Ship Life

My Life as a Crew Member

Mar 01, 2018

Before working on ships, I had never stepped foot on a cruise ship, or had any idea of what a cruise even was. I originally saw this opportunity as a way to do a bit of traveling for 6 months, and earn some money at the side. Little did I know that this experience was going to become my career, and change my life!

“For Crew Only” Online Shopping and Special Order Requests

Feb 23, 2018

Shopping has never been easier for crew thanks to the services provided by the company “For Crew Only”. Now you don’t need to ask your supervisor for time off in US ports and run to the stores so you can do your shopping.

When a Crewmember Becomes Victim of “Guest is Always Right” Policy

Feb 19, 2018

Guests are not always right. They’re just never wrong. The continued drive by the Cruise Lines for profit makes some guests more right than other, or simply when money talks others listen. 

Missing Crew Member in Rio Found Alive and Well

Feb 15, 2018

Antonio Triano Perez, 36-year-old Spanish crew member working as an animator on the cruise ship MSC Poesia was reported missing in Rio de Janeiro. The cruise ship docked on February 12, for the Rio Carnival and stayed overnight when Antonio disembarked alone and took a cab. When he didn’t come back to the ship his friend reported the missing person to the ship’s authorities and took to the social media to find him.

Letter By A Crew Member - Thank You, Your Services Are No Longer Needed

Jan 22, 2018

My name is Tonggo Sibaran #655089 #LASM. I was working for Royal Caribbean International since June 12, 2012, before leaving the ship on December 8, 2016, for a medical reason. So far the company was treating me well until March 2017 and noticed that lately since the company had no more responsible for my treatment which I have accepted and dealing with my own case.

Brazilian Cruise Travelers Tip More Than Europeans

Jan 12, 2018

Brazilian cruise passengers usually reward good service with extra tips while traveling on vacation. This is the conclusion of the 2018 Tips Report Survey published by the Dreamlines cruise portal.

Video: Cruise Ship Lovers Share Both Sides of Their Story

Jan 08, 2018

There is no greater sacrifice then to leave your family, friends, and home to work 6 months abroad on a cruise ship. But what if you find your true soulmate on a cruise ship? Are you prepared to make more sacrifices? 

“Ghost of the Ocean” The First Ever Cruise Ship Crew Movie Released

Jan 05, 2018

The first ever amateur movie produced by a cruise ship crew member was released. The director of this modest movie entitled “Ghost of the Ocean” recorded it on board, without any budget, but with lots of love, passion, and help from his fellow coworkers. Behind this project is the Brazilian crew member Angelo Moraes, together with 60 crew members from around the world, who were part of the casting crew. This movie was completely directed, written, edited and filmed by Angelo Moraes.

Cruise Ship Gratuities Increase by 70%. What about the crew members salaries?

Dec 25, 2017

Royal Caribbean has announced its annual raise of automatic gratuities for the crew. Starting January 2, 2018, guests in regular staterooms will pay a $14.50 per guest per day service charge and $17.50 for guests in Grand Suite and above. That is one dollar raise from the previous service charge, which means one dollar extra for the crew. That is one dollar extra for the crew in theory. Reality is something different.

Why aren’t there psychologists on board cruise ships?

Dec 12, 2017

As a former crewmember that has worked for several cruise lines, I can relate to the constant high stress situations that crewmembers must endure on a daily basis. There are so many foreseeable challenges that crewmembers must face when starting a life at sea on the other side of the planet, but there are also some unforeseen ones that can really disrupt what could’ve been a great contract.

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