Oh yea, you're right.
I have about 2 months of sea time and im going back out to sea in March for another month. In May is when we go out to sea for a good 6-9 months.
Too bad we don't have anything like you mentioned. But the food is great compared to on shore galleys. More meat and better foods to pick then a lousy mystery meat every day for lunch and dinner. It's not first class meals, but it's what normal people eat everyday.
We eventually get command parties. Like my last cruise, we celebrated our first successful engine run in test cell and our DIVO brought us cake and pizza. We talked, goofed off, took alot of pictures to celebrate.
Plenty of activities when you're off working 12 hour shifts. MWR provides sports such as volleyball, football, baseball, basketball, and golf in the hander bay or flight deck. I'm talking on a modern nuclear aircraft carrier.
The people I work with are friendly and so are the civilians. You will sure get to know them really well, being underway for weeks or even months.
Excellent port of calls. My next cruise will be a Western Pacific tour. Travelling to Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates.
And yes, the final is I've probably never seen such sunrises and sunsets in my life. Probably one of the most beautiful looking sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.
And yes, being out for months, it's a very great way to save up your hard earned cash and use that to buy something expensive when you get back.