some codewords are used in very minor incidents but there’s one word which means something serious is happening.

Travel expert Brandon Presser revealed to Bloomberg that if you hear the word “kilo” said by staff – an emergency is underway.

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Cruises: Cruise workers will call a passenger a “banana” if they are a bad tipper (Image:
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The codeword “kilo” signifies that all personnel need to report to their emergency posts. Once in their posts, the staff are instructed by designated cruise workers how to proceed.

Another alarm is then sounded to alert passengers to an emergency. They then need to head to specified areas of the ship where the staff will tell them what to do.

One particularly alarming codeword might initially sound fun, but, when you discover the real meaning, you realise it’s far from good news.

The codeword “Red Parties” means that there is a possible fire on board the ship.

Other codes refer to illness among the passengers on board the ship.

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Cruises: Some codewords are used in very minor incidents but others signify a more serious occurence (Image:
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One highly common code is “PVI” which stands for public vomiting incident.

Presser was on a cruise ship for just a week but he recalled in a total of three PVIs in that time. Trips to Mexico, which combine unregulated drinking on land with Mexican tap water, apparently mean PVIs are pretty much inevitable.

When someone dies the announcement “Operation Bright Star” is made, which alerts the crew to the death of a passenger.

Fortunately, cruise crew are all well trained to deal with emergencies.

“Cruise ships today are the safest that ever sailed due to the enhanced rules, regulations and technological innovations that govern their design,” a spokeswoman for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) told Express.co.uk.

“The safety of passengers and crew is top priority for cruise lines and they continually seek opportunities to enhance industry best practices.”

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