Around 400 Chinese passengers refused to disembark the Henna cruise ship, China’s first domestically operated luxury liner, for nearly eight hours this week after a cruise to Japan was delayed by fog, according to a newspaper report

The newspaper says that the Chinese tourists refused to leave the cruise ship from 8 AM until 5 PM on Monday before they reached an agreement with the cruise line regarding compensation. Their delay caused another substantial delay to passengers waiting to board for the next cruise.

A year ago I wrote about another group of Chinese passengers aboard the the Costa Victoria who Chinese Cruise Protestengaged in another organized protest.

The cruise ship could not enter a port in Vietnam because a sunken ship blocked the harbor.This resulted in a shore excursion to Halong Bay being canceled. The travel agency offered the 1,000 or so passengers a refund of around $40 each and the cruise line offered them $50 each. Over 100 passengers demanded a refund of up to 70% of their cruise fares. They refused to leave the ship and protested loudly and organized a sit-in.

I can’t place my finger on it but there must be a cultural issue explaining the mass protests over what appear to be just a minor inconvenience. 

Most cruise passengers around the world can’t wait to get off the cruise ship after they have had a really bad experience. Or if they encounter fog or some other unavoidable and uncontrollable delay, they just shrug it off.

I wonder how Carnival and Royal Caribbean will deal with a boatload of angry Chinese passengers sick with a massive norovirus outbreak? 

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Photo Credit: South China Morning Post

  • George

    How to organize your own “Chinese fire drill?”

  • Pen1993

    This reminds me of a recent article about Chinese people “squatting” at an Ikea store. They would come to the store, not to buy, but to take naps on their furnitures and seem to take on a blasé attitude about it as if they were somehow entitled. There are numerous articles of late about “rude” Chinese tourists in Thailand and elsewhere who are making a name for themselves by behaving inappropriately. In a neighboring resort town, we jokingly call them the Asian Invasion. I was at a Chinese buffet restaurant once when a busload of Chinese tourists dropped in for lunch and they make an art of cutting in line. It appears to be a systemic issue and a fascinating read on the why’s of it.