Crew Insights

Articles and experiences shared by crew members working on cruise ship. Find out more about ship life at sea together with tips and advices for first time crew members and cruise oldtimers.

Tips for Crew How to Deal with the Fear of Coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020

Following all the uncertainty the cruise ship crew members are facing during these difficult times Crew Center has reached out for advice by a former crew member who is now working as a medical professional on how to keep our mental health and support each other.

A broken piece of glass - Incident at the lobby bar and false accusations

Nov 23, 2022

The following article is a guest post from Mladen Jakovljevic - former crew member and author of the book "Modern Age Slavery"

NCL Restricts Privileges for Staff Members and Officers With Less Than 2-stripes - It's Not Just Benefits, It's Our World NCL is Altering

Nov 21, 2022

Norwegian Cruise Lines is undertaking changes related to staff benefits on board its cruise ships that will be affecting greatly on decision making moving forward to many staff, the company and guests in retrospect. The recent changes will affect most staff members and officers who carry less than 2 stripes on their uniform, while some reduction of benefits will affect all staff across the board.

Injustice at sea - Fighting for the crew equality

Nov 16, 2022

The following article is a guest post from Mladen Jakovljevic - former crew member and author of the book "Modern Age Slavery"

Letter from Ukrainian Crew Member - Seafarers community please help us with our struggle for our rights

Nov 14, 2022

Crew Center received the following letter from a Ukrainian crew member asking the community to spread the word an help Ukrainian seafarers.

Letter from Costa Cruises crew members - Employee promotion and advancement opportunities need to change

Nov 11, 2022

Several crew members working aboard Costa Cruises ships voiced their disappointment about the promotion opportunities in the company and the lack of transparency about the policy of future advancement. A crew member said that after joining Costa Cruises, seven years ago, as a Snack Steward his ambition to become a waiter was partially realized despite all his efforts to achieve his goal.

Cruise Lines Update: Crew Mask Policy

Oct 17, 2022

As the health situation related to COVID-19 continues to improve across the world, most cruise lines have started to relax the mask policy for the crew. Crew Center has talked to crew members working on several major cruise lines to find out what are the latest crew mask policies. Surprisingly most of them said that masks are now optional and not a requirement in all crew and guest areas.

Silversea crew questions the difference in pay for same position

Jul 26, 2022

Silversea’s crew members have presented concerns to Crew Center related to the despair between pay for the same positions. Silversea is a company which operates under Royal Caribbean Group, as a company has a long-standing consideration and business model that incorporates its crew members as they do generally understand the great importance of well trained, consistent, loyal and hardworking crew. And while Silversea does operate under RCCL, their policies can differ.

Tribune – Including More Onboard?

Jun 23, 2022

By: Mathieu Burnel

Time to Inflate

May 31, 2022

The other day my niece lost her first tooth and as tradition follows, I told her that the tooth fairy will leave her a dollar. She looked at me puzzled and started laughing. I became more puzzled and asked what is so funny. My niece responded with “the tooth fairy better learn about inflation as what am I suppose to do with a dollar, the rate for a tooth is $10 nowadays.” Well, I realized how much in trouble we are with my niece being 6 years-old and already knowing and understanding inflation.