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Ranom ?... Anyone know someone whos ever worked on a cruise ship?
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Ranom ?... Anyone know someone whos ever worked on a cruise ship? - June 3, 2009, 12:35 AM

So right now I've been working 2 jobs to pay rent and student loans. (MMI was not cheap)

Wrenching on bikes during the day and waiting tables at night.
Lots of work, but I enjoy both.

I was looking forward to my job prospects though the winter and am thinking that there will not be enough work at small shop to keep me in the money (that all could change) So I start thinking, what to do....

Something I can do during the winter, someplace warm, any maybe where they will cover my room and board.
Army crossed my mind but thats a bit of a longer commitment than I was willing to make.

I thought back a few years to a cruise I took with my family. I had a blast, since the 'rents were in bed by 10 and my sis isn't too much fun to drink w/ I started talking to my bartender and ended up hanging out with and getting plastered with some of the help down in the crew quarters (I was told that was frowned upon) They all seemed to like their jobs. Mostly young people from all over the world, sailing around the Caribbean...

I thought I might be able to score a job on a ship, I knew that the crew signs a 4-6 month contract and lives and works aboard. I could wait tables or pour fruity drinks into pineapples and serve them to fat people from Nebraska on their 3rd honeymoons.

I've done a little bit of research but I was hoping to meet up with or talk to someone who has unbiased first hand knowledge of what working aboard a ship is actually like.

So if anyone knows what I might be getting into I'd love to get in touch with them...

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sounds like fun good luck with your search...


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Rent the movie Donkey Punch. Id imagine it would be something like that.
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Justin, not sure about your Donkey shows but I don't think I'd be looking for a position in entertainment dept.


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if you have no roots to force you to stay, i say any opportunity that you can afford that lets you travel around is a great choice.


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Everything I've read has been saying get ready for 10 hrs days 7 days a week, I don't mind the work...

They also say that they feed you well, there is a crew rec area and gym. I think I could use that, I could see myself getting in shape and staying healthy and getting my head straight. Maybe read a few books (its been years)

No commute to work, I'd have someone to clean my room and do my laundry and dishes for me every day too.


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http://www.cruiselinesjobs.com/eng/c...ob-experience/

This dudes been to 87 countries. Free food and board. I'd imagine there'd be plenty of Milfs onboard as guests as well!

Seems to be a market for "agents" that get you emplyment, I'd be wary of that if I were you. Don't need an agent to get a job!

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I've been on a few Cruises, and when talking to some of the Staff, they all say the best job is a Card Dealer. They Say the pay is good, with tips and all, and they only work about 4-6 hours per day. Which leaves plenty of time to Chill....

Stay away from Housekeeping, and waiting tables... Those are the most Time intensive jobs on there.


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Working on ships is HARD work. Best job to have on board is working in the shops because the shops are only open on at sea days. So whenever you're in port, you have less of a chance of working...whereas the waiters and bar staff work allll the friggin time. Casinos are another good place to work for the same reason as the shops...only open at sea. Only problem is the casino is open much later than the shops.


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Honestly man, cruise jobs sound horrible. I doubt you will see any Carribean and it's not going to be fun in the sun... at least for the crew. It's long hours with crappy crew food and really crappy accomodations. I doubt they get paid much either.

Instead, I would suggest teaching English in either Korea or China (or maybe somewhere else). Your housing will be paid for, food is super cheap, many of them pay quite decently, and best of all, your work week as a teacher is shorter and you actually get to meet and know some real people - not some fatass american tourists who come to gorge on free food for 3 days at a time. Last but not least, on the ship you are just a peon that is expected to do all the work. As an English teacher, you will be treated as an equal or superior in most places. Committment is just slightly longer, but it seems like a much better way to go.

Anyway, from what I've read, lots of people regret their ship jobs, and most english teachers consistently say it's one of the best things they've done.

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I know someone who was hired to work on a ship, but they were a contracted band... so they're independents who booked a gig on a cruise ship.

I haven't talked with him since my brother's wedding... but that's because he flaked out and won't communicate with either of us.


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I've been to the crusieshipjobsblahblahwhatever.com sites and they all want $50 to mass mail your resume out there and I know that is not the way I will be hired. I've already been to most of the lines sites and got their "shipboard jobs recruiting agency's" contact info.

Thats why I'm really looking for someone who has been there and done it. I want to hear the true unbiased pros and cons.
I want to hear about the schedules and the food and the quarters from someone who has actually lived and worked with all that.

I know its random to try here but I figured we're a pretty broad and diverse group, we just all love out bikes....


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"review working on a cruise ship"

http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...seshipwork.cfm

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Crew such as waiters and stewards these days tend to come from countries where the standard of living is much lower than in the U.S., notably Croatia, Slovakia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

I have heard a few detractors say cruise ship workers are exploited because they work long hours, seven days a week, and are paid a low wage calculated on an hourly basis. I think these detractors are dead wrong and I bet you not one has ever worked on a cruise ship.

In reality, the money these people can earn on cruise ships is enough to support an entire family in their home countries. And many of them are doing exactly that. If you calculate the number of tables a waiter serves, or the number of cabins a steward cleans on every cruise, and figure in their weekly tips per person, for their country they are making very respectable wages. And when you work on a cruise ship you have virtually no expenses. Your housing, utilities, food and medical and dental care are provided by the cruise line.

Many crew members from developing countries work in these positions for years because it is vital to their families. A bar waitress on a ship told me recently that most of her friends had been with the same company, in the same jobs, for about five years on average, and that someone from their country who wants to get a job with that line must be recommended by someone already working for the company.


A cruise ship worker works seven days a week. There are no days off, but there is time off every day. For the most part, you are a salaried worker, but some cruise lines have jobs now that pay overtime if you work more than your contracted number of hours.

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In the past 3 weeks of research, I've read 'em all...


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There's a reason why they hire people from 3rd world countries. Those people may support 'entire families' in their homelands, but the salaries by US standards are poor.
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