The super-wealthy can be terrible
I guess on airplanes, the people who sit in first class are apparently much more civilized than the people in coach. Not the case on cruise lines. On the bargain ships, there were all these people who had saved their whole lives to go on a cruise, and as long as they got fed on time they were just grateful to be there. The super-rich, however, could be downright horrible people. I had one New York seafood magnate who loved to play dice. One night a woman accidentally knocked his dice after he threw them, and he lost a few hundred bucks. He nudges me and says “Watch, I’m gonna make this bitch cry,” and proceeded to rip into her with a loud, obscenity-laced tirade until she actually started sobbing. He did tip me, though.
Elite travel programs make people entitled
On the budget line we had this frequent cruiser program where people got a point for every night they spent on a ship. So people would literally compete to see who could get the most cruise points like it was some kind of fancy New England prep school. They’d nitpick everything, complaining about watered-down (free) drinks in the casino, the cut of prime rib at the buffet, dealers who didn’t let them “win” enough, it was unreal. They’d all rub elbows at their nightly cocktail party like some kind of bougie royalty, all the while talking endless amounts of shit about other elite members. All for the honor of... being the person with the most cruise points. It was like a fifth grade star chart for middle-aged people.