I swear that silence is the rarest commodity on a cruise ship. Noise is the name of the game, and often, the only way to escape it is to replace it with your own “noise” in the form of music or movies. Every guest area you enter has background music playing (although if it’s filled with guests or has an activity going on, you probably can’t even hear that). In your cabin, you are treated to the sounds of your neighbor’s conversations and the oft-returning hum, buzz, whirr, creak, groan, scream, and crunch of the ship’s engines.
During my first contract, my cabin neighbor to the left was the ship’s DJ. I had the great honor of listening in on his many exploits involving numerous women (often more than one at once) at all hours of the night. As if that wasn’t enough, he also had a habit of calling the tech on duty phone at 4:00 in the morning, for some reason thinking our lighting technician would always have the phone (it rotated through the techs). Waking up at 9AM to that phone ringing for an actual problem was bad enough without being awoken in the middle of the night because someone wants to hang with their best bud. Suffice it to say, we did not get along.