Would You Work On A Cruise Ship

I am retiring in 556 days on my 57th birthday. I have longingly thought about sitting on the couch drinking beer and letting my retirement pay cover everything.

Truth be told, I think I would last about a year.

I am seriously considering working on a cruise line as a security officer.

Would you ever think about working on a cruise line? If so, in what position?

20 Answers

Having come in and out of retirement numerous times, the ability to choose whether to work or not is in itself a great feeling ... that said, working on a cruise ship to me sounds like way more "work" than I would like with very little time to enjoy the "cruise" aspect regardless of the position you might hold on the ship. Dealing with the public in general has always been a both good and bad experience but I think cruisers have even higher expectations and demands than most general public positions and would be more aggravating than satisfying.

When asked if I work, I answer one of two ways depending upon my mood - I say unemployed if I'm looking and I say retired if I am not... Love the freedom to choose!

You would last a year out of boredom? Or the money would run out? I'm guessing the first one. I've watched a few episodes of Cruise Ship Diaries. Some love it and most do it out of necessity. The money is good for those who hale from Third World places. I don't think I'd ever work on a cruise ship. But... There are a lot of hotties to hook up with.. Ahhh, Who am I kidding..im 53. Happy I'll just keep doing what I'm doing. I never have to retire. But... I'd like to in ten years.

I'm mandatory in 2019 -- Happy Birthday - You're FiredSad

I think the only hotties our age are all here at Cruiseline.

The numbers showing average lifespan of someone in my job after retirement are very scary. Consistently, those who go for a second career live much longer than those who retire to the couch.

I don't mind the hours on board - it helps to pass the time. The check would about make up for what I lose in retirement so my wife's standard of living remains the same. The line would give an employee discount, so cruising on vacation would be cheaper (being a passenger would be much different than being a staff member - kind of like a staycation).

Meh - I've still got a year and a half to think about it.

BD. You're a Supe... All you do is sit at a desk..same thing as a couch. You'll be fine.Happy KIDDING!!!!

At my age, I would rather just relax on a cruise ship than work on one. If I did take a job it might be to teach arts & crafts or do the Kid's Club.

Nope, not for me. Worked in the travel industry for too many years. Learned one thing, working in it and as a consumer enjoying it's products and services are two different things. Know a number of folk who signed on with the cruise industry in management capacities or as an officer on vessels. Most were dissatisfied and quit, although I have met a few officers who worked their way up to captain and expressed satisfaction with that lifestyle.

From all I've read about working cruise ships and from interacting with travelers at my job I have no desire to work on a cruise ship with the exception of two jobs. I would want to be in the navigation department or the engine operations department. I have zero interest in interacting with passengers as an employee. I work for an airline and a handful of people traveling are huge a-holes. It's a small percentage but enough to make me not want to have anything to do with customer service. I think it could be even worse on a cruise ship.

But of course I do prefer to travel as a passenger.

It is demanding and exhausting trying to look like I'm workingBig Smile

We actually talked about it when we first started cruising. My DH thought it might be interesting to work in the infirmary, so he went down and chatted with the doctor on the ship. I would have to something either with the children our perhaps be the "shopper" on board. Being away from family wasn't much of a concern as we did that while my DH was in the Air Force. However, after much discussion and thought we came to the conclusion we wanted to "play" on the ships and live in Colorado. That said my DH was impressed with the wide range of things that could be done by the ship's medical staff.

I have thought about it, however, after all the years in customer service, I would go for Electrical maintenance. That would be fun.


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