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User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1759 posts, RR: 30
Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

Has anyone worked or is working in the cruise ship industry? I'm thinking of my next venture, maybe in the next year or two. What are the living conditions and pay like? I would be looking at working in the administration side of things on a ship. I know there are a few websites around but would prefer to get advice directly from people who are working in the job. Any advice would be great, thanks.


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User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 41
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

Hi Sharron.
Cant help you out regarding the work, but going on my 1st cruise on Tuesday. I can check the job vacancy board for you! I can quiz the staff if you have any q's you need asked.



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User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3884 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2719 times:

A friend of mine did it for 8 months late last year (late summer to early this year) - he hated it, totally and utterly. And hes a barman, so its not as if he was stuck in the bowels of the ship.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26863 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2714 times:

Hi well I only cruise on the ships as a passenger . My most recent one last weekend is here::


http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/132290/


From people I talked to onboard its a very hard job with long hours and not much time off. Some of them are 6 months on with no leave . I hear its better if you are working in the Spa center. I have a friend who works for Celebrity in the onboard bureau de change and thats not a bad job either.


User currently offlineTylerDurden From United States of America, joined May 2008, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2704 times:

Had a buddy do this--he thought it would be interesting. He finally left after five months of a year long contract. He is a musician.
He told us...
With few exceptions, your non-duty hours are relegated to the crew only areas of the vessel....
Typically, accommodations are in quads or dormitory style living. He had a double with a shared bath.
You pay for your meals and uniform through payroll deductions...
There is an obligation for crew to tip other crew members to clean up their rooms, serve food, etc...
There is a lot of theft in the crew quarters...
Fraternizing with paying passengers can be a cause for termination...

Since he played at night most the time, he was able to go ashore quite a bit. But after the second month he got tired of the same stops..

Sound like a raw deal to me unless your a ship's officer.


User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1759 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2618 times:

Thanks Sean, where are you going cruising? And don't tell me the Shields ferry, lol.


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User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2608 times:

We're doing a week round the Med, starting from Palma, calling at Sardinia, Rome, La Spezia, Nice, Mahon then back to Palma. Looking forward to it now. Just 1 day to go!

Quoting Sunshine79 (Reply 5):
And don't tell me the Shields ferry

LOL!



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13519 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2596 times:
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Had a buddy who worked several Royal Caribbean International vessels for a few years. He loved it (he was a DJ) but as Tyler pointed out, it involves close-knit living with your fellow crewmembers, long hours, etc.

However, the most choice gig you can have is working in the shops onboard. They're not permitted to be open while in port and have limited open hours while at sea, so you don't work your ass off quite as much as the rest of the crew - particularly the waiters and bussers, who work 18 hour days minimum.

Most cruise lines have non-officer staff under six month or year-long contracts, after which your contract may - or may not - be renewed.

And while fraternization with customers is grounds for dismissal, most of the onboard staff looks the other way when it happens, which is frequent.



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User currently offlineAirPortugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2564 times:



Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 7):
And while fraternization with customers is grounds for dismissal, most of the onboard staff looks the other way when it happens, which is frequent.

Id friggan hope so for everyones sake...



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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3078 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2529 times:

If you have a skill or trade it can be a great job....ie banker(cousin did that) or sailor....if you are going to be help the job can be hell...

GS



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User currently offlineTylerDurden From United States of America, joined May 2008, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2502 times:



Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 7):
And while fraternization with customers is grounds for dismissal, most of the onboard staff looks the other way when it happens, which is frequent.

It happens with some regularity according to my buddy. Problem is that the cruise line is held liable if your little 'marginally under age' angel goes wandering where she shouldn't...or if a passenger claims to be drunk and then taken advantage by a crew member.

In most cases, just the accusation can get an employee terminated...(which hardly seems fair).


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13519 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2440 times:
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Quoting TylerDurden (Reply 10):
In most cases, just the accusation can get an employee terminated...(which hardly seems fair).

Neither does forcing waiters and bussers to work 18-20 hour days, but I guess it comes as part of the deal.  Sad

I'm guessing the vast majority of customers who fool around with the staff never tell a soul until they get home, and then it becomes part of their awesome vacation tales.



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User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1759 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2385 times:



Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 7):
And while fraternization with customers is grounds for dismissal, most of the onboard staff looks the other way when it happens, which is frequent.

We have that rule, along with no overnight guests allowed either. The management do look the other way, apart from one night where one of the girls got her car stolen, all in the weekend when her boyfriend came over for a holiday, lol. Luckily, the car was found abandoned in a residential area, only because it ran out of fuel.



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User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1642 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2310 times:
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Three years ago we took a cruise to Bermuda on Celebrity Cruises, our wine sommelier, a female was married to a waiter on the ship, she told me that Celebrity puts 4 people into a crew cabin with 2 bunk beds and that they had to share the cabin with another married couple. She said that the company does not care about married couples, 4 in a room is their policy.

She also said that when their contract was up, they were leaving and going back to their home country and look for jobs in a high end restaurant, they couldn’t take in anymore.


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