Rubber Duck Tradition Sparks Joy and Ire on Cruise Ships

The article discusses the popular tradition among Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise passengers of hiding and finding rubber ducks on family-friendly ships, which has become a beloved activity for passengers of all ages, encouraging ship exploration and social media sharing. The tradition takes place on cruise ships, primarily involving passengers, rubber ducks, and social media, with some passengers expressing enthusiasm and others complaining, but ultimately bringing joy and excitement to many. This description focuses on the primary topic of the rubber duck tradition, the main entities involved (passengers, cruise ships, and rubber ducks), the context of family-friendly cruise ships, and the significant actions and consequences of the activity (encouraging exploration and social media sharing). The description also provides objective and relevant details that will help an AI generate an accurate visual representation of the article's content, such as the presence of rubber ducks, cruise ships, and passengers.

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Rubber Duck Tradition Sparks Joy and Ire on Cruise Ships

Rubber Duck Tradition Sparks Joy and Ire on Cruise Ships

A popular tradition among Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise passengers involves hiding and finding rubber ducks on family-friendly ships. The activity, which is enjoyed by families with young children and people of all ages, has passengers buying rubber ducks before their cruise to hide on the ship. They often decorate the ducks and attach social media information so finders can share pictures of their discoveries.

Those who find the hidden ducks take photos and then re-hide them, encouraging others to explore the ship. Jenneatte Wilding shared her grandchildren's enthusiasm, saying, "My grandkids love cruising and love everything about hiding and finding ducks! Be prepared for them on the Celebration Dec. 8. They are already planning." Fiona Macbeth Ash expressed her enjoyment of the activity: "I absolutely love looking for them and thousands of others do as well. Please keep allowing them. It has become another awesome thing about cruising."

The duck-hiding tradition has gained popularity on social media, with many passengers sharing pictures and stories about their experiences. Parents are advised to ensure that their children do not damage the ship while searching for the ducks. The activity is generally considered harmless and encourages exploration of the ship.

While most passengers either enjoy or ignore the duck-hiding activity, some have expressed irrational anger about it. Carnival Brand Ambassador John Heald addressed one such complaint, saying, "Honestly 'P' saying 'you will not cruise with us until we stop allowing people to hide ducks' makes me feel very sad, it really does. It also has me wondering, do ducks ever get down in the mouth?" Over 5,300 comments were generated on Heald's Facebook post about the tradition.

The rubber duck tradition is part of a broader phenomenon of cruise ship secrets, which include off-menu items at bars and restaurants. Despite the occasional complaint, the activity continues to bring joy and excitement to many cruise passengers, young and old alike. As Jennifer Armstrong put it, "Ignore them but think everyone's excitement for them is fun. OMG wait!! Can I actually not care about things that don't affect me??? why yes... yes I can."

Key Takeaways

  • Rubber duck hiding is a popular tradition on Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruises.
  • Passengers hide decorated ducks with social media info for others to find and share.
  • The activity encourages ship exploration and brings joy to passengers of all ages.
  • Some passengers have expressed irrational anger, but most enjoy or ignore the tradition.
  • The tradition is part of a broader phenomenon of cruise ship secrets and hidden gems.