When I see how hard the staff on the cruise ship work I can't help but wonder how do they feel serving so many people and being in the midst of so much fun and having to work. I also wonder if they get a chance to partake in the fun during their time off? My husband think that the employees party in their own area after hours below deck.

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Haven't worked for one, but consider the average age of the crewmember, confined to the ship for 8 months, with a line sponsored party every month (not to mention their "free" time).

What was your college life like?Big Smile

We had a friend that worked on Carnival. The crew does have their own area for "partying" including a crew bar. We were able to check it out when we sailed on the ship he worked. The crew bar is much cheaper that what the guests pay.

Closest thing is for Intercruises! But I'm not employed by the cruiseline, its a port service.

I considered applying to work in the medical center but life changed my trajectory. I think it would be an interesting experience.

Crew has its own area, I've seen their party area.

I would not mind a short term position but it is a hard job, being away and always being nice.

My sister worked for several years on 2 different ships. The Delphi and then Vera Cruz where she was a Cruise Assistant, Assistant Cruise Director and then First Purser. She shared her cabin with another cruise assistant until she became an officer and then had a very tiny single room to herself, with bunk beds in it. She enjoyed the work but it was all split shifts 7 days a week, and even when having time off, they ended up being around passengers in the ports. Back then she had to have at least 14 different formal gowns so that she wouldn't wear the same one twice for people taking B2B cruises to see. Of course she had to buy them out of her own salary. She sure has had a lot of great stories to share with us over the years, but she's never been on a ship since her last day of working on one.

Working on a ship is for the young. I'm no longer young so I do not think of it anymore. I had thought of it when I was young but ended up going a different way.

Yep, crew has their own areas including a very reasonably priced bar. As of a few years ago, beers were $0.50 each.

Spot on. I have a colleague who was head of security on a cruise ship for one contract. He said most of his time was spent on “domestic” issues between crew members in relationships.

Today's youth ( American youth ), would never take a job on board a ship. Long hours, hard work, and low pay ? Nah. Today's kids don't even want to cut lawns or shovel snow. They are, for the most part, lazy. My mother always said, " work is a habit " . Today's kids, don't develop this habit.

yeahyeah I'm sure there are exceptions.


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