Ship Life

Crew Stories: Mobbing From The Supervisor

Nov 02, 2019

One of the worst things about my second contract on a cruise ship was the supervisor. And what a story it is... The man was in his 30’s and he already avoided a harassment complaint before he became a manager. Instead of getting fired and kicked off the ship he got promoted. 

Disney Cruise Line Announces Free Texting For Crew

Oct 31, 2019

Great news for the Disney Cruise Line crew. The company announced they will provide free texting for their crew members across the fleet making it easier for shipboard teams to stay connected. Starting today the free service will be available onboard the Disney Magic and over the next three weeks, free texting will be available on Disney Wonder, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Dream. This will allow the crew to stay in contact with family and friends from the comfort of the cruise ship.

New delays for the launching of Costa Smeralda

Oct 30, 2019

The shipyard Meyer Turku announced further delay in the construction of the latest flagship for Costa Cruises, Costa Smeralda. Following this delay, the first voyage is now set for 21 December 2019 when Costa Smeralda will depart from Savona, Italy. The itinerary, which will be repeated until 16 May 2020, remains unchanged: Savona (Saturday), Marseille (Sunday), Barcelona (Monday), Palma di Maiorca (Tuesday), Civitavecchia (Thursday) and La Spezia (Friday).

Crew Stories: The first day joining a cruise ship

Oct 30, 2019

The First contract on a cruise ship was to last from November 5th, 2017 to February 28th, 2018. The best part about it was the route – I would board in Miami and then cruise south all the way to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. Exactly the parts of South America that I haven’t seen. Then from the end of November till mid-February, we would cruise to Antarctica. The only places I haven’t seen and traveled to are Africa and Inner North Europe.

International Job Day for careers in hospitality, catering and cruise industry

Oct 26, 2019

‘International Job Day’ for careers in hospitality, catering and cruise industry will be held on 16th November 2019 between 11:00 AM to 16:00 PM. Recruiters and HR manager from more than 16 leading hotels, river and ocean cruise lines will be present at the Park Inn Hotel by Radisson Bratislava, Slovakia to meet personally candidates interested to start or enhance their career in the hospitality and catering industry.

Princess Cruises Vs. Seabourn – Bar Department Comparison

Oct 24, 2019

Since previously I worked in the Bar Department on Princess cruises I decided to try something new and joined Seabourn. The day I embarked on Seabourn Quest reception was at the Show Room where we would go one by one and hand over all our paperwork. 

Crew Stories: The Last Night Of My Contract - Hard time from Supervisor and Disembarkation

Oct 24, 2019

The Last Night of the contract with Princess Cruise line. A slightly uncomfortable situation occurred on the last day. My Supervisor from the  Philippines didn’t allow us to finish our shift slightly earlier which was the regular practice in Princess Cruises for day before you disembark. The last shift should end at 9PM so you have time to pack and take your bags to security so they can be scanned overnight. After that you get dressed up a bit and go to the Crew Bar to have a drink with everyone.

Crew Stories: Celebrating Orthodox Christmas on Cruise Ship

Oct 24, 2019

During my first contract, I spent my birthday alone. Sure I was surrounded by people but not the ones that I wanted there – my parents, my sister, and my best friends. That moment was very difficult. I was less and less happy near the end of my contract. One of the worst moments was Orthodox Christmas (January 7th) that we celebrate at home. 

Crew Stories: My Injury on Cruise Ship, Treatment On Board, and Medical Off

Oct 16, 2019

The floor in the Crew Mess was slippery that day because the cleaning crew did a deep washing. I slipped and fell down to the floor, and had a feeling that the whole ship turned with me. My right leg slipped and my hands were holding the tray firmly. Because of this I fell and hit the floor hard with my left elbow.

Crew Stories: Firsthand experience with the USPH Cleaning - Failures and Achievements

Oct 16, 2019

My duties while working for Princess Cruises were very clear. As a bar waitress, I need to carry a tray, serve drinks, collect empty glasses and follow USPH procedures (cleaning before inspections). That included wiping the shelves where the bottles are kept, wiping the tables and bar with greater detail, changing the tray for the one with the fruit for cocktails. I would also assist in the cocktail making if the bar was very crowded and wipe the bar one more time before closing.

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