Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

Ever consider what it must be like saying goodby then 30 minues later saying welcome on board?

I've always held a degree of admiration for all those who work on cruise ships, particularly on disembarkation/embarkation days. Almost slave labor for many of the crew too. Just watching it all play out at times reminds me of a nightmare waiting to happen any second. For instance----I often kid the Internet "guru's" when I tell them that they have the toughest job on the ship the first and second days out. Some people get terribly frustrated and confused trying to link up and control computer glitches, etc., which turns into crowding, pushing and shoving then anger and rudeness directed at the poor staffer.

 

Here is a darn good article, in my opinion regarding turn around days, in this mornings NYT.    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/business/a-luxury-liner-docks-and-the-countdowns-on.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I have talked with crew members, senior officers and performers who work on cruises and all of them say that it is hard to say goodbye to passengers who they spent many days getting know.  They all said that they become like family to them since they don't see their families for months on end.

After our last cruise we went out with the On Location Lady. I am on Facebook with the photographer and with the piano bar singer also.  I hope to see some of them on our next cruise.  They became like family to us too.  Happy

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

This topic was covered on the TV show "Extreme Cruise Ship" 2010 Turn around day of the worlds largest Cruise ship RCCL Oasis of the Sea.  It is the hardest day for all the crew.  The article you linked says just about what was said in the one hour TV show. If you get the chance to see this series of TV shows some of them are a bit dated as what had been the worlds largest ship.  But the show is interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes.   It plays some times on Nat Geo or Travel Chanel.

 

Turn around is a hectic day,   just think of the staff that does the 3 and 4 night cruises,  2 turn around's a week.  I was surprised when the towel boy in the Serenity remembered me from a cruise a month before, since in that month he had 8 turnovers but he remembered me by name.  

There is also a TV series "Cruise Ship Diaries" that is about life at sea on a Costa Ship. You can find those episodes for free on You-Tube,   make sure you play the full episode not just the short 10 min segments.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I thought this was going to be about doing B2BsBig Smile

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

It is,  but for the crew,  not us,  it is not always about us Happy

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Fascinating article!

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Good article. Turn around days are very hard on the crew. Then they get to learn a whole new bunch of people of likes and dislikes. They are amazing.

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