Ship DJ for 2 years checking in. Male crew outnumber female crew approx 5: Only saw it put into action once. Our food is terrible. Crew Food — Unidentifiable for the most part. Real ox tails in the oxtail soup. Lots of saffron rice. It was served in little metal cups, and if there was any left over, it would appear upside down, sans la cup, on a small plate the next day. They disappeared after the 4th day.
Monday is chicken, Tuesday is steak, Wednesday is pork tenderloin…etc. We work 7 days a week, sometimes only hours, but most of the time between hours. Back-deck parties happen every night, and crew hallway parties are even more common.
On the Voyager of the Seas, I had an enclosed booth, so waiters and waitresses would duck in for a quick smoke and would bring me a rye and coke to buy my silence. Most of us are single, aside from the very rare married couple working on ships. Several people came on-board with a BF or GF on shore, and within a month they were happily shacked up with someone from the ship. We will mess with you. I learned the following stereotypes: Nice to your face, but will complain to your superiors behind your back.
New Yorkers will let you know how they feel about you within minutes of meeting you, and will rarely change their minds. Nobody is from Florida. They live there now, but nobody is from Florida. Mid-westerners and Texans are some of the friendliest people around. See the world, make friends, get laid! Ex cruise ship employee here.
We get absolutely plastered below deck. Everyone gets it on all over the ship. My girlfriend at the time and I had a competition with an officer and his lady for the riskiest place to have sex. I thought we had won with the bow of the ship in the middle of the night. He, being an officer, stopped the elevator midway.
Secondly, I was a dancer in the cast on-board, and I had a lot more free time than most, being that all I did was perform in the shows. I do suggest working on ships, for anyone who is curious. I know many couples who met on a ship and are married with kids now etc. Just below and to the sides of where you are sleeping there are crew members having sex, smoking and drinking. No drugs or spirits though. Yeah…Same ones are said every. That really funny answer you gave us about your wife during the happy couples game?
There are morgues below deck and a jail cell. We get at least 3 deaths on-board a month. Some people go on a cruise to die. Facebook,Cruise Ship Workers 5. Tip with cash I did a 6 month contract on a pretty popular cruise line…I was appalled at the way that employees were treated.
First off, the class system is abhorrent. There is crew, then staff, then officer. I had it easy because I was an officer and being American also helped a lot. Crew members had their own mess hall…and could not go to any of the other ones. Officers had free range. The differences in food between the three were impressive. The room stewards and assistant waiters work their butts off…usually hours a day if not more. We, as officers, were instructed to alter time cards in order to keep above the marine time laws.
He was a cook and would sit outside my room, yelling things like how we were meant to be together and blah blah blah. I called HR and security and they basically told me that I had done something to deserve this.
Believe be, I am all for a dude making me his princess but this was extreme. I legit started to fear for my safety, and the cruise line did nothing. I was in the entertainment staff and managed all of the productions. Unless there was a broken bone, the dancers had to perform every single night, usually shows a night, regardless of how much pain they were in.
Speaking of termination, I went off at a port with one of my friends from the Philippines…He was a room steward and never got a day off so it was a big deal. We were out in Cozumel, having a great time, when it was finally time to go back to the ship.
When we asked why, we were told he had been fired. He asked how the hell he was supposed to get home without his passport… and was told that they would ship all of his belongings and passport home and they could, in turn, send it to him wherever he ended up in Cozumel… So, basically, the guy was homeless and stranded in Mexico until the ship got around to sending his passport home to the Philippines and his family managed to ship it back to him. Beers and cigarettes are dirt cheap for us, hence why basically every single crew member is probably trashed.
Crew bar never closes. So…Yeah…there were some good parts of it but definitely not worth going to work for. Pass the Dutchie I had a solid gig playing on a cruise line for a couple summers as a jazz musician. I played with a house quartet every night for three months.
Here are some things you may not know about the job: Disease spreads incredibly fast. There were a couple episodes of a stomach flu taking over the ship.
It was so bad I thought we were going to have to get the CDC to disinfect the ship. Overall it was a really fun job for the summer.
My dad is an Electrical engineer on [one of the largest passenger vessels of all time. There is almost no swaying on the ship. In rough seas, it can extend fins below the water line that act like wings on airplanes. Gyroscopes monitor for any swaying, and the fins make corrections so the ship is nearly unaffected in even the largest waves.
Be from Canada I worked as a seasonal worker on a cruise ship, and it was super fun. The crew was almost all young, and the bar below deck was incredibly cheap. However, the reason it was so cheap was that most of the staff got paid almost nothing and had to do long stints in order to have their flight paid for. I would fly down during holidays for cruises as short as one week and then get flown back.
I could eat in the same restaurants as the passengers and I also stayed in a normal cabin. We could order room service if we wanted. The parties were fun because everyone was there alone, so you got accepted pretty quick. The down side was the blatant inequality for the staff from the Philippines. They were required to do 8 months work at a time with almost no time off, while I would be flown back and forth for a week simply because I was from Canada.
It rolls downhill I was a backstage technician from for [a large cruise line]. I loved the job, I loved the people, but I hated the corporation. The company always made it difficult for those of us in entertainment to do our jobs and help the guests enjoy their cruise. That said, I agree with what some of the other people are saying about their time on-board. If there was no midnight comedy show, I went to the crew bar. As far as the officers, it was exceptionally rare that they were anything but raging jerks.
There was your basic managerial nightmare-boss stuff, but there was other stuff, like security turning a blind eye to some of what they did. I heard horror stories about crew members being beaten, threatened, stalked, etc.
To end on a high note, I should mention that my amateur-ish flirting did occasionally end well for me. Eventually, I met an amazing blonde woman that worked in the video production department. To make a very long and happy story short, our 2 year wedding anniversary is coming up fairly soon. Want more real stories from the Interwebs? Check out these other great collections: